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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Majestic Bloom Granny Square Free Crochet Pattern with Tutorial

The Majestic Bloom Granny Square was born from my attempt to achieve an improved version of my Dahlia in a Square Granny Square free crochet pattern. The initial idea was to realize a granny square with no visible seams, but carried by inspiration, I ended up adding a round of leaves around the flower.

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You will find here both improved versions (with and without leaves), so you can chose your favorite. The good thing is that both versions, with and without leaves are having the same size, allowing you to combine them in your projects.

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Materials needed:
- DK weight cotton yarn in 3 colors. (I used cotton yarn, but You can chose the yarn of your choice and use an appropriate hook size)
In the pattern: color A= hot pink; color B= green, color C= dark blue/ black in the picture.
- 4 mm crochet hook (G)
- tapestry needle to sew in the loose ends

Notes:
The Dahlia Granny Square is worked in rounds, starting at the center with the flower.
For the version with leaves, the leaves are crocheted directly in the round, after finishing the flower, without having to sew them on later.
For a nice, seamless look, the rounds will be started with standing stitches (standing sc, hdc and dc)! If you prefer you can also start the rounds using the standard starting ch 1 for sc, ch 2 for hdc and ch 3 for dc.
It is very important to count your stitches, to have exactly the same numbers as in the pattern indicated, so that the sides of the square have the same size! 

Stitches, terms (US) and abbreviation used:
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
slst: slip stitch
flo: front loop only
blo: back loop only
sk: skip
yo: yarn over
ch sp: chain space

Special stitches:
Standing sc: See  this Tutorial by Moogly.
Standing hdc: See this Tutorial by Moogly.
Standing dc: See this Tutorial by Moogly.
Picot stitch: See this Video Tutorial by Moogly

dc3 tog= double crochet 3 together: yo, insert hook in the st indicated in the pattern, draw loop through, (yo, draw through 2 loops, leaving the next loop on hook), *yo, insert hook in the same st, draw loop through, (yo, draw through 2 loops, leaving the next loops on hook)*, repeat from * to * 2 times; you have 4 loops on hook, yo, pull through all 4 loops on the hook.
In other words, you will make 3 unfinished double crochet, leaving each time the last loop on hook, so at the end you'll have 4 loops on hook; yo, draw through all 4 loops on the hook.

tr4tg =triple 4 together: [yo twice, insert hook in the stitch indicated in the pattern, draw loop through, (yo, draw through the first  2 loops, leaving the next loops on hook)*2 times]*4 times in the same stitch. You have 5 loops on the hook; yo, draw through all 5 loops on the hook.
 In other words, you will make 4 unfinished treble crochet, leaving each time the last loop on hook,so at the end you'll have 5 loops on hook; yo, draw through all 5 loops on the hook.)


Version A- Granny Square Version with leaves:
A) The Flower ( I made a Step by Step Picture Tutorial here!)
 Before you proceed, maybe you would like to watch below the Video Tutorial made by Clare of Bobwilson123 for my Dahlia Pattern!


Flower - Written Instructions: With color A ch3, slst into first ch to form a ring.
Round 1: ch 1 (does not count as a st), work 10 hdc into ring, sl st to top of first hdc. (10 stitches)
Continue with the petals.
Petals:
First layer of petals - as you crochet, help the petals pop out correctly by pushing them up from the backside.
Round 2: ch3, tr4tog in the next hdc, ch3, * slst in the next hdc, ch3, tr4tog in the next hdc, ch3*, repeat from * to * 4 times, end with sl st into joining of the the round below.
(5 petals made)
Second layer:
Round 3:
Fold the petals from the back to the front and work under petals, in the back ridges of the center. Under each petal there are 2 ridges, total 10 ridges (a little more difficult to see them when working the center in same color!)
Ch2 (will count as the first hdc).Work 1hdc in the first back ridge of the center (right under the beginning ch2), 2hdc in each of the next 9 ridges, slst to top of the ch2 at the beginning of round.
(20 stitches)
Round 4
ch3, tr4tog in the front loop of the first hdc, ch3, * slst in the front loop of the next hdc, ch3, tr4tog in the front loop of the next hdc, ch3*, repeat from * to * around, ending with a slst to front loop of joining from previous round. (10 petals made)
The flower is finished! Cut yarn. Fasten off. Weave in the loose ends. Arrange the petals in the right form.
Continue working the granny square in the round!
First turn your flower with the back side facing you and identify the 20 back ridges under the petals, like in the picture no.1 from the photo collage below. The next round will be worked in those back ridges, in the same manner as for round 3!  Now turn your flower on the right side and fold the petals from back to front, to work under petals.
Round 5: Join B with a standing hdc in one of the back ridges under the petals, (alternative ch2) work 1 hdc into the same back ridge, 2 hdc in each of the next 19 ridges, slst to top of the standing hdc/ ch 2 at the beginning of round. (40 stitches)
The Leaves:
Round 6:: Continue with B, * ch3, work 3dctog into the flo of the same st, ch3, picot, ch3, slst back into flo of the same st; ch4, sk 4, slst into flo of next st*, repeat from * to * around. The leaves are finished. Cut yarn. Fasten off. (8 leaves and 8 ch archs)
Background of granny square:
Round 7: This round will start forming the square! You will work behind the leaves and ch4 arch between the leaves, into the hdc stitches of round 5!
Folding the leaves and ch4 arches between the leaves to the front, join color C with a standing dc (alternative ch 3) behind a leaf, into the back loop of the hdc at the base of leaf, work (1dc, 2ch, 2dc) into same back loop. This will be the first corner of the square!
First side: Continue working the stitches along the first side into hdc stitches two rounds below: 1dc in next hdc, 1hdc in each of next 2 hdc, 1sc in next hdc; 1 sc into back loop behind next leaf, 1 sc into next hdc, 1 hdc in each of next 2 hdc, 1dc in next hdc.
First side finished. You'll have 13 sts along the side, without counting the ch sp of the corners.
Continue with the second corner: work (2dc, 2ch, 2dc) into the back loop of the hdc at the base of the next leaf.
Work the next sides and corners the same as the first side and the second corner! End the round with slst to top of standing dc/ alternative ch3.
Round 8: 1sl st in next st, 1slst into ch sp of the first corner. Make a standing dc /alternative ch3; (1dc, 2ch, 2dc) into same ch sp, *1dc in each of next 3sts; inserting the hook under ch arch two rounds bellow, work 1dc around the ch arch into next sts; 1dc in each of next 5sts; around the next ch arch work 1 dc into next sts; 1dc in each of next 3sts.
First side finished. You'll have 17dc along the side.
Continue with the second corner: work (2dc, 2ch, 2dc) into ch sp of next corner. Work the next sides and corners the same as the first side and the second corner! End the round with slst to top of standing dc/ alternative ch3.
Round 9: 1 sl st in next st, 1 sl st into ch sp of the first corner. Make a standing dc /alternative ch 3; (1dc, 2ch, 2dc) into same ch sp, * work 1 dc in each dc till next corner, (2dc, 2ch, 2dc) into ch sp of next corner *, repeat from * to * twice more, 1 dc in each dc along 4th side, slst to top of standing dc/ch3.
(21 dc along the side)
Round 10: Repeat as round 9.
You'll have 25 dc along the sides, without the ch sp of the corners-.
At the end of round 10, don't sl st to join the round. Fasten off invisibly.
If you would like a larger square, continue the next rounds the same as round 9.
Each round will add 4 extra stitches on each side of the square!
Border (optional):
Round 11: join A with a standing sc in a ch space of a corner, work (1 sc, 2ch, 2sc) in same ch sp, work 1 sc in each dc till next corner , (2sc, 2ch, 2sc) into next ch sp*, repeat from * to * twice more, 1 sc in each dc along 4th side. Fasten off invisibly.
You're Majestic Bloom Granny Square is now complete! Let's see how to work:
Version B:  Improved version for Dahlia Granny without leaves


(Can You see the seam? Not very visible, isn't it?)

Make the flower as written for the first version (Rounds 1- 4)
Round 5: join color of your choice and work the same as round 5 in version A. (40 sts)
Round 6: standing dc/ alternative ch3, ( 1dc, 2ch, 2dc) in same st as the standing dc. This will be the first corner!
First side: work 1dc in next hdc, 1hdc in each of next 2 hdc, 1sc in each of next 3 hdc, 1 hdc in each of next 2 hdc, 1dc in next hdc. First side of the square completed.
Continue with the second corner: work (2dc, 2ch, 2dc) into the next st.
Work the next sides and corners the same as the first side and the second corner! End the round with slst to top of standing dc/ alternative ch3.
13 sts along each side.
Rounds 7: 1 sl st in next st, 1 sl st into ch sp of the first corner. Make a standing dc /alternative ch 3; (1dc, 2ch, 2dc) into same ch sp, * work 1 dc in each dc till next corner, (2dc, 2ch, 2dc) into ch sp of next corner *, repeat from * to * twice more, 1 dc in each dc along 4th side, slst to top of standing dc/ch3.
(17 dc along the side)
Round 8-9 worked the same as round 7!
Each round will add 4 extra stitches on each side of the square! Cut yarn. Fasten off invisibly!
Border (optional) : same as for version A.
Another square I made: 

For this square I used Red Heart Soft yarn and a crochet hook size 5 mm and stopped at round 8. If you would like to change colors like I did, don't join into round with sl st, cut yarn at the end of the round and fasten off invisibly. Then join new color with standing dc into a corner space.

I hope You will enjoy making this granny squares!  If you would like to print the pattern, please use the green Print Friendly Button under this post. After clicking on it, You can also select the option to print without images!

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Written pattern and pictures copyright Kinga Erdem 2014.
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