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Flower Gardens Afghan

By: Mary Jane Protus for Red Heart Yarns

The light texture and delicate roses in this Flower Gardens Afghan are the kind of details you won't soon forget. This free intermediate afghan crochet pattern is one of a kind.

Flower Gardens Afghan
Flower Gardens Afghan
This image courtesy of redheart.com

Intermediate

Crochet Hook: I/9 or 5.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Notes

Afghan measures 52” x 68”.

Materials
RED HEART® “Soft Yarn”: 13 balls 4601 Off White.
Crochet Hooks: 5.5mm [US I-9], 6mm [US J-10].
Yarn needle, pins for basting flowers to Panels.

GAUGE:
14 sts =4”; 8 rows = 4” in panel pat with larger hook.
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

Note:
Afghan is worked from side to side. With larger hook, ch 214.

BORDER-
Row 1 (Right Side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn – 213 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, * tr in next sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * across; turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc and tr across; turn.
Row 4: Ch 4 (counts as a tr), skip first sc; skip next 2 sc, tr in next sc, ch 1, working all in front of last tr made, tr in first of 2 skipped sc
– CRtr made; * ch 1, skip next sc, CRtr over next 3 sc; repeat from * to last sc; tr in last sc; turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each tr and ch-1 sp across; turn.
Rows 6 and 7: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.
Rows 8-11: Repeat Rows 4-7.

PANEL-
Row 12: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), skip first 2 sc, dc in next sc, * ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc; repeat from * across; turn.
Rows 13-34: Ch 4, skip first dc and ch-1 sp, * dc in dc, ch 1; repeat from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn.
Row 35: Ch 1, sc in each dc and ch-1 sp across, sc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn. Repeat Rows 2-35 twice more, then repeat Rows 2-11
once more. Fasten off.

TOP BORDER:
With right side facing and larger hook, attach yarn to work across short edge; ch 1, work 177 sc evenly across; turn. Repeat Rows 2-11. Fasten off. Repeat same on bottom edge.

LARGE ROSE AND LEAVES (Make 8):
With larger hook, ch 4; join with a sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, [sc in ring, ch 3] 6 times; join with a sl st in first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, [(sc, 4 dc, sc) all in ch-3 lp] 6 times; join in first sc – 6 petals.
Rnd 3: Ch 2, working behind petals, [sc in ch-3 lp of Rnd 1 between 2nd and 3rd dc of petal, ch 4] 6 times; join in first sc.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, [(sc, hdc, 4 dc, hdc, sc) all in ch-4 lp] 6 times; join.
Rnd 5: Ch 3, working behind petals, [sc in ch-4 lp of Rnd 3 between 2nd and 3rd dc of petal, ch 5] 6 times; join.
Rnd 6: Ch 1, [(sc, hdc, 6 dc, hdc, sc) all in ch-5 lp] 6 times; join.
Rnd 7: Ch 3, working behind petals, [sc in ch-5 lp of Rnd 5 between 3rd and 4th dc of petal, ch 5] 6 times; join.
Rnd 8: Ch 1; (sc, hdc, 6 dc, hdc, sc) all in ch-5 lp – petal made; ch 11, * sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, tr in next 3 ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch **, ch 10; repeat from * once more, then from * to ** once, sc in first sc of first leaf, sc in first ch of ch-11–leaf group made; work [2 petals, leaf group] twice, petal; join. Fasten off.

SMALL ROSE AND LEAVES (Make 14)-
Rnds 1-3: Work same as Rnds 1-3 of Large Rose.
Rnd 4: Work same as Rnd 4 of Large Rose AND AT THE SAME TIME after the first petal work one leaf group making 2 leaves instead of 3, then work remaining 5 petals. Fasten off.

FIVE-PETAL FLOWER (Make 14):
With larger hook, ch 4; join with a sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, [sc in ring, ch 3, tr, ch 3] five times; join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

FINISHING:
Sew flowers to Panels as shown. With a double strand of yarn, make 3 French Knots at center of each 5-Petal Flower.
Edging Row: With right side facing and smaller hook, attach yarn in any corner; ch 1, ** (sc, ch 2, sc) all in corner, * ch 1, skip next sp or sc, sc in next sp or sc; repeat from * to next corner; ch 1; repeat from ** around; ch 1; join. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

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