[Update April 13, 2012: I made an African Flower Purse out of African Flower Granny motifs, the tutorial is here.]
[Update August 11, 2011: Thanks to Mia again for providing more information to answer some questions at the comment section. Please find the information on the type of yarn, hook size and the resulting flower size at the pattern section.]
This is the first time I come across African Flower Granny motifs… well, accurately speaking, this is the first time I know that this crochet block is “African Flower”. Just like Granny Square, African Flower Granny is a crochet motif but in hexagonal shape, it can be joined next to each other to become a bigger piece and make into a blanket, afghan, shawl, bag, table runner, cushion cover, soccer ball toy, coaster, pincushion, dress, etc… you name it!
Why does it call African Flower Granny and not something related to its shape, for example, Hexes, Hexagon Flower, etc… According to some findings from the net, some said a lady saw this pattern from a South African community, so she gave it a name “Africa Flower”. There are some arguments around about the originality of the pattern since some saw it in the ’70s and it is called Paperweight Granny, much earlier than the version of the South African. Well….. leave that argument alone, be it African Flower Granny or Paperweight Granny, crochet your project with these beautiful hexagons and call it Paperweight African Flower Granny 😉 I am putting this into my to-do list 🙂
Thanks to Mia, who shared her African Flower Granny crochet at Pinterest – one of my favorite stop-overs when I needed inspiration. I love the colors Mia used, as sweet as a pretty girl! Glad that Mia allowed me to share her photos and pattern here at Craft Passion. [Note: I modified Mia’s original pattern to the way I used to write, but the workings are the same.]
African Flower Granny
Each flower has a diameter of 7cm [2 3/4″] (excluding the white border) if using the yarn stated below.
Material & Tool:
1. Yarn, acrylic baby yarn, various colors. Mia used Tilda, Svarta Faret brand.
2. Crochet hook, 3mm
sl knot = slip knot
st = stitch
ss = slip stitch (to fasten)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
fo = fasten off
Rnd = round
Base Round – sl knot, ch 6, ss into the first ch to make a ring.
Rnd 1 – ch 3, 1 dc, ch1, *2 dc, ch1, * repeat until you have six spaces and six 2dc. ss to the 3rd chain of the beginning round. fo
Rnd 2 – Change color: Start in a space. ch 5, 2 dc in same space, *ch1, 2 dc, ch2, 2 dc in next space – repeat * 5 times, 1 dc and ss into the 3rd ch of the beginning round.
Rnd 3 – ch3, dc6 in the 2-ch space, ch1, * dc7 in next 2-ch space, ch1, repeat * 5 times. ss the 3rd ch of the beginning round. fo.
Rnd 4 – New color: ch1, sc around and make a long stitch down in round 2 between each flower petal. End with ss. fo.
Rnd 5 – White: ch3, 3 dc, ch1, *dc 1 in the same st as last dc, dc 3, ch1 (skip long stitch of the previous round), 4 dc, ch1, repeat 5 times, dc 1 in the same st as last dc, dc 3 ch1, ss to the 3rd ch from the beginning round. [Note: ch1 in bold should be at the center of the flower petal, this is the corner of the hexagon]
To join to the adjacent African Flower hexagon block, insert the hook to the matching ch stitch of another hexagon and do an ss instead of ch.