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How to Crochet the Daisy and Black-Eyed Susan Flower Afghan Blocks in Afghan Stitch (also called Tunisian)

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These daisy and black-eyed susan flower squares can be joined for a "Daisy Patch" Afghan. Links to the charts below.

Directions for Working Squares in Afghan Stitch (also called Tunisian)

The directions below are for squares sized to co-ordinate with the daisy and black-eyed susan flower cross-stitch charts.

Materials: Choose the yarn weight you prefer, according to the finished size you want. I made the examples in worsted weight yarn, using a US size J afghan hook for a finished size of 8" x 6 1/2" for each afghan block. You could also use US size G, H or I afghan hooks with worsted weight yarn. US size F afghan hook is suggested with sport weight yarn.

Starting Chain: Ch 23.

Row 1: Insert hook into back loop only of 2nd ch from hook, yarn over, draw the loop through (leave loop on hook); (insert hook in back loop only of next ch, yarn over, draw loop through, leaving loop on hook), repeat across. You should have 23 loops on the hook. Do not turn. You are now working in the direction of left to right back across this row): Yarn over, draw through one loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops. (Yarn over and draw through 2 loops) repeat across until only one loop is left on hook. (23 stitches)

Rows 2 - 23: The one loop left on the hook from previous row counts as the first stitch of this row (so edge vertical thread is skipped). Insert hook (from right to left) behind 2nd single vertical thread. Yarn over hook, draw loop through, leaving loop on hook. (Insert hook behind next vertical thread to the left, yarn over, draw loop through, leaving loop on hook), repeat across. Be sure to also pick up the edge stitch. You should have 23 loops on the hook. Do not turn. You are now working in the direction of left to right back across this row): Yarn over, draw through one loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops. (Yarn over and draw through 2 loops) repeat across until only one loop is left on hook. (23 stitches)
After Completing Row 23, Finishing Edge: Working right to left, (Insert hook behind next single vertical thread, yarn over, draw through two loops) repeat to the end of the row. End off.

Adding Cross-Stitch: With each stitch representing one square on the chart, and one cross-stitch X covering one stitch, follow chart to cross stitch the design on the crocheted square. Use a large-eye yarn needle and yarn of the same weight that you used to crochet the square.

In this example, I crocheted the afghan block in afghan stitch (tunisian) and followed the chart to cross-stitch the flower on the crocheted background. Click here for the color cross-stitch chart for the Black-Eyed Susan.

Click here for the color chart to cross-stitch the Daisy square. In this example, I worked the chart in afghan stitch with worsted weight yarn, using a US size J afghan hook. This resulted in a block that was longer than wide (8" x 6 1/2"). As I draw up a loop from behind each vertical thread, I tend to draw the loop up perhaps a bit longer than some would, because I find it easier to work with and it helps to keep the piece from curling.

I created the color charts for the Daisy and Black-Eyed Susan based on my adaptation of a daisy filet crochet design originally printed in 1916 in the pattern book The Ladies' World Filet Crochet Book No. 2 (this 1916 book is now old enough to be in the public domain).

The images of the individual Daisy, Black-Eyed Susan Flower blocks copyright 2000 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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Bookmark for this page is http://crochet.about.com/library/bldtunisian1.htm

Main page for the Daisy and Black Eyed Susan Afghan Pattern is http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa060300.htm There you can see examples of finished afghans made combining the two flower squares.

You can also make the daisy design in filet crochet. Filet Crochet Chart and Instructions

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