I am so excited to finally get to share with you guys a crochet pattern that I've been sitting on for months now, the Zinnia Blossoms Afghan!
It's featured in the Spring 2021 issue of Interweave Crochet and is one of my favorite projects I've ever made. (Including knitting and everything!) I had an idea for it last Spring when I was playing around with variations on granny squares, pitched it to the magazine and they loved it, too. They sent me Stylecraft Special DK yarn from Love Crafts to make a sample in these bright and cheery colors (White, Sunshine, Aspen, & Mustard):
This was such a happy project to work on not only thanks to the joy of having a published pattern again (it's been awhile, lol) and free yarn to make it with, but because I secretly worked on it while zooming with my friends in the Zombie Knitting Network. There are a lot of great memories tied into this project now and it makes me so happy every time I see these pictures of the finished blanket.
This is a surprisingly easy project to make since it's based off of a granny square. If you're new to crochet, that just means that you start in the center of each motif and work in a circle, changing stitches & colors every round or so. This makes it a very potato-chippy project and since it's worked in DK it moves along nice and quickly.
I'll be posting tutorial videos every Tuesday for the next 8 weeks where I'll guide you through all the stitches used in the Zinnia Blossoms Afghan so even crochet newbies will be able to jump in and welcome an early Spring!
The pattern as written utilizes 31 motifs and measures out to 50" (127 cm) wide X 65" (165 cm) long, but since you're in charge of how many motifs you make & how much yarn you use you can easily adjust it to be larger or smaller as you go. This project also lends itself nicely to stash-busting & color-play, just imagine a whole blanket bursting with every shade of bright zinnia blossoms!
You can get your own copy of the magazine (and pattern) from Interweave.com and join me as I cast-on another of these afghans in different colorways as a gift for my mother-in-law.
Happy crafting! 😘
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Zinnia Blossoms Afghan Make-a-Long!
I'd love to have you join me in a very loose make-a-long over the next 2 months! There aren't any official timelines or rules or registration forms to fill out, just get your supplies, start crafting & share your project either in the comments below each week's tutorial post or on Instagram with #ZinniaBlossomsAfghan.
Zinnia Blossoms Afghan
(100% acrylic; 322 yds [295 m]/3.5 oz [100g]
#1001 White (A), 4 balls
#1114 Sunshine (B), 3 balls
#1422 Aspen (C), 2 balls
#1823 Mustard (D), 1 ball
or size needed to obtain gauge
Rnds 1-4 = 4" (10 cm) in pattern, blocked;
Motif = 10" (25 cm) side to side & 12" (30 cm) point to point, blocked.
What I'm using:
The colorways I'm using for my mother-in-law's gift blanket are (clockwise from top left):
Cream (replacing White)
Sage (replacing Aspen)
Citron (replacing Sunshine)
Saffron (replacing Mustard)
(These are all from Lovecrafts.com in the Stylecraft Special DK yarn.)
More Crochet Fun:
Crocheting a Magic Ring
(Free tutorial to get you started)
(Linked to KnitPicks.com)
(Linked to Ravelry.com)