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Wildflower Afghan (Free Pattern!)

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It’s finally finished! My very first granny square afghan. And I think I’m in love.

This really shouldn’t have taken me as long as it did. Way back in early July, when I posted the pattern for the Wildflower Granny Square, I’m pretty sure I made a few empty promises that I’d be posting the finished blanket within a week or so. But I have to be honest — I do not like repetition in crochet. When I make a new pattern, I’m pretty content to never make it again. (Fall and Winter are torturous for me with all of the sock monkey and polar bear hats I sell on Etsy.) So when I started making the squares for this blanket, the first few were fun. The next ones, and the ones after that, not so much.

But wow, what a feeling of accomplishment when I did finally complete them and started stitching my blanket together! I mean, seriously. I was so excited.

This particular afghan is a gift for a dear friend who is having a baby girl in November. If you follow my blog, you know that our family is relocating to Michigan in a couple of weeks. I’m pretty distraught that I’m not going to be around when Baby R. is born, and I couldn’t move without leaving something special for her. So, by the time you’re reading this, I’ll have already surprised her mommy with the blanket. I hope she loves it!

And, much to my surprise, now that this blanket is finally complete, I’m finding myself kind-of-sort-of wanting to make another one for myself. We’ve purchased a home in our new town, and I’ve already decided on the colors of the living room: chocolate brown and tan, with bright teal accents. I think that a Wildflower Afghan with those colors, draped over our dark brown couch, would be eye-catching and beautiful. Here’s a walk-thru list of how I created this afghan.

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This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you're agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions. You're welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet littlemonkeyscrochet.com
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  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft, regardless of what your pattern-sharing buddies tell you. 🙂
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) for your own use. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post.

A NOTE ABOUT PRINTING: My patterns no longer show up when accessed via PrintFriendly.com. (This is out of my control; please see my FAQs for more info.) If you wish to print this pattern (for personal use only), you can copy & paste it into a text editing document, or purchase the inexpensive PDF (see pattern info, below).

The Squares

Wildflower Granny Square Crochet Pattern | Little Monkeys CrochetFor the squares, I of course used my free pattern for Wildflower Granny Squares. You can find it here. For the blanket pictured above, which measures 28"x34", you'll need to make the following:

  • (10) white squares with pink and yellow flowers (Bernat Satin "Snow" and "Banana", and Caron Simply Soft "Strawberry")
  • (3) blue squares with white and green flowers (Bernat Satin "Lagoon" and "Snow", and Caron Simply Soft "Mint")
  • (3) green squares, with white and green flowers (Bernat Satin "Snow" and Caron Simply Soft "Mint")
  • (2) purple squares, with white and green flowers (Bernat Satin "Snow" and "Lavender", and Caron Simply Soft "Mint")
  • (2) yellow squares, with white and green flowers (Bernat Satin "Snow" and "Banana", and Caron Simply Soft "Mint")

The Joining Method

Wildflower Granny Square Afghan | Little Monkeys crochetI single crocheted my squares together. I knew from the very beginning that this was how I wanted to do it; I love the look of the raised edges, and I think it perfectly compliments the raised flowers. Since I'd never actually done it before, I referred to this tutorial by Repeat Crafter Me. I added one SC in each corner section.

The Edging

And last but not least -- the edging! I started with a couple rounds of white SC, adding (SC+Ch1+SC) in each corner. Then, to make it even a little more girly, I added a white row of DC ruffles (3 DC in each stitch, with 5 in each corner). It took a while to get around, but it was worth it. (Although if I were making this for someone other than a child, I would have left the ruffles off.)

That's it!

Of course, the color combination possibilities are endless. Whatever colors you choose, I know you'll end up with an afghan that's really going to stand out. Be sure to send me your finished photos! Wildflower Granny Square Afghan | Little Monkeys crochet

Pattern Permissions

This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you’re agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions.

You’re welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by
Little Monkeys Crochet
littlemonkeyscrochet.com

Here are the “do nots”:

  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) to promote yourself or your crochet business on your own blog, Facebook page, or anywhere else. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post and does not include any portion of the pattern itself.
  • Do not post a translation of the pattern anywhere – this is copyright theft. If you would like to help make a translation available, I am happy to publish it on my blog with a link to your blog or Crochet-related Facebook page.
  • Do not make a video tutorial of this pattern (or any of my patterns). For a detailed explanation of why this hurts designers, please contact me.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: I’ve just given birth to my 3rd little monkey, a baby boy named Henry James, on 12/28/16. I may be slow at responding to messages and greatly appreciate your patience during this time of transition. I’m not disappearing, but I may not be able to help you as quickly as you need it. – Rebecca 🙂

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  • Susanna August 25, 2014, 5:58 pm

    You have done a beautiful job. Well done and there is a very lucky friend receiving this with all your love and persistence.
    Susanna

    • Rebecca August 26, 2014, 6:19 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Barbara Bradford August 26, 2014, 9:08 am

    Oh your afghan turned out really cute. Very nice indeed !

    • Rebecca August 26, 2014, 6:19 pm

      Thank you Barbara 🙂

  • Carol August 26, 2014, 10:09 am

    This is just lovely!!! You did a super job!!!

    • Rebecca August 26, 2014, 6:19 pm

      Thank you Carol!

  • Šárka August 26, 2014, 10:57 am

    It is beautiful, but I understand your pain with the repetition 🙂

    • Rebecca August 26, 2014, 6:19 pm

      So glad I’m not the only one! 😉

  • Ruth Ann Bull August 26, 2014, 6:04 pm

    That is truly beautiful. Where in Michigan are you moving?

    • Rebecca August 26, 2014, 6:37 pm

      We are headed to a little town in southwest Michigan. Very close to where I grew up, and where both my parents and my husband’s live. So we are pretty excited 🙂

  • Nadine August 26, 2014, 7:11 pm

    That turned out absolutely beautiful! It is the perfect baby afghan…very different than every other “cookie-cutter” afghan you always see. Thanks so much for sharing! Can’t wait to make it for my future grandbaby…my kids are supposed to be working on that right now!

    • Rebecca August 27, 2014, 10:28 am

      Lol! And thank you so much for your kind words, Nadine!

  • Patricia Gaston August 27, 2014, 1:11 am

    Absolutely beautiful. I’very got to try it!

  • Patricia Gaston August 27, 2014, 1:12 am

    Absolutely beautiful. I’ve got to try it!

    • Rebecca August 27, 2014, 10:29 am

      Thank you, Patricia 🙂

  • Sheila August 27, 2014, 11:11 am

    It’s lovely – it must have been so hard to give it away!

    • Rebecca September 3, 2014, 9:48 pm

      Sheila, if I had a girl of my own, I might not have been able to 😉

  • Vickie B. August 30, 2014, 10:44 am

    Your afghan is gorgeous! Such a lovely gift to welcome a new little one. Good luck with the move. Being closer to family is definitely a good thing.

    • Rebecca September 3, 2014, 9:48 pm

      Thank you Vickie! Yes, we are very excited 🙂

  • Christine September 11, 2014, 3:24 pm

    It’s gorgeous! I have a friend having her first girl in November too and would love to make it as a gift. Can you tell me how many skeins of each color you used?

    • Rebecca September 17, 2014, 6:09 pm

      I wish I could! I did a terrible job of keeping track of that. 🙂 I know it was less than one skein of all of the colors, but as far as the white… it was definitely more than 1. I’m sorry!

  • Patti January 8, 2015, 11:06 pm

    Love this so beautiful. Will use pattern to make a larger one for my granddaughter in pinks & white. Love it you did such a great job. Ty for pattern. Am so excited to make it.
    Patti

    • Rebecca January 10, 2015, 11:29 pm

      Thanks Patti!

  • Barbara June 26, 2015, 6:29 pm

    Why am I not able to get the directions for this afghan?

    Thank you

    • Rebecca June 29, 2015, 10:59 pm

      Barbara, they are on the blog post. You’ll need to follow the provided link for the square motif pattern. 🙂

  • Francine July 12, 2015, 11:58 pm

    I love the colors that you chose for this beautiful afghan. I can’t wait to make it. Thank you for the pattern.

  • Jodi Glau January 17, 2016, 7:38 am

    This looks like a blanket any little girl would enjoy having. the next time I have to make a baby blanket, I just might try this one. Thanks for the patterns.

  • Arlene Shattuck April 1, 2016, 2:23 pm

    Would like permission to have the wildflower afghan pattern. Please send to me via e-mail. thanks so much

  • Laurie Crowninshield July 16, 2016, 4:02 pm

    I love your Wildflower Afghan. I’ve crochet for 35 years. I am confused by your flowers and the Flo and blo. If it is done the way you said there is not any empty stitches. Please help. My best friend loves it and has terminal cancer. I want to make thi

    • Rebecca July 18, 2016, 12:46 pm

      Round 3 and Round 4 are both worked into the loops from Round 2. Round 3 is worked in the front loops of Round 2, and Round 4 is worked in its back loops.

  • Shelly December 21, 2016, 4:29 pm

    Good luck with your delivery🙏🏻 I can’t wait for us to get to know each other in all the crafts we will create and share together! Take care