When designing the Riley Cross Body Bag, I needed a square that looked like a flower, was square, and measured exactly 3.5″ x 3.5″. After much experimentation, this was the result!
I love the way these motifs turned out, and though I needed only 3 for the bag, I found that once I started, I didn’t want to stop. I think that these would be great for a blanket of any size, either on their own or mixed in with other squares and motifs. Or, since they’re pretty solid, a bag in the style of Inga’s Häkelbeutel…. or anything else you like to use motifs or granny squares for! I can’t wait to see what you all do with it!
Riley Flower Square Motif
- US – H/8, 5mm hook
- Small amount worsted weight yarn, 2 colors (Caron Simply Soft shown)
- Finished dimensions: 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches
Round 1: Using first color, make a magic circle and sl st into the ring. Ch 5 (counts as first dc and ch 2). [Dc into the ring, and ch 2] 7 times. Join with a sl st in the 3rd ch of the starting ch 5. Tighten and close ring. ( 8 dc and 8 ch sp made)
Round 2: Sl st into the next ch sp. Ch 3 and dc3tog, all in the same ch sp. [Ch 5, and then dc4tog in the next ch sp] 7 times. Ch 5 and break yarn, using a seamless finish to join to the top of the dc3tog.
Round 3: Join second color with a sl st in the top of any dc4tog cluster. Ch 1, sc in the same st. [Ch 2, and enclosing the next ch 5 arch in your st, dc into the next dc of Round 1. Ch 2, sc in top of next cluster] 7 times. Ch 2, dc in the top of the next dc, ch2, and sl st in the top of the 1st sc of the round.
Round 4: Ch1 and sc in the same st. [Hdc in the next ch sp, then dc, trc, dc all in the next st. Hdc in next ch sp. Sc in each of the next 5 sts and ch sps] 3 times. Repeat for 4th side, but end with sc in the last 4 sts and ch sps. Break yarn and use seamless finish to join to 1st sc.
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