One of the things each of my kids did in preschool was a field trip to the local botanical gardens. So it seems appropriate at back to school time to have #18 in the Moogly CAL for 2017, designed by Sonya Blackstone of Blackstone Designs - the Botanical Garden Square!
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The 2017 Moogly CAL Schedule
January 5 - Fantastic!; January 19 - Danyel's Square
February 2 - Crumpets and Tea; February 16 - Crossed Square
March 2 - All Aflutter; March 16 - Vintage Garden; March 30 - Beach Ball
April 13 -Simbelmyne; April 27- Buds-a-Blooming
May 11- Summer Wood; May 25 - Shells a Flutter
June 8 - Mock Bullion Flames; June 22 - Ombre Flower Garden Square
July 6 - Cabled Blooms; July 20 - Autumn Sun
August 3 - Sunflower Square; August 17 - Layered Dahlia; August 31- THIS POST
September 14; September 28
October 12; October 26
November 9; November 22
Block #18: Botanical Garden Square by Blackstone Designs! (link below)
Above is the original made in a variety of styles! Below, you can see my version, made with my 6 colors!
This pattern is free - CLICK HERE! To print or download the pattern for free, open a second tab on your browser to PrintFriendly.com and enter the URL there. If you need help with Print Friendly, please see the tutorial here.
There is a Special Stitches section - don't miss it! There are some unique stitches used here, and I've included video links below when I have them available. This pattern is well written, concise, and the square is a joy to make - and a fun one to play with color on!
Techniques and tutorials you might find helpful: Magic Circle; Post stitches; Join with dc; Increasing with Post Stitches; Extended Half Double Crochet (ehdc); Working into the 3rd loop of hdc (TLO); Seamless/Invisible Join.
My square was turning out just a tiny bit big, so I skipped round 15 to get 12" exactly! But everyone's gauge and tension level are different so be sure to measure as you go. Learn how to adjust for size HERE to make sure all your squares are the same size. Remember that the 12″ is measured across and up and down – not diagonally corner to corner.
I used a Furls Odyssey hook and Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, and my color scheme was as follows – Rnd 1: Rose Shocking; Rnd 2: Lemon; Rnd 3: Radiant Lime; Rnd 4: Aquamarine; Rnd 5: Aqua; Rnd 6-7: Rose Shocking; Rnd 8-9: Lemon; Rnd 10-11: Radiant Lime; Rnd 12-13: Aquamarine; Rnd 14-15(skipped): Aqua; Rnd 16: Silver Grey.
Thanks so much for crocheting along with me! I can't wait to see all the beautiful blankets you crochet this year! You can follow Moogly on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr, and don't forget to sign up for the free newsletter at the top of the page! Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for providing the yarn for this crochet along.