Fashion a soft, pastel loom flower afghan for a baby gift or crib decoration. Yarn flowers that resemble multi-petalled flowers can be made with one of the several types of flower looms. Flower looms are available in craft sections of many stores and from vintage sales sites and can be handcrafted with wood. The loomed flower baby afghan has a soft, delicate appearance that will be appealing to any new mother. A flower afghan is a nice addition to a garden theme nursery.
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Things you need
- Baby yarn
- Flower loom
- Tapestry needle
- F or G crochet hook
Make 30 to 50 blossoms on the floral loom tool in white, pink, blue or lavender baby yarn according to manufacturer's directions.
Create a rectangular blanket on a rectangular loom according to product directions.
Thread the tapestry needle with a 14-inch piece of yarn.
Secure a loomed flower to the front of the afghan by stitching the flower centre to a stitch. Sew back and forth through the centre of the back of the flower until it is tightly secured in place. Cut the yarn.
Sew all of the flowers to the afghan in any pattern desired. A cluster can be centred in the middle of the afghan or small clusters can be set into each corner of the blanket.
Make 255 daisies using the flower loom and baby yarn according to product instructions. Daisy or flower looms come in different sizes. This pattern is based on the 2 1/8 inch diameter vintage Daisy Loom that has 12 sets of petals. Adjust your number of flowers or afghan size according to the loom size.
Pick up one yarn flower and attach the afghan background yarn to a set of petal loops with a slip stitch. For instance, the background may be a light green, yellow or white with coloured flowers.
Make a four-stitch chain and slip stitch in the next set of petal loops. Crochet four stitches and slip stitch in the next set of loops. Repeat for a total of five sets of petals.
Pick up a second flower and hold it next to the first. Join the fifth set of petals on the first flower to a set of petals on the second flower with a slip stitch. Join the next set of petals on each flower to one another with a slip stitch. This secures the two flowers together for the beginning of a row.
Make a four-stitch chain and slip stitch in the next set of petals on flower 2. Secure flower 3 to flower 2 with a slip stitch in two sets of petals. Continue adding blossoms until there are 15 flowers in the row.
Make a chain of four stitches and slip stitch in the first open set of petal loops at the side of the flower 15. Crochet chains of four stitches and slip stitches in sets of petals along the entire top of the row of flowers. The left side of the row will have no stitches yet.
Make a chain of four stitches and slip stitch into the petal loop set at the bottom left side of flower number 1 in the second row. This row goes on top of the existing row. Make chains of four stitches and slip stitches to add the second row of flowers to the first row.
Make rows of 15 flowers until the rectangle shape of the baby afghan is complete. Crochet from the end of the top row down the entire left side using the slip stitches and four-stitch chains. Slip stitch to secure the last stitch and cut the yarn leaving a four-inch tail. Weave the tail of yarn into the stitches to hide it.
Tips and warnings
- Lay the flowers out on a clean surface before crocheting them together. This will give you an idea of the size of the baby afghan.
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