Mama Gamez’s Flower Granny Square

In the Middle…

Yesterday, I found myself in the middle of a few projects, gifts for friends and their new little ones.  These are something that really allow me to stretch and use up my crochet muscles! And as I sat in the middle of my office floor, surrounded by yarn, flower motifs, craft supplies, and partially finished baby blanket pieces, and staring intently at the granny square in my hand that I am working on, it occurred to me…I have not made a tutorial for how make the Mama Gamez’s Crochet Flower into a granny square!!  So I decided to remedy that problem right away. I picked up another flower, the yarn I was going to use for transforming it into a granny square, my hook, and a pen and paper to write the instructions on.

Here is one of the finished Mama Gamez Crochet Flower Granny Squares in blue.

Here is one of the finished Mama Gamez Crochet Flower Granny Squares in blue.

 

Notes First

Here are a few notes before you begin:

  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Size and Gauge: Not important.
  • Materials I used: Worsted weight yarn and a size “I” hook.  Feel free to use any size yarn or hook you want or need.
  • Reading the instructions: the steps are laid out by number, but under each image the steps are repeated and explained a little, so be sure to check it out.

Abbreviation Key:

ch = chain

sl st = slip stitch

dc = double crochet

Here is a finished mama gamez crochet flower granny square in yellow.

Here is a finished mama gamez crochet flower granny square in yellow.

 

Here You Have It!

We will be working on the back of the flower. Turned over, this is what it looks like before we begin.

We will be working on the back of the flower. Turned over, this is what it looks like before we begin.

 

Round One:

1. Begin between 2 outer petals that meet at the center of one of the 4 2nd-row petals. (Note: this hides the yarn behind the larger petal instead of exposing it)

From the front, this is what the mama gamez crochet flower looks like with the marker around the stitch we will begin on. Note that it is behind one of the four larger petals of the 2nd round of petals; the larger petal allows your new stitch to be hidden behind it.

From the front, this is what the mama gamez crochet flower looks like with the marker around the stitch we will begin on. Note that it is behind one of the four larger petals of the 2nd round of petals; the larger petal allows your new stitch to be hidden behind it.

 

This is a front view of the mama gamez crochet flower with marker in wrong place. Note that it is seen between the 2 larger petals of the 2nd row AND the 2 smaller petals of the outer row; this makes it harder to hide your new stitch in the back.

This is a front view of the mama gamez crochet flower with marker in wrong place. Note that it is seen between the 2 larger petals of the 2nd row AND the 2 smaller petals of the outer row; this makes it harder to hide your new stitch in the back.

 

Here is the back view once again of the mama gamez crochet flower. This has the marker around the stitch you will be starting on. Slip Stitch around the whole connecting stitch (the one the marker is around).

Here is the back view once again of the mama gamez crochet flower. This has the marker around the stitch you will be starting on. Slip Stitch around the whole connecting stitch (the one the marker is around).

 

2. Sl st around the stitch between the 2 outer petals.

This image shows the first slip stitch around the appropriate connecting-stitch AND the 4-chain post that begins your round.

This image shows the first slip stitch around the appropriate connecting-stitch AND the 4-chain post that begins your round.

 

3. Ch 4, loosely. Sl st to the back of the dc stitch where the next 2 outer petals are connected. Gather a few back portions of some stitches to connect your sl st to. (Note: not around the stitch between 2 outer petals like the step before because it will show and cannot be hidden behind the larger petal of the 2nd row)

This picture shows the marker where your 4-chain row is going to attach. Note: this is done on the back portion of a few stitches because going around the connecting-stitch like the starting slip stitch will leave your newest slip stitch exposed from the front.

This picture shows the marker where your 4-chain row is going to attach. Note: this is done on the back portion of a few stitches because going around the connecting-stitch like the starting slip stitch will leave your newest slip stitch exposed from the front.

 

This shows the first 4-chain row connected with a slip stitch to the back portion of a few stitches.

This shows the first 4-chain row connected with a slip stitch to the back portion of a few stitches.

 

4. Ch 4, loosely. Sl st around the stitch of the next 2 outer petals that is attached in the middle of the next larger petal of the 2nd row. (Note: you are now behind a large petal again, so stitching around the connecting stitch for the 2 outer petals is fine because it will be hidden)

This image shows where you will connect the next 4-chain row. Note: the marker is fully around the connecting-stitch that, from the front, would be hidden behind one of four larger petals of the second round.

This image shows where you will connect the next 4-chain row. Note: the marker is fully around the connecting-stitch that, from the front, would be hidden behind one of four larger petals of the second round.

 

5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 around, alternating the slip stitches to hide behind a large 2nd-row petal and then attached to a few of the back portions of stitches.

6. Sl st the final 4-chain strand to the connecting sl st of the 1st 4-chain strand.

The marker shows where the final slip stitch goes to connect the last 4-chain row. It is a bit hard to see here, but note that the slip stitch you will make goes around the slip stitch you made at the very beginning to connect your yarn to the flower.

The marker shows where the final slip stitch goes to connect the last 4-chain row. It is a bit hard to see here, but note that the slip stitch you will make goes around the slip stitch you made at the very beginning to connect your yarn to the flower.

 

The yarn is pulled out to see better, but as you can see, the final slip stitch is in place.

The yarn is pulled out to see better, but as you can see, the final slip stitch is in place.

 

This picture shows the first round done. I placed a marker at each of the 4-chain rows (your new 4-chain spaces). As you can see, there should be 8 of these 4-chain rows; equal to the amount of petals on the final round of the flower. NOTE: be sure to turn the flower over and check that none of your stitches show between any of the petals; if it does, you might have connected your row to the wrong place; remember to keep it hidden.

This picture shows the first round done. I placed a marker at each of the 4-chain rows (your new 4-chain spaces). As you can see, there should be 8 of these 4-chain rows; equal to the amount of petals on the final round of the flower. NOTE: be sure to turn the flower over and check that none of your stitches show between any of the petals; if it does, you might have connected your row to the wrong place; remember to keep it hidden.

 

Round Two:

1. Sl st once more on the 1st 4-chain space, to get you started on the next row.

To start you off on the next round, slip stitch around the first 4-chain row of the previous row. Note: the image shows the beginning of the slip stitch, before I pulled the yarn through the loop on the hook.

To start you off on the next round, slip stitch around the first 4-chain row of the previous row. Note: the image shows the beginning of the slip stitch, before I pulled the yarn through the loop on the hook.

 

2. Ch 3 (this counts as your first dc), dc 2 in same space, ch 3 (this makes your corner), dc 3 in the same space.

This image shows the first 3-chain post; it counts as your first double crochet.

This image shows the first 3-chain post; it counts as your first double crochet.

 

This image shows the first completed corner. This is all in the same first 4-chain row. Note: when you do your double crochets, do them around the tail ends of your yarn at this location, to tuck them in and hide them (you won't have to weave in ends later if you do).

This image shows the first completed corner. This is all in the same first 4-chain row. Note: when you do your double crochets, do them around the tail ends of your yarn at this location, to tuck them in and hide them (you won’t have to weave in ends later if you do).

 

3. Ch 1, dc 3 in next 4-chain space, ch 1 again.

This picture shows the next set of 3-double crochets in the next 4-chain space. Be sure to do 1 chain first and then the 3 double crochets and then one more chain.

This picture shows the next set of 3-double crochets in the next 4-chain space. Be sure to do 1 chain first and then the 3 double crochets and then one more chain.

 

4. Repeat steps two and three 3 more times. (Note: instead of starting with a 3-chain post, just do a dc to complete the 1st 3-dc set of the new corner)

5. Sl st to the 3rd ch of the original 3-chain post. End off OR continue on regularly as though it will start the 4th row of granny square.

When you have made all the corners and center 3-dc, and you come to the end, be sure to have the final chain already made. This image shows the marker on the third chain from the beginning 3-ch dc you started with; this is where you will slip stitch to connect the end.

When you have made all the corners and center 3-dc, and you come to the end, be sure to have the final chain already made. This image shows the marker on the third chain from the beginning 3-ch dc you started with; this is where you will slip stitch to connect the end.

 

This shows the final slip stitch already in place.

This shows the final slip stitch already in place.

 

Finished Granny Flower

You’re all done! From here you can end off your yarn and begin sticking together your Mama Gamez Crochet Flower Granny Squares into a nifty project, OR you can continue on making the granny square larger! This first round of granny square dc-sections counts as your third round in a regular granny square motif. Notice how there are three 3-dc stitch sets per side, including the corner sets. Be sure to leave me questions or comments about the pattern tutorial in the comments section below. Happy hooking!!

 

This image shows the final mama gamez crochet flower from the back (from what you have been looking at the whole time while working). Note: should have one 3-dc set between each corner (a corner is made of two 3-dc sets with 3 chains between them).

This image shows the final mama gamez crochet flower from the back (from what you have been looking at the whole time while working). Note: should have one 3-dc set between each corner (a corner is made of two 3-dc sets with 3 chains between them).

 

This is the finished mama gamez crochet flower granny square from the front.

This is the finished mama gamez crochet flower granny square from the front.

 

And now to use these in a baby blanket!

And now to use these in a baby blanket!

 

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