Week 44 of The 50 Stitches crochet along features the African Flower Square. This is a beautiful pattern often used to make African flower animals, a popular series of amigurumi constructed with individual flowers. This weeks pattern is an African flower enclosed into a square.

You can find the links for all the squares in the crochet along here. The free pattern is below, but if you’d like the ad free printable version, it is available either as part of my Lifetime Pattern Pass, or you can purchase it on its own for £5 from Ravelry

This pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below.

UK Translation

Single crochet (sc) = double crochet

Half double crochet (hdc) = half treble crochet

Double crochet (dc) = treble crochet

The Pattern

For this square you will need a 4mm hook.

Start with a magic circle

Round 1. Chain 2 (doesn’t count as a stitch) into the magic circle *2dc, chain 1* 8 times then slip stitch into the 1st dc.

Round 1 made into a magic ring

Round 2. Into a chain space make a standing dc (counts as first stitch) 

Joining round 2 of the African flower square

then make 2 dc in the same chain space and chain 1 *in the next chain space make 3dc and chain 1* repeat between *and* in each chain space. Slip stitch into the standing dc.

round 2 of the African flower square

Round 3. In a chain space from round 2 make a standing dc (counts as a stitch). In the same chain space dc, chain 2, 2 dc. *In the next chain space make 2 dc, chain 2, 2 dc* repeat between *and* in each chain space. Slip stitch into the standing dc

round 3 of the African flower square

Round 4. In a chain space from round 3 make a standing dc. In the same chain space make 6 dc. *in the next chain space make 7 dc* repeat between *and* in each chain space. Slip stitch into the standing dc

Round 4 of the African flower square

Round 5. In the top of any dc make a standing sc. Sc in each dc, but make a spike stitch between each fan into the space in row 3. The spike stitch is an extra stitch between the dc. So you should have 7 sc, then a slip stitch for each petal. Once you’ve completed all your stitches, slip stitch into the first sc.

The spike stitches in round 5 of the African Flower square

Round 6. Into the top of any spike stitch make a standing hdc. *Sc in the next 4 stitches. Hdc in the next stitch, dc in the next 2 stitches. In the next stitch which should be a spike stitch, make (tr, chain 3, tr). Then dc in the next 2 stitches, hdc in the next stitch then sc in the next 4 stitches then hdc in the top of the spike stitch* repeat between *and* until you have made 4 sides then slip stitch into the standing hdc

Round 6 of the African flower square

Round 7. In the top of the hdc in the middle of any side make a standing dc. Dc in every stitch until you get to the chain 3. *In the chain 3 make (2 dc, 2 tr, chain 1, 2 tr, 2dc) then dc in each stitch along the side* 

Repeat between *and* until you get back to the standing dc. Slip stitch into it.

The corner of the African flower square

The Border

Use a 3.5mm hook for the border.

Start in any corner. In the corner space make 3 sc (this includes the extra sc for the turn) In the next 3 stitches make a sc. 2 sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 4 stitches, 2 sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 7 stitches, 2 sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 4 stitches, 2sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 3 stitches.

Repeat for each side.

You should have 30 sc down each side, plus an extra stitch in each corner for the turn. This will make your stitch count as 32 stitches across each side and 124 stitches total (remember the extra stitch corner stitch is counted in the stitch count for both sides)

You have now finished your square and join and you can tie off and weave in the ends

You can now add the interlocking border, joining this weeks square to last weeks as you join. You can see how to do this here

If you have any questions about the pattern or the CAL, then come on over to the Facebook group – 50 Stitches where you can show us your completed squares too.