The Crocodile Flower
1 Oct 2015: a new version of the pattern, edited for clarity, consistency and format, was uploaded. All stitch counts remain the same and the updated pattern should still work with the patterns that use this one as a base.
This amazing afghan block uses surface crochet and a chain-loop version of the popular Crocodile Stitch to produce a glorious floral motif. Whether you work it up in a single color, go with the sunflower colors in the above picture, or choose your own favorite shades, this block will earn its place in your next afghan.
The testers have rated this complex block Intermediate to Advanced, due to the surface crochet used to create the petals and leaves. The main body of the block is worked first; it provides the foundation upon which the petals and leaves are worked in the last few rounds. In other words, it won’t look like a flower until you’re nearly finished. A smaller than usual hook is used in order to give it the body needed to support the motif.
This 12 inch test block was made with Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight yarn and a size G hook. The same pattern resulted in a 10 inch square with Caron Simply Soft yarn and an F hook. The testers have determined that the designer is a “tight hooker”, so your blocks may be larger than expected.
These instructions use American terminology throughout.
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