This is Part 2 of my Daisy Afghan tutorial. In this post I will show you how to join your solid granny squares and then a quick look at how you can stitch on your daisy appliqué (or any appliqué for that matter). You can find Part 1: How to make Solid Granny Squares using the Grit Stitch HERE <---Click on highlighted text.
But first lets start with another sneak peek of the finished blanket!
At the end of the last tutorial, we talked about laying your squares out in the way you want them to look in your afghan. You will want to stagger the colors and make sure two of the same color aren't touching... this is quite the puzzle!
To keep things consistent arrange your squares so the last row you crocheted is facing up. This way when you join, you will have a little bit of consistency in your edge stitches.
Now lets start joining all of those solid squares! There are a variety of ways to join granny squares, but I love joining these solid squares with the basic single crochet stitch. It leaves a ridge separating each square and gives the blanket texture and dimension. It really pairs well with the 3 dimensional daisy flower appliqué. I chose to join my squares BEFORE sewing on my appliqués because I wanted to make sure my flower was spaced inside the square evenly and not overlapping on an edge that needed to be joined.
Starting where the edges of your first two rows meet, join with white yarn and SC the edges together.
Make sure you keep the edges matched up. You may need to make two single crochets in some spots or even skip a stitch in other spots in order to keep everything lined up.
When you get to the end of the row, hold your next two edges together and continue to SC.
Do this until you come to the end of the row. Fasten off.
Now do the same for all horizontal rows.
Next you will want to work on your vertical rows using the same technique.
SC over the cross sections (the point where your horizontal joins meet your vertical joins)
When you are done you can weave in your ends.
This is what the back will look like... although the back would also make a nice front as well!
Now you are ready to sew on your daisy flowers. Or any other crocheted appliqué. This blanket is a great canvas for so many things like animals, letters, or holiday themes!
You can find the Daisy Flower Crochet Pattern HERE <----- click highlight text.
I chose to put daisies on every other square but there are so many ways you could do this. You could add a flower to every square, only the border squares, only the middle squares, etc.
To sew the daisies on, place daisy in the center of square. With your tapestry needle, sew appliqué on by weaving the needle in and out under the top of the crochet stitches that border your flower. Do this all the way around every petal.
The back of your square will look like this. The faintest outline of a flower. I doesn't bother me but if you would rather have completely hidden stitches you can carefully sew the flower on so your stitch only goes halfway through the square. I used this technique when sewing together the ears on my Puppy Lovey.
Tomorrow I will show you how I crocheted the edging and I will feature pictures of the entire blanket!