[Free Pattern] Absolutely Gorgeous Dahlia Flower Afghan Block Using The Crocodile Stitch

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Imagine a whole afghan of Dahlia squares with flowers in different colors! This croco-flower has a lot of potential: from the side it looks a lot like a lotus because of the way the petals curve, and from the top it could be a dahlia, a sunflower or a mum. This Crocodile Stitch Afghan Block – Dahlia is a wonderful pattern designed by the very talented Joyce Lewis.  The design is stunning! This gorgeous square would look pretty as a pillow for the sofa and with different colors, too.


There has been some interest lately in using the crocodile stitch in a “flower” afghan block. It is usually worked in rows, not rounds, but the scales look so much like petals that using them in a flower seems an obvious step. This variation on the original stitch is my attempt at incorporating this popular motif into a square, worked-in-the-round afghan block. To me, it looks like a dinner-plate dahlia, just beginning to open, so that’s what I’m calling it – the Croco-Dahlia, however, the petals and background may be worked in any color combination.

This 6 inch test block was made with Caron Simply Soft Collection, worsted weight yarn and a size G hook. The same pattern resulted in a 7.25 inch square with Red Heart Super Saver yarn and an H hook.

This pattern is available in both US and UK terms, as well as in French.

Crocodile Stitch Afghan Block - Dahlia

Check out the original source for this pattern with all the directions and full written pattern at: Dunnica Ravelry Downloads

Thanks to Joyce Lewis for the article inspiration and featured image.

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