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Crochet Pattern: Gradient of Spirals Flower Blanket

Updated on March 25, 2013
My final modified version of this pattern.
My final modified version of this pattern.

Modifying a Vintage Pattern

I have seen variants on this pattern all over the web, and here are my notes on it. I found this pattern at the "Grandmother's Pattern Book" website. Shoutout to that place, where a lovely lady scans vintage patterns and uploads them.


However, the original picture from the 70's doesn't quite capture the awesomeness of the pattern, leading many to overlook it. It comes out as a checkerboard rug, when the crochet pattern could make a beautiful spiral flower. You can visit the page below, and I also provide a picture of my own trial and error attempts.



Okay. That's the original pattern, BUT there are some issues.

  • makes concentric squares, not a cute spiral
  • lots of loose ends to weave
  • awkward beginning the new rounds
  • depending one what yarn you use, can end up looking bleh.


Progession of my Attempts (left), vs Final Version (right)

My progression of trial and error with the pattern.
My progression of trial and error with the pattern.

My Best Version

The camera really doesn't capture how cute this is, especially since it was done in a sparkle yarn.
The camera really doesn't capture how cute this is, especially since it was done in a sparkle yarn.

My edits and Recommendations

First, use whatever yarn you like. HOWEVER. Be aware of how big and small this pattern may turn out to be. On the left side of the above picture, I was using Caron Simply Soft and found that the stitches stuck out more than I'd like. They didn't blend very well. But on the other hand, using a thin yarn called "Olympus Luxe" (right) caused the squares to become much smaller and I had to modify the pattern even more. It's also harder to see what you're doing using multi-color yarns.


Here's my version using a yarn of weight "4" aka Caron Simply Soft and going for the concentric Aztec square crochet pattern seen on the above left.

Starting at center, ch 2.

Round 1: 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in first sc.

**from here, use front loop only**
Round 2: 2 sc in first sc

* 1 sc, 3 sc in next sc.

Repeat from * around.

Make a 3rd sc in the first spot, sl in to the 1st stitch. Ch 2.

(you should start realizing that these 3sc chunks are making the "corners" of your square)


Round 3: 2 sc in first sc,

* sc sc sc

3 sc in the "corner" spot.

Repeat from * around, ending as before with Ch 2.

Round 4: 2 sc in first sc,

* sc sc sc sc sc (5)

3 sc in the "corner" spot.

Repeat from * around, ending as before with Ch 2


Round 5: 2 sc in first sc,

* sc sc sc sc sc sc sc (7)

3 sc in the "corner" spot.

Repeat from * around, ending as before with Ch 2.


Turn over the square and use the "back-stitch" aka free loop of last rnd and make sc in each free loop around (we're creating the front now). Continue inward in a spiral until you hit the center.

Field of Roses Blanket

Here's my crochet patterns spiral flower version using a yarn of perhaps fingering weight (it was a foreign yarn without standard sizing- but I think it was about fingering). This version turns out smaller but more circular, making the rose baby blanket crochet pattern.

Starting at center, ch 2.

Round 1: 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in first sc. Ch 2.

**from here, use front loop only**
Round 2: 1 sc in first sc

* 1 sc, 3 sc in next sc.

Repeat from * around.

Make a 3rd sc in the first spot, sl in to the 1st stitch. Ch 2.

(you should start realizing that these 3sc chunks are making the "corners" of your square)


Round 3: sc in first sc,

* sc sc sc

3 sc in the "corner" spot.

Repeat from * around, ending as before with Ch 2.

Round 4: sc in first sc,

* sc sc sc sc sc (5)

3 sc in the "corner" spot.

Repeat from * around, ending as before with Ch 2


Round 5: sc in first sc,

* sc sc sc sc sc sc sc (7)

3 sc in the "corner" spot.

Repeat from * around. Sl st at the end and do NOT chain.


Turn over the square and use the "back-stitch" aka free loop of last rnd and make dc in each free loop around (we're creating the top spiral flower now).

From the outside inward toward the center:

1st outter & 2nd outter round: DC around

  • skip 1 stitch at each corner for a more rounded effect
  • at the end of the first round, sl into the 1st stitch to join, then continue the spiral. This keeps the DCs vertical on more limp yarns.

3rd round: 1/2DC (HDC) around

4th round: sc around

5th round: sc around

Joining the Squares

The outtermost round should still have a loop free for usage. Out of the two loops created during each round, one was used on the next round, and the other was used to make the top ridges of the crochet rose for the blanket. Since there was no round after the 5th, you should be able to find the spare ridges on the bottom.



Any connection technique will work, but I recommend something wide if you wanted the spiral flower crochet version. If the squares are pressed closely together, they will force each other into squares, which does look nice in its own Aztec pattern kind of way.

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      TigerKim 

      2 years ago

      Thanks, very cute!

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      SimpleJoys 

      5 years ago

      This looks like fun. I love to crochet, and this has the makings of a portable project. That is another plus!

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      Letha G. 

      5 years ago from USA

      very nice thanks for sharing.

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      Priyanka Estambale 

      5 years ago from United States

      These are so pretty. Loved them. Thanks for sharing your pattern :-)

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      Tarah_ 

      5 years ago

      That looks so pretty. Well done for persisting with the pattern until it looked just right!

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