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Crochet Pattern: Vintage Daisy Motif

March 26, 2011

UPDATE 10/8/13: Because I get these questions over and over, I’ll update here! I have since purchased and used the Hana-Ami Flower Loom. It comes with basic instructions. To make the blanket, you can use the join-as-you-go method. Just follow the last-round instructions (the green) and JAYG using this diagram. You can find lots of flower loom instructions and ideas here.

I’ve been obsessing about these vintage afghans that seem to be floating all over on the web these days. I can’t pinpoint just where I’ve been seeing them, but I think they’ve been in the backgrounds of photo shoots and house tours and such. Regardless, I can’t stop thinking about them . . .

daisy chain afghans

afghan 1 available at Dahlilah Found Vintage, afghan 2

I wanted to find the crochet pattern for these afghans and use it as a jumping-off point for a purse. Oh, how I want a purse made from these daisies. Alas, I could not find anything. Upon closer inspection, it seems as though the daisies are made with a flower loom (if anyone knows for sure, please fill me in). So, just as in the case of the chain-link, I came up with a pattern that will fit my needs. Incidentally, I am now also fixated on getting a flower loom.

crochet daisy motif

I used a 4 mm hook, resulting in a 4 inch motif. First, with color A (yellow in this example) chain 2 and make 6 single crochet into the second chain from your hook (the very first chain). Join to the first sc with a slip stitch. (Yarn over, insert hook into first sc, yarn over, pull up a loop) twice. You will now have 5 loops on your hook. Yarn over and draw through all loops on hook (first sc 2 together made). Do the same into each sc around (sc 2 together in each sc). It helps to do all of the yo loosely so it’s easier to pull the final loop through all 5. Join with a sl st to first stitch. Cut yarn and weave in ends. Stick your finger or your hook into the center to push the right side outwards (you’ll have what looks like a little nubbin).

Join color B (white in this example) to the inside loop of one of the sc. In the photo below, I have the hook in the outside loop as an example of what NOT to do (haha). In other words, you won’t be working under both loops of the “v,” just the loop that is closest to the center of your nubbin.

crochet daisy motif

After you have joined color B, chain 12 as shown in the photo below. Notice that the nubbin is pointed away. Essentially, you are working into what seems to be the wrong side of your work.

crochet daisy motif

Slip stitch into the same loop you started in to make the first petal. Chain 12 again and sl st into the same loop. You now have 2 petals in your first loop. (Slip stitch into the next loop, ch 12, sl st in same loop, ch 12, sl st in same loop) around until you get to the end. Slip stitch in first loop and finish off color B.  Here’s what it will look like as you go and when you are done:

crochet daisy motif working petals

crochet daisy motif back view

crochet daisy motif top view

Join color C (green in this example) to any petal. Chain 1, sc into the same petal, chain 4. (Sc into next petal, ch 4) around. Join with a sl st to first sc. Finish off and weave in your ends.

crochet daisy motif

There, done. It’s not as pretty as the original, but it’s close enough for me. These motifs will be easy to join together as you work. Just slip stitch the final round to the previous motif as you go – here’s a tutorial for that. Also, here is a blanket pattern diagram!

And now I’m off to draft a purse pattern and find a flower loom . . .

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174 Comments leave one →
  1. Joan permalink
    June 19, 2012 7:34 am

    amazing work! you are so talented, i can only aspire to keep up with you haha;) …these daisies conjure up those warm and fuzzy feelings growing up as a flower child in the 70’s…love it<3

  2. June 20, 2012 9:51 am

    I made one of these afghans about 30 years ago and you are right they are done on looms. Although I still have mine, I have not seen the looms for sale in many years but I bet you could use one of those available at WalMart and get close. Good luck. Sally

    • Ruth permalink
      February 15, 2013 2:59 pm

      I found an original flower loom on Ebay. I got it……they also sell something at Hobby Lobby or Joann’s, any craft, that does the same thing. It is a Clover Flower loom. Many options. The flowers are still fun to make!! I too made one many years ago!!!!! Hope this helps..

    • Alifus permalink
      September 16, 2013 5:48 pm

      I bought one on Ebay a few weeks ago. I hadn’t seen them in the craft stores.

    • Marilyn Maloy permalink
      July 24, 2014 7:20 pm

      Going thru my mothers stuff. found 100 of the yellow and white daisies that where done on the loom, but no instructions on how to crochet them together into an afaghan. Can anybody help

  3. July 15, 2012 1:06 am

    They call the looms crazy daisy looms and can be found on Ebay =)

  4. becca permalink
    July 20, 2012 12:49 am

    I’ve just recently discovered these flowers myself, and I found that they are made from ‘vintage flower loom’. I’m on the hunt to find one. I love the afghan idea, if you do ever find a loom pattern for it, I would love to have a copy. Beautifully done with crochet, however.

  5. Anonymous permalink
    August 20, 2012 8:47 pm

    In the 1970’s, my aunt made an afghan like the one pictured, and to the best of my recollection, she did use a loom to make the daisies. The petals weren’t crocheted, but each one was made of several loops. Thanks for the picture — it brought back some nice memories.

  6. Jaye permalink
    September 11, 2012 7:44 pm

    My grandmother made one of these on the loom and I still have it. I think the afghan is about 40 years old!

  7. Jody Kennedy permalink
    September 19, 2012 8:03 pm

    I made several afghans as shown but so many years ago and the flowers were made on a loom. I have since made all sorts of the same pattern flowers in all the different colors in my knitting bag. Unfortunately I cannot remember how to crochet them together. If anyone can give me a simple explanation I would appreciate it. I am referring to the daisy vintage afghan.
    JodyKhi@hotmail.com

    • September 20, 2012 7:51 am

      Please see the two links at the end of the post — these should help!

  8. Margaret permalink
    September 29, 2012 12:59 pm

    My mother made these for my sister and I in the 70s I still have mine. She used a daisy lome then worked all the daisys together using a chain stitch pattern..

  9. September 30, 2012 12:19 pm

    I made this afghan in the early 70’s! And you’re right, there was a small loom to make the daisies. I’m so glad I’ve hung on to it all these years!

  10. tina permalink
    October 5, 2012 3:08 pm

    The flower looms are called Hana Ami flower looms. The little kit comes with different sizes and shapes. I bought one on ebay a few years ago and I LOVE IT! The flowers are so fun to make!

  11. October 7, 2012 9:03 am

    I tell you what – I recently acquired a Knit Wit and the flowers remind me of something you’d find from them. It’s a crazy looking contraption (I think) but it’s specifically used to make little motifs that are joined together. I haven’t tried to use it yet but I might now :D! Thanks for sharing your crocheted version, I think it looks lovely!

  12. October 7, 2012 9:20 am

    Wow – you are very clever. I am loving your blog and your work xxxx I have found a few flower looms on ebay. Here is the link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=Flower+loom&_sacat=0&_from=R40

    Please feel free to come and visit my blog sometime, I too crochet http://www.dcbynatasha@blogspot.com

  13. Anonymous permalink
    October 10, 2012 11:03 am

    what is the stitch and what they want when they are saying sc2tog

  14. October 12, 2012 1:29 am

    I’m in the process of making one of these. Just wondering how many flowers you actually made? I’ve made around 80 so far and feel like I’ll be making this afghan until I die. I’m also joining them like I’d join granny squares. It doesn’t leave so much of a hole, so the afghan will actually keep someone warm :)

    • October 12, 2012 7:54 am

      I just made the motif. The blankets are the inspiration for the motif. However, I’ve made a few of the crochet versions and several of the actual loomed flowers, and the crochet ones go much quicker. I am in the process of making a hexagon motif blanket with a hairpin lace center. AND. I feel like I’ve been working on it forever. I know how you feel!

    • October 12, 2012 12:32 pm

      Olá…agradeço o envio dos videos, que é de grande avalia.Pena que não tenho conhecimen-
      to de ingles para enender melhor.
      Um abração.
      Sonia.

  15. Sharon Caster permalink
    October 17, 2012 12:24 am

    I inherited an interesting little brass object from an elderly relative years ago. It says “Daisy Knitter Pat. U.S.A. 1819234″ on it. Then, a few years ago I was lucky enough to see an instruction booklet on the shelf in Goodwill, “Designs for Crazy Daisy Winder: Crochet time cut in half.” There is a picture of my Daisy Knitter on the cover, along with a woman in a stylish suit, and wearing a hat, blouse and carrying a purse all made using the Daisy Knitter. The booklet was published by Ralph C. Springer Company, 202 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA.

    I haven’t tried using the Daisy Knitter, but in looking at your lovely afghan and the tablecloths, jackets, place mats, doilies, coasters, bedspreads, potholders, bed jackets, slippers, baby clothes, scarves, hats, sweaters, and rugs, I’m thinking I should give it a try!

  16. November 2, 2012 9:28 am

    Hi The original pattern for this Afghan was in a Golden Hands book- I still have them, bought second hand-will scan and post if thats ok-they also have pics of how to use the hand loom

    • Linda Wray permalink
      September 23, 2013 6:39 pm

      Hi, I made an afghan and gave it to my sister for a wedding present back in 1972. My Mom made one for me as a wedding present in 1981. My daughter is about to be married and wants me to make one for her.
      I have the original loom but I cannot find the magazine that the instructions were in. Could I get the instructions on how to make the daisys from you?

      Linda Wray
      Vancouver, B.C. Canada

    • September 30, 2013 6:33 am

      If you buy the hana-ami loom that I did, there are instructions in the package. There’s also ONE website I found dedicated to these . . . but I can’t find it now! Try a google search!

  17. November 5, 2012 7:23 am

    http://dcbynatasha.blogspot.co.uk/ Hi I thought I would let you know that I have written about you fab blog on mine xxxx

  18. AnnMarie permalink
    November 10, 2012 7:22 am

    We used to make these in the 70s! It is a loom…..bet my mom still has it….she doesn’t throw anything away…..

    • Susie permalink
      October 8, 2013 7:02 am

      I know that I have the pattern to crochet the daisies together, but I just can not find it anywhere. I have made hundreds of this but it was back in the 70’s. Does anyone have the pattern and if so could I get a copy of it?? Thanks, Susie

    • October 8, 2013 12:43 pm

      You should be able to join-as-you-go. Just follow the last round from the vintage daisy pattern post — the green round — and there is a link in the Patterns & Tutorials tab for JAYG!

  19. January 11, 2013 1:05 am

    I find crochet flowers addictive to make and will definitly try those. Thanks for sharing the pattern!

  20. Katherine permalink
    March 10, 2013 11:42 am

    Gorgeous thanks for sharing! I knew nothing about these vintage afghans before reading your post. I was just surfing for floral crochet granny square patterns when I came across your blog. Now I am surfing for floral looms! So many lovely possibilities :)

  21. March 12, 2013 12:10 pm

    That is one of the best vintage afghans I’ve ever seen! You were so lucky to find it in such great condition. That thing is adorable.

  22. Erin permalink
    July 28, 2013 12:43 pm

    I saw the vintage afghan kit for this on etsy loom included. This afghan is not my style but somehow i love it. I am asking the person if there is a cheaper shipping option cause i want to buy it :x

  23. Deb Rebel permalink
    August 31, 2013 12:24 am

    In 1970 my mom bought the loom, and wanted to make one of these. She offered to pay me 10c a daisy to make them for her to stitch together. The white plastic loom (I want to say Boye) had a center hole, two rows of pegs on one side, one row on the other (those rows were at the hole to make the center). It also came with a blue plastic needle, a big one (about a #8 or #10 tapestry). There was a notch in the edge of the loom. You went around in a certain pattern with the background or big petals, white; then the little pegs got done with yellow, pass the yarn to the back and loop those, cut off with a tail about a foot long on the yellow. Now take the needle and thread it on and weave through the center with a sort of backwards looping, and tie off. Pop all the loops off, voila. Daisy.

    Mom had made 3 daisies and taught me how. It was summer… I was bored out of my skull. She expected me to make a few (read maybe 10 at most) of these a WEEK and give up. I cranked them out in under a week. She paid me my $23.70, and spent a month crocheting them together with green, going around the edges then slipstitching them together somehow. Her mistake was I was 8 and bored, and my allowance was 50c a week, and she offered me a dime a daisy…. I don’t know what happened to it but I do remember making the daisies.

    • September 1, 2013 10:23 am

      Oh. My. Goodness. Your mom is a genius! Those daisies are so tedious to make — very worth it to pay 10 cents apiece. AND keep an 8 year old occupied! Great story . . .

  24. Deb Rebel permalink
    September 1, 2013 11:23 am

    :) yep, and trust me I still remember that vividly. If anyone else wants to make one of these, GOOD LUCK in finding a yarn loving crafty preteen you can bribe to make the bucket of daisies needed. As I remember, it’s three rows of white, three rows of yellow on the front, and three rows of yellow on the back (makes it fully reverseable).

    I bought a modern make of one of these looms off a store hook in 2004 and made a bunch with 5 loop rows petals and 3 center, in pinks, tans, maroons, yellows, sages and blues; and used them loose on a display table at shows I used to do, to hold rock spheres and eggs from rolling around. (no back petals). Flop down in a pleasing flat cluster, then top with the stuff I didn’t want rolling around. I think Boye is still making them (crochet hook makers).

    Five rows is hard to work with, it makes a very fluffy flower that doesn’t want to stay on the loom. It would be pretty impossible to work the back on such a full size.

  25. Lily Horst permalink
    September 16, 2013 7:13 am

    I too made several “Bloom Loom” afghans back in the 70’s. I still have my round loom, but I lost the directions on how to put them together. Would anyone have the directions for the Daisy Loom and how to put the flowers together? TY.

    • Deb Rebel permalink
      September 30, 2013 10:55 am

      I don’t know how to hook them together, I wrote how to make the daisies. I was just my mom’s slave to make the daisies. I think you just sort of go around each one with single crochet, then hook them together in rows. I have a vague memory of her making rows of daisies edged in green then the rows turning into afghan.

    • October 4, 2013 8:05 am

      You should be able to use the join-as-you-go technique, and I have a tutorial for that under the Patterns & Tutorials tab at the top of the page!

  26. November 25, 2013 1:23 pm

    Thank you sssssoooooo much! I truly appreciate it. Just to be clear on my end, the daisy’s can all be made before hand then joined together with Join as You Go technique using the green yarn, just like your posts. Is that correct? Thanks again for the inspiration. I will attempt to make this for my aunt’s 70th birthday gift this coming April. I will definitely post the results with a huge thank you and original reference info/link back to you :-)

    • November 26, 2013 6:11 pm

      Yes, you can make all the green parts last and JAYG!

  27. Debbie permalink
    December 17, 2013 9:52 pm

    I bought a kit to make this afghan in the seventies. The daisies were made on Hazel’s Loom RS200 by Crafkit that was included in the kit. It is a plastic, round, yellow loom with removable pegs that are stored in the back of the loom. I still have the loom, but have lost the directions. Does anyone know where I might be able to find instructions for this loom? Thank you.

  28. Marilyn permalink
    January 16, 2014 8:40 pm

    I started one of these in the 70’s but never finished it. I had ordered the kit. I still have the loom and would be interested in making one now. If anyone has the original pattern, please let me know how I might go about getting a copy. Thanks.

  29. Julie permalink
    January 18, 2014 3:45 pm

    My grandmother was working on this very blanket in the 70s when she passed away. I have her partial work (with some kind of instructions), and this has inspired me to dig it out and see if I can finish it. I think 10 years ago, it would have looked outdated, but now it just seems cool and vintage.

  30. January 18, 2014 4:17 pm

    Reblogged this on Stitch Noir and commented:
    Due to the fact that I have come back and looked at this Daisy blanket over and over again, I have decided to reblog the entry and share it with my readers.
    There is some thing so beautiful and simple about this pattern! Definitely on my list of To Do One Day!

  31. January 19, 2014 9:11 am

    Beautiful. Reminds me of vintage rooms and cozy afternoons at grandma’s.

  32. January 19, 2014 8:10 pm

    Your pattern looks amazing.

  33. February 12, 2014 7:57 pm

    I made one of these probalbe 40 years ago with wool and then washed it and shrunk it so started another and have put it away to work later well 40 years later I am trying to read the instructions on putting them together and it’s unreadable so if you ever come across the directions on this with the loom I would loe to have it

  34. February 19, 2014 7:34 am

    I started on my own colourful version: http://judithschrijfsels.blogspot.nl/2014/02/2014-has-started.html. You have the honour of getting me started on my first blanket ever (I am not so very patient…)

  35. Anonymous permalink
    March 11, 2014 10:17 am

    I have one of these my grandma made probably 25-30 years ago.

  36. Gypsie Story Teller (aka The Mad Cow Mob Boss) permalink
    April 22, 2014 6:30 pm

    This is so, very awesome! Thank you for sharing. I am going to attempt it with this bag of scrap yarn I have :-).

    If you like fiction and just general nonsense please have a look at my fantasy fiction blog http://madcowmobboss.wordpress.com/
    It is a mix of fantasy romance short stories and poetry.
    And my general rant and rave blog http://frommootoyou.wordpress.com/

    Thanks! Loving your blog so far!

  37. May 4, 2014 10:26 am

    The looms came in a kit that included a round loom and a square loom. The kit included patterns for the daisy afghan made using the round loom and an American flag afghan using the square loom. The square loom is available on Etsy right now, but I haven’t seen a round one for sale. http://www.etsy.com/listing/183965217/vintage-2-flower-looms-and-knitting?utm_source=google&utm_medium=product_listing_promoted&utm_campaign=supplies_low&gclid=CJGB2dXJkr4CFchFMgodnAkAWA

  38. July 21, 2014 5:11 am

    Reblogged this on carmeljim and commented:
    Lovely, I think i would love a blanket in this for the winter so when I walk in or wake up the brightness would uplift my moood. I suffer bad from SAD http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/definition/con-20021047

  39. paula Sager permalink
    August 19, 2014 1:21 am

    The Daisy afghan was introduced by Family Circle magazine in the mid 1970’s. In their 1982 50th Anniversary issue they say, ” our famous daisy afghan that topped all FC records for the most-prized project.” they named it “the Most Popular Afghan Ever/’. In this 1982 issue they have the instructions for an updated version using boysenberry and raspberry cream with a softer fluffier yarn. The original name was Field of Daisies Afghan.
    I suspect the only way to find the loom today would be at an estate sale, or on eBay. I haven’t seen one in a craft store, but then I haven’t been searching for it.

    • Deb Rebel permalink
      September 2, 2014 12:10 pm

      I have seen them, sold by Boye; in the last several years. A few have reported daisy looms of antiquity; aka older than 1970. The design isn’t new, and if you really want, you can even make them using a notched circle of cardboard!

  40. September 20, 2014 11:23 am

    How pretty-I love this daisy! Years ago, I got a Bloom Loom from someone/somewhere, and the directions that came with it were terrible. The manufacturer had a “joke” of a chart with it as well. Long story shirt, I didn’t use it and it’s in my craft room somewhere.
    I am so glad you came up with a crochet version on this type of loomed flower. I really like the look of this. Thank you very much! :). :)

    Lee Ann

    http://crochetgottaloveit.blogspot.com

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