Sea Buckthorn Afghan Square Pattern

Sea Buckthorn

Sea Buckthorn

Meant to resemble sea  buckthorn branches so covered in berries that you cannot even see the bark – with narrow silvery-green leaves softening the edges. For some reason I dislike the look of bobbles, so the berries here are done in a puff stitch for a nice smooth look.

Suggested Yarn:

  • Cascade 220 wool color 7825 (orange sherbet), most of one skein
  • Cascade 220 Heathers wool color 9410 (misty green), less than one skein

Tools: Size F hook (3.75mm), yarn needle

Abbreviations Used:

  • ss = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • puff = puff stitch, see Notes

Notes:

  • Gauge: one Internal Orange Row plus one Internal Green Row should be 2″ wide.
  • You will end up having worked the square from left to right.
  • Puff Stitch: (Draw up a loop, yo) 4 times in the same stitch. Pull the last yo through all loops on hook.  [Edited to correct name of stitch]
  • Leaf: Chain 9. Ss in second chain from hook, ss, 3 sc, 3 ss. You should now be at the base of the chain perfectly ready to continue sc’ing in the row you were just working on.
  • Berry Pattern: I can’t decide which side of the berry pattern is best. I like the one that results from changing colors normally, which I will call view A. It seems like the matrix surrounding the berries recedes a bit. However, if you change colors so that the tails are on the opposite sides of the square (i.e. not turning, just sliding back down to the beginning of the row you just worked and attaching the berry color there), you get a different pattern – view B. As the yarn relaxes, this side seems to “pop out” a bit more, giving a more distinct berry shape.

A   

B

Instructions:

Left Border Green Rows:

  • In green, chain 46.
  • Sc in second chain from hook, and continue sc’ing across. Turn.
  • Sc across. Turn.
  • Make a row of leaves: *4sc, leaf, 5sc, leaf, repeat from * to end of row. If you want your leaves to be contained entirely within the square, leave at least five stitches in plain sc at the end of the row to give space to tack the leaf down flat. If you’re okay with them going off the edge a tiny bit, work the pattern as given – you’ll have 3 sc plain at the end. Turn. (The leaves will curl up and look weird, but we’ll fix that at the end.)
  • Make another row of leaves, alternating their positioning between the prior row’s set of leaves. Push the previous row’s leaves away from you as you sc behind them. There are no increases – count to make sure you still have 45 stitches when done, and you haven’t accidentally sc’d in one of the leaf’s chain stitches instead of the sc’s surrounding them. Turn.
  • Sc across, pushing the leaves to the same side as the previous leaves.

Internal Orange Rows:

  • Change to orange. If you like View A above, attach orange right here where green has ended, and turn. If you like View B, don’t turn the piece – go back to the beginning of this green row and attach the orange there.
  • Sc across, turn.
  • Berry row: 2 sc, puff stitch, then push the bulk of the puff toward you and make a very tight sc in the next stitch to tack it down. This will give you a nice fat berry. Continue to puff, tight sc, all the way across the row, working two stitches of plain sc at the end to facilitate seaming. Turn.
  • Sc across, turn.
  • Berry row: To alternate berries, start with 3 sc, then (puff, tight sc) across. Work the last three sc as plain sc. Turn.
  • Sc across, turn.
  • Berry row: 2 sc, then (puff, tight sc) across, working the last two stitches as plain sc.

Internal Green Rows:

  • Join Green and turn.
  • SC across, turn.
  • Leaf row: 3 sc, work leaf, 2 sc, leaf, 3 sc, leaf, etc., across to end, leaving a space of ~5 plain sc at the end for the leaf to lie flat. Turn.
  • Sc across, pushing all leaves to the front side of the work as you sc past them. Turn.
  • Sc across.

Repeat Internal Orange Rows, Internal Green Rows, orange rows, etc until you have 5 orange sections.

Right Border Green Row:

  • Change to green, sc across. Turn.
  • Leaf row: 3 sc, leaf, then continue sc’ing across inserting leaves every 4 or 5 stitches. Work 5 plain sc at the end of the row. (i.e 4sc, leaf, 5 sc, leaf, 4 sc, leaf, 5 sc…). Turn.
  • Leaf row: Work leaves alternately from previous row, pushing previous leaves to the front side of the work as you sc past. Turn.
  • Sc across, pushing leaves to the front side of the work as you sc past. Turn.
  • Sc across. Turn.
  • Sc across. Turn. Fasten off green.

Finishing:

  • Using the tapestry needle and green yarn, straighten out and tack down the leaves radiating outwards from their base, as shown in the top photo. Let the edges go over into the orange sections to soften the straight lines.
  • Work in yarn ends.

3 thoughts on “Sea Buckthorn Afghan Square Pattern

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I love your exotic fruit patterns. I have been searching for patterns that will challenge me and still look like an actual object and I think I have finally found some. The will make beautiful afghans to give to family next christmas. Thank you very much!

    Fellow Crocheter,

    Elizabeth K.

  2. Very informative blog. Seabuckthorn possesses a rich content of vitamins and nutrients and therefore, is very effective for slowing down aging and medicinal skin care.

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