I won’t lie. The first time I seen a crocheted toy made from African flowers I thought it was weird looking and I wondered what the point was. I really didn’t get it. I wish I could remember what that project was where I could go back and look at it now, but alas, I can’t remember. I came across a project today – well, yesterday since it’s now past midnight – that I fell in love with (more on that in a minute) that was made from crocheted African flowers and I spent some time looking for more African Flower projects. Suddenly I didn’t think they were so weird. Well, some of them still are. I think it’s because of the colours picked by who was making it it, but that’s okay. I fully endorse all things weird, as long as it’s not that creepy sort of weird that makes you feel really uncomfortable. You know what I am talking about.
And with that, I am going to delve into African flower crochet projects.
I actually found myself wondering where African flower
squares hexagons came from. I spent some time on Google and found nothing of their history. I can only guess that they have a similar history to that of the granny square, but they originated in Africa. Anyway, if you want to learn to make them, Heidi Bears has an awesome tutorial.
Now for that pattern that I came across and fell in love with…
It’s an Ogopogo. What’s an Ogopogo you ask? It’s a cryptoid. You know, one of those creatures that no one can prove the existence of but everyone has seen at some point like Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster, drop bears, the chupacabra…you get the idea. I have a strange love for cryptoids and was really upset as a teenager to learn that no colleges offered a degree in cryptozoology. Today there are places that offer ‘degrees’ but none of these are accredited courses. Basically you are learning the legends and history of various cryptids and taking a glorified biology course. I say glorified because I majored in both biology and chemistry in college. Now, you can become a biologist and study unknown animals. This is how the komodo dragon, okapi and giant octopus were found. Actual cryptozoology courses are a way for places to earn a quick $1000+ for their degree. You can learn all these things if you do enough research on your own. Either way people are going to point and laugh, much the same way they do at a lot of the Bigfoot societies. Remember the scandal a few years back where one of the groups claimed they had a Bigfoot pelt and it was nothing but a costume? In the world of cryptozoology the members of that particular group lost all their credibility. So much for being “experts”.
Okay, I’ve veered off the crochet road here. Let’s get back to the Ogopogo. It’s a cousin of the Loch Ness monster and is from British Columbia in Canada and lives in the Okanagan Lake. Lineandloops over at Etsy came up with a pattern for one. Seriously, a crochet pattern for a cryptid made of African flowers is the perfect way to get me interested in the African flower motif and all it has to offer. She offers a pattern for both the normal sized one and a junior version. It’s adorable and I fell in love. I know what my next project is going to be. I’m also wondering if with some slight modifications if I can turn it into the Lake Erie Monster, Bessie.
I know, I know. Why can’t I just be one of those people who do a round up of pictures and links. Why do I have to write something about everything I find? I wish I had an answer for that other than that doesn’t feel like blogging to me…and this is a blog.
Next up we have this dragon named Smaug. Now, I’m not sure if the inspiration was the Smaug from J.R.R. Tolkien fame, but it’s a dragon and I’m sold. If there is one thing I love as much as cryptids, it’s dragons.
Smaug is one of many Heidi Bears patterns that have caught my attention. I have to say that as a designer she’s impressed me. I can’t name any crochet pattern designers but I am sure I will never forget her name. I love her patterns and I love her name.
She has a number of patterns up for sale on Ravelry including the pictured adorable triceratops a friend of mine has fallen in love with, a pony, and the happy hippo. Going through Pintrest you will find a ton of hippo pictures. It took me a while to find the pattern because no one could be bothered to link to the pattern.
I don’t know who did it first, I’ve seen a number of variations, but someone took Heidi’s pony and turned it into a unicorn. This one is the work of Michelle over at Crafty Morning. I had to show it here because it’s freaking adorable and so colourful!
Another crocheted African flower project I want to make is this koala bear by Holly Osterbrink over on Ravelry.
I have a friend who lives in Australia. I’ve probably mentioned him before and how his little niece gets all the cool little kid things I want to make. One of the first things I made for her was a koala lovey blanket. I then threatened to make her a blue ringed octopus. For those that don’t know, the blue ring octopus will kill you. I was told that it was the wrong toy to give an Aussie child because they may end up thinking it’s a “safe” animal like a bunny. My argument was that any child could have a stuffed bunny. They are easy to find. Along with stuffed teddy bears….but toys of native Australian wildlife, not so much. At least not outside of koala’s and kangaroos. I’ve threatened to make this same friend a crocheted wombat complete with square poops. I’m just that kind of person.
Anyway, I think his niece would love this koala. I’m still making the octopus for her. No one can stop me. At some point I’m sure his sister is going to wonder where he found me.
Speaking of lovey blankets for little kids, there is this cute hippo security blanket from Amy Mc Anderson over at Ravelry.
Remember how I said I endorse all things weird? This salamander from Jo’s Crocheteria fits the bill. Look at all those colours and those giant eyes! The eyes is what makes this for me. I also love how she named him Gaudi. She also has an adorably weird cute bunny (who’s colour scheme makes me think “kiwi” rather than African flower), a sleeping fox (I am all about this fox) and a t-rex (who, if I do say so myself, would make an awesome friend for Heidi Bear’s stegosaurus) among her store of crochet pattern offerings.
Why do these things have to be so cute? I only have so many hours in the day and I want to make all of them!
Lastly I want to share this butterfly pillow I found from Bauta Witch.
I am pretty sure that it’s the first butterfly pillow pattern I’ve come across. A quick Google or Pintrest search will lead you to a lot of pillows made from African flowers, but most of them are square or roundish. That kind of makes this butterfly stand out a bit.
That concludes my trip down the crocheted African flower motif rabbit hole. If you are looking for more patterns, there are tons of patterns out there. You can also follow my African flower crochet Pintrest board to see what else I find.