Aaaw, Thanks, guys! I loved making it. Even if I got a bit annoyed because I can't count when it came to making the flowers in the middle! Lol.
I started off by making a 3D flower, completely made it up. I'll try to draw the pattern (I use visual crochet) But it was something similar to the babushka rose pattern, only I did an extra 'petal base' round (can't think of how else to describe it) and ended up with that as my base for the black around the flower.
This blanket is for my friend, so she wanted black. I found the black a bit overwhelming, I liked it on white better.
I made the flowers on size 5 hook, and then the first round (of black) went all the way around with a size 4 hook.
I wanted a rainbow, but wanted to change the colors a little bit because I was sick of making 'uniform' blankets and have always wanted to make a 'random color' blanket, but I"m too much of a planner! Lol.
I started withe the purple for the first square and went around only two sides. You start with a bride/shell and end with the bride/shell. Then you chain three and go into the next space and work 'backwards' having turned the work. At the last space, do the bride/shell and then one more triple/double into the last stitch. Then you change colors.
HIGHLY RECCOMEND doing the tails as you go! Lol. It only takes a second or two on each row, and then you go over the tops of them anyway, but I now am about to join and have no tails to sew in or anything.
I did this one factory style, I made the 36 flowers, then went round all 36 in the black. My blanket is 6x6 and each rainbow has 6 colors. I first did the purple - but only on 6 motifs. Then I did the blue - on the 6 motifs, and on the purple ones. Then I did the green - on the 6 motifs, and the 12 blue ones. All the way to the end of the rainbow. You'll end up with squares of differing numbers of rounds, so then you work back down through the rainbow. That's the fun bit because it goes really fast.
I'm going to join the squares with black (as per friends' request) and am trying to figure out what to do for the border. I could do another round of rainbow, or I could do a few rounds of the verigated wool I used for the flowers. I'll figure that bit out once everything is joined. Watch this space! Lol
Here is the rose I based the flower pattern on:
Here is the same square, but with a white border.