May Featured Throw of the Month

Welcome to the May Featured Throw of the Month! This month we have the Flower Garden Throw made in With Love yarn. Each month we will have a new themed throw as a featured free pattern. Each throw will have a tip or two in the blog, as well as a giveaway to win the yarn to make the throw. Keep reading for the tip and to access the giveaway! Use the hashtag #throwmonth to talk about the series.

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LW4687 Flower Garden Throw

Tip

The throw this month is made in With Love, but the samples are done in Soft. These pictures show you how to make the adjustable ring that starts each hexagon motif. An adjustable ring lets you make the opening in the middle of a motif nearly invisible, compared with starting with a chain 2 or a chain ring. A shorter version of these instructions without pictures is found under Special Techniques in the PDF pattern.

To start, wrap yarn in a ring, ensuring that the tail falls behind the working yarn. (Working yarn is the yarn that is attached to the ball or skein.) Grip ring and tail firmly between middle finger and thumb. In this picture you can see the yarn ring, with the thumb lifted so you can see how it crosses.

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Insert hook through center of ring, yarn over (with working yarn) and draw up a loop.

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Work stitches of first round in the ring, working over both strands (the tail and the ring). For this project, the first round is Round 1 of the Hexagon. You will start with a chain 1.

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And then work 6 single crochets into the ring, making sure you’re working over the tail and the ring.

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After the first round of stitches is worked, you’ll tighten up the loops. Looking at the picture above, you’ll see there are two strands between the two ends of the single crochets. If you pull the tail, one of the strands will tighten (let’s call this strand A), but the other will remain loose (strand B). You’ll want both of them to tighten up.

Figure out which strand is strand A. Gently pull strand A so that strand B tightens up.

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Finally, pull the tail to tighten strand A.

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From here, for this pattern you will place a marker and then start Round 2. In other patterns you may slip stitch to join the round, place markers, work in unjoined rounds…anything that you would normally do at the end of a Round 1, following the pattern.

Find all of the other throws on our Featured Throw of the Month page.

Giveaway

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72 thoughts on “May Featured Throw of the Month

  1. NawLar

    This Blanket is so Lovely.. I really want to Own and make it myself.. `m I late for this event? Always Love RedHeart!

  2. Lori Korpela

    I would love to win this yarn!

  3. liz

    Beautiful! I would love to make this for my granddaughter! She will love it!

    • Rosemary Smith

      Please enter me to win yarn to make may throw of the month.

      • redheart Post author

        Hi Rosemary, Thank you for your question, but the May contest has ended. You can enter to win the yarn for the June Featured Throw of the Month by filling out your name and email on the giveaway form in this blog post.

  4. Jan

    I have always used Red Heart yarn since I learned to crochet but the Love Yarn is the best I have ever crocheted with.

  5. Kate Templin

    This afghan could easily become a family heirloom. I can’t wait to start it.

  6. Lavonne

    It would be so nice to win the yarn for this pretty afghan

  7. Sharon Hulverson

    This afghan is simply adorable &
    If I were to win the yarn I have the most adorable granddaughter to make this for!
    Thank you.

  8. Cindy

    I love your yarn and have donated many to the local Veteran’s Home via the American Legion Auxiliary. It is my pleasure to create beautiful handmade items.

  9. Brenda F Sears

    I would love to win some yarn…I’d really just love to win something….LOL! A ways reading of other people winning so why not me! The blanket is beautiful!!!

  10. Deb N

    Looking forward to making a couple of these for my granddaughters, in different color schemes. I was just looking at an antique pin that gave me an idea for alternate colors. But since hubby got laid off in March, I’m really hoping to win some yarn to keep my costs down. Haven’t used Love Yarn yet, so I will having a little shopping adventure.

  11. marie reine waltzing

    BONJOUR JE TRICOTE BEAUCOUP ET LE PLUS SOUVENT AVEC LA LAINE red HEART,J’AIMERAIS BIEN GAGNER CAR MES PETITS ENFANTS M’EN DEMANDENT BEAUCOUP,J’AIME CETTE LAINE.C’EST MA PREFERE ET FACILE A TROUVER DANS NOS MAGASINS.

  12. Sharon Kiellach

    The Love Yarn is wonderful. And so soft! Red Heart is my “go to” yarn!

  13. Diane Chicklo

    This is soooo pretty would luv to win this it would look so good on my grand daughter’s bed.

  14. Sherry

    I’d love to win this beautiful yarn do I can learn to make such a special afghan and more. What a blessing that would b for me or whomever wins it! Blessings!

  15. Kath

    This is just lovely. I know several little girls that would just love this

  16. Laraine

    Many of the knit and crochet items I have on my Etsy site are made with your Red Heart yarn. I would love to make the Flower Garden Throw. Please count me in!

  17. Eloise Cook

    I would LOVE to make this for my God Daughter. :)

  18. Lynn Mayhew

    Red Heart wool is some of the best wool I have knitted with in the last 45 years, and the colour never fades in the wash.

  19. April

    I would love to win some yarn for this blanket.

  20. Monique Lucas

    This throw is so cute and would be nice to make for my 2 year old granddaughter. I would love to win this yarn

  21. Susanne Yoders

    Such a pretty little afghan~ it would be perfect for our grandgirls when they come to snuggle with grandma.

  22. Betty

    I would like to win this yarn because I love to crochet and I have a limit budget and winning this yarn it will feel like Christmas

  23. Martha Hood

    This looks like fun quilt- would love to win this yarn- looks soft and cuddly. Thanks

  24. Susan

    I love this throw. It’s exactly the challenge I need .

  25. Jenny Watson

    An absolutely lovely, cuddly and warm looking ‘snuggle rug’! I have not used Red Heart yarn as I am not sure where to purchase it in Melbourne, Australia, but would really love to try it. To win enough to make this lovely ‘snuggle rug’ would be a dream come true.

  26. Gretchen Bailey

    I am 69 years young and started crocheting when I was 16 years old; and, in the hospital for surgery on my knee after injuring it while using a trampoline at my high school gym. I used Red Hart yarn to crochet 60 12” squares to be combined into a throw for use by myself when I went home to recuperate. Since then I have made several hundred of pairs of slippers, probably close to 50 various hats, likely close to 150 scarves, as well as two 32” high dolls, numerous other stuffed toys, lost count of baby (booties, hats and blankets), close to 35 dog sweaters (very small, i.e. Chihuahua, to very large, i.e. Boxer), from simple net grocery bags to fancy purses, many kitchen appliance covers, and recently perhaps a dozen sweaters; and, many other unique items..

    I have immensely enjoyed using all the new yarns as they became introduced over the last 54 years. Wow, how time flies!

    Oh, um, if anyone’s interested, just email me and refer to “Gretchen’s Crocheted Goodies” in the subject line (because I won’t recognize who the email is from and so I don’t just delete the email thinking it’s junk).

  27. Brenda

    First grandson on the way! I would love to win and surround him with Redheart love❤️!

  28. Lorraine

    I would just LOVE to win the Love yarn to make this throw! Your Love yarn is the best to work with!!!

  29. Snap

    This afghan is loads of fun and pretty, too. I haven’t tried the With Love yarn … yet!

  30. kay witwer

    I love your yarn.i’ve been using your yarn when i was 15 when I started to crochet many many years ago.would love to win some of the love yarn it is so good to work with.Keep up the good work Red Heart you have fabulous colors in your classic and the super saver in all of your yarn,thank you and also for all the free patterns you have.I’ve made a lot of them over the years.Kay

  31. Tina

    I can’t find where to print this off.

    • redheart Post author

      Thank you for your question! If you mean the Flower Garden Throw, you can click http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/flower-garden-throw or in the link in the blog post and then click “Download printable instructions” underneath the picture. If you mean the blog post itself, you can click the Print button on your browser or copy-paste it into a word processing program and then print.

  32. Lavonna

    love the pattern hope I can win this and make it I knit and crochet for charities .Our group gave over 4000pieces away last year.

  33. Susan Cousin

    I would love to win the yarn to make this beautiful afghan. Thanks for the chance :)

  34. Diane Kaminski

    Such beautiful yarn and what a lovely pattern. I belong to a group that makes lap blankets for chemo patients. Should I be fortunate enough to win this yarn, I will donate all of it to the group to further our efforts. Thank you.

  35. Dawn Murphy

    I would love to win this yarn. I know my granddaughter would love this afghan.

  36. Faulia

    i would love to win those beautiful yarn…

  37. bridgette Byrd

    I have been crocheting for 30 years, I started because I want to make my first baby his first crocheted blanket my self, & he turned 30 in February & blanket has still survived many of washings many times of being dragged on floor, & all because I used only the best yarn Red Heart, the blanket was just s simple pattern double crocheted but the yarn is what made the blanket, so I would love to make this blanket for my first Grandbaby ( my 1st babies) soI would love to show how Red Heart is still wonderful after 30 years

  38. Paula

    I realized after signing up for the Throw-of-the-Month kit , that I had already put an entry in a few days ago. Is it possible to remove the second entry so I can avoid being disqualified? I know there’s only a small chance that I might be one of the winners, but I don’t want to ruin that chance by making a mistake.
    Thank you for your time,
    Paula

    • redheart Post author

      Dear Paula, Thank you for your question, but don’t worry! The system automatically combines the entries, so you won’t be disqualified. We appreciate you checking!

  39. Pat Felder-Cato

    I’ve been using Red Heart yarn since I started crocheting 28 years ago. And though I use other brands it’s still my favorite. Can’t say that I have tried the Love line though, so I look forward to doing so. I’m speaking “to the mountain of doubt ” and claiming the prize as mine.! :-)
    Thanks Red Heart!

  40. Gretchen Bailey

    I am 69 years young and started crocheting when I was 16 years old; and, in the hospital for surgery on my knee after injuring it while using a trampoline at my high school gym. I used Red Hart yarn to crochet 60 12” squares to be combined into a throw for use by myself when I went home to recuperate. Since then I have made several hundred of pairs of slippers, probably close to 50 various hats, likely close to 150 scarves, as well as two 32” high dolls, numerous other stuffed toys, lost count of baby (booties, hats and blankets), close to 35 dog sweaters (very small, i.e. Chihuahua, to very large, i.e. Boxer), from simple net grocery bags to fancy purses, many kitchen appliance covers, and recently perhaps a dozen sweaters; and, many other unique items..

    I have immensely enjoyed using all the new yarns as they became introduced over the last 54 years. Wow, how time flies!

    Anyone’s interested in my items, just email me at gretchen46@cox.net and refer to “Gretchen’s Crocheted Goodies” in the subject line (because I won’t recognize who the email is from and so I don’t just delete the email thinking it’s junk).

  41. jenna

    Just downloaded the pattern. In addition to the sweet afghan, I can see the flowers on a multitude of other projects; thanks for the freebie! As always, the yarn giveaway is a terrific plus. Happy May!

  42. Kate McComas

    I know just the little girl to make this for… Please let me win this yarn….

  43. Barb Woods

    Hi, I just started crocheting. My mother-in-law was very sick, so she was down and depressed. So I went to the store and bought a k/#10 crochet hook and some yarn. You should have seen her face when I asked her to show me how to crochet. She came out of her depression and she was so proud. She only taught me single and double crochet. Now I want to learn more, but I have a learning disability that prevents me from understanding written instructions. I need to see it and need hands on. I am determined to learn other stitches. I want to make this blanket and doilies, any and everything I can. Crocheting is fun and relaxing. I hope you will consider me. But if not, I know whomever you do choose will appreciate it. Thank you,

    Barb woods

  44. Gretchen Bailey

    At 69 and on a fixed income, buying yarn frequently gets put to the back burner. However, I was asked to make a baby blanket so I bought enough Love yarn for the project. Love the texture and feel of the baby blanket as it progresses.

  45. Linda Bourg

    I enjoy your website, free patterns and all Red Heart has to offer. Since Oct. 2014 I have completed 19 afghans. Most were for Christmas presents, using Red Heart yarn. Would love to win the Red Heart yarn to make many more blankets.

  46. Janet

    I’ve never made a baby blanket before but this would be a tremendous gift for a beautiful young lady.

  47. Denise Godin

    Yes I would love yarn from Red Heart Yarns. I love your product and the way it works up is fantastic.

  48. Lynne R

    Wow – wouldn’t the children at the Children’s Shriners Hospital love to have items I crochet for them (hats, wrap-arounds, lapghans) made from this gorgeous yarn!!!!!!! Making less now as yarn supply is running very low need all I can get (even scraps) from friends.

  49. Jeanine

    I would be so happy if I were to win.

  50. Anonymous

    I would like to win the yarn for the beautiful work I always use Red Heart, Thank you

  51. Dale Turner

    How do you secure the the yarn from pulling loose? I had a friend that washed a baby afghan where the centers came loose. How do you keep it from doing that?

    • redheart Post author

      Hi Dale, Thanks for your question!

      When you start and end your project (and start and end any balls or skeins within your project, such as for changing colors) leave a tail at least 6” long. Once the project is finished, take a yarn needle (sometimes called a tapestry needle) and thread the tail onto it. Use the needle to weave the tail back and forth on the wrong side of the fabric.

      Weaving in the tail works better if you go in one direction for an inch or two and then change and go in another different direction. If the yarn is very thick (such as Grande) or seems like it will pull out then you can leave a longer tail and weave more in. Once you have woven in the end, remove the needle and carefully cut the excess yarn. Repeat on all of the tails. If there are small holes, such as where you changed colors, you can use this process to bring the sides together to minimize or eliminate the appearance of the holes.

  52. Anonymous

    I lost my job the first of May, so I cannot purchase any yarn. I would be very surprise to win as I have not won anything for a very long time. I have some afghans that I put aside to start projects for friends, I’m getting caught up, maybe. Two baby afghans were given away as soon as I finished them. I love enjoy crocheting, my mother said that I was born with yarn in my hand.

  53. Julie in San Diego

    Lovely blankie! and I love the Love yarn! Yummy soft and fluffy.
    Julie in San Diego

  54. Lynne L

    I have been looking for an afghan pattern to make for a new great niece. This pattern looks perfect for a beautiful baby girl!

  55. Shay

    I and some friends entered this giveaway, and we were just wondering when the winners will be announced, and how we will know who won.

    • redheart Post author

      Hi Shay, Thanks for your question! We contact the winners privately by email the first week of the following month. We have already contacted the winners for May.

  56. Toni

    Hi. :)

    I have 2 questions about your Flower Garden Throw. Couldn’t I ch 2 and work ch 1, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook? Also, if I do form a ring from a ch 2 would I have to omit the ch 1 step? I’m finding it difficult to work from an adjustable ring…. Thank you so much for your input. :)

    • redheart Post author

      Dear Toni, Thank you for your questions. Yes, you should be able to just ch 2 and then work 6sc in the 2nd chain from hook. You would not need the ch 1 to start the round in that case. For additional questions, please contact Consumer Service at http://www.redheart.com/ContactUs or (800) 648-1479.

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