Throwback Thursday: Don't Eat The Daisies

Date: 28th July 2016 | Category: Issue 31, TBT


Don't Eat The Daisies

was an extremely popular pattern back in issue 31. Designed by the talented Barbara Lawler, this pattern was originally intended as a sweet play mat or children's blanket, but we've seen so many variations including a large, king-size bed spread and the individual granny squares being used as patches on children's clothes.

The granny squares can be positioned anywhere in the blanket or repeated if you fancy more or less of a particular design.

Why we love it: As well as being a great project to personalise we just adore all the tiny touches Barbara included in her design. From the sweet "Don't Eat The Daisies" sign, to the cheeky animals with daisies in their mouths and Joe (the farmer) is not amused! Plus, the 3D design element of this blanket brings it to another level!

Don't Eat The Daisies – issue 31

Barbara says: ‘I wanted to try something different with a granny square by adding a 3D element and came up with this farm afghan. I loved
designing this fun blanket – it was a challenge to get the squares all the same size so they would fit together.’



Yarns Used:
Stylecraft Special DK • 100% Acrylic • 100g/ 295m/322yds
MC: Silver (1203)
CC1: Graphite (1063); Soft Peach (1240); Lemon (1020); Cream (1005); Camel (1420); Mocha (1064); Meadow (1065); Walnut (1054); Dark Brown (1004); Shrimp (1132); Aster (1003); Black (1002); Saffron (1081)

Stylecraft Life DK • 75% Wool, 25% Acrylic • 100g/298m/326yds
Natural Nepp (2325); Barley Marl (2314); Oatmeal (2303)

Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake DK • 100% Polyester • 25g/85m/92yds
Beige (642)

DMC Petra No 3/5 cream or similar – a few metres.

Metallic yarn – 1 metre.

Each granny square measures approx 9.5cm sq. Exact tension not essential but keep your squares the same size.


  • 2.5mm 3mm, 3.5mm, 4mm hooksYarn needle
  • Thread needle
  • Sharp, small scissors
  • Small pieces of dowel – 1cm, 1.5cm
  • and 2cm, or similar sized pen/biro
  • Wire suede brush or similar
  • Sewing machine threads to match

Designer Biography
After teaching textiles in Birmingham for many years Barbara decided to take early retirement. She was first taught to crochet by her grandma and now spends most of her day playing with yarns.

Please note: The print edition of this issue has now sold out. However, you can still get your hands on this beautiful pattern digitally at


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