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Crochet Butterfly Free Tutorial
Crochet Butterfly Free Tutorial pattern on Craftsy.com
great flower pattern - crochet
@Holly Elkins Cunningham, you could do something like these "Summer Garden Granny Squares" as a step up from the boring, straight across crochet you mentioned. They're super easy when you get the hang of them, and you can decide how big you want to make your project as you go. Also, this site is where the inspiration for my current afghan came from (the woman is a crochet genius!), & there are a ton of other ideas to be found there if you're not into this particular square at the moment :)
Crochet Tutorial: Granny Square Excellent tutorial, many pictures, easy to understand.
25 FREE! flower crochet patterns might be just what you're looking for.