Free Tropical Delight Crochet Pattern

Free Tropical Delight Crochet Pattern

Here’s my county fair afghan entry, slowly, slooooowly coming along. I think this will be the fourth or fifth year I’ve been working on it, a little at a time. I wrote about this a little bit before (here if you want to read about it), and while I’m still plugging away at it, it seems that sometime between when I started this and now that the pattern has gone out of print.

I got a request a few days back if I could share the pattern since it’s not readily available. Mindful of copyright laws, I did my best to search on Amazon, eBay, and elsewhere on the internet to see if I could find a legal copy to direct the searcher to, but I found nothing. Finally, I decided to call Herrschener’s directly to see if they had back copies in stock or anything like that.

Free Tropical Delight Crochet Pattern

I talked with them for a bit, and when they confirmed that the pattern was out of print and that they couldn’t direct me to another place I could purchase it from, I asked them if it would be all right to share the pattern. I was told that yes, I could share the pattern as long as I was not making any profit off of it. So, I am happy to share with everyone this free Tropical Delight crochet pattern.

Free Tropical Delight Crochet Pattern

This is one of the most beautiful squares I’ve ever crocheted, and the assembled afghan is even more spectacular. I found it originally in Herrschener’s More Blue Ribbon Afghans – it was the first pattern in the book and it caught my eye instantly. To make a pdf file, I took photos of the copy in my book and compiled them together to download. The pages are not perfect – there are coffee and paint stains, but the pattern is clear and legible.  See note below. 

Free Tropical Delight Crochet Pattern

Again, I want to reiterate that this is not my pattern, and I was given permission to share it for free.

Update Feb 16, 2015.  Download file has been temporarily removed in order to convert it from photocopy to text, so as to avoid publisher copyright.  I apologize for any inconvenience.  The pattern should be back online soon. 

Update Feb 26, 2015: Pattern is back – still the pattern, but not photocopies of the book.  The pattern was originally published through Herrschner’s before it was included in the Blue Ribbon book I own.  Hopefully this clears any concerns!

Tropical Delight Crochet Pattern

Edit 3/9: If you’re looking for a photo tutorial of the stitches,  you can find them here

Edit 3/31:  I can’t post photos of their illustrations for the Figures, but I will describe them the best I can here below:

Figure 1 shows the chain-4 worked just underneath the next two loops of the stitch, instead of into the two loops of the stitch.

Figure 2 and Figure 3 shows the stitch being worked into the space that is created by the first sc (so basically, all popcorn stitches are worked into the one sc) for the former. For the latter, they’re worked into the bottom of the trc instead of the sc – so, the first wrap of the trc from the bottom. In both cases, they’re not worked into the foundation, but a tiny bit up from that, on the bottom space of whatever stitch is called for.

Figure 4: after you’ve made the 1 trc and 2 dc into the stitch specified, you’ll take the hook off of the yarn and insert it into the front and back loops of the trc. Pull up the yarn, put your hook back in, and then pull the yarn from the end of the second dc through. You’ll have a 3-stitch puff that comes is slightly pointed at the end.
sh-pc-B is essentially the same, with the hook removed and put into the trc, and then finishing the stitch.
sh-pc-C is the same, worked into the beginning triple crochet.

Figure 5 shows the center stitch in the petal. It says: “Work in front of petal in the same dc as two previous rounds. Insert hook behind st, come to front in the center of st. Yo, pull through lp on hook, sl st made. Insert hook back through center of st again. Come to front, left of st. Yo, pull through lp on hook. Sl st made.”
The picture is of the center petal, with a slip stitch in the center and an sc on top of that. On either side (one on the left, one on the right), there is a slip stitch.
So what you’re doing here is making the base in between each white outer petal, where it connects to the round 4 of petals below. You make two slip stitches in the stitch of the center petal stitch of round 4, behind the round 5 slip stitch outline. The two slip stitches make the end of one petal and the beginning of the next, both in the same stitch.

Figure 6 is simply an invisible join, which can be found on youtube and a good deal of crochet sites.

Let me know if you have any problems accessing it, and I’ll do my best to help out.  Enjoy!
~Mellie ★

 

 

61 Comments

  1. Kathleen Bock

    Thank you for all the time and effort you put into being able to share this beautiful pattern. I’m looking forward to making this square. Maybe just a pillow….maybe an afghan…..haven’t decided yet. I thinking t will be a great scrap buster though :)

    • Kathleen,
      I’m so glad I’m able to share it! Thanks for your kindness. I’d love to see what you come up with!

  2. Kathie Gainous

    Just wanted to say thank you. I appreciate all of your efforts.
    Again, thank you

  3. Michelle

    If you were given permission, you are supposed to post the letter from the copyright holder. This pattern was published in a book.

    • Thank you for this information. I will look into it immediately.

  4. cat3crazy

    Thank you for going to all the trouble of getting permission to post the pattern. I am eagerly looking forward to making the block.

  5. Marion

    I love this and I hope you are able to get all permissions sorted.
    I am really looking forward to using your copy of this pattern
    Good luck with it all

  6. Carol

    Just saw this tonight for the first time, it is absolutely gorgeous and I would love to be able to get a copy of it also. So thankful that you are going through the effort to make sure that it is not still entangled in copyright issues. Is there any idea when you might receive the answers to your inquiries? Again thank you for doing the research, Carol

  7. Pam Harrison

    Can you please let me know when you have the pattern back up? Would love to make this. Thank you

  8. Paula Mersing

    Please let me know when the pattern is back on line.

  9. Carol

    Thank you for making this available for us, it is beautiful!

  10. Marion

    Thank you so very much for sharing this pattern with us all :-)

  11. txmommylady

    Love love! I downloaded the .pdf with no problems. I was wondering, though if you could add the pics with it? I can’t edit it myself to add the pics :)

    • I haven’t found a way to add the photos without infringing on copyright, but I’ll keep looking for ways to help.

  12. txmommylady

    Ah! You should be able to add your own photo, though. Or what about adding the link back to the photo at the beginning that can be referred to easily? I often add the designer’s photo, first obtaining permission. The photo will belong to Herrschners. Just thoughts :)

  13. Is there a way to sign up for email updates?
    Your work is beautiful!
    I was referred her by L

    • I’m working on getting a newsletter up and available soon! Thanks for asking.

  14. Your work is beautiful!
    I was referred her by Laurel’s Place – because of the Tropical Delight! I WILL be making this!

    • Thanks for that direct link! I updated my post.

  15. Kristin Bacci Bøgh

    Dear Mellie. Sitting høre in dk trying uot This great pattern.. Foundation the foto-tutorial as well, but: i can’t find the fig. 1-6 that are refured to in the pattern showing the different popcornstitches and worse, what should be explained in fig 5 & 6.
    I do hope yuo Can help med.
    Lotus of crochet -regards
    Kristin

  16. Kristin Bacci Bøgh

    Hi again. I’ve found the photos allready. What I can’t find, is the fig. 1-6 refured to in the written instructions. Some of them showing the pc-A-B-C
    Greatings Kristin

    • Ah, I understand.

      I’ll do my best to explain them, as they aren’t too complicated. If you need further information, I can do my best to draw it out :)

      Figure 1 shows the chain-4 worked just underneath the next two loops of the stitch, instead of into the two loops of the stitch.

      Figure 2 and Figure 3 shows the stitch being worked into the space that is created by the first sc (so basically, all popcorn stitches are worked into the one sc) for the former. For the latter, they’re worked into the bottom of the trc instead of the sc – so, the first wrap of the trc from the bottom. In both cases, they’re not worked into the foundation, but a tiny bit up from that, on the bottom space of whatever stitch is called for.

      Figure 4: after you’ve made the 1 trc and 2 dc into the stitch specified, you’ll take the hook off of the yarn and insert it into the front and back loops of the trc. Pull up the yarn, put your hook back in, and then pull the yarn from the end of the second dc through. You’ll have a 3-stitch puff that comes is slightly pointed at the end.
      sh-pc-B is essentially the same, with the hook removed and put into the trc, and then finishing the stitch.
      sh-pc-C is the same, worked into the beginning triple crochet.

      Figure 5 shows the center stitch in the petal. It says: “Work in front of petal in the same dc as two previous rounds. Insert hook behind st, come to front in the center of st. Yo, pull through lp on hook, sl st made. Insert hook back through center of st again. Come to front, left of st. Yo, pull through lp on hook. Sl st made.”
      The picture is of the center petal, with a slip stitch in the center and an sc on top of that. On either side (one on the left, one on the right), there is a slip stitch.
      So what you’re doing here is making the base in between each white outer petal, where it connects to the round 4 of petals below. You make two slip stitches in the stitch of the center petal stitch of round 4, behind the round 5 slip stitch outline. The two slip stitches make the end of one petal and the beginning of the next, both in the same stitch.

      Figure 6 is simply an invisible join, which can be found on youtube and a good deal of crochet sites.

      I hope this helps, let me know if I can clarify better.
      Mellie

  17. Kristin Bacci Bøgh

    Thanks a lot for explaining, so frustaiting to look for fig. you just can’t find

  18. Erik McKee

    This is a very nice pattern. However, aren’t some of the joining instructions missing?

    • Hi Erik ~
      The information on joining squares should be in the pattern download above. It’s on page 3, about halfway down the page, before the border section. If your pattern is missing this section, try downloading it again. If you’re still having trouble finding it, let me know and I’ll try to help further.

  19. Erik

    Finding it wasn’t the problem. I’m just trying to make sense of it. That’s why I was wondering if some of the text is missing or something like that…

    • I just went and reviewed the pattern in the book, and that’s all that’s written in the section on joining squares. I haven’t yet made the join myself, but it looks like the popcorn corner sections are made first and separately, and then once they’re attached, you go back and connect the sides with slipstitches. It does seem a little confusing, a diagram would be helpful. I’ll try to work on that as I finish my afghan up, and then see if I can post an accompanying explanation.

      • Erik

        All I could picture was the squares all joined only at corners and then filling in the rest of the seams. I’m trying to picture exactly how that would work, though.

        On a separate note, I’m not sure what the difference in appearance between shpc-b and c…

        • The shpc-b and shpc-c are very similar! The only difference really is that the b-stitch has the extra ch-1. As for working into the beginning chain instead of the trc itself, that is probably negligible.

  20. Thanks for the pattern, I love this granny.
    Greetings from Holland, Wendy
    Wendy’s Mhaaksels

  21. Dana Rosario

    Hello! I’m interested in the pattern but can’t get the download. Can you help me, please?

    • Hi Dana! Near the bottom of the page, there is a link text for the download. You need Adobe Acrobat to open it; if you don’t have that, you can download it free here: https://get.adobe.com/reader/ Let me know if you still have trouble opening it!

  22. Monique

    Trying to make this beautifull pattern. I managed, till the round were the leaves start. What is very confusing to me is to try and translate. Is it american or english stitching terms? (I am dutch). Hope you can help me, by telling me how to translate (american of english?)

    • Yes, these are American terms! Sorry for the confusion.

  23. Belinda Bright

    I found this pattern a couple of years ago and, like you, immediately fell in love with its beauty. Unlike you, I never thought of contacting Herrschners for the pattern. Instead, I spent about 6 months searching the Internet for the Blue Ribbon Book. I even purchased a book that listed Tropical Delight as one of its patterns. The name may have been the same, but It wasn’t the tropical delight I was looking for–nowhere near it. I found the book and spent a ton of time trying to figure out some of those intricate stitches. Finally, I finished enough squares to make a bed sized afghan. A word of warning here, this pattern makes a very heavy finished piece. I have a completed afghan with the exception of a few more rows of border. I’m immensely proud of it, but suspect it will only be on my bed when company is coming. I’ve used the center flower a number of times because it makes such a lovely addition to any project.

  24. kristina

    hi Mellie, thanks so much for making this beautiful pattern available to us. i also appreciate all the time and effort you took to do this. thanks again. Kristina

  25. Kim

    I see all the notes and edits for the Tropical Delight square but can’t locate the actual pattern. I realize you have done a lot of work to present this pattern and I do appreciate it. I would like to use this as a centerpiece for a project. Can you help me, please?

  26. Judi Brock

    I absolutely love this pattern and although it seems complicated, I will definitely attempt it. Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to share this.

  27. This is beautiful!! I was wondering if you know what the original colors are?

  28. Beve Ritz

    Thank you so much for your kindness. It takes a special person to go to the trouble you have gone to.

  29. karin

    I really would like to make the Tropical Flower but I get confused with the beginning do you chain 4 and then work single crochet in the ring or you chain 4 and make the ring and then do the popcorn stitches please help

  30. terrie perkins

    I can’t find where to print the instructions? Can you help. You afgan is just gorgeous and a real inspiration.
    terr

  31. Kathy Gannon

    Lovely block! When i click the red words it seems like it wants to load but doesnt. I tried throug FB and in my browser. Whats wrong? Is it not available any longer? Plz help.

  32. Thank you so much! If it were not for your efforts this block might possibly have disappeared into never-never land for unloved and lost blocks! You are awesome my friend!
    Hugs,
    Beth P

  33. Sharon Blignaut

    I love this beautiful square, but would like to know how the border is done. Have tried to get a copy of the Herrschners 2005 Afghan Contest Winners book, but cannot find it anywhere! Can anyone help me out here? Thank you very much :-)

    • Hi Sharon! The directions for the border start on the middle-bottom of the third page of the pattern. Let me know if you have trouble locating it!
      ~mellie

      • Lydia Cole

        84 Kingston Blvd

        I am also interested to find out the pattern of the border of the blue afghan, is it in the book? I would very much to find it please help

  34. Elaine DiSanto

    Love this pattern – thank you so much for making it available! I’ve done an afghan of these in Victorian Christmassy colors, but was hoping to duplicate your palette – I know you used “Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Full o’ Sheep”, which has been discontinued, but I have access to some. Can you tell me what colors you used in your county fair afghan? My guess(es) would be: Clementine, Little Lamb, Thyme, Passionfruit, and Honeycomb?

      • Elaine DiSanto

        Thank you so much for the quick response!!

  35. Trish Stevens

    Hi. Thank you so much for putting all this work in on our behalf. it’s a fabulous pattern.

  36. I was wondering if you have left hand intructions on the Topical Delight Afghan pattern?
    The afghan is so beautiful!

    • I don’t, I’m sorry! If I do come across them I will definitely update. Thank you!

  37. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Considering the Around the Bases CAL with this as the center.

  38. Karen Stephens

    Thank you for letting us know the pattern. And for helping us out with doing it also. Takes a very special person to do all of this for others. God Bless you. And you have given me a blanket that I am going to make for a life long friend who is like my sister. She is one of the best and has earned this for having to deal with me over the years. I am bipolar and crochet has saved my life. And so has she. So Thank God for You!

  39. Marny CA

    Mellie, I have been searching for hours back and forth and forth and back and *still* do not see the pattern for “Tropical Delight”!

    Where exactly is the pattern that you have said is now available? HELP!

    • Hi Marny – I see you found the pattern! I’ll make a note to myself to make the pdf link much more obvious sometime in the next couple of weeks. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

    • In case anyone else is looking for it as well:

      Scroll through the post on this page until you see the last photo, the one with the blanket completely put together. You’ll see a couple of updates, the second one dated February 26th. right under that, there is pink text that says Tropical Delight Crochet Pattern. Click on that text and the pdf should open.

      If that doesn’t work or if you’re still having trouble locating it, let me know. I’ll make a note to myself to make the pattern more obvious for those looking sometime in the next couple of weeks.

      mellie

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