I was playing around with some yarn yesterday trying to come up with a beautiful piece of yarny goodness to share with you all, and when I made two rows of a plain circle it hit me. Sunflowers!
I know it’s not season appropriate, but, when I get an idea, I must GET. IT. OUT. NOW! Seriously, I have no patience, and I was worried Mom Brain would tuck it away in some cobweb covered file somewhere in the back of my brain to never be seen again. Ask any mother… that happens.
Anyway, back to the task at hand… I grabbed two skeins of Vanna’s Choice; one chocolate and one mustard and set to work putting my new thought to work. I had a Bates K in my hand, but this is really something you can make with any size hook. It is also a 15 minute project, although, that could be extended to half an hour if you kids. I see you moms nodding along…
You can save this pattern as a PDF file by picking it up in my Ravelry store, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sunflower-crochet-pattern
Stitches and Terms
- MC – Magic Circle
- SC – Single Crochet
- DC – Double Crochet
- SKST – Skip Stitch
- SS – Slip Stitch
This pattern is made using a picot stitch. To simplify it, I have written out the steps to complete it in the pattern. If you look to the end of the pattern, I have posted photos to help you along if you are confused. The third round is not completed in the back loop. It is worked in the 3rd loop. I have also included photos of this for those unfamiliar with it.
Round One: With brown, make a mc. Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc x 11. Join with a ss to ch 3. (12 dc)
Round Two: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same spot as ch 3, 2dc in each st around. Join with a ss to ch 3. (24 dc)
Round Three: (switch to gold and ss into the 3rd loop of the next st) Ch 1 (counts as first sc), dc in same st, ch 3, ss into 3rd ch from hook (picot), dc in same st, sc in same st. *Skst, sc in next, dc in same, ch 3, ss into 3rd ch from hook (picot), dc in same st, sc in same st.* Repeat * * around. Join with a ss to 1st ch. Fasten off, weave in ends. (12 petals made)
Working in the 3rd loop: If you look in the back of your work, right below your back loop, you can see a small loop that runs right across your stitch. This is your third loop. All of your stitches will work into this loop.
The Picot Stitch: When you have finished your first dc, ch 3. In the 3rd ch from hook (the 1st ch in this sequence), you will ss. The last photo shows what your completed picot will look like.
I had an epiphany this morning! This pattern can also be used to make a sun applique!
Sunshine: we can use a little of that in these parts
I would love to see how your sunflowers turn out! Share them with me on my Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/fromhomecrochet
Stack of completed sunflowers ranging in size. I used a G, H and K hook to make these.