Crocheted Sunflower


These cute little sunflowers are not only a joy to whip up,  but would look marvellous as embellishments to your craft projects, clothing and home. 
They are quick to make, but intricate in design. Why not whip up a couple as they are the perfect project for a spot of afternoon crochet.






  •  Embroidery Floss
  • A Crochet Hook
  • A Stitch Marker
  • Scissors
  • A Darning Needle
  • Stuffing to fill your sunflower









Any type of yarn can be used for this project along with the yarn manufacturers recommendation of hook size.
I However chose to make my Sunflowers relatively small (measuring approximately 5cm in diameter) and therefore decided to use embroidery floss as my choice of yarn, along with a tiny 1.25 sized crochet hook. 

I chose to use embroidery floss not only because I wanted my sunflowers to be relatively small in size, but also because embroidery floss is easily available and comes in a fantastic array of colour choices. 





This project works best if you use three different shades of embroidery floss. 
  1. A dark shade for the centre of the Sunflower (I chose Brown). 
  2. Green for the leaves of the sunflower.
  3. A nice bright colour for the petals of the Sunflower.  (I chose to stay true to a traditional sunflower and pick yellows and oranges for my petal colour. Feel free to play around with other petal colours!!)



ch = Chain
ss = Slip Stitch
sc = Single crochet (UK double crochet)
hdc = Half double crochet (UK half treble crochet)
dc = Double crochet (UK treble crochet)

(From now on, all crochet stitch abbreviations are written in US terminology.)


Make sure to use your stitch marker to indicate clearly where each round begins.

Into a adjustable ring, 6 sc. join with a ss into the first sc of this round to form a circle (6 stitches)


ch1 (does not count as a sc). 2sc into each of the 6 stitches from the previous round. Join with a ss into the first sc of this round to form a circle (12 stitches)


ch1 (does not count as a sc).
*2sc into the first stitch, sc into next stitch* repeat between * and * 5 times. Join with a slip stitch into the first sc of this round to form a circle  (18 stitches)


ch1 (does not count as a sc). 
*2sc into the first stitch, sc into next 2 stitches *. Repeat between * and * 5 times. Join with a slip stitch into the first sc of this round to form a circle  (24 stitches)



ch1 (does not count as a sc). 
*2sc into the first stitch, sc into next 3 stitches *. Repeat between * and * 5 times. Join with a slip stitch into the first sc of this round to form a circle  (30 stitches)



ch1 (does not count as a sc). 
For this round we are going to be crocheting into the back loops of the stitches from the previous round, have a look at the picture below to see what I mean:



sc into the back loop of each stitch from the previous round. Join with a slip stitch into the first sc of this round to form a circle  (30 stitches)


ch1 (does not count as a sc).
Sc into the back loops of the stitches from the previous round. (30 Stitches). 
ss into the first sc of this round to join and form a circle.
Fasten off and sew in any trailing ends.







Into a magic loop 6 sc. join with a ss into the first sc of this round to form a circle (6 stitches)


ch1 (does not count as a sc). 2sc into each of the 6 stitches from the previous round. Join with a ss into the first sc of this round to form a circle (12 stitches)


ch1 (does not count as a sc).
*2sc into the first stitch, sc into next stitch* repeat between * and * 5 times. Join with a slip stitch into the first sc of this round to form a circle  (18 stitches)


ch1 (does not count as a sc). 
*2sc into the first stitch, sc into next 2 stitches *. Repeat between * and * 5 times. Join with a slip stitch into the first sc of this round to form a circle  (24 stitches)


ch1 (does not count as a sc). 
*2sc into the first stitch, sc into next 3 stitches *. Repeat between * and * 5 times. Join with a slip stitch into the first sc of this round to form a circle  (30 stitches)

ch1 (does not count as a sc).
For this round we are going to be joining the back part (green part) of our sunflower to the centre part of our sunflower (brown part) using single crochets.

sc through both the green and brown part of our flower (30 stitches), See picture below...

Before you totally connect both parts together, tuck in the centre tail from the green part and add some stuffing into the little pouch we are creating.



Continue to sc around until you have competed all 30 stitches.



ch1 (does not count as a sc)

Turn your work so the brown side is facing you.


We are now going to be working the little spiky petals of the sunflower.
Go ahead and ss into the first stitch.


Into the next stitch we are going to: sc, ch2, then ss into the 2nd chain from your hook, sc. (see pictures below for help)

single crochet
Chain 2
Slip stitch through the 2nd chain from hook.

single crochet. Then slip stitch into the next stitch.

We've created our first little leafy spike!
Go ahead and repeat that pattern again:
*ss into the first stitch.
Into the next stitch: sc, ch2 and ss int othe 2nd chain from your hook to create a little picot stitch, sc.
ss into the next stitch.*

Repeat between * and * 8 more times.



Fasten off and sew in and trailing ends. You should have something that looks like this:



For the final part of the flower we are going to add some lovely sunny petals. In order to do this we are going to be working through the front loop stitches.  (The stitches that are left over from our previous rounds of only working through the back loops.)

I've marked them on the picture below so you can see clearly what I mean:


Now turn your work so that the brown part is facing towards you.
To start off we are going to be working through the front loop stitches that are closest to our green leaves. This will make our outer layer of petals.


Pull a loop of your petal coloured yarn through one of the front loop stitches to begin.
ss to secure the loop that you've pulled through.



ss into the first stitch.
Into the next stitch: ss, ch2, dc, ch3 and ss into the 3rd chain from hook, dc, ch2, ss.
ss into the next stitch.

Thats your first petal done!!! Have a look at the pictures below if you need an extra bit of help with that:
slip stitch (ss)


Chain 2 (ch2)


Double Crochet (dc)
Chain 3 (ch3) and slip stitch (ss) through the 3rd chain from your hook.

Double crochet (dc)
Chain 2 (ch2) and slip stitch (ss) then Slip stitch (ss)
into the next stitch.
That's your first petal all done. Lets do the 2nd.
*ss into the first stitch.
 Into the next stitch: ss, ch2, dc, ch3 and ss into the 3rd chain from your hook, dc, ch2, ss.
 ss into the next stitch*

Repeat between * and * 8 more times so you have a total of ten petals:

You should find that you have come full circle and the last petal now meets with the very first petal that you made.


ss from your last petal up to the next round of front loop stitches.



We are now going to crochet the inner circle of petals.
Its the same procedure as the last round.

*ss into the first stitch.
 Into the next stitch: ss, ch2, dc, ch3 and ss into the 3rd chain from your hook, dc, ch2, ss.
 ss into the next stitch*

Repeat between * and * 9 more times.
You should have a total of 10 inner petals. Go ahead and fasten off, sew in all trailing ends:

Finished!! Happy and summery!! I do love sunflowers!


I hope you had fun making your Crocheted Sunflower! As always... If you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous gorgeous sunflowers and fantastically clear tutorial - thanks for sharing

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  2. I love your tutorials! Thank you for sharing :-)

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  3. thnnxxxxx i have linked you on my free crochet pattern FB site
    https://www.facebook.com/jennekevm?ref=hl

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  4. Gorgeous, and now I must go make some. Funny enough, I had just pulled out my sunflower seeds to plant in my garden, and then I saw your post :) Thank you for the tutorial.

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  5. Awww Matt I love them and will be trying very soon ... thank you Xx Love Joy Xx

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  6. Sunflowers are my favourite flower. They brighten up everything whereever they go. So this is one flower I would love to crochet and fill up my room with.
    Thank you Matt for this fabulously explained tutorial and for brightening up my day with your last post on a trip to a field of sunflowers. It's all pure awesomeness :)

    Best,

    Bea

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  7. Arrrh I love, love, love these! I may have to do these double sided and make sunflower bunting for my archway.

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  8. Love, love , love it. Had a request for a sunflower headband and this is just perfect. Thank you! :-)

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  9. So cute and easy!!! Thanks.

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  10. Wonderful projects! Thank you for sharing.

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  11. Thanks a lot for the lovely pattern, Matt! I love it!
    I´ve crocheted one based on yours and I´ve just posted the photos. Take a look anytime: http://linhasimaginarias.blogspot.com.br/2014/09/girassol.html
    Best regards from Brazil
    P.S.: LOVE your blog!

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  12. Thank you for sharing these. I love sunflowers and these are so beautiful.

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