These are small appliques. Their precise measurements will depend on the materials you choose to use for making them, plus your own individual way of crocheting.
My sunflower project samples turned out to be the perfect size for making brooches, fridge magnets, hair barrettes, and embellishments for headbands. They'd also be cute additions to kitchen projects such as dishcloths, placemats and potholders. I think they'd also be adorable accents for kids' projects and baby projects -- baby hats, baby clothes, baby booties, baby blankets and baby bibs. I'm betting you can think of even more ways to use them. There are so many other possibilities.
Finished Sunflower Sizes:
Sunflower #1: This sample measures about 4 inches. I crocheted it using Simply Cotton by Knitpicks, which is a worsted weight organic cotton yarn. Please note that these colors of the yarn have been discontinued. I recommend using other colors anyway, as these aren't quite the right colors for a sunflower. The hook I used was a size I.
Sunflower #2: This project sample measures about 3 inches. I crocheted it using light worsted weight wool yarn and a size G hook.
Sunflower #3: This sunflower measures about 1 3/4 inches. I crocheted it using vintage J & P Coats Embroidery floss and a small steel crochet hook measuring 1.65 mm. This crochet hook is far too small for comfortably crocheting with this particular floss, but I was curious to see how small a sunflower I could crochet. If I had to do it over again, I'd use a bigger hook, except perhaps in cases where a really small applique is needed.
Please keep in mind that these sizes are estimates only. There’s no telling exactly how big your sunflowers will turn out until you try making one. Everyone’s crochet is a little different. When using the specified hooks and yarns, most crocheters are likely to end up with flowers in the same general size range as the samples, but it also wouldn’t be surprising to find quite a bit of size variation occurring.
- Color A: This color will be the flower center. If you want your flowers to look like realistic sunflowers, this color should probably be a brown or dark brown. Of course, you can also make imaginative sunflowers, and in that case, this color can be any color you want it to be.
- Color B: This color will be the sunflower petals. For realistic sunflower coloring, there are several options, with yellow or gold being the most popular. There are also sunflowers with burgundy or reddish orange petals. Again, the petals can be any color you want them to be, particularly if you want imaginary sunflowers rather than realistic ones.
For best results, your two colors of yarn or thread should be the same fiber and same general size / weight. You can use just about any yarn or thread, although my opinion is that smooth, even yarns or threads will work best for this project.
I also think it could be interesting to try crocheting this project using colored wire. I haven't tried it yet, but it's on my to-do list.
Crochet Hook: Choose a crochet hook that's compatible with your chosen yarn or crochet thread. If in doubt about which hook to use, you can use my project samples as inspiration, or you can check your yarn label for suggested hook sizes.
Tapestry Needle: for weaving in ends
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
How to Crochet the Sunflower:
ch 6. sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: ch 1. Work 9 sc sts in ring. Sl st to join the work to the first ch in the round.
Round 2: ch 1. Work 2 sts in ea sc st around. You’ll end up with a total of 18 sc sts. At the end of the round, you want to join the work to the first sc st in the round with a sl st, but at the same time, you are going to change colors to color B. However, do not cut color A. Leave it dangling for the time being, so that you can pick it up and use it again in round 4.
Round 3: Work the flower petals in color B as follows. For each flower petal, [Ch 2, dc in next st, ch 3, sl st in third ch from hook, dc in next st, ch 2, sl st in next st.] Rep the sequence in brackets all the way around for a total of 6 flower petals.
Round 4: This round is going to be a little different than the others you've worked so far. You'll want to work a round of slip stitches in surface crochet on the surface of the work, all the way around the center of the flower. To accomplish this, insert your crochet hook into the flower in the spot that's closest to your dropped yarn from round 2, and also in the spot where color A touches color B. Pull up a loop of color A and use it to work your surface crochet slip stitches, outlining the flower center all the way around. End off, pulling your active loop through to the back of the work. To make the work look neat and continuous, I like to pull the loop through the next closest surface crochet slip stitch and all the way through to the back of the work, then cut the yarn and end off.
Weave in all loose ends. Block if desired. Attach your applique to the craft project of your choice, or add it to your craft supplies stash so you have it on hand next time you need a little something special for dressing up a craft project.
We offer bunches more free flower patterns on our website for you to enjoy. Please, help yourself! Pictured here are just a couple of other flowers you'll find. You're invited to grab the free patterns for these and others:
Free patterns are available for all the applique designs pictured here, plus many others too. You're invited to check 'em out.