Hello, Thanks for joining me. Here you can find my free crochet pattern for a sunflower that would be a perfect Applique for shopping bag or a garment – this would look great on a sweater.
Sunflowers really shout the end of summer to me, hot temperatures, and flowers just starting to turn……. they are also HUGE and colourful, and this crochet applique is no exception.
This crochet sunflower pattern is great, and super simple and easy to make.
I’d call this a improving beginners project, but it really is straight forward to crochet when you break it down into simple parts and stitches.
You’ll need to know how to make a magic ring, Single crochet, Half Double Crochet and Double crochet.
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What do you need to crochet a sunflower applique?
Not much! Stash yarn, an appropriate sized crochet hook, some scissors and a needle for sewing in the ends – or attaching it to the item you want.
Yarn wise – this was I inspected the sunflowers I’d just picked – to actually see what they looked like.
I did noticed on close up inspection of the particular breed of sunflower my sunflower sommielier had picked for me, was that the middle of the sunflower is actually green!
I had a quick look on pinterest to see what other crochet sunflowers there were, but all seemed a little small for what I was after, and they all had brown middles – which didn’t match with the sunflower I was actually looking at.
A green centre, a brown outside, and lots of double layer yellow petals.
So I duly sat down, whilst the little people watched some telly, and had a little play with some yarn.
It wasn’t long at all before I had my middle sorted, and then the petals needed some attention.
How do you crochet a sunflower for beginners?
As a I mentioned before, this pattern is suitable for “Improving Beginners”. What I mean by this is that should know:
- How to make a magic ring
- How to do a Half Double crochet (Half treble UK)
- How to do a Double Crochet (Treble UK)
- How to do a Single crochet (DC)
- How to do a slip stitch
- How to crochet in the top of both loops
- How to crochet in the front and back loops only
- How to sew in your ends
If you can do all of these – you will find this pattern easy, and have a crochet sunflower in no time.
If you are Brand New to crochet – I can not recommend enough learning a granny square as your first project – and luckily for you – I have an absolute beginners Granny Square tutorial here with a video – that goes super slowly!
Free pattern for a crochet sunflower
As with most of my patterns, you can get the advert free, nicely formatted downloadable PDF here at
How do you crochet a sunflower?
Well the good news – I have a free crochet sunflower pattern below:
Stylecraft special DK in Walnut, Khaki (But any stash yarn will do)
Cygnet DK in Barley
Abbreviations – USA Terms used.
Ch – Chain
DC – Double crochet
HDC – Half double crochet
SC – Single Crochet
SS – Slip Stitch
Tension – tension is not important in this project, but a consistent stitch tension would aid your project.
To make a crochet sunflower:
Using Khaki, and 3.5mm hook, make a magic loop and chain 2 (counts as a st throughout).
Round 1: 9 HDC in the ring SS to join (continue to SS to join). [10 sts]
Round 2: Ch2, 1HDC in the base of the chain. 2HDC in each st all the way around. [20 sts] Fasten off.
Round 3: Join Walnut in the top of one of the sts. Ch2, 1HDC in the base of the chain. 1 HDC in the next st, (2HDC in the next st, 1HDC in the next st) repeat 8 times. [30 sts]
Round 4: Ch3, 1DC in next st, 1DC in next 2 sts, (2DC in next st, 1DC in next 2 sts) repeat 8 times. Fasten off. [40 sts]
Round 5: Join Barley, (Ch13, in the 3rd chain from the hook, ss, SC in the next 3 sts, HDC in the next 3 sts, DC in the next 3 sts, 2DC in the last chain, join the petal to the brown using a SC, skipping 1SC). Repeat 18 times, turn. [19 petals]
Round 6: (Ch10, ss in the 2nd ch from the hook, SC in the next 2 sts, HDC in the next 2 sts, DC in the next 3 sts, Double DC in the last sts SC to the brown ensuring you attach the previous petal by SS around the the Double DC of the previous round.)? Repeat 18 more times [19 petals]
It will look like this after round 5, but this doesn’t have enough petals.
So add round 6, and it looks even more curly!
Then I used some Starch spray, the same type you’d use for collars of shirts, that can be bought here at Amazon (UK). There was no way this acrylic yarn was going to stay put after being unpinned without it!
So here you go, two sunflowers, one crochet, one real, both beautiful.
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