Learn how to crochet a Sunflower Crochet Stitch with this complete Photo and Video Tutorial at Nana’s Crafty Home!
I am so excited to share this sunflower stitch tutorial with you! I designed this stitch for my Autumn Rhapsody Stitch Sampler Blanket which is now a free crochet pattern on the blog in 4 parts released as a crochet a long. You can find all the free parts of the Autumn Rhapsody Blanket at the links below.
You can also find this Sunflower Stitch in my matching Autumn Rhapsody Pillow which is also a free crochet pattern on my blog.
I just adore sunflowers! I was born in Michigan but my family moved to Kansas when I was a teenager. The Wild Sunflower is the state flower of Kansas – in fact Kansas is called “The Sunflower State”. They grow wild everywhere here and bloom throughout the summer but are at the height of their bloom in late August – September. Driving along the roadways you will find clusters of these beautifully bright flowers waving happily at you along the way! The wild sunflower is much smaller than the domesticated variety most people are familiar with — usually 2-3″ with a bright beautiful yellow color.
So, when I thought about designing a Fall themed stitch sampler blanket I knew that the sunflower needed to make an appearance. Heralding the last hurrah of summer and ushering in the beginning of Fall, this sunflower crochet stitch had to be at the beginning of my blanket design.
Sunflower Crochet Stitch Details
My sunflower stitch would need to be part of the blanket — not sewn on later as an appliqué. So, the center of the sunflower is worked as part of the blanket and the petals are added directly onto the center. Perfect for those of us that prefer to not sew if we can help it!
This stitch looks much more complicated than it really is. The Sunflower center is worked in one stitch of the previous row with single crochet stitches not fastening off once the center is complete. You will work slip stitches around the top edge of the center to get back to the row and work single crochet stitches to the next center. Once you have a row of sunflower centers made you will add your sunflower petals to each center with the desired color.
The sunflower petals are made with just chains and slip stitches! So simple and easy!
I have made a complete video tutorial for this stitch which you can find at the bottom of this post. You can also find this video tutorial on YouTube if you are having trouble viewing here. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get notified whenever I post a new video!
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You may also like the following free crochet flower stitch tutorials Nana’s Crafty Home:
- Mum Flower Crochet Stitch Tutorial
- Cherry Blossom Flower Crochet Stitch Tutorial
- Magnolia Flower Crochet Stitch Tutorial
And if you love sunflowers as much as I do check out the following FREE crochet sunflower patterns by Nana’s Crafty Home:
- 1. Sunflower Coasters free crochet pattern
- 2. Sunflower Granny Square free crochet pattern
- 3. Sunflower Daze C2C Throw free crochet pattern
How to Crochet a Sunflower Crochet Stitch Tutorial written pattern + photo tutorial
Supplies shown in video and photos
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Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
tapestry yarn needle
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
RS = right side
Stitch is worked in multiples of 12 + 13 + 2.
Sample is a chain of 51 (12 x 3 = 36 + 13 = 49 + 2 = 51)
Row 1: With Color A, ch 51, dc in 4th ch from hook (skipped chs count as first st), 1 dc in each ch to end. Turn (49)
Row 2: ch 3 (counts as 1st st), dc in each st to end. Turn (49)
Row 3: repeat row 2. Fasten off Color A.
Row 4: With Color B, ch 1, sc in same st and in each st to end. Turn
Row 5: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 5 st, sunflower center in next st, [sunflower center: working in front and back loops separately,
Round 1: 4 sc in back loop of next st, rotate work slightly and place 4 sc in front loop of same st,
sl st to 1st st,
Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each st of the sunflower center just worked,
sl st to 1st st, sl st in next 8 st of the sunflower center]
*sc in next 11 st,
sunflower center in next,* repeat between * * to last 6 st, sc in remaining st. Turn.
Fasten off Color B
Row 5a: Round 3 of Sunflower: with Color C, working on RS of first sunflower center, attach yarn to any stitch of sunflower center with sl st,
sunflower picot in same st, (sunflower picot: sl st in st indicated, ch 4,
sl st in 2nd ch from hook,
ch 3, sl st in same st),
work sunflower picot in each st of sunflower center,
sl st to first st. Fasten off. Repeat for each sunflower center.
Row 6: With Color A, ch 3, dc in each st of row. In order to maintain stitch count, pick up a stitch behind sunflowers or work 2 dc in last st before each sunflower. Turn
Row 7: ch 3, dc in each st to end. Turn
Row 8: repeat row 7.
This stitch does benefit from blocking as the flowers do have a tendency to curl in. I had very good results with a wet block of my cotton yarn and I do talk about this in the video. I have used the same wet block technique on acrylic yarn in the past and had good results in the past as well.
If you would like to learn more about wet blocking your crochet you should check out my complete guide to wet blocking photo and video tutorial as well!
Instructions Begin: 3:25
Sunflower Center: 8:54
Sunflower Petals: 21:45
Behind Sunflowers: 26:36