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Crochet Sunflowers – Easy Free Crochet Pattern for Beginners

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Crochet sunflowers are a fun and easy crochet pattern for beginners who want to make flowers! You can find my tutorial for how to crochet a small heart here. This post contains affiliate links.


Crochet sunflowers are so bright and colorful – they’re fabulous for Spring. And with the weather warming up, isn’t it time we bring some bright optimism into our homes? While sunflowers are more of a summer flower, I decided to share these now as part of an ongoing miniseries of small crochet projects for beginners. This is a perfect craft for late Spring or early Summer, when we start getting warmer weather and nature starts putting on her prettiest getup. If you’re into crochet, and wanted the perfect seasonal craft, you’re in the right place.

Flowers are surprisingly easy to crochet, following a circular pattern. If you’ve never crocheted in a circle before, this tutorial might teach you a new skill or two! I truly hope it does.

To do this, you’ll need to create a magic ring. This is not complicated at all. You can learn how to crochet a magic ring here. I’ve embedded a video too in the step by step below.

These will look super cute if you attach them to a headband or a hair clip. Like other crochet crafts I’ve shared, they also make sweet, little appliques that could dress up other projects. You can add these to a quilt to embellish it or sew it to a plain t-shirt for a bit of a fashion statement. And make sure you follow up this tutorial with a free daisy crochet pattern too!

Once you’ve tried crochet sunflowers, you can give it a go in different colors for a completely unique look. The element that gives it the most impact is the color, with the proportion of center to petal playing a large role as well. Try it with a yellow center and light purple petals for a big purple aster look. Or try different colored sunflowers by mixing in any autumn tones for the petals. Check out my story for how to crochet a sunflower here!

What you need to crochet sunflowers

How to crochet a sunflower

1: Select a brown colored yarn for the center of the flower. Start with a magic ring.  

If you’ve never made a magic ring before, check out this video to learn how:

2: After forming the magic ring, work 2 chain stitches and keep the hook attached.

3: Work a DC (Double Crochet) through the magic ring.

4: Continue to work DC through the ring and keep the magic ring loose while working.

5: Work a total of 16 DC through the magic ring.

6: Pull the open end of the magic ring to close its center ring. Work a slip stitch through the top chain of the first DC.

7: Select a yarn for the petals. You can either start with a slip knot, or you can simply pull the yarn through any top chain stitch of the brown ring and form a small loop. 

8: Hold the open end of the yellow yarn to secure the loop, and then chain 1.

9: Work a DC through the next chain.

10: Work a TR (Treble Crochet) through the same chain.

11: Next, Chain 1.

12: Work 1 TR and 1 Dc through the same chain.

13: Work a slip stitch through the next chain on the ring.

14: Repeat steps 8-13 to crochet the remaining petals.

There should be a total of 8 petals around the base ring. 

15: After working the 8th petal, work a slip stitch through the first chain of the base ring. Pull out a few inches of the yarn and then cut off the yarn from the bundle.

16: Use a tapestry needle to stitch the open ends of the yarns on the backside of the crochet sunflower.

Your crochet sunflowers are complete! What will you be using yours for? Comment below!

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How to Crochet a Small Sunflower

How to Crochet a Small Sunflower

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Learn a New Skill
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to crochet a small sunflower for beginners! This easy tutorial is beginner friendly and with practice you'll be able to start whipping these out in minutes. Turn these crochet sunflowers into hair accessories, brooches, or even hat embellishments.

Instructions

    1: Select a brown colored yarn for the center of the flower. Start with a magic ring.  If you're not sure how to make a magic ring, you can learn how here.

    2: After forming the magic ring, work 2 chain stitches and keep the hook attached.

    3: Work a DC through the magic ring.

    4: Continue to work DC through the ring and keep the magic ring loose while working.

    5: Work a total of 16 DC through the magic ring.

    6: Pull the open end of the magic ring to close its center ring. Work a slip stitch through the top chain of the first DC.

    7: Select a yarn for the petals. You can either start with a slip knot, or you can simply pull the yarn through any top chain stitch of the brown ring and form a small loop. 

    8: Hold the open end of the yellow yarn to secure the loop, and then chain 1.

    9: Work a DC through the next chain.

    10: Work a TR through the same chain.

    11: Next, Chain 1.

    12: Work 1 TR and 1 Dc through the same chain.

    13: Work a slip stitch through the next chain on the ring.

    14: Repeat steps 8-13 to crochet the remaining petals. There should be a total of 8 petals around the base ring. 

    15: After working the 8th petal, work a slip stitch through the first chain of the base ring. Pull out a few inches of the yarn and then cut off the yarn from the bundle.

    16: Use a tapestry needle to stitch the open ends of the yarns on the backside of the crochet sunflower.

Notes

Terms:

  • DC = Double Crochet
  • TR = Treble (Triple) Crochet

Tips: Glue to an alligator clip for a fun hair clip. Use a felt circle on the back to make it neater. Try it in different colors too - any autumn shade works for sunflowers!

Did you make this project?

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Brenda

Saturday 3rd of September 2022

Thank you so much! I make stacked pumpkins, and seriously wanted the whole item to be handmade. Silk type sunflowers just didn't do justice to all my handiwork. This took under 10 minutes to make (not counting the 10 minutes to go through my yarn stash to find just the perfect colors haha!).

Menucha @ Moms & Crafters

Tuesday 6th of September 2022

Hi Brenda, I'm so glad this went well! Crochet sunflowers are definitely cooler than silk :)

Sam

Wednesday 16th of March 2022

Do you mean 8 petals instead of 12? Lol. I counted a few times and never saw 12 petals. Sorry if I am wrong. Thanks for showing me how to crochet Sunflowers. They were my son, Stephen's favorite flower. We lost him at 42 in February 13th, 2021. I buy Sunflowers in his memory all the time. Thank you, Sam

Menucha @ Moms & Crafters

Wednesday 16th of March 2022

@Sam, Good catch, thank you! Fixing it! I'm so sorry for your loss and glad this craft was meaningful to you!

Marsha

Wednesday 16th of March 2022

Thank you for this timely pattern! I'm so excited to be crocheting sunflowers right now--the national flower of the Ukraine! This is one small way that I can remember to pray for this dreadful situation and also remind others to pray--every time they see a sunflower!!! Thank you so much!

Menucha @ Moms & Crafters

Wednesday 16th of March 2022

Hi Marsha, I did not know that's the national flower of Ukraine! What timing! And I just learned it's "soniashnyk" in Ukranian. I guess this is a great way to show solidarity and, as you said, as a reminder to pray and to help out - thanks for sharing this fact.

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