Sunflowers are very popular, always have, always will be. And of course equally popular in the crochet world. I’m not the first who designed one and definitely won’t be the last.
Did you know that only in the 16th century the first crop breeds were brought from America to Europe by explorers. Sunflowers originate in the Americas and not in the south of France!
Of course that’s where they gained their fame in the 19th century, being painted by painters like Van Gogh, Monet, Gaugain, Klimt.
Van Gogh painted lots of sunflowers during his later life. The two still life series he made have become iconic and are among the most recognisable artworks ever created.
I tried to recreate the disc floret inside of the sunflower with puff stitches. The puff stitch is such a fun stitch. It creates great texture and I love the oval shape of it. If you haven’t made a puff stitch before, this will give you an opportunity to practice it.
Cahlista means ‘beautiful one’ and I think Cahlista definitely is! It’s a 100% un-mercerized cotton aran weight yarn and has an optimised twist to reduce splitting whilst maintaining a soft drape. To singe away any random fibres, this yarn is double gassed. It is passed over a naked flame! Not once, but twice… which makes it super smooth.
Bonus point, Cahlista comes in 109 shades.
This pattern is basically 2 patterns in 1. The sunflower itself consists of only five rows so this pattern is a quick make and you could easily crochet several flowers and make a bunting. Like I did! The sunflowers would also make great coasters.
The other option is to continue after row 5 and make a granny square. The possibilities of a square are endless. A blanket, a bag, a hotpod, a placemat, a pillow. Can’t wait to see your makes!
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