Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Crochet Sunflower Trivet

I made this sunflower trivet and coasters for my Mother-in-law for her birthday. Now that the gift has been given, I'd like to share the pattern with you. I found a photo and the promise of a pattern to somthing similar on Pinterest, but when I clicked the link, the page didn't work. I had to sort of invent this pattern myself, but it worked and looks very close to the Pinterest image.

The Petals

I'm using:
Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Medium Weight #4 yarn in Mustard #128
Hook: G/6  4.25mm crochet hook.

You will need 18+ petals for a single layer (I did a double layer, but I wouldn't in the future.) depending on how large you make the center. The below photos are for a daisy I'm making with the same pattern.

1. Begin by making a slip knot.

2. Then chain 10 stitches.

3. In the second chain from hook, work back 8 stitches single crochet in every one.

4. On the 9th (last stitch) crochet 5 stitches.

5. This creates the rounded bottom of the petal.

6. Then continue crocheting up the back of the chain. The back stitches present themselves as X's, insert the needle under the X.

7. When you get to the tip of the petal, chain 2,

8. then in the chain, single crochet the in the second stitch from the hook. This creates the pointed tip of the petal.

9. Then attach the tip by single crocheting in the first stitch at the left side of the petal.

Continue single crocheting in every stitch all the way around the petal.

When you reach the tip, repeat steps 7, 8, & 9

Continue single crocheting in every stitch till you reach the bottom of the petal. tie off and you're done!

The Center Rounds 

The center consists of two groups of rounds a smaller, tighter inner, and a larger outer. The center is separated by a ring of realistic fringe fiber.

To learn how to crochet in rounds, I found that this video on You Tube was very helpful. How to Single Crochet in Rounds

If you look at a sunflower, the center is usually a tight circular cluster of small dark seeds. I accomplished this look by beginning the rounds with a thin, dark brown yarn and a smaller crochet hook.

Yarn: Bernat Satin, worsted weight, color mocha 04013
Hook: F/5  3.75mm crochet hook

Crochet 3-4 rows of rounds

Then I switched to a bulkier yarn in a heather striped pattern. I felt this yarn was reminiscent of the stripe and texture of some sunflower seeds. The pattern of the single crochet resembles sunflower seeds nestled and packed in the flower head.

Yarn: Lion Brand, Heartland Thick and Quick, weight super bulky 6, color Sequoia 126
Hook: I/9  5.50mm crochet hook

Attach yarn and continue the rounds with the bulkier yarn. 6-8 rows.

The Fuzzy Ring

To make the sunflower center look even more realistic, I stitched a fringe yarn around the center circle. Sunflowers often have a fibrous texture in this area of the head. I used a large darning needle and stitched in and out pulling the fringe fibers to straighten them.

Yarn: Bernat Boa, Bulky 5, Color Raven 46040

Putting it Together

I ironed each petal and the center on wool setting and steam for about 4 seconds to flatten the shapes.

Then I pinned the petals to the back of the center round. I hand stitched the petals on using a needle and thread.

Then I used a small amount of wool stuffing and pinned on a circle of felt backing. This hid all the loose tails of the petal tie offs. And hand stitched the felt on.   


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