What can signal the beginning of spring other than sunflowers? The following is a tutorial on how to create simple sunflowers through crochet and yarn. This project has a lot of leeway for personal preferences regarding colors, size and finishing. Overall, this project will take about one to two hours if all steps are completed. The supplies for this project can be purchased at any craft store in San Diego or specialty yarn shop. Supplies for this tutorial were purchased at Michael's in Mission Valley as well as other craft stores throughout the San Diego area.
The best yarn to use is regular, stiff acrylic yarn, but soft yarns can be used. Be aware, if soft yarns are used, the finished flower may droop if it is placed on a dowel or other type of "stem". Real wool yarn can also be used.
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Gather yarns and supplies
Gather the yarn you wish to use on this project. Generally, a dark yarn for the center of the flower and a lighter yarn for the petals is best. However, one can choose any color combination they'd like and they don't have to use actual sunflower colors. The crochet hook should be a small to medium size such as size G. Also, be sure to have a large-eyed sewing needle such as a child's sewing needle.
Create a circle
The first step is to take your darker color and crochet a circle by your preferred method. There are several tutorials available on how to crochet a circle. An easy example of one can be found on the "For Dummies" webpage.
One suggestion: If you want your flower to look like a sunflower, create a larger circle.
Change colors after creating circle
After you have created your circle to a size that you like, change colors and do at least 8 to 10 chain stitches. More stitches can be done for larger petals and fewer can be done for shorter petals.
Crochet chain stitches into circle
Crochet chain stitches into the very next stitch on your circle. If preferred, you can stitch your chains into every other stitch, but this might create gaps. Don't worry if your "petals" droop over or appear tight.
Crochet petals all around
Keep crocheting petals until you reach the area where you started. The project should look similar to a sunflower in shape and size. This photo was taken with the "wrong side" showing.
Sew dowel on 'flower'
Take your large-eyed sewing needle and a piece of the same yarn you used to crochet the center of the flower and sew a dowel or other stand to your flower. Place the dowel in the center, preferably on the "wrong side" of the work. However, some people may prefer to have the texture of the wrong side showing and, thus, can crochet the dowel on the other side.
Finished product number 1
Here is one version of the finished project. At this point, one might make more sunflowers of varying size and tie them together with a ribbon.
Finished product number 2
Another way to finish the product is to place it in a vase or other vessel. One can also create leaves and stems as well as wrap the dowels with green tape for a more realistic-looking work.