Crochet Flower Pattern: Sunflower

By Rachel Choi – 32 Comments
If there is any flower out of all the flowers to ever crochet, the happiest of them all has to be the sunflower. The bright yellow is bound to brighten up anyone’s day. Sunflowers almost look like they are smiling at you with their arms open for a hug. Do you see it? Or is it just me?

Here are the instructions to crochet this sunflower!

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: approximately 11 ½” (29 cm) tall, 6” (15 cm) wide

Medium Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook F (3.75 mm)
Yarn Needle
Polyester fiberfill (optional)
Wire (optional)
crochet yarn size 4
crochet sunflower

17 sc = 3’’
8 rows = 2’’
Gauge Swatch: 3’’w x 2’’h (7.5cm x 5cm) ch 18.
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 17 sc
Row 2 – 8: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 17 sc
Finish off.

Need help understanding the abbreviations? Check out the crochet abbreviation chart.

Round 1: with brown, ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook, place marker: 6 sc
Round 2 : 2 sc in each sc around: 12 sc
Round 3: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 1 sc) around: 18 sc
Round 4: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) around: 24 sc
Round 5: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc) around, sl st in next sc, finish off: 30 sc

Petal (Make 11)
Start by chaining 13.
Row 1: sl st in second ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next 6 ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sl st in next ch: 12 sts
Row 2, ch 1, turn, sl st in next sl st, sc in next sc, hdc in next hdc, dc in next 6 dc, hdc in next hdc, sc in next sc, sl st in next sl st, finish off: 12 sts

Using photo as a guide, sew petals to edge of center with a yarn needle.

Round 1: ch 6, sl st in sixth ch from hook, place marker: 6 ch
Round 2: dc in each ch around: 6 dc
Round 3 – 16: dc in each dc around: 6 dc
Round 17: 2 dc in each dc: 12 dc
Round 18: 2 dc in each dc: 24 dc
Round 19: (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) around: 36 dc
Round 20: (sl st in next dc, ch 3) around, sl st in next dc, finish off: 36 sl st

Using photo as a guide, sew stem to back of center with a yarn needle. Optional: While sewing stuff only the top of the stem, behind the sunflower with fiberfill to create a cone shape.

Leaf (Make 2)
Start by chaining 13.
Row 1: sl st in second ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next 2 ch, tr in next 2 ch, dc in next 2 ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sl st in next ch: 12 sts
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sl st in next sl st, sc in next sc, hdc in next hdc, dc in next 2 dc, tr in next 2 tr, dc in next 2 dc, hdc in next hdc, sc in next sc, sl st in next sl st, finish off: 12 sts

Using photo as a guide, sew leaves to stem with a yarn needle.

Optional: Insert wire into stem of flower for stiffness.

If you need help with this pattern, just leave a comment! For more flower patterns, visit the Crochet Spot Store.

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  1. peeprimmy says:

    Hi Rachel !!!

    Hello from Thailand. Such a very long distance from you, right? I really love the way you share your funtastic patterns and I really love crocheting, too. This is the first time I post my comment but, definitely, I will come again very soon with my first sunflower (following your instruction).
    Love ya!!!

  2. Rachel says:

    Hi Prim!!
    Wow, all the way in Thailand, that is very far. I’ve never been there before! Thanks for your wonderful comment. I hope you sunflower turns out really good!

  3. Robin says:

    I loved your sunflower so much, I’m posting your website to my blog this week.

  4. Rachel says:

    Thanks Robin! I just checked out your blog and it looks great!

  5. Ginny says:

    I tried to subscribe to your newsletter, but was unable to open the confirmation site.

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Ginny!
      Thanks for letting me know! Is it the part where you put your name and email in the orange box that isn’t working? Or the link in the confirmation email?

      Sometimes the internet does weird things and if you try again it may work 🙂
      Thanks again for letting me know!

  6. Midnite says:

    I love all of your flower patterns. My favorite flower is a Gerber daisy. Have you happened upon a pattern for that particular flower? If so, that would be awesome.

  7. Cookie says:

    I just love your site.. It’s so helpful.and lots of new ideas..
    Your ideas and patterns are very much appreciated..
    Keep up the good work..

  8. Cookie says:

    Oh yes,I forgot to say

  9. Carmen says:

    Hi! I’m from Puerto Rico, and I would like to know the initial of the crochet in spanish, please, to know better the terminology in spanish. Thanks! God bless America. Carmen

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Carmen! I don’t know Spanish or the initials for Spanish in crochet. Maybe there is an English to Spanish translator that you can use online.

  10. Maria says:

    Rachel I have search the web for a sunflower to crochet and by far yours is the nicest and brightest I have seen.
    Yes, it does seem to be smiling at me!
    Maria Osborne

  11. Maria says:

    I to forgot to say THANK YOU!

  12. Gigi Eacmen says:

    Rachel, another question.
    I have an old high school buddy who helped me after my heart failure. She grows daylilies. I would like to crochet her a daylily or a bunch of daylilies to begin to thank her for all her support. Can you or one of your members help me with this? I tried to use your sunflower pattern and experiment – it didn’t even look close to a sunflower. :-).

    • Rachel says:

      Gigi, I wouldn’t use the sunflower pattern to make a day lily. But if there is a part of the sunflower pattern you need help with to make the sunflower, let me know and I’ll try and explain it to you further.

  13. Becca says:

    i’m having trouble with the petals after chaining 13 and starting on row one is confusing to me thanks for a awesome site

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  15. Lindy says:

    Dear Rachel,

    Thank you for all you do for us! You are a very giving person and I especially love the charity projects. Best of luck to you in 2010, your site is amazing.

  16. Will send you results of my sunflower

    Will send you my success with the sunflower – must get a vibrant yellow!!!!

  17. sharifa says:

    wow very cute. i think i wanna try this. thanks for the share =)

  18. Helen says:

    Hiya Rachel,

    I’ve just made your sunflower and it’s lovely! I actually made 2 lots of the center, petals and leaves and then sewed the individual parts together stuffing with toy filler as I went, it’s really effective 3D sunflower! It’s meant to be a gift for someone but I’m going to have a hard time persuading my 2 year old to part with it, lol! Leave me an email address if you want me to email you a photo!

    Helen x

  19. Di Sturgess says:

    On Row 2 of the petal, am I supposed to be working into the opposite side of the foundation chain, or back along the top of stitches in Row 1, please?

    I was also wondering if this would work:

    1. make all the petals in a continuous strip and then sew it to the centrepiece, or

    2. join yellow to centrepiece, work Rows 1 and 2, then slip stitch back into the centre piece to secure petal, then work (maybe) another slip stitch and repeat all the way around?

    May give it a try …

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Di, the second row is worked on top of the first row, although you can work it on the opposite side of the chain if you prefer. Feel free to try your other suggestions, and let me know how they go! They sound doable 🙂

  20. Di Sturgess says:

    Oops, should have said in suggestion 2:

    join yellow to centrepiece, work Row 1, slip stitch back into centrepiece to secure petal, then work Row 2. This would mean yarn is now at the outer edge of petal, so would need to slip stitch back down side of petal to get to the centrepiece again, ready to work next petal? Hope that makes sense – trial and error methinks!

  21. Rachel says:

    Lovely pattern.
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

  22. Laura says:

    Getting married in June and having Sunflowers and blue bonnetts. This is the prettiest pattern i have found so far (that i think i can do anyway) Wish me luck!!

  23. lynn eva says:

    I love sunflowers and I make pillows with all left over yarn and I cannot tell you enough how much I love this pattern. easy to make I had no problems at all. thank you so much for sharing this with me.

  24. Pat says:

    Love your flower with stems and leaves good directions thanks for sharing one question though are petals worked individually and seen on but if not can you explain at least you share and not just do a video as a lot of times people waste to.e on video but don’t give directions but do like when they do a video a d give ya directions underneath but so .a y do just a video and then noisybackground etc etc could you email as soon as possible as want to make this soon

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