06 April 2015

Sunflake Monday


For all those "Frozen" haters who can't stand THE song, "Frozen II" is on the way, and I hope like heck it will include music we can parody just as well as "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"

Speaking of "Frozen," have you seen the "Frozen Fever" trailer?!? It's filled with, not snowflakes, but sunflowers!!!

While looking for a backing for a quilt, I discovered a stack of crocheted sunflowers I made in a different life, back when my kids were still young. I decided it's the perfect time to make a few more sunflowers and write the pattern.

And. why, yes, there is such a thing as a vanilla white sunflower!

almost white vanilla sunflower

Snowflakes are not entirely abandoned. They're just seeing a bit of a spring thaw. Hope you enjoy the warmth!

You may do whatever you'd like with sunflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Sunflakes

Finished Size: 2 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in yellow and brown or other sunflower colors (my early sunflakes may have been made with embroidery floss), size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line
NOTE: Sunflowers do not necessarily need to be stiffened. They make great appliques, but they also are great in jewelry and hair accessories. Stiffenened, they might be an awesome addition to this year's Christmas tree, too.

9-petaled Sunflakes II

9-petaled Sunflake II Instructions

With brown, make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 2), * 1 dc in ring, ch 2; repeat from * 7 times for a total of 9 dc, omitting last ch of final repeat; 1 hdc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 9th ch 2 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), * 1 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 7 times; 1 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 3: With yellow; *1 sc in any (or next on repeats) ch 3 sp, 3 dc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 8 times; bind off. Weave in ends.

8-petaled Sunflake II

8-petaled Sunflake II Instructions

With brown, make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), * 1 dc in ring, ch 3; repeat from * 7 times for a total of 8 dc, omitting last 2 ch of final repeat; 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 8th ch 3 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), * 1 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 5, 1 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 6 times; 1 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 3: With yellow; *1 sc in any (or next on repeats) ch 5 sp, 5 dc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 8 times; bind off. Weave in ends.

6-petaled White Sunflake II

6-petaled White Sunflake II Instructions

With white, make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), * 1 dc in ring, ch 3; repeat from * 4 times for a total of 6 dc, omitting last 2 ch of final repeat; 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), * 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 7, 1 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times; 1 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, 1 dtr in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 7 sp of Round.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 3: * 2 sc in next ch 7 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 5 dc in same sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 sc sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. Sprinkle lightly with glitter. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch the snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

sunflowers, near Crested Butte

Sunflowers greet the sun near Crested Butte

Front Range Sunflowers

Ladybug, ladybug, please fly to my home!

This is why I like to get up before dawn!

Sunflower Bear

My little iPhone sometimes does a half-decent job capturing Greenway Magic.

6 comments :

  1. Sure signs of better day without snow when sun flowers show. The sequel is just a cash in, bet it won't be as good as they rarely are, especially animated sequels

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    1. I hope it isn't a letdown, Pat. So many kids just idolize that movie.

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  2. Nice pics! Bring on the sun, sunflowers and sundresses. Spring is spring'n!

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    1. Thanks, Lizard! I hope winter doesn't make another comeback for seven or eight months...

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  3. Gosh, that yarn is pretty.

    I love that there are so many varieties of sunflower. They're the cheeriest of all the summer blooms, I think.

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    1. I love that there are so many varieties, too, Sue. I LOVE the black cherry ones!

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