13 April 2015

Sunflake Monday

Sunflake III inspiration

Still in a flowery, springy mood, and I'm really enjoying sunshine!

Today's patterns are inspired once again by the stack of crocheted flowers I made way back in the 80s and 90s.

Sunflake III Rock

Sunflake III Rock

My little five-year-old neighbor has been asking me since last August when I'm going to "crochet another rock" and specifically, a big rock. Today's rock fit the bill for her. The rock auditioned all over the garden until it found its final resting post in front of the daisies, which have not bloomed yet.

Sunflake III Rock

Sunflake III Rock

Sunflake III Rock

Sunflake III Rock

Sunflake III Rock

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 (Third Variation)

Finished Size: 5.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in two colors, 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

Sunflake III Instructions

NOTE: I made versions of this sunflake starting the yellow on both the 4th and the 5th Rounds. I like the 5th Round start better, so that's the instructions I've included here. If you prefer larger ray florets and smaller disk florette, simply bind off the brown at the end of Round 3 and work both Rounds 4 and 5 in yellow.

Sunflake III

With brown, make magic ring.

Round 1: 6 sc in ring; do not join. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around for a total of 12 sc; do not join.

Round 3: * 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times for a total of 18 sc; do not join.
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 4: * 1 sc in next sc, ch 1; repeat from * around 17 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off.

Round 5: With yellow, 1 sc in any ch 1 sp, * ch 8, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp (petal made); repeat from * around 17 times for a total of 18 petals, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Mini Sunflower Instructions

With yellow, make magic ring.

Round 1: 8 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Pull magic circle tight.
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 2: With white, sl st in any sc, ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch (petal made), * sl st in next sc,ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch; repeat from * around 6 times for a total of 8 petals; sl st over next sl st; bind off. Weave in ends.

Wild Sunflower Instructions

With yellow, make magic ring.

Round 1: 6 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc; do not join. Pull magic circle tight.
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 2: 2 sc in each sc around for a total of 12 sc; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Round 3: With white (or lavender), sl st in any sc, ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch (petal made), * sl st in next sc, ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch; repeat from * around 10 times for a total of 12 petals; sl st over next sl st; bind off. Weave in ends.

White Sunflake III

White Sunflake III Instructions

NOTE: I made two different versions of this, just to see how it would look. One has chain 3 spaces in the mesh, and one has chain 5 spaces in the mesh. The instructions are for chain 5 spaces. Feel free to use chain 3 spaces instead if desired.

With white, make magic ring.

Round 1: 6 sc in ring; do not join. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around for a total of 12 sc; do not join.

Round 3: * 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times for a total of 18 sc; do not join.
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 4: * Ch 1, 1 sc in next sc, ch 1, 1 sc in next sc, ch 3, 1 sc in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last ch 3 and last sc of final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in next sc to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round.
NOTE: Binding off here makes a cute little snowflake.

Mini Sunflakes (third variation)

Round 5: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round.
NOTE: Binding off here makes a cute little snowflake.

Little Sunflake III

Round 6: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, 1 dc in gap between next 2 3/dc groups, ch 3, 2 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 2 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, 1 dc in gap between next 2 3/dc groups, ch 3, 2 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 7: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 3 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 8: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, [1 sc in next ch sp, ch 5] 2 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 4 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 4 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, [1 sc in next ch sp, ch 5] 2 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 4 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 9: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, [1 sc in next ch sp, ch 5] 3 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 5 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 5, sl st in 5th ch from hook (picot made), 5 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, [1 sc in next ch sp, ch 5] 3 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 5 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 5, sl st in 5th ch from hook (picot made), sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off.

NOTE: The 10th Round is optional.

De-Petaled

Round 10, Petal Round: With white, 1 sc in any ch 1 sp of Round 4, * ch 8, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch(petal made), 1 sc in next ch 1 sp (petal base stitch made) ; repeat from * around 17 times, working petal base stitch in sc below each ch 3 sp, for a total of 18 petals, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

White Sunflake III

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.

Sunflake III Rock

Sunflake III Rock

10 comments :

  1. So many great ideas and patterns! Love them all! Flowers are not showing yet in Michigan but we have some green so looking forward to some buds in the next couple of days. In the meantime I will be crocheting flowers and snowflakes! thanks

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    1. Thanks, Brenda! Here's wishing you more sunshine and lots of real flowers!

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  2. Love the big crocheted rock! The first photo looks like the beginning of a summer dress.

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    1. Good eye, Lizard! I'm planning to appliqué them onto yet another "special project"!!!

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  3. The sun is finally back here too and no more snow in sight. Great job, with a flower on top

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    1. Thanks, Pat! I like the Rock, too. It makes a great addition to the garden!!!

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  4. Wow. The rock is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I thought it looked awfully good in front of the grape hyacinths too! :)

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    1. The deer were back again today, and they ate what's left of the grape hyacinths, as well as the tulips, allium and, choke, choke, my lupine!!!

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