Updated: Mar 4
These cuties came to be as additions to my Rustic Charm Wreath. My wreath vision changed many times but I guess that's just part of the creative process. (I think it changed for the better!)
I ended up creating my own sunflower pattern because the ones I found didn't quite fit what I was envisioning. I really love the look of the crocodile stitch and wanted to use that to create the flower petals. These flowers add the perfect touch to the wreath pattern but you could use them as accents for other decor as well.
5 mm hook
4.5 mm hook
Bobby Pins (to attach to wreath)
SUNFLOWER (Make 2)
Center of Sunflower:
10 hdc into a magic circle, sl st to join
R1: ch 1, *sc in next st, ch 3 and sl st into sc at start of ch, sc in next st, rep from * to end, sl st to join.
R2: ch 1, *sc in next sp (going behind the chains from the last row), 2 sc in next rep from * to end, sl st to join (15 sc)
R3: ch 1, 2 sc in every stitch across, sl st to join (30 sc)
R4: ch 1, *sc in next st, ch 3 and sl st into last sc, sc in next 2 st, rep from * to last 2 st, sc in next st, ch 3 and sl st into last sc, sc in last st, sl st to join.
R5: ch 1, sc in each st across, skipping pique stitch and going behind it. Sl st to join (30 sc)
*This part of the sunflower should curl inwards.
Attach at end of last row.
R6: ch 1, *2 sc in next st, sc in next, rep from * to end, sl st to join. (45 sc)
R7: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) dc in next st, ch 4, sk 3 sp, *dc in next 2 st, ch 4, skip 3 (rep from * to end, sl st to join.
* In order to begin the crocodile stitches you will have to slip stitch down your first dc.
R8: Sl st to R7 dc (start of R6), ch 3, *dc 4 around 1st post, dc at top of post, ch 2, sl st in the back of the 1st chain (mini pique), dc in same stitch at top of post, 4 dc around 2nd post in R7. (This is your first petal / crocodile stitch). Skip 1 sc in R6, sl st in next, skip next sc in R6, dc around first post, rep * to end. Sl st in last middle sc, sl st to first ch on the first petal.
Finishing the Back:
Slip Stitch Around Back to connect the chain from the crocodile stitch and the petals together.
Slip stitch around ch 4 (this is to get your loop connected to the ch) put your hook through the bottom stitch of both petals (this will connect the petals) and slip st through both, on the back of the next petal, stick your hook behind the connection point of the chains, sl st through, rep around. Sl st to join.
*Be cognizant of your loop length- you want it to have some give but provide some structure to the back of the flower. (The tighter your stitches are- the more it will pull your petals. The looser, the less pull)
Leaf (make 4)
**4.5 MM Hook
R1: 7 sc in magic loop, sl st to join
R2: Ch 2, 3 dc into next, 2 dc in next 2 st, 3 dc in next st, 2 dc in next 2 st, 3 dc, sl st to join
R3: Ch 2, (sc, hdc) in next st, 3 dc in next, 2 dc in next 5 st, (dc, tr, ch 2, tr, dc) in next st, 2 dc in next 5 st, 3 dc, (hdc, sc) in next st, sl st to sp before start of R3
Stem: ch 6, turn, sl st in 2 ch from hook and in each ch to start of stem. Sl st to join.
Attaching the Sunflower to Wreath:
I used bobby pins to attach the sunflowers and leaves to the wreath. You can easily slip them through your stitches on the flowers as well as through the yarn that is around the wreath. This allows for an easy swap of accessories for a change of season or if you'd like to revert the wreath back to it's simple. rustic charm. I would recommend using the bobby pins even if you don't plan to switch it out as the pins allow for easy adjusting.