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How to Crochet a Sunflower

Would you like to crochet a sunflower, but don’t know where to start? Sure, there are many free and paid sunflower crochet patterns out there, but none of them really seem to hit the spot? You’ve come to the right place – to help you out, we’re sharing some tips and tricks for crocheting sunflowers!


The materials you’ll need depend on what kind of sunflower you decide to make. In general, however, make sure you have:

- Yarn – Go for a sturdier fiber, such as cotton. This will help your sunflower keep its shape. For instance, you could use Lily Sugar’n Cream (Warm Brown for the center, Country Yellow for the petals, and Sage Green for the stem).

- Crochet hook – Pick a hook size that matches the yarn weight or one that will help you obtain the desired gauge.

- Miscellaneous – Depending on how you’re making the sunflower, you may also need a needle and thread, poly stuffing, a wire or pipe cleaner, and so on.

How to Crochet a Sunflower: Instructions

Step 1: Making the Sunflower Center

There are several ways you can go about making the sunflower center (also known as a stamen). For instance, you can use a small, round pillow insert to make your sunflower fluffier and softer. Another option is to fill the stamen with poly filling or even crochet an amigurumi round pillow. Of course, you can always go for a simple flat circle, such as in this Crochet Sunflowers Pattern for Beginners. When choosing how to make the center, always keep in mind exactly what kind of sunflower you want to crochet.

Step 2: Making the Petals

The best way to make the petals will depend on which technique you chose for the stamen. For instance, amigurumi petals probably won’t look good on a flat center. The other way around – stuffed center and flat petals – would likely work better. This Sunflower Bouquet Free Pattern is an excellent example.

Another thing you will have to decide is the number of petals you can make. This will largely depend on their shape and size. In general, most patterns range between 6 and 20 petals. For instance, this Crochet Sunflower Pattern includes multiple layers of petals. When it comes to this part of the project, it will really mostly depend on your personal preferences.

Step 3: Making the Stem

Ideally, you will want your stem to be sturdy enough to hold the flower up. Unless you’re making a tiny sunflower, this will probably be impossible to do using only yarn. This is why we recommend using a wire, a pipe cleaner, or even a chopstick, and then crocheting around it. This Free Amigurumi Sunflower Crochet Pattern includes instructions on how to make the stem using a chopstick.

If you’d rather go for something longer and more flexible, you can check out this Crochet Sunflower Pattern which uses a pipe cleaner.

Step 4: Assembly

Finally, with all the parts of the sunflower finished, it’s time to put them together. There are multiple ways you can do this. Perhaps the easiest and most practical way of stitching your pieces together is by sewing. 

Your Crochet Sunflower Is Done!

And there you have it – your very own, unique crochet sunflower. Gift it to a loved one as is or make a few more and create a whole bouquet. You could also ditch the stem and create a fun Woodsy Sunflower Dishcloth. Or you could take things even further and crochet a whole Sunflower Throw. The possibilities are endless!

How to Crochet a Sunflower: Frequently Asked Questions

Is crocheting a flower easy?

Crocheting a flower can be quite easy if you choose a beginner-friendly pattern. The great thing about flowers is that they can be as simple or as complicated as you want. In other words, regardless of your skill level, there will be a crochet flower pattern that’s right for you.

What color is a crochet sunflower?

In general, crochet sunflowers tend to resemble real sunflowers in terms of color – brown stamen, yellow petals, and a green stem. However, feel free to exercise your artistic freedom and make your sunflower as colorful as you want!

What yarn is best for sunflower crochet?

The best yarn for crocheting sunflowers will depend on the kind of sunflower you’re making. Some great yarns you can use include Red Heart Super Saver Yarn, Lily’s Sugar’n Cream, and Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn.