Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sunflower potholder - free pattern

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The sunflower potholder had been in my wish list for a long time. I found the original vintage pattern here. I don't know if any of you have tried it, but I found it very difficult. The pattern simply didn't make any sense to me. I gave up after a few unsuccessful attempts. I surfed the net for an alternate sunflower pattern but since this was the one that I wanted to make I tweaked it and made it easier. If you wish to make one for yourself go ahead and make use of the pattern given below.

I used sport weight yarns in brown and yellow and size H/5 mm crochet hook. I have written the pattern using American terms. My finished potholder measured approximately 7.5 inches from end to end.

Abbreviations used:
ch - chain
st/sts - stitch/stitches
sl st - slip stitch (UK term - single crochet)
sc - single crochet (UK term - double crochet)
dc - double crochet (UK term - treble)
puff stitch - 5 dc stitches worked together in the same stitch

Using brown make a magic ring.
Round 1: Ch 1, 6 sc into ring. Join (6 sts)
Round 2: Ch 1, in each sc make 1 sc and 1 puff stitch. Join. You will have 6 sc and 6 puff stitches, so totally 12 sts in this round.


Round 3: Make 2 sc in each st (2 sc in each sc and 2 sc in each puff stitch). Join. You will have 24 sc. 

 Round 4: Ch 1, sc in same st, **puff stitch in next st, sc in next st** Repeat from ** to ** around. (12 sc and 12 puff stitches - 24 sts in total)

Round 5: Ch 1, sc in same st, **2 sc in next st, sc in next st** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join (36 sc)
Round 6: Ch 1, sc in same st, **puff stitch in next st, sc in next st** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join (18 sc and 18 puff stitches - 36 sts in total)
Round 7: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, **2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join (48 sc)
Round 8: Ch 1, sc in same st, **puff stitch in next st, sc in next st** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join (24 sc and 24 puff stitches - 48 stitches in total). Cut off brown.

Petals:
Join yellow in the sc between 2 puff stitches, ch 9, sc in the 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next 5 ch, skip next puff stitch and sl st in next sc, turn.


**ch 1, sc in front loops of 5 dc, ch 4, turn.
sc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in the back loops of next 5 dc, skip next puff stitch and sl st in next sc. Turn.**


Repeat from  ** to ** around.

To join the first and last petals together turn the potholder and sc into the back loops of 5 dc of both the petals. Weave in all the loose ends.


I hope I have written the pattern without any errors. If you come across any, please do let me know.

Have a happy day!
     

23 comments:

  1. Wundervoll & Danke! ♥
    Liebe Grüße,*Manja*

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  2. I see I have missed so many posts on your blog. Everyone of them is beautiful Pradeepa.

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  3. Cute :-) Thanks for sharing your pattern.

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  4. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing great tutorial!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  5. You know...I come to your blog and it's as if I can physically feel the calm & tranquility emanating from your work. Your beautiful work. Everything here is so lovely & this sunflower you have shared?...vibrant & wonderful!

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  6. So beautiful...Thanks for sharing..

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  7. Beautiful potholder. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Thanks for sharing the pattern, Pradeepa!! It's very neat and lovely !! I liked the way you have done the brown part of the flower.:) I don't use potholders but I can use it as a single big motif on cushion.

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  9. Thank you for sharing this pattern, it is really good.i definetly want to make one x

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  10. This is really fabulous, thank you for sharing the pattern with us xoxo

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  11. Look at how gorgeous it is! Thank you.
    Meredith

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  12. The potholder looks absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful pattern:)

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  13. Wow beautiful!!! I love the shades you've chosen. And thank you very much for the pattern :-)

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  14. It's beautiful!
    I wish I could crochet.......

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  15. This is absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Hi, this potholder is so pretty and you did a great job crocheting it! I saw it at the Adorned from above party.
    Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

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  17. A very sweet Sunflower. Each August, I drive West to see the wild Sunflowers. Thank you for sharing such a pretty pattern. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

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  18. I love sunflowers and this is really beautiful. Thanks for the UK term conversion, I get so easily muddled, I have to print the pattern out and write all over it. I've even been know to make things much to big or too small because I've used the wrong stitches!

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  19. I just made this. I had no problems crocheting it but it wants to cup and won't lay flat. It seems to need increases
    in the petal round. I did use worsted weight yarn and a larger hook but don't see how using the smaller yarn and
    hook would change that. Any suggestions?
    You can email me at butterflycrochet at gmail.com.

    Thanks,
    Wanda

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