Sunflowers and Emma

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Isn’t it funny how some things feel like they are meant to be.  I adore sunflowers, tall, strong, they follow the rays of the sun throughout the day and just make me feel good when I see them.  A few years back during lockdown I ran a series of Monday Makes classes on Zoom and Emma’s Sunflower was borne.  Made and named for the lovely Emma, a Flo’s Crafty Crochet regular it can be made into a blanket, coaster, bag etc the list is limitless.  You can find the pattern for free here.

Fast forward to this week and I had been playing about with keychains again thinking of the end of the school year season when I received a very interesting email from Phillippa.  Phillipa is a children’s author and has previously released Rupert’s Snowman and lo and behold but she was now releasing her latest work….. You guessed it…. EMMA’S SUNFLOWER.  I couldn’t believe it!  A delightful picture book filled with nature and helping your little one to learn their colours and counting. You can pre-order Phillipa’s delightful new book here or give her a follow on Facebook

Emma's sunflower book

Emma’s Sunflower Picture Book

So, I got to thinking and came up with this!  Emma’s Sunflower Buddy.  The perfect little sunshiny keychain companion.  You can order your own keychain made by my own fair hands and the 1st 10 orders will receive some bookmarks, sticker and badge goodies from the book!  Each keychain comes with it’s own personalisable card.  However, you can also make your own and here is the pattern for you to enjoy.

Sunflower keychain and gift card

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Why should I buy the PDF version?

This is a question that I get asked A LOT.  So I will try my best to let you know why I think the PDF trumps the web version.

  • Printable. Easy to manage and print out so you can take with you anywhere.

  • No ads anywhere.

  • It is pretty. I do spend a little time trying to get it to look just right so that not only do you have the functional pattern but it’s nice to look at also.

  • You get both US and UK terminology and a photo guide for trickier elements.

  • It supports me and enables me to continue to create content for you to enjoy.

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I really don’t want to buy the PDF version.

That’s ok, I totally understand and best of all, you don’t have to.  You can still make the sunflower from the free version of the pattern on my website!

I don’t want to buy anything BUT I want to support you, is that possible?

Yes! Very much so and I am very much grateful for this.  You can share the website with your crochet friends.  Share your makes on Facebook Groups and on Instagram and mention me.  Word of mouth is the very best way to help support me and get the Flo’s Crafty Crochet name out there. I also have a Buy Me A Coffee button which is literally just that, the equivalent of buying me a drink lol

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 First a shout out to my amazing tester team that had an unreal turnaround on this little dude! You guys really are amazing and I cannot thank you enough. Lynne Duffin, Theresa Curtin, Rachele Downey Graham, Stephanie Jones, Claire Campbell, Claire Hughes and Becky Jackson, the stars of the show, thank you.

Copyright of Fiona Campbell, Flo’s Crafty Crochet. Original pattern made by Fiona Campbell. This pattern is made for personal use only. You may not distribute, reproduce, publish, translate, alter or resell this pattern in any way or form. You may sell the finished product.  Please credit Flo’s Crafty Crochet in all promotions of your work.

 
If you would like to share this pattern I would be absolutely delighted, please share the link directly to this webpage or the Ravelry pattern page (link below). Please do not distribute this pattern or photos in any other form. You can read more about this in my FAQ section.

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Abbreviations – US terms

CH – Chain

SC – Single Crochet

HDC – Half Double Crochet

DC – Double Crochet

TR – Treble Crochet

PIC – Picot

INC – Increase

ST – Stitch

SK – Skip

SL ST – Slip Stitch

Rep – Repeat

F/O – Finish Off

MR – Magic Ring

Back Loop Only – BLO

Front Loop Only – FLO

Material List

3.5mm crochet hook

Cotton in yellow and brown. I use Paintbox Simply Cotton DK (which is currently on sale as of 12 May 2022)

Fibre Filling

Tapestry Needle

Scissors

Optional 9mm safety eyes 

Optional key chain

Optional stitch marker

Notes

Each round is worked in a continuous round unless otherwise stated.

A stitch marker is recommended for keeping track of your stitches for each round.

Increase means to place 2 stitches in the same stitch from the previous round.

Instructions inside (     ) are to be placed all in the one stitch in order to create the petal.

* * means to repeat

Picot stitch – A picot here means; Chain 3, slip stitch back down through the top loops of the previous stitch and the 1st CH, creating a little bobble effect.

With Brown Make 2

Round 1: MR 6SC or [CH 2 and 6SC in the 1st CH] (6)  

(Leave a long end on one half to create a nose)

Round 2: INC in each ST around. (12)

Round 3: (INC, SC) around. (18)

Round 4: (INC, SC 2) around. SL ST to next ST and F/O and weave in ends. (24)

On the 2nd circle do not finish off.

On the 2nd circle, insert safety eyes in Round 3 approximately 3 ST apart. Embroider on eye whites, cheeks and a smile, if desired. Weave a nose with the tail from the beginning of the circle that has the eyes.

Place both circles on top of each other, wrong sides together. Continue the next rounds working with the face looking up at you.

Round 5: SC in each ST around. SL ST to 1st ST. (24) Make sure to go through both layers to join them together. About ¾ of the way around stop and stuff with a small amount of stuffing. Finish the last few SC stitches.

Change to Yellow 

Round 6: Working into the front loop only, CH1, *(HDC, DC, PIC, DC, HDC),  SK ST, SL ST into next ST*, REP * * around. SL ST to 1st ST. (8 petals)

Round 7: Working into the back loop only and pushing the first row of petals forward, SL ST until you are in between the petals and behind the 1st SL ST from the previous row. 

CH1, *(HDC, DC, TR, PIC, TR,  DC, HDC), SK ST, SL ST into next ST*, REP * * around. SL ST to 1st ST. (8 petals)

Each of the petals in row 7 should appear in between the petals from round 6.

 

Sew in any remaining ends and create a loop for your keychain

Add an optional key chain.

 


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