To me, a sunflower represents hope. I looked online at a few flower shops and tattoo parlors and they seem to all attribute different meanings to the sunflower such as long life, happiness, faith or good luck.
“I want to be like a sunflower so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.” -Unknown
I can’t look at a sunflower without thinking of Van Gogh’s famous paintings, which of course leads me to thinking about Doctor Who and Amelia Pond and that wonderful episode of television which combines sci-fi and art – my two favorite things!
The great thing about blanket patterns like mine is that you can easily use any weight yarn and any yarn fibre. Some people prefer the affordability of acrylic and others love the softness found in things like merino wool! Generally, use the hook size recommended on the label of your yarn. Sometimes I prefer to go down a hook size (I think I must crochet loosely). The yardage used and the finished size of your blanket will be different if you don’t match my gauge, but that’s usually okay!
If you do match my gauge this blanket should end up being a nice even 60″ square. The wavy lines and butterflies that look like a border around the collage of sunflowers is included in the actual pattern so you don’t need to add any extra border pieces to the design.
You can also use any colors you want, but for this pattern I highly suggest using Dark Brown for the Main Color and a deep golden yellow for the Accent Color / Contrasting Color.
It is, of course, written up for both of my favorite techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. And each pattern includes a chart as well. The mosaic charts now include X’s to show where the dropped double crochets go. I am still in the process of updating my older patterns to include the x-marked charts. Slow and steady wins the race, right!?
Grab your copy of “Sunflowers and Butterflies” on Etsy or Ravelry.
It is included in my current birthday sale (get 30% off with a minimum purchase of 2 patterns, no code needed, offer ends Aug 13, 2021)!
**A couple hours ago I put a quick contest on in my facebook group – guess the title of my next pattern and win a copy! Congratulations to Lucie!
Also, remember that the FATW6 CAL is ongoing – the ocean-themed blanket is nearing its end but they have 2 more blankets after that! I’ve been updating my blog post to include links to the official host page for each release.
And, I am working on my final video for my upcoming Summer Direction CAL! We will get this party started SOON! The format for this one will be a bit different than other crochet-a-longs: you’ll be able to purchase the FULL pattern on Etsy or Ravelry, including charts and written instructions for both techniques, or you can follow my blog and YouTube channel (for FREE!) as each section is released!
Update: you guys put this pattern in Ravelry’s top ten list for a bit! Thank you!