Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers to grow and to use as decorations inside and outside in late summer and early fall. My love for this flower started when I was a kid. My dad would plant sunflower seeds along the back side fence in late spring each year. They would sprout and he would show me how to “thin” the sprouts allowing the ones left in place to grow strong, thick stalks to support their heavy flowers. His sunflowers would grow taller than the garage. I remember looking up at the huge sunflower heads against the deep blue sky and thinking how majestic they looked. Dad would cut them down before the birds ate all the seeds and would dry the sunflower heads in the garage. Then in the late fall and winter we would hang them outside for the birds to pick out the seeds. Dad would save some of the seeds for the next planting season and we would start over again with our bed of sunflowers along the fence.
I’ve been thinking of my dad a lot this summer and I wanted to crochet a sunflower dishcloth to remind me of the sunflowers from my childhood backyard. I searched all the different patterns I could find and decided on making my own pattern. Below is my pattern for a sunflower dishcloth. Enjoy!
Sunflower Dishcloth Crochet Pattern by Sharon Andreani
All cotton yarn is used to makes this pretty dishcloth. To crochet rounds, I am going back to an old way taught to me by my grandmother. I learned a new way when I took a crochet course through the Craft Yarn Council of America and it has its purpose. But for something like this dishcloth, I like the definition of the rounds made by turning the piece to start the next round. I think it makes the back of the dish cloth just as interesting and pretty as the front!
This is an easy beginner pattern with increases each round to make an 8 inch across dishcloth. You will need to know the following stitches: chain, slip stitch, double crochet, and triple crochet. There is a change of color of yarn at the end of the 4th round. This is a good way to practice changing colors of yarn.
Scallop: Double Crochet x2, Triple Crochet x 1, Double Crochet x2 all in the same stitch. You will skip a stitch before and after each scallop with a single crochet stitch in between the scallops. Sounds a bit confusing, but it will make more sense as you work through the pattern.
Always read the pattern through before starting and have all of your supplies on hand ready to go!
Cotton Yarn in #4 weight. 1 ball in gold. 1 ball in brown.
H hook (5.0mm)
Sl St Slip Stitch
DC Double Crochet
TC Triple Crochet
Starting with the brown yarn.
Chain 5. Slip stitch into first chain to make a circle.
Round 1. Ch 3. (Counts as first double crochet stitch and throughout the rest of the pattern.) Double crochet 11 more times into the circle. Slip Stitch into top third chain of first stitch (first chain 3). Gently pull tail of yarn to tighten the circle. Turn.
Round 2. Ch 3. Double crochet again in the same stitch. Double crochet x 2 in each stitch around. Sl St in top chain of the Ch 3. Turn. (24 stitches)
Round 3. Ch 3. Double Crochet again into same stitch. ” Double crochet x 1 in next stitch. Double crochet x 2 in next stitch.” Repeat ” ” to complete the round. Slip Stitch into top chain of the Ch 3. Turn. (36 stitches)
Round 4. Ch3. DC into the same stitch. “DC x 1 into the next two stitches. DC x 2 into the next stitch. ” Repeat ” ” to complete the round. (48 stitches) THIS IS WHERE YOU WILL BE ADDING THE YELLOW YARN! Use the yellow yarn to pull through for the Sl St into the top chain of the Ch 3. There should be a loop of yellow yarn now on your hook. Cut the brown yarn leaving a 4-5 inch tail to weave in. (48 stitches) Turn.
Round 5. With the yellow yarn Ch 3. DC again into the same stitch. “DC x 1 into the next three stitches. DC x 2 into the next stitch.” Repeat ” ” to complete the round. Sl St into the top of the Ch 3. (60 stitches) Turn.
Round 6. Ch 3. DC again into the same stitch. ” DC x 1 into the next four stitches. DC x 2 into the next stitch.” Repeat ” ” to complete the round. Sl St into the top of the Ch 3. (72 stitches) Do Not Turn.
Round 7. Ch 4 (Counts as a Triple Crochet). DC x 2 again into the same stitch. This is the start of the first scallop which will be completed at the end of the round. Skip the next stitch. SC into the following stitch. Skip the next stitch. “In the following stitch crochet the 5 stitch scallop (See instructions above). Skip the next stitch. SC into the following stitch. Skip the next stitch.” Repeat ” ” to complete the round. After the last scallop, SC into the next stitch. DC x 2 into the first stitch to complete the first scallop. Sl St into the 4th chain of the first stitch. (19 Scallops) Finish off leaving a 4-5 inch tail. Weave in ends.
Machine wash and dry. Please allow the dishcloth to dry completely between uses.
To make a hot pad, crochet two rounds consisting of the first six rounds. Pin the two rounds together with stitch markers and crochet the edges together with the scallop edging.
100% cotton may fade and shrink a bit, but it is a safer choice when placing hot pans and casserole dishes on a hot pad to protect your countertop or table.
If you have a question about this pattern, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Rights Reserved. This tutorial pattern and the images are property of Sharon Andreani at Miss Sharon’s Craft Cupboard, LLC and is for personal use only. Sales of the finished product are permitted with credit given to Miss Sharon’s Craft Cupboard www.craftcupboard.org. No part of this document may be reproduced, altered, distributed or otherwise shared in any form, or by any other means, without express written consent from Sharon Andreani. 09/13/2023