Sunflower Afghan Crochet Pattern – Afghan Blocks | Free Crochet Pattern Tutorial | Saturday Stitch Explorer

Something inspired me to make a square.  I never make squares! I do <3 sunflowers though, and thinking of ideas on how to create a square that can be used for hats, scarves, pillows, crochet afghans, or just about anything you can think of.  Summer Sunflowers is born!

You can sew these together to create a beautiful sunflower crochet afghan.

or head over to this page and create this cute bohemian messenger bag!

I also wanted to create a pattern that can translate well with any hook size and any yarn size you want – one where you can change up the colors to create other pretty flowers too. I grabbed some Lion Brand Wool-Ease (Fisherman) and Hometown USA to create a giant square – I’m in LOVE with this giant square. I think I”m going to make an afghan with them, and also a retro boho bag (finally finished this and it is a FREE pattern!) with them (there is that retro again) ;).

The summer sunflowers square is made up of a few basic stitches. You will learn to create a treble crochet three together, which is a decrease stitch, and a magic circle, which is a fun way to start a project in the round. Video tutorial is at the bottom of the post.

A big thank you to my pattern testers for this one, who worked it up fast! This pattern does work up surprisingly fast. I made 4 squares in less than an hour, and the big one worked up in 20 minutes <3. Can’t beat that!

Sara Marsh over at Sunflower Cottage Crochet worked up this beauty for me. Her blog is fairly new, so go show her some love and support – she has a Facebook Page too. Thank you Sara for the fast turn-around and all the wonderful notes.

My second tester is Janice Penner and she gave some great feedback! Here is the square she created.

So, let’s get started!

Are you ready to make it? Let’s do this!

+ Gauge:

10 dc = 2″ (5 cm)

+ Materials:

Suggested Yarn:

Any 3 weight yarn – I used Scheepjes Merino Soft

for the big square I used Hometown USA in Fresno Tweed & Providence Pink & Wool-Ease Thick n’ Quick in Fisherman with a 9mm hook


A: Dark Brown (609) (or Fresno Tweed), B: Yellow (640) (or Providence Pink), C: White (600) (or Fisherman)

Suggested Yarn Details:

50% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Micro, 25% Acrylic – 50 grams = 105 m

Yardage Needed:

12 grams or 0.4 oz

~ Hook Size: Cowl:  4.5 mm (for small squares) 9 mm (for larger squares)

~ Scissors

~ Darning Needle

+ Stitch guide:

Magic circle video tutorial here

Underlined stitches are clickable

sc – single crochet

insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, yo draw through both loops on hook.

dc – double crochet

yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, *yo, draw through 2 loops* – repeat from * to * until you have one loop left on the hook.

tr3tog – treble crochet 3 together (decreases by 2)

*yo 2 times, insert hook in next st, yo, draw up a loop (yo draw through 2 loops – 2 times) * – repeat from * to * 2 more times. yo, draw through all loops on hook.

+ Abbreviations:

sc single crochet
tr3tog treble crochet 2 together (a decrease)
dc double crochet
t-ch turning chain
st(s) stitches
sp space
ch chain
ch sp chain space
rnd round
*…* *repeat* instructions between *…*  

Finished Measurements:

Small Square: 4.25″ (10.79 cm ) to 4.5″ (11.43 cm)

Large Square: Approximately 11″ (30 cm)

+ Pattern Notes – Please Read

  • Mark the 1st st of each round (helps for where to make your joins)
  • 1st stitch of each round is made in base of t-ch, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Joins are made in 1st stitch of round – unless otherwise indicated.
  • Turning chains do not count as stitches – unless otherwise indicated.

+ Pattern:

Using 4.5 mm hook & color A create a magic circle, or ch 4, and join ends, then…

Rnd 1ch 2, dc 15 into ring, join. (15)

Rnd 2ch 1, sc 2 in sp between dc below, *sc 1 in sp between next dc’s, sc 2 in sp between next dc’s* repeat from * to * to end.  sc 1 in between last dc and dc directly below ch 1 from beg of rnd. Join. (24)

Rnd 3ch 1, sc 1 in each st around.  Change to Color B when joining with sl st into 1st sc of round. Cut Color A, weave in tails. (24).

Rnds 4ch 4 (this will serve as your first treble in the tr3tog, so begin the 2nd part of the tr3tog in the next st – not the base of the chain) *tr3tog, ch 5,* repeat from * to * 8 times.  Join in top of 1st tr3tog. (8 tr3tog & 8 ch 5’s)

Rnd 5ch 1, sc 1 in same as join, [*yo, insert hook in base of leftmost treble from tr3tog below, yo, draw up a long loop* – repeat from * to * 3 times total.  Then, *yo, insert hook in base of next treble, yo, draw up a long loop* repeat from * to * – 3 times total.  yo, pull through all 13 loops on hook (1 cluster created).  ch 1sc 1 in top of tr3tog], repeat from [ to ] 8 times total.  (on last cluster, 2nd ½ of will be in the base of ch 4). Complete last sc of repeat with Color C – that last sc will act as your join. (24)

Below is where you will will complete your last sc of the repeat, and change colors.

Rnd 6:  ch 1, sc 2 (mark the 1st sc) in 1st st. *sc 2 in ch sp, sc 2 in cluster**, sc 2 in tr3tog, * – repeat from * to * to end, ending last repeat at ** then, sc 2 around last visible ch.  Join in 1st sc of rnd (marked stitch). (50).

note: if you don’t have 50 stitches at this point, don’t fret. Just frog (pull it out) around 10 or so stitches and add the extras in there somewhere, it won’t throw off the pattern as long as you end this round with 50 sc.

Rnds 7:  ch 2, make first stitch of repeat in base of ch 2.  *dc 2, ch 1, dc 2 (in same st), dc 12* – repeat from * to * 3 times.  dc 1 in each of next 10 sts.  Join in 1st dc of rnd (make join behind dc in bar (see photo), sl st in next back bar of next dc). (66)

Rnd 8ch 2, [*(yo, insert hook in ch sp, yo, pull up a long loop) 3 times, yo, pull through all loops, ch 1* – repeat from * to * 3 times total in same ch sp.  bpdc around next 16 dc] – repeat from [ to ] – 2 more times.

then, repeat from * to * 3 times in same ch sp, then bpdc around next 12 dc.  bpdc around ch 3.  bpdc around next 2 dc (try to enclose the ch 2 from beg of rnd on last bpdc – see video for help) – Join using an invisible join (also in video)

cut and tie off, weave in all tails!

You can make several of these and tie them together to make a blanket, a bag, a pillow – even a top!  

Congratulations!  You’re finished!

Full Video Tutorial & Summer Flowers Boho Bag

Click here

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