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FREE PATTERN Amigurumi: Happy Sunflower

Photo Credit: JH Winter
Photo Credit: JH Winter

Updated: 6/14/17

I’ve had several of my followers express a bit of confusion with Rows 9 and 10 of the Happy Sunflower’s head piece. I went ahead and created a new YouTube video on my Ink & Stitches channel working through those two rows together to clarify the directions and make things easier. Hope this helps! :)


 

This sunflower will brighten up any desk or office and would be a welcome addition to any windowsill! I have given these sunflowers away as gifts, prizes at work, and even as giveaways during charitable events. One thing is always consistent, they never cease to bring a smile to the faces of any who see them.

Without further ado I give you my Happy Sunflower!

Happy Sunflower

Gauge is not that important with amigurumi.  Big or small they will be cute no matter what!  If your ami comes out larger or smaller, simply adjust the size of felt pieces cut out for the details on the Sunflower’s face.

One more little suggestion I have for you before you begin crocheting:

For most of the yarn, I prefer to use Red Heart Super Saver yarn.  It is an acrylic based yarn which is thicker and sturdier than many of the other yarn brands out there.  I would highly recommend not mixing brands of yarn for the various colors needed in this pattern.

**Rule of Thumb: softer, thinner yarns will make your ami smaller in size; rougher, thicker yarn will make your ami larger.  Just keep this in mind and be consistent.

Materials Needed:

  • Crochet Hook: F
  • Green Yarn (Red Heart Super Saver – Spring Green)
  • Brown Yarn (Red Heart Super Saver – Nutmeg or Coffee)
  • Yellow Yarn (Caron – Sunflower)
  • Light Brown Yarn (Vanna’s Choice – Honey)
  • Terracotta Pot (Approx. 3 ½” opening)
  • Polyester Fiberfill Stuffing
  • 12 Gauge Jewelry Wire – Black
  • Wire Cutter
  • Black Felt
  • Black, White and Green Embroidery Thread
  • Yarn Needle/Embroidery Needle

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

Skills Needed / Terms Used:

  • Magic Ring Technique
  • Crocheting in the Round
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Inc – Increase
  • Invdec – Invisible Decrease
  • Sl st – Slip Stitch
  • Ch – chain
  • FO – Finish Off, Bind Off
  • BLO – Back Loop Only
  • Whipstitch
  • Straight Stitch (Embroidery)

**Note: Make all pieces first, then see pictures and detailed instructions within the PDF attached at the end of this pattern on how to assemble and apply embroidered details to the sunflowers face.**

Head Piece (Make 1 each in Spring Green and Honey brown):

  • R1:6sc in magic ring – 6
  • R2:inc around – 12
  • R3:(sc, inc) around – 18
  • R4:(2sc, inc) around – 24
  • R5:(3sc, inc) around – 30
  • R6:(4sc, inc) around – 36
  • R7:(5sc, inc) around – 42
  • R8:(6sc, inc) around – 48
  • R9:4sc, (inc, sc) 3 times, 18sc, (inc, sc) 3 times, 14sc – 54
  • R10:4sc, (inc, 2sc) 3 times, 18sc, (inc, 2sc) 3 times, 14 sc – 60
  • R11:sc around – 60

sl st, FO, leave tail on Spring Green piece to sew to Honey piece.  Honey piece, weave in end.

Stem (with Spring Green):

  • R1:ch6 (leaving tail), sl st in 1st ch to make circle, place stitch marker, sc around – 6
  • R2 – 17:sc around – 6

sl st, FO, leave tail for sewing.

I have posted a video on my Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel on how to make the stem if you find this part at all confusing:

Petals (with Sunflower yellow, Make 13):

  • R1:4sc in magic ring – 4
  • R2:inc around – 8
  • R3:(sc, inc) around – 12
  • R4:(2sc, inc) around – 16
  • R5:sc around – 16
  • R6:(2sc, invdec) around – 12
  • R7-8:sc around – 12
  • R9:(sc, invdec) around – 8
  • R10:sc around – 8

sl st, FO, leave tail for sewing petal to flower.

Leaves (with Spring Green, Make 3):

  • R1:4sc in magic ring – 4
  • R2:(sc, inc) around – 6
  • R3:(2sc, inc) around – 8
  • R4:(3sc, inc) around – 10
  • R5:(4sc, inc) around – 12
  • R6:(5sc, inc) around – 14
  • R7:(6sc, inc) around – 16
  • R8:(6sc, 2inc) around – 20
  • R9:7sc, 2inc, 8sc, 2inc, sc – 24
  • R10:sc around – 24
  • R11:9sc, 2inc, 10sc, 2inc, sc – 28
  • R12-16:sc around – 28
  • R17:(5sc, invdec) around – 24
  • R18:(4sc, invdec) around – 20
  • R19:(3sc, invdec) around – 16
  • R20:(2sc, invdec) around – 12
  • R21:(sc, invdec) around – 8
  • R22:(2sc, invdec) around – 6
  • R23-24:sc around – 6

sl st, FO, leave tail for sewing leaf to stem.

Dirt Ball – Bottom (with Coffee brown):

  • R1:6sc in magic ring – 6
  • R2:inc around – 12
  • R3:(sc, inc) around – 18
  • R4:(2sc, inc) around – 24
  • R5:(3sc, inc) around – 30
  • R6:sc around through BLO – 30
  • R7:sc around – 30
  • R8:(4sc, inc) around – 36
  • R9-10:sc around – 36
  • R11:(5sc, inc) around – 42
  • R12-13:sc around – 42
  • R14:(6sc, inc) around – 48
  • R15-16:sc around – 48

sl st, FO, weave in end.

Dirt Ball – Top (with Coffee brown):

  • R1:6sc in magic ring – 6
  • R2:inc around – 12
  • R3:(sc, inc) around – 18
  • R4:(2sc, inc) around – 24
  • R5:(3sc, inc) around – 30
  • R6:(4sc, inc) around – 36
  • R7:(5sc, inc) around – 42
  • R8:(6sc, inc) around – 48

sl st, FO, leave tail for sewing top of dirt ball to bottom.

Time to Assemble: Start from the ground up!

If you would like assistance assembling this sunflower from start to finish, please follow along with me as I assemble one in this video: How to Assemble the Happy Sunflower Amigurumi!

I have created a few more videos on my YouTube Channel which show how to do the basic embroidery used to make this Happy Sunflower’s face. Here are the two videos for the eyes and mouth details:

Video #1: Sewing on Amigurumi Eyes

Video #2: Sewing on an Amigurumi Mouth

Open the PDF attachment for the full pattern including detailed instructions and pictures showing how to assemble and apply details to the face of your amigurumi sunflower!

Download Happy Sunflower PDF

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

118 thoughts on “FREE PATTERN Amigurumi: Happy Sunflower”

  1. Hey, I absolutely love your design and for the most part (I’m new to crocheting, so still learning) I find your instructions very easy to follow, however, I’m not sure where I’ve gone wrong on R9 of the head piece (4sc, (inc, sc) 3 times, 18sc, (inc, sc) 3 times, 14sc – 54) I ended up with 47 instead of 54 :/ any ideas on where I’ve gone wrong? I must have missed some stitches, but I was pretty sure I hadn’t. Once again, you’re instructions are perfect and I love your blog!

      1. I’m glad you were able to figure that round out! Please let me know if you have any other questions along the way. Make sure to take a look at the videos on my Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel if you have any issues making the stem, embroidering the face, or assembling the sunflower. I also have lots of videos explaining how to do various amigurumi crochet stitches. It’s a nice reference for anyone new to crocheting and specifically, crocheting amigurumi. :)

        1. Hello I have also a question about the headpiece, …
          These 3′ times and so , do I just count to 3 with two in every stitch or do I make pattern to even them out in the 18 sc? Greetings from Denmark and these sunflower do look so cute.

    1. Thank you for asking Donna. I don’t allow the sale of the finished products made from my patterns online. They are meant to be for personal use only or to give away as gifts. They can only be sold with credit at local craft fairs. The reason for this is that I reserve the right to sell the finished products from my patterns in my own Etsy shop. Thank you for understanding.

  2. Hi there,

    I’m making the sunflower for my best bud and am translating in to UK terms as I go. Would you be happy for me to write up the UK version of the pattern for my blog, I’m based in the UK ,with full credit to you and links to your original post and videos?

    Many thanks, Babs
    PS I’m not sure if this double posted from my phone in which case I apologise for any duplication

    1. Hi Babs! That sounds great! As long as you put where the pattern came from and links to my blog, I am completely fine with that. Go ahead and post the link for it here in case there are any other UK followers who would benefit from seeing the pattern translated into UK terms. Thank you!

  3. Hi there,

    I’m making this happy chap for my bestie at the moment and translating the pattern into UK as I go. Would you be happy for me to post the UK version on my blog with full credit to you and links back you your amazing blog and video tutorials?

  4. Hi!
    Im currently working on this lovely pattern. Creating as a gift for my grandma :). Im just stuck on why my petals are a little smaller than the picture I followed each round correctly. Is this common? Or am i doing something wrong

    1. How much smaller are they turning out? Tension can always be a factor. Different types of yarns used or hook sizes used can also contribute to the size of the piece you are making. When I sew the petals down around the face, I really flatten out the bottom so that I get the longest width possible and the 13 petals fits well. Make sure you have the correct number of rows and that you end with the same amount of stitches as I specify. If everything checks out, then I would just suggest making an extra petal if you need to, or space them out a bit depending on the look you are going for.

      1. I realized what i messed up on, thank you. But now im having trouble understanding how to stitch in the flower petals into the face. I already did the out edge stitch technique for the two halves.

        1. With the flower petals you need to flatten them so that you have four stitches on one side and four on the other. After that, you just need so whipstitch down using both loops on the petal and the areas behind the front stitches left behind on the face and back of the head (that line around the face and back of head of Front Loops should remain untouched and act as a frame for the petals which are sewn down in between them. Think of it as sewing in between the space left between two parallel lines. Does that make more sense? Let me know if I can answer any questions.

          1. Ahh! Makes a lot more sense! I finished the project and just sent it to my grandma. I think she will love it 😀
            Thank you so much for the pattern!

  5. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I¡¯ll try to get the hang of it!

    1. I initially thought ami was too complicated – then I just sat down one day and tried a ball and it “snowballed” from there! I love it! I have made some really amazing stuffed animals from patterns and just from my head. You really should give it a try. I really think once you get the hang of it (and really it’s pretty simple) you will fall in love with it just like I have! Good luck Adele!

  6. I finished my very first amigurumi and it was this adorable sunflower! Thank you for the adorable pattern. You can see it on my Instagram page @hookfast.creations

    Thanks!

  7. I finished my sunflower. I posted it to your Facebook fan page. His petals aren’t spaced very evenly and they don’t look very “neat” at the seams but I like his face, he has personality :) I can’t wait til you finish your video of putting it all together to see your techniques on all of this. He’s a bit big for his britches but I still love him. <3

    1. He came out amazing! Well done again, Staci! I am making up pieces for a sunflower right now. I will try to film the video next week and have it up shortly after. I plan on having it just be about how I assemble the sunflower after the pieces are all already made. Stay tuned!

  8. I was wondering if you could do a quick video or better picture tutorial for the embroidery on the leaves please? I’m not good at the embroidery part and I guess I can’t make my brain “click” to get it. Anything you can offer to help better would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. I love the way my sunflower is coming together :)

    1. Of course, Staci! As soon as my voice comes back, I will film a new video tutorial for the leaves. I had another reader ask if I’d do a video showing the complete assembly process, so that is forthcoming too! If you haven’t already subscribed here on the blog, you could do that and/or subscribe to my YouTube channel to see all of my new videos as they come through. I would love to see your sunflower when you’re finished. You can post a picture if you’re willing, to my Facebook Fan Page. Can’t wait to see it!

      1. thank you so much! I can’t wait for the video for the assembly process either. I’ve already subscribed to both :) My leaves look so droopy, hopefully they will look better once in the pot. I went ahead with the leaves just to finish up. I’m getting ready to do the eyes, wish me luck! (just need to figure out about how big to make the ovals)

        1. I have two videos up on the channel for doing the facial embroidery details. One is for the eyes and the other for the mouth. Those should help give you an idea of the size you need. Off the top of my head, they should be about 3/4″ in height perhaps 1/2″ in width. Play around with the size, until you get one that works for your flower. We all have different tensions as well, so your amigurumi sunflower may come out larger or smaller than mine because of that. That is why I left the eye size up to you. Whatever fits :)

          Sunflower Eyes: https://youtu.be/ieyIRabSJmw
          Sunflower Mouth: https://youtu.be/erYpCEQFGjM

  9. Hi I am new to amigurumi and I am wonder do u work in rounds or slip stitch then chain to start a new row. Thanks

    1. Hi, Jodie! That’s a great question. Different amigurumi creators do things different ways. For me personally, I prefer to work in rounds. Good luck creating the sunflower, and let me know if you have any questions as you work your way through the pattern!

    1. Perhaps try using a different browser? I am using Firefox and I was able to open it up right away. If you still can’t get it to open, let me know and I will email you the PDF :)

      1. I got it to work. I was not on my computer so I don’t know if that made a difference. Thank you for the help!

    1. All you should have to do is click on the button at the end of the post to download the pattern and it should open a new page with the PDF for you. Since you are having difficulties getting it to open for you, I will go ahead and email you a PDF attachment. Look for it in your email account. Let me know if you have any further issues :)

  10. Thank you for this lovely pattern, It reminds me of a game I used to play: Plants vs Zombies.
    Really cute :) I’ going to make it once I finish my other projects..

    I’m going to try to crochet a ‘terracotta’ pot, any tips on having the bottom sturdy enough so it doesn’t fall over?

    Greetings from a fan from Belgium 😉

    1. I would cut a wooden circle (or you may be able to find one; you can also use thick cardboard) that fits in the bottom of the circle. I would then add weights on top (fishing weights are great) to add weight to the base so the heavy head won’t tip the pot over. Good luck! I’d love to see your finished sunflower. You can post a picture on my Facebook Fan Page, if you’d like :)

    1. For R9 and 10, you repeat the pattern within the parenthesis three times each time you see it. For example:

      R9:4sc, (inc, sc) 3 times, 18sc, (inc, sc) 3 times, 14sc – 54
      …is the same as saying…
      R9: 4sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, 18sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, 14sc – 54

      Does that make more sense, Kim?

      1. Thank you very much for this explanation. I’m Belgian and I sat tight on R9!!
        My daughter loved your sunflower….
        grts Nathalie

  11. Thank you so much! I love these sunflower. I can’t wait to make it. You are very talented. Keep up the good work. I can’t wait to see your next designs.

    North Carolina, usa

  12. Hi Marina
    I’m Nanske from Belgium
    I have a FB group and my members asked me if I would translate your wonderful Sunflower into Dutch

    Can I please have your permission ??
    I will put the link to your webpage or blog on it or I give you the translation and put the link to it on my group
    Greetings and Blessings
    NanskePanske

    1. Of course you may, Nanske! If you could link the pattern back over to my blog post with my name (J.H. Winter), that would be great. Let me know when you do post it, so that I can share the post on my social media. It’s lovely to be able to share my pattern with other language speakers as well!

    2. Hi Julianne

      I’m Nanske from Belgium
      I have a FB group and my members asked me if I would translate your wonderful Sunflower into Dutch

      Can I please have your permission ??
      I will put the link to your webpage or blog on it or I give you the translation and put the link to it on my group
      Greetings and Blessings
      NanskePanske

      1. I responded to your prior comment as well, but of course you may. If you could link the pattern back over to my blog post with my name (J.H. Winter) and blog name Ink & Stitches (http://blog.jhwinter.com), that would be great. Let me know when you do post it, so that I can share the post on my social media. It’s lovely to be able to share my pattern with other language speakers as well!

        1. I will send you the translation as soon as possible
          Do you have a FB account or mail so I can send you the translation?
          I will put a link to your page on my group and you can post the translation on your blog

  13. Is there a printer friendly version of this pattern? I don’t always have access to a computer. Thank you.

    1. At the bottom of the post, there is a PDF link where you can view and print the pattern. It should appear as a light blue button that says, “Download Happy Sunflower PDF”. Let me know if you are still having difficulties :)

      1. When the page opens up from the link to download the pattern (at the bottom of the post), there is a print icon in the upper right hand corner. This should allow you to be able to print. Your button is great though for cases when there is no PDF to go along with the pattern. I’ll look into that for future!

      1. I’m a bigenner to crochetting and i don’t know how to do this line
        R1:ch6 (leaving tail), sl st in 1st ch to make circle, place stitch marker, sc around – 6
        I realy need your help

        1. This is to create the tube for the stem of the Sunflower. You need both ends to have an opening so that your wire can go through the center. First, you need to leave a tail that is long enough to stitch the first round to the root ball.

          Create a slipknot on your crochet hook where you can build the chain from. Chain [chain (ch) = yarn over (YO) with your working yarn, creating 2 loops on your hook, then pull that YO loop through your slipknot loop to create your first chain] 6 times. This will look like a braid once you’ve finished, with little V’s stacked up on each other. You need to create a circle, so you are going to slip your crochet hook into the first chain you made, at the opposite side of the chain from your hook, and slip stitch [sl st = push hook through chain stitch in back loop only (BLO), YO with working yarn, pull that loop forward to the front of the chain, then continue pulling that same YO loop through the original loop on your hook] into that first chain. Place your stitch marker through the remaining loop on your hook. Now that your circle is formed, you need to crochet around the circle in back loops only (this leaves the front loops for sewing the stem to the root ball). There should be six chain stitches and thus at the end, you should have worked six single crochets around the chain loop (one single crochet in each chain stitch). At the end of this round, remove your stitch marker and place it on the final loop of your hook. Round one is complete.

          Let me know if this doesn’t explain enough, and I will post a YouTube video to show you how to do it. I planned to in the future anyway, so I can always expedite that video :)

  14. My late mum loved sunflowers I’m makiingbsome and put them with her thank you for the beautiful pattern I’m so happy

    1. I’m so glad that my pattern could bring you that kind of happiness, and that these sunflowers can act as a small reminder of your mom. Please let me know if you have any questions as you are making the pattern.

  15. Hi Julianne

    I love you pattern of sunflowers. I’ve got a free pattern site for people that cant effort to pay for it. I want to ask you if i may translate your pattern in Dutch so that anyone can make them. I wil post your site and name with it. I hope it is allright with you.
    Greetings from the Netherlands. Granny

    1. That sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to see what it looks like in Dutch. Send me a link once you’ve posted it so that I can promote your site as well :)

  16. Hi. Lovely happy sunflower :) Think I’ll make this as a leaving present for a co-worker. Could you tell me, do you use US or UK terminology? -before I start & have to restart!!
    Thanks :)

    1. Thank you, Karen! I use US terminology. I’m sure your co-worker is going to love a Happy Sunflower on her desk. Let me know if you have any questions as you work through the pattern.

      1. Thats great- despite being in the UK, I use US terms as I learnt from YouTube!!
        Looking forward to starting- although as we’re reminded almost hourly- I only have 2 weeks to get it done!!

        1. I learned a lot from YouTube as well and live in California, so hence the US terms. Let me know if you have any questions as you work your way through the pattern!

    1. My mom has two sunflowers on her desk, so I’d say it’s the perfect Mother’s Day gift or as a decoration for any celebration. Let me know if you have any pattern questions as you work your way through!

    1. Thank you so much for featuring my work on your website! It is always nice to see when people appreciate your work so much they want to share. I’ll have more patterns coming up for free this week and next month as well, so keep checking back for more!

  17. U sell this pattern at etsy back then right…coz i bought them… Its still my favourite amigurumi. I made them from 15cm tall to 40cm tall. They are e cutest thing ever.

    1. I used to sell on Etsy, but I’ve closed the shop and am offering some of my patterns here on my blog now instead for free. It’s much more fun this way. I plan to have a new Etsy shop opening, but all of the characters will be my own (not imagined by anyone else but me). I look forward to sharing that with you here as well, when items become available. :)

  18. Thank you for creating and sharing this pattern. This has been an amigurumi weekend for me ever since I discovered your site. So much talent and creativity out there. I bookmarked several patterns, and I really appreciate all of the detail and effort you put into yours. The pictures that you added are wonderful and extremely helpful..

    1. Thank you Heather! I am working on another free pattern that I will be posting in April. Stay tuned! I found that when I first started crocheting, the more pictures pattern-makers included on how to assemble the pieces, the better. I am trying to leave any guesswork out of my patterns. My goal is to make nice and easy to patterns to understand!

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