The Getty Museum Challenge

Last month the Getty Museum challenged people to recreate famous works of art. The results were sometimes amazing, sometimes hysterical. The Getty Challenge

I decided to try my own recreation using crochet. Turns out, one of the biggest challenges was finding a famous painting that looked easy enough to duplicate in yarn but still appealed to me visually. I wanted something colorful to cheer me up on these dreary days. Settling on one of Van Gogh’s sunflower paintings, I rummaged through my yarn stash to find the appropriate colors.

sunflowers

This pattern was just for fun and has not been tested, so feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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Instructions:

Finished panel measures approximately 21” tall by 15” wide.

 Materials:

Worsted weight yarn:

4 oz. blue

1.5 oz. lavender

2 oz. green

2 oz. yellow

2 oz. gold

½ oz. brown

¼ oz. light green

½ oz. saffron

1 oz. dark green

5 yards blue denim

5 yards pumpkin

Crochet hook size G (4.0 mm)

Directions:

Canvas:

Row 1: With lavender yarn, ch 59, hdc in second ch from hook and each remaining ch (58 hdc). .

Rows 2-10: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st.

Row 11: (wrong side) Ch 1, turn, 55 hdc in lavender, 3 hdc in blue.

Row 12: Ch 1, turn, 4 hdc in blue, 21 hdc in lavender, 13 hdc in green, 20 hdc in lavender.

Row 13: Ch 1, turn, 19 hdc in lavender, 15 hdc in green, 17 hdc in lavender, 7 hdc in blue.

Row 14: Ch 1, turn, 14 hdc in blue, 8 hdc in lavender, 18 hdc in green, 18 hdc in lavender.

Row 15: Ch 1, turn, 17 hdc in lavender, 20 hdc in green, 21 hdc in blue.

Row 16: Ch 1, turn, 20 hdc in blue, 22 hdc in green, 16 hdc in blue.

Row 17: Ch 1, turn, 16 hdc in blue, 22 hdc in green, 20 hdc in blue.

Row 18: Ch 1, turn, 19 hdc in blue, 24 hdc in green, 15 hdc in blue.

Row 19: Ch 1, turn, 15 hdc in blue, 24 hdc in green, 19 hdc in blue.

Row 20: Ch 1, turn, 19 hdc in blue, 24 hdc in green, 15 hdc in blue.

Row 21: Ch 1, turn, 15 hdc in blue, 24 hdc in green, 19 hdc in blue.

Row 22: Ch 1, turn, 19 hdc in blue, 24 hdc in green, 15 hdc in blue.

Row 23: Ch 1, turn, 15 hdc in blue, 24 hdc in green, 19 hdc in blue.

Row 24: Ch 1, turn, 19 hdc in blue, 24 hdc in green, 15 hdc in blue.

Row 25: Ch 1, turn, 15 hdc in blue, 23 hdc in green, 20 hdc in blue.

Row 26: Ch 1, turn, 20 hdc in blue, 22 hdc in green, 16 hdc in blue.

Row 27: Ch 1, turn, 17 hdc in blue, 20 hdc in green, 21 hdc in blue.

Row 28: Ch 1, turn, 21 hdc in blue, 19 hdc in green, 18 hdc in blue.

Row 29: Ch 1, turn, 19 hdc in blue, 17 hdc in green, 22 hdc in blue.

Row 30: Ch 1, turn, 23 hdc in blue, 15 hdc in green, 20 hdc in blue.

Row 31: Ch 1, turn, 20 hdc in blue, 15 hdc in green, 23 hdc in blue.

Row 32: Ch 1, turn, 23 hdc in blue, 15 hdc in green, 20 hdc in blue.

Row 33: Ch 1, turn, 20 hdc in blue, 15 hdc in green, 23 hdc in blue.

Row 34: Ch 1, turn, 23 hdc in blue, 15 hdc in green, 20 hdc in blue.

Rows 35-60: Ch 1, turn, hdc blue in each st. Fasten off at end of Row 60.

Sunflower #1:

Rnd 1: With brown, ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in circle. Join with sl st.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st. Join with sl st. Do not fasten off.

Rnd 3: With yellow, ch 1, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around. Join with sl st. Do not fasten off. (18 sc)

Rnd 4: Pick up brown, ch 1, *sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around. Join with sl st. Fasten off brown. (24 sc).

Rnd 5: With gold, ch 1, *sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around. Join with sl st. (30 sc).

Rnd 6: Pick up yellow, ch 1, *sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around. Join with sl st. (36 sc)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, *ch 4, sc in 2nd ch, hdc in 3rd ch, dc in 4th ch, sk next sc, sl st next sc,* repeat around. Repeat this round with sl sts in skipped sts of previous rnd so you have 2 layers of petals. Fasten off yellow leaving 12” length for sewing.

Rnd 8: Attach dark green yarn in sl st between petals at back of Rnd 7. *Ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch, sc in 3rd ch, hdc in 4th ch, dc in next 2 ch, sl st between next petals,* repeat 3 times. (Ch 8, sl st in 2nd ch, sc in 3rd ch, hdc in 4th ch, dc in next 2 ch, tr in next 2 ch) twice, repeat * to * twice.

Stem: Ch 18, hdc in 2nd ch and each remaining ch. Fasten off leaving length for sewing.

Sunflower #2:

Rnd 1: With blue, ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in circle. Join with sl st.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st. Join with sl st.

Rnd 3: With gold, ch 1, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around. Join with sl st. Do not fasten off gold. (18 sc)

Attach brown yarn and alternate between brown and gold for Rnds 4-8. This should be a random pattern, so precision with colors doesn’t count here.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, *sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around. Join with sl st. (24 sc).

Rnd 5: Ch 1, *sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around. Join with sl st. (30 sc).

Rnd 6: Ch 1, *sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around. Join with sl st. (36 sc)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, *sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around. Join with sl st. (42 sc).

Rnd 8: Ch 1, *sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around. (48 sc). End on a gold st and fasten off brown. Join with sl st.

Rnd 9: *Ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch, sc in 3rd ch, hdc in 4th ch, dc in 5th ch, hdc in 6th ch, sc in 7th ch, sl st in next st (do not sk sc on Rnd 8),* repeat around. Fasten off leaving length for sewing.

Sunflower #3:

Rnd 1: With green, ch 4, sc in 2nd ch, sc in 3rd ch, 3 sc in last ch. Working on opposite side of starting ch, sc in next ch, 2 sc in last ch. Join with sl st. (8 sc).

Rnd 2: 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in each of next 3 sts, sc in next st, 2 sc in each of next 2 sts. Join with sl st. (14 sc). Fasten off green.

Rnd 3: Join saffron yarn, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* 3 times, sc in next st, * to * 2 times. (20 sc).

Rnd 4: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (25 sc).

Rnd 5: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (30 sc).

Rnd 6: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (36 sc).

Rnd 7: *Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (42 sc).

Rnd 8: *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (48 sc).

Rnd 9: *Sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (54 sc).

Rnd 10: *Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (60 sc). Fasten off saffron.

Leaves: Attach dark green in next st, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch, sc in 3rd ch, hdc in 4th ch, dc in 5th ch, sk next sc, sl st in next st, *ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch and next 3 ch, sk next sc, sl st next sc,* repeat twice. Fasten off dark green.

Sk 18 sc on Rnd 10, *sl st next st, ch 4, sc in 2nd ch, hdc in 3rd ch, dc in 4th ch, sk next sc, sl st next 2 sc, *repeat 6 times. Sl st next st, sc in BLO of next 5 sts, (ch 1, turn, sc in each st) for 10 rows. (Ch 1, turn, dec, sc in remaining sts) repeat until 1 sc remains. Fasten off.

Sunflower #4:

Rnd 1: With brown, ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in circle. Join with sl st.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st. Join with sl st.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around. Join with sl st. (18 sc)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, *sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around. Join with sl st. (24 sc).

Rnd 5: Ch 1, *sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat 3 times in brown, 2 times in denim. Join with sl st. (30 sc).

Rnd 6: Ch 1, *sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat 3 times in brown, 2 times in denim. Join with sl st. (36 sc)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, *sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat 3 times in brown, 2 times in denim. Join with sl st. (42 sc).

Rnd 8: Ch 1, *sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat 3 times in brown, 2 times in denim. (48 sc). Join with sl st.

Rnd 9: Ch 1, with yellow yarn, *sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (54 sc).

Rnd 10: *Ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch, sc in 3rd ch, hdc in 4th ch, dc in 5th ch, sl st in next st, sk next sc on Rnd 9,* repeat around. Fasten off leaving length for sewing.

Behind yellow petals, attach gold yarn in skipped sc. *Ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch, sc in next 2 ch, hdc in next 2 ch, dc in last ch, sl st in next skipped sc,* repeat around. Ch 20 for stem, hdc in 2nd ch and remaining ch. Sl st in joining st. Fasten off.

Sunflower #5:

Rnd 1: With green, ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in circle. Join with sl st.

Rnd 2: With yellow yarn, ch 1, 2 sc in each st. Join with sl st.

Rnd 3: In FLO, *ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch, sc in 3rd ch, hdc in 4th ch, sk next sc, sl st in next st,* repeat 5 times (6 petals). Fasten off yellow.

Rnd 4: With pale green yarn working in BLO of Rnd 2, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around. (18 sc)

Rnd 5: In FLO, *ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch, sc in 3rd ch, hdc in 4th ch, sk next sc, sl st in next st,* repeat around (9 petals).

Rnd 6: Working in BLO of Rnd 4, *sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around. (24 sc)

Rnd 7: In FLO, *ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch, sc in 3rd ch, hdc in 4th ch, dc in 5th ch, sk next sc, sl st in next st,* repeat around (12 petals).

Rnd 8: Working in BLO of Rnd 6, *sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around. (30 sc)

Rnd 9: In FLO, *ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch, sc in 2 ch, hdc in 2 ch, dc in last ch, sk next sc, sl st in next st,* repeat around (15 petals). Fasten off light green.

Rnds 5, 7, 9: Sl st around edges of each petal with yellow.

Stem: Attach gold in any skipped st of Rnd 8, ch 20, hdc in 2nd ch and all remaining ch. Sl st in joining st of Rnd 8.

Sunflower #6:

Row 1: With dark green, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch and each remaining ch (4 sc).

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, inc in first st, sc across, inc in last st. (6 sc).

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, inc in first st, sc across, inc in last st. (8 sc).

Row 4: Turn, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch and next 3 ch, sc in next 8 sc of Row 3, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch and next 3 ch. Sc down side, across bottom, and up other side. Join with sl st. Fold piece in half and mark center st of Row 4.

Attach dark green, ch 3, 7 dc in same st. Sk 1 st, sl st in next st. Attach gold at center top, sl st around all edges. Join. Ch 12, sc in 2nd ch and next 10 ch for stem.

Leaves under Flower #2: (Make 2)

Row 1: With dark green, ch 16, sc in 2nd ch, sc in next 3 ch, hdc in next 7 ch, sc in last 4 ch.

Rows 2-5: Ch 1, turn, in BLO, sc in 4 sts, hdc in 7 sts, sc in 4 sts. At end of Row 5, turn to work across side edge with 1 sc in each row end. Turn to work across bottom in remaining loops of starting ch, sc in 4 ch, hdc in 7 ch, sc in 4 ch.

Leaf above Flower #3:

Row 1: With dark green, ch 24, sc in 2nd ch and next 3 ch, hdc in next 4 ch, dc in next 7 ch, hdc in next 4 ch, sc in next 3 ch, 3 sc in last ch. Working on opposite side of starting ch, sc in 3 ch, hdc in 4 ch, dc in 7 ch, hdc in 4 ch, sc in 4 ch.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in 4 sts, hdc in 4 sts, dc in 7 sts, hdc in 4 sts, sc in 4 sts, (ch 4, sl st in 2nd and 3rd ch, sc in last ch), sc in 4 sts, hdc in 4 sts, dc in 7 sts, hdc in 4 sts, sc in 4 sts. Fasten off.

Row 3: Do not turn. Count 12 sts from beg of Row 2. In BLO, attach yarn in 12th st. Ch 1, hdc in same st, hdc in next 10 sts, ch 4, sl st in 3 ch, sc in next st, sl st in next st. Fasten off leaving length for sewing.

Sew flowers and leaves to canvas using photo as guide for placement. Block flowers and leavings, again using photo to block petals in the right direction. Use double strand of yellow and straight st to embroider a line between purple and blue portions of canvas. Use single strand of gold to outline right side of vase and leaves of flower #3. Use double strand of pumpkin yarn to outline flower #3 and single strand to outline leaves of flower #2 and stem of flower #1. Use saffron to outline stems of flowers #4 and #5.

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