Thirty years ago I was living in Queens, New York and pregnant with my son. A Ukranian lady in our neighborhood gave me a beautifully painted wooden spoon as a baby gift. She explained that hanging it over the crib would bring good luck to the child.
It was such a beautiful gesture from a woman I barely knew. That was my introduction to the beauty and generosity of the Ukranian people. We left New York a year later to return to my home state of Texas, but I think of her often, especially now with the horrible events that are happening in Ukraine now. This week I sat down and made a Sunflower granny square in her honor using the colors of the Ukranian flag, and to honor all Ukranians in their struggle for freedom right now.
Crochet a few and stitch them in a row for a bright Sunflower scarf. Double up some cotton worsted yarn to make some Sunflower potholders for your kitchen. Brighten up your living room with a Sunflower Afghan. Oh, so many possibilities!
Sunflower Granny Square
Worsted weight yarn:
30 yards blue
10 yards yellow
10 yards gold
Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Finished granny square measures approximately 6”
Rnd 1: With gold yarn, ch 4, join with sl st. Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc in ring. Join with sl st in top of beg ch-3 (12 dc).
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in top of ch-3, 2 dc in each of the next 11 dc, join with sl st in top of beg ch-3 (24 dc). Fasten off gold yarn.
Rnd 3: Join yellow yarn with sl st in first st, *ch 3, sk next st, sl st in next st,* repeat around (12 ch-3 sps). Join with sl st.
Rnd 4: Sl st to join Rnd 3 counts as first sl st of Rnd 4. *In ch-3 sp, work 3 dc, ch 2, sl st I 2nd ch, 3 dc. Sl st in next sl st,* repeat around. Join with sl st in first sl st of Rnd 4 (12 petals). Fasten off yellow yarn.
Rnd 5: With blue yarn working behind yellow rows in skipped sts of Rnd 2, ch 3, 2 dc in skipped st, 3 dc in next skipped st, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next skipped st, *3 dc in each of the next 2 skipped sts, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc I next skipped st,* repeat 2 times.
Rnds 6-7: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), *dc in each dc to end of row, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch-2 sp,* repeat around. After fourth corner is made, dc in each dc, join with sl st in beg ch-3 . (72 dc at end of Rnd 7). Fasten off blue.
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