Sunflower Candle Sweater / Cozy
Ah, the sunflower – a beautiful and immediately recognizable piece of nature! Sunflowers also happen to be a great flower for that little “bridge” between summer and fall. Sure, they bloom in the summer mostly, but they’re also out in the early part of the fall. Lots of fall decor items even feature sunflowers! And even though I’ve been prepping my Halloween mood since…well, April…let’s face it – we are in one of those “in-between” seasons right now. Even in the traditionally colder northeast, where I happen to live, we have had some boiling hot weather this summer. And although there have been some cooler days here and there, it looks like at least the next few weeks will be on the warmer side before fall weather really starts to move in. And of course, you know we will have those days that are “sweater weather” in the early morning hours, only to give way to “sweat weather” by the afternoon!
So with that, I present to you my “in-between seasons” crochet pattern, the Sunflower Candle Sweater / Cozy! The concept is similar to that of a coffee cup cozy – it’s a rectangular strip that buttons around the jar in the back. But it’s specially designed to have lacy openings where candle light can beam through in a beautiful way!
If you’re ready to pass this little “bridge” season in a fun and pretty way, then let’s get crocheting!
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Size G/6 4.25 mm Crochet Hook
(You will not need entire skeins of each color of yarns listed below)
Caron Simply Soft in Dark Sage
Caron One Pound in Sunflower
***NOTE*** This Caron yarn is not only perfectly named for this project, but the One Pound skeins are a great value! You could make dozens and dozens of these sunflower cozies with just one skein! Find it on Amazon:
Red Heart Super Saver in Coffee
Three 5/8” (16 mm) buttons
Optional: sewing needle and sewing thread (if holes of buttons are not large enough to accommodate a yarn needle and yarn)
BLO = back loop only
Ch = chain
Hdc = half double crochet
Rep = repeat
Rnd = round
Sc = single crochet
Sc2tog = single crochet 2 together
Sc3tog = single crochet 3 together
Sk = skip
Sl st = slip stitch
Sp(s) = space(s)
St(s) = stitch(es)
V-st(s) = v-stitch(es)
About 4” tall, 11” wide (width can be adjusted depending on desired length of candle sweater)
2 rows of v-stitches = 1”, and 2 v-stitches across = 1.5”
Special Stitches Used: V-stitch (v-st) – dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1
Rnd 1 – With Brown, Magic ring, 6 sc in ring. (6 sc)
Rnd 2 – 2 sc in each st around. (12 sc)
Rnd 3 – 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st. Rep around, join Yellow in last st (fasten off Brown). Join with sl st to next st (18 sc)
Rnd 4 – Ch 5. Sl st in second ch from hook, Hdc in next 3 sts. Join with sl st in same st as starting ch. *Ch 5. Sl st in second ch from hook, Hdc in next 3 sts. Sk one sc on eye of sunflower and sl st in next. (First two photos below show ch and hdc used to make petals.) Rep from * 8 more times. Join with sl st in first st of first petal (third photo below). Fasten off, weave in all ends. (10 petals made)
Rnd 1 – Join green with sl st in BLO of tip of a petal (see first photo below), ch 3, join with sl st to BLO of tip of next petal. Rep 9 more times. Join with sl st to same BLO from first ch 3. (Second photo below shows what piece looks like after this.) (10 ch 3 sps)
Rnd 2 – In first ch-3 sp, *sc 3, ch 3, sc 3* (first corner made – see photo below). 4 sc in next ch-3 sp. Rep from * to * once more to make another corner. [Sc 4 in next ch 3 sp] twice. Rep from * to * (make another corner). Sc 4 in next ch 3 sp. Rep from * to * (last corner. [Sc 4 in next ch-3 sp] twice. Join with sl st in first sc. (4 corners and 6 side sps)
***The pattern is worked in rows from this point forward***
Row 3 – Sl st over next 2 sts and sl st into ch 3 sp of first corner. *Sc 2 in corner ch-3 sp. working up side of sunflower square, sc over next 10 sts. Sc 2 in next ch 3 corner sp. Ch 3, turn* (12 sc) (Instructions inside of ** in this row are to be repeated in a later row)
Row 4 – Dc in same st, ch 1 (counts as first v-st), *sk 2 sts, v-st in next st. Rep from * 3 more times. Do not make second ch 1 for last v-st. Leave last st in row unworked (see photos below). Ch 3, turn (5 v-sts)
Row 5 – (Working in v-sts from previous row; do not sk 2 sts) Dc in v-st from previous row, ch 1 (counts as first v-st), *v-st in next v-st. Rep from * 3 more times. Do not make second ch 1 for last v-st. Ch 3, turn (5 v-sts)
Row 6 – Rep row 5 seven more times or until desired width is reached. Fasten off, weave in ends.
On other side of square, join green with sl st in ch-3 corner sp and rep row 3 from * to *. Rep row 4. Rep row 5 five more times, or until desired width is reached (see photo below). Fasten off, weave in ends.
Here is the finished candle sweater!
This pattern is owned by Crafty Kitty Crochet (Melissa Moore). Any reselling or distribution of this pattern is prohibited. Sale of items made using this pattern is welcomed, but I do ask that credit/a link be provided back to my site, craftykittycrochet.com.