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“Prayers for Ukraine” sunflower afghan block

I designed this afghan block to honor the brave people of Ukraine. It features a yellow sunflower on a blue background, representing both Ukraine's national flower and the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

I designed this afghan block to honor the brave people of Ukraine. It features a yellow sunflower on a blue background, representing both Ukraine’s national flower and the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

The block shown is 7″ square. It is made with a size H hook and Loops & Threads “Impeccable” yarn in colors Soft Taupe (sunflower center), Butterscotch (sunflower petals) and Clear Blue (background). You can use the weight 4 yarn and colors of your choice; block size may vary slightly depending on the yarn, hook and tension used.

Here is the pattern to crochet the block, followed by instructions for using the blocks to make a crib-sized afghan.

Pattern: “Prayers for Ukraine” sunflower afghan block

This block pattern is worked in six rounds with the same side always facing – do NOT turn the work.

Materials needed

  • Weight 4 yarn in 3 colors – Color 1 (sunflower center), Color 2 (sunflower petals), and Color 3 (background).
  • Size H crochet hook (or size appropriate for your yarn)
  • Scissors

Stitches used

  • Chain stitch (ch)
  • Slip stitch (sl st)
  • Single crochet (sc)
  • Half-double crochet (hdc)
  • Double crochet (dc)
  • Treble crochet (tc)
  • Double crochet 2 together (dc2tog)
    Used in Round 3. Despite the name of this stitch, you will work each dc2tog in the SAME stitch, not joining 2 stitches.
    (yo, insert hook, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops) 2x; yo, pull through all 3 loops.
  • Treble crochet cluster (trCL)
    Used in Round 4 to form the sunflower petals. The first petal is 4trCL because it also includes the starting ch-3; the remaining petals are 5trCL.
    (yo 2x, insert hook, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops 2x) repeat for desired number of tr; yo, pull through all loops on hook.
    (For 5trCL there will be 6 loops on hook; for 4trCL there will be 5 loops on hook.)

Sunflower center (Rounds 1-3)

Form a loop: starting with Color 1 yarn, ch 4 and join with sl st to first ch.

Round 1: ch 1 (does NOT count as a st);
8 sc in loop;
join with sl st to first sc.
(8 st)

Round 2: ch 1 (does NOT count as a st);
work 2 sc in each of 8 sc in Round 1;
join with sl st to first sc.
(16 st)

Round 3: ch 1 very loosely (does NOT count as a st);
work (dc2tog, ch 1) in each of 16 sc in Round 2;
join with sl st to first dc2tog.
(32 st – 16 dc2tog & 16 ch-1 spaces)

Sunflower center is complete; cut yarn leaving 6″ tail and pull through loop to knot.

Sunflower petals (Round 4)

Round 4: connect Color 2 yarn in any ch-1 space;
ch 3 (counts as first tr in cluster), 4trCL, ch2 in same ch-1 space;
(5trCL, ch2) in next 15 ch-1 spaces;
join with sl st to 4trCL.
(48 st – 16 clusters and 16 ch2 spaces)

Sunflower petals are complete; cut yarn leaving 6″ tail and pull through loop to knot.

Background (Rounds 5-6)

Round 5: connect Color 3 yarn in any ch-2 space;
ch 4 (counts as first tr), 2 tr, ch 2, 3 tr in same ch-2 space (starting corner made);
3 dc in next ch-2 space, 3 hdc in next ch-2 space, 3 dc in next ch-2 space (side made);
3 tr, ch 2, 3 tr in next ch-2 space (regular corner made);
continue working side, regular corner, side, regular corner, side;
join with sl st to top of starting ch 4.
(68 st)

Round 6: ch 3 (counts as first dc);
dc in each st on sides and (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in each ch-2 space/corner;
join with sl st to top of starting ch 3.
(92 st)

Block is complete; cut yarn leaving 6″ tail and pull through loop to knot.

Instructions for crib-sized afghan

The afghan shown below is made with 20 sunflower blocks and measures 36″ L x 29″ W, with border. It used the following amounts of Loops & Threads “Impeccable” yarn:

  • 1/2 skein “Soft Taupe” for the sunflower centers;
  • 1-1/4 skeins “Butterscotch” for the sunflower petals;
  • 2 skeins “Clear Blue” for the block backgrounds, connecting the blocks, and the border.

You will need a yarn needle to weave in ends.

To connect the blocks, I used the “flat slip stitch” technique. You can find many tutorials on YouTube; I recommend this one on the channel “Maisie and Ruth.” Or, you can use your own preferred technique.

I wanted to keep the border very simple to keep the focus on the sunflowers, so I simply worked 3 rounds of single crochet. For the border, I DID turn the work: round 1 of the border was worked with right side facing; round 2 with wrong side facing; and round 3 with right side facing again. Again, you can add any border you prefer, but keep in mind that a wider or more elaborate border may require an additional skein of yarn.

To make the border seamless, I finished the third round with the “invisible finish.” My own tutorial for this useful technique is here.

If you use this pattern…

I would love to see any items made from this pattern! You can email photos to spoonsandhooks@gmail.com. (Note: I’ll assume that sending me photos gives me permission to share them on the Spoons & Hooks site and social media — crediting you, of course — unless you specifically instruct me otherwise.)

Do you have any questions about this pattern? If so, ask them in the comments section, and I’ll do my best to respond promptly.

You are free to gift, donate or sell for profit any items you make from this pattern. I ask only that if you sell items made from any of my patterns, as a courtesy you reference spoonsandhooks.com as the pattern’s source.

8 comments on ““Prayers for Ukraine” sunflower afghan block

  1. Aleeda C

    This is so beautiful, Nina! I will be sure to share it with my crocheting friends.

    Like

  2. My neighbor is a young mother from Ukraine. All of her family; parents, grandparents, a great grandmother, her siblings and an uncle and his family are still in Ukraine. I love to crochet. This pattern is exactly what I was looking for to make for her. Hopefully, it will give her a little comfort. Prayers for Peace.

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    • Nancy — thanks for letting me know — you’ve made my week! I’d love to see a photo when it’s done.

      Like

  3. Anne Schmidt

    We are thinking of using your pattern for the nsw CWA to do to send to the Ukraine.

    Like

  4. Ngravor

    This is si beautiful. Making in all white and wow! You are so awesome in sharing this pattern.

    Like

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