The ‘Sunflake’ Square

When showing the square to my children and asking them what they would suggest the name should be, they immediately said that it looked like a snowflake lying on a flower. Then my son came up with the name of ‘sunflake’. I thought that it was really clever and creative and it actually sums up the design. The spike stitches in the flower petals give the impression of a ‘snowflake’

I used Vinnis Nikkim 100% cotton DK from my stash with a 3 mm crochet hook.

Abbreviations and Stitch Explanations (American Terminology):

beg – begin, ch – chain, dc – double crochet stitch, dtr – double treble stitch, fdc – front post double crochet, gp – group, rep – repeat, rnd – round, sc – single crochet stitch, sp – space, ss – slip stitch, st – stitch, tog – together

Spike stitch:

  1. Insert the hook through the work at the place indicated by the pattern.
  2. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the loop to the front.
  3. Complete the stitch as usual. Do not pull the yarn too tight or it will deform the work.

Front post double crochet:

  1. Wrap the yarn over hook, insert hook from right to left around the back of the stem of the next stitch and out at the front again.
  2. Complete the double crochet stitch.

Double treble crochet stitch:

Wrap the yarn three times over hook.
Insert the hook in next stitch.
Wrap the yarn again over hook and draw through the first loop leaving five loops on the hook.
Wrap the yarn again over hook and draw through two loops.
Wrap the yarn over hook and draw through next two loops on hook. Repeat this step.
Wrap the yarn again over hook and draw through two last loops on hook.

Pattern: 

With Navy, make 4 ch, ss in the 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: 3 ch, 11 dc in ring, ss in top of beg 3 ch. Fasten off.

Rnd 2: with Sunshine; 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 3 dc in the next dc, *1 sc in the next dc, 3 dc in the next dc; rep from * to end, ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 3: with Navy; join in the 1st dc, 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 4 ch, skip 1 dc, 1 sc in the next dc, 1 spike st in the base of the next sc in top of the dc of rnd 1, * 1 sc in the next dc, 4 ch, skip 1 dc, 1 sc in the next dc, 1 spike st in the base of the next sc in top of the dc of rnd 1; rep from * to end,  ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 4: with Cloud Blue; join at the back of the spike stitch with sc, 5 ch, *1 sc at the back of the next spike st, 5 ch; rep from * to end, ss in the beg sc.

Rnd 5: 1 ch, 5 sc in every 5 ch sp to end, ss in the beg sc.

Rnd 6: 1 ch, *1 sc in the next 5 sc, 1 fdc around sc (behind spike st of rnd 3); rep from * to end, ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 7: with White; 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 3 ch, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in the next sc, 3 ch, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in the next sc, 1 fdc around next fdc, * 1 sc in the next sc, 3 ch, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in the next sc, 3 ch, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in the next sc, 1 fdc around next fdc; rep from * to end, ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 8: with Navy; join in fdc, 1 ch, 2 sc in the same st, (3 dc in the next skipped sc of rnd 7) twice, *2 sc in the next fdc, (3 dc in the next skipped sc of rnd 7)  twice; rep from * to end, ss in beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 9: with Sunshine; 3 ch, 1 dc in the next st, 1 ch, *1 dc in the next 2 sts, 1 ch; rep from * to end, ss in top of beg 3 ch = 48 dc. Fasten off.

Rnd 10: with Navy; 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 1 sc in the next dc, 1 sc in the next 1 ch sp, *1 sc in the next 2 dc, 1 sc in the next 1 ch sp; rep from * to end, ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 11: with Cloud Blue; 1 ch, *1 sc in the next 8 sc, (1 sc, 6 ch, 1 sc) in the next sc; rep from * to end, ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 12: with White; join in the 4th sc of the 8 sc gp, 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st and in the next sc, skip 3 sc, 12 dc in the next 6 ch sp, skip 3 sc, * 1 sc in the next 2 sc, skip 3 sc, 12 dc in the next 6 ch sp, skip 3 sc; rep from * to end; ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 13: with Navy; 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 1 sc in the next 4 sts, 1 spike st in 6 ch sp of rnd 11, (skip dc behind the spike st just made), 1 sc in the next 3 dc, 1 spike st in 6 ch sp of rnd 11, (skip dc behind the spike st just made), * 1 sc in the next 9 sts, 1 spike st in 6 ch sp of rnd 11, (skip dc behind the spike st just made), 1 sc in the next 3 dc, 1 spike st in 6 ch sp of rnd 11, (skip dc behind the spike st just made); rep from * to end, ending with 1 sc in the last 4 sts, ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 14: with White; 1 ch, 1 sc in every sc and 2 sc in every spike st to end, ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 15: with Navy; join in sc after 1st 2 sc gp, 1 ch, *1 sc in the next 5 sc, 3 ch, skip 4 sc, 1 dc in the next 3 sc, 3 ch, skip 4 sc, 1 sc in the next 5 sc, 3 ch, skip 4 sc, 1 dtr in next sc, 6 ch, skip 1 sc, 1 dtr in next sc, 3 ch, skip 4 sc; rep From * to end, ss in beg sc.

Rnd 16: 3 ch, 1 dc in the next 4 sc, 3 dc in the next 3 ch sp, 1 dc in the next 3 dc, 3 dc in the next 3 ch sp, 1 dc in the next 5 sc, 3 dc in the next 3 ch sp, 1 dc in the next dtr, (3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in the next 6 ch sp, 1 dc in the next dtr, 3 dc in the next 3 ch sp, *1 dc in the next 5 sc, 3 dc in the next 3 ch sp, 1 dc in the next 3 dc, 3 dc in the next 3 ch sp, 1 dc in the next 5 sc, 3 dc in the next 3 ch sp, 1 dc in the next dtr, (3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in the next 6 ch sp, 1 dc in the next dtr, 3 dc in the next 3 ch sp; rep from * to end, ss in top of beg 3 ch. Fasten off.

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