Perfect Picot Blog Hop: Sleepy Sunrise Amigurumi

I’m joining The Perfect Picot Blog Hop with Stitch and Hustle today. My Sleepy Sunrise Amigurumi is one of of sixteen free crochet patterns using the picot stitch. This is a fun project for a lazy afternoon and it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face when ever you look at this cute amigurumi sun. Read on for the Sleepy Sunrise Amigurumi pattern, links to the other fifteen patterns, and details on how you can enter to win one of five awesome giveaway prizes from WeCrochet!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Materials for this project were generously provided by Fairfield World, Furls, and WeCrochet.

Last May, I went to Illinois for the Prime Blogger Conference, two days of SO.MUCH.LEARNING. from the company behind AllFreeCrochet.com and I Like Crochet. One of the best parts of traveling to blog conferences is getting to meet other designers. Michele from Stitch and Hustle is a crochet and knitting designer I “knew” from online but got to meet in person at this event while our brains were being overloaded with blogging and business knowledge. This year, Michele invited me to join her 4th Annual Blog Hop: The Perfect Picot. This year’s Stitch and Hustle blog hop is sponsored by WeCrochet, the sister company of Knit Picks. Not only is WeCrochet sponsoring five awesome giveaway prizes (read on for details about how to enter) but they also provided each of the sixteen participating designers with yarn and other glorious goodies.

You may have been following along with my Mighty Stitch journey on Instagram, but since I’ve only been sharing sneak peeks, let me tell you a bit about my design for The Perfect Picot Blog Hop.

Obviously, it needed to use the picot stitch. (As an aside to picot stitch newbies, I have included a link to a video tutorial in the pattern.) At the time when we were picking out yarn, I was feeling a bit down. I’ve been lucky by 2020 standards, but it’s been quite a year! I wanted to design something that would bring a smile to my face and hopefully to yours, too.

As I was scrolling through the Mighty Stitch colors, I saw this vibrant yellow. I thought instantly of a sun. I knew the picots would make cute sunrays. And, just thinking about this pattern made me smile, so I knew it was just right for this blog hop.

If you’re new to Mighty Stitch, it’s an acrylic wool blend yarn that is very smooth and has a satiny sheen. The Sleepy Sunrise Amigurumi is a project you can make on a lazy weekend afternoon. It’s a great little happiness reminder to keep on your workstation or to use as a stress ball. It also makes a cute gift.

If you like picots, there are 15 more patterns to choose from in this blog hop by some of my favorite designers and some new-to-me designers, too. I’ve included direct links to all 15 of the other patterns right below the pattern for the Sleepy Sunrise Amigurumi.

Don’t forget to visit this post on Stitch and Hustle by October 9, 2020 to enter for your chance to win one of five amazing prizes. The giveaway theme is “Win All You Need To Make This” and you can win all the yarn needed for up to four of the patterns in the blog hop!

If you make your own Sleepy Sunrise Amigurumi, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Sleepy Sunrise Amigurumi

Crochet Softie Pattern by Underground Crafter

This adorable softie adds sunshine on a cloudy day. This pattern is part of Stitch and Hustle’s 4th Annual Blog Hop: The Perfect Picot.

Finished Size

  • Approximately 7” (18 cm) across x 3.5” (9 cm) tall after folding and before stuffing and adding Picot Sunray Seam.

Materials

  • WeCrochet Mighty Stitch yarn (80% acrylic/20% superwash wool, 3.5 oz/100 g, 208 yd/190 m) – 1 skein each in 28068 Sunflower (CA), 26852 Black (CB), and 26809 Pucker (CC), or approximately 85 yd (78 m) in CA, and approximately 2 yd (2 m) each in CB and CC in any medium weight yarn.
  • Furls Streamline Swirl US Size G-6/4 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Fairfield Poly-Fil Premium Polyester Fiber Fill, 12 ounce bag.
  • WeCrochet locking stitch marker set.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • Through Rnd 12 in pattern = 4.25” (11 cm) diameter. Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • pm – place stitch marker
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • This Sun starts crocheted in the round in an unjoined spiral. Use the stitch marker to mark the last stitch of each round. Move up stitch marker each round.
  • When selecting colors, CA is the color of the Sun, CB is the color of the Eyelids, CC is the color of the Smile.
  • Ch 1 at beginning of rows and rounds does not count as a stitch.
  • A video tutorial for the back stitch embroidery stitch is available at the end of this blog post.
  • A helpful tutorial for joining with the single crochet seam is available here.
  • Heart Hook Home has a helpful video tutorial for the picot stitch here. I used the first version she demonstrates for this project.

Pattern Instructions

Sun

  • With CA, ch 4, sk 3 ch, join with sl st to next ch to form ring. 
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, do not join, pm to mark last st (see Pattern Notes). (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around (24 sts)
  • Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 6: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts; rep from * around (36 sts)
  • Rnd 7: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * around. (42 sts)
  • Rnd 8: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts; rep from * around (48 sts)
  • Rnd 9: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 sts; rep from * around. (54 sts)
  • Rnd 10: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 sts; rep from * around (60 sts)
  • Rnd 11: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 9 sts; rep from * around. (66 sts)
  • Rnd 12: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 10 sts; rep from * around (72 sts)
  • Rnd 13: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 11 sts; rep from * around. (78 sts)
  • Rnd 14: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 12 sts; rep from * around (84 sts)
  • Rnd 15: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 13 sts; rep from * around. (90 sts)
  • Rnd 16: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 14 sts; rep from * around (96 sts)
  • Rnd 17: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 23 sts; rep from * around. (100 sts)
  • Rnd 18: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnd 19: Rep Rnd 18 once.
  • Rnd 20: Sc in first 5 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 9 sts; rep from * around to last 5 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts.
  • Rnd 21: Rep Rnd 18 once. Do not fasten off.

Assemble and Embellish

  • Fold Sun in half at diameter, with hook positioned at fold. You may wish to place a locking stitch marker in the last loop of Rnd 21 for the next steps.
  • With yarn needle, weave in starting yarn tail on wrong side/inside. Thread yarn needle with approximately 1 yd (1 m) in CB. Using back stitch (see Pattern Notes), embroider Eyelids using photo as guide for positioning. Knot CB yarn tails on wrong side/inside. Thread yarn needle with approximately 1 yd (1 m) in CC. Using back stitch, embroider Smile using photo as guide for positioning. Knot CC yarn tails on wrong side/inside.
  • Remove locking stitch marker from last loop of Rnd 21.

Picot Sunray Seam

  • Working through both layers with stitches on each side of curved edge aligned, seam the edge as follows. (For seaming and picot stitch tutorials, see Pattern Notes.)
    • Sc through both layers of next st on curved edge, *[ch 3, sk 2 ch, sl st to next ch] to form picot, sc through both layers of next st on curved edge;** rep from * to ** across until approximately 1.5” (4 cm) remains unseamed.
  • Stuff Sun firmly with fiber filling.
  • Continue to work Picot Sunray Edging from * to ** across, adding more fiber filling as needed. Fasten off CA. With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of Sun.
© 2020 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2020/09/25/perfect-picot-blog-hop-sleepy-sunrise-amigurumi/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Don’t forget to visit this post on Stitch and Hustle by October 9, 2020 to enter for your chance to win one of five amazing prizes. The giveaway theme is “Win All You Need To Make This” and you can win all the yarn needed for up to four of the patterns in the blog hop!

Be sure to visit the other designers to check out how they used the picot stitch in their free patterns for this blog hop!

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