Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sunflower coasters

Popping in to share a fun quick project in honor of Earth Day (April 22, 2013) and International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day (May 1). Sunflowers have much symbolism worldwide and in Native American culture as the "fourth sister" to the better known three sisters combination of corn, beans, and squash when gardening. It has also played an important part in American history and became the state flower of Kansas.

So, what better way to say "green" than to knit up a stack of sunflower coasters? These are such a fun and quick project to do, once you've mastered the cast on/bind off technique for the petals. Not only are they great for coasters, but these large six inch diameter sunflowers can be incorporated into hats, handbags, scarves, afghans, kitchen accessories and home decor. While the petal technique is explained in detail in the Sunflower Coasters pattern, I hope to do an accompanying video tutorial when time permits. 

Please leave comments if you enjoy the pattern. If you have questions, email me using the contact information in the About Me section of this blog. Also, feel free to share pictures of your sunflower creations.