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Sunflower Sam

Sam is a happy sunflower and always optimistic. Wherever he is, he is always looking up at the sky and staring at the sun. He is a dreamer and wishes he could fly and meet the sun in person. With his cape he often imagines he can fly and make his dream come true. Wouldn’t it be cool to be a flying superhero? It sure is his favorite game. But when people are near he turns around and looks like an ordinary sunflower. He enjoys spending time with his friends in the field. And when the people are gone and the coast is clear, he and his friends come back to life.

What you need and need to know

Sunflower Sam is a crochet pattern or amigurumi pattern. Sam will turn out about 28cm/11inches excluding petals. You need a standard crochet hook size 2.5mm (US 1,5), tapestry needle, soft stuffing and eyes size 7mm. Five colors of yarn calling for 2,5 mm (US 1.5) crochet hook, like brown, green, creme, orange and yellow. You need to know how to make a single crochet, a half double and a double crochet, a slipstitch, increase and decrease, and a magic ring or loop. Sam is a lot of fun to make.

Crochet pattern in ENGLISH, GERMAN, FRENCH, SPANISH, ITALIAN, DANISH, HUNGARIAN, POLISH and DUTCH available for download at:

Sunflower Sam - crochet amigurumi pattern by Zabbez / Bas den Braver


Sam in famous dutch painting

Sunflower Sam was discovered in a famous dutch painting by Vincent Van Gogh! He has been seen in the painting: Vase with twelve Sunflowers. It was painted in Arles in January 1889 by Van Gogh as part of his series of Sunflower paintings. When the painting was cleaned and they removed a shallow layer of varnish, Sam Read more…

Flower doll family keeps growing

The flower doll family keeps on growing. After the successful launch of Sunflower Sam, he got overwhelmed with kind and positive reactions. He then started dreaming of other flower people too. So it wasn’t long before other flower friends started to show up. Rose Roxy was the first to appear after Sam and she made sure Sam wasn’t alone anymore. Read more…

The Making of Sunflower Sam

Making an amigurumi pattern is a lot of work and I really love it. It takes a lot of preparation, concept work, designing and of course crocheting prototype after prototype. There are few things so rewarding as seeing your own design come to life. Here you can get a brief idea of the proces that brought Sunflower Read more…

Version history ENGLISH
version: EN1.04 - published November 28th 2014 - Improved punctuation and grammar.
version: EN1.03 - published July 15th 2014 - General version became English version. Minor textual adjustments.
version: 1.02 - published May 20th 2014 - Alterations to arms and hands and updated pictures.
version: 1.01 - published May 5th 2014 - Alterations to feet and legs and corrected some misspellings.
version: 1.00 - published May 2nd 2014

Version history NEDERLANDS
version: NL1.01 - published November 28th 2014 - Improved punctuation and grammar.
version: NL1.00 - published July 15th 2014 - Dutch translation published

Version history DEUTSCH
version: DE1.00 - published November 28th 2014
Version history FRANCAIS
version: FR1.00 - published 23 Januari 2015

Version history ESPANOL
version: ES1.00 - published 10 April 2015

Version history ITALIAN
version: IT1.00 - published 7 October 2016
Version history DANISH
version: DK1.00 - published 29 October 2016

Version history HUNGARIAN
version: HU1.00 - published 13 January 2017

Version history POLISH
version: PL1.00 - published 20 January 2017

Meet our other happy flower friends