The sunflower is my favorite flower. If you’ve visited my crochet Pattern Gallery, you have probably noticed a few crochet patterns involving crochet sunflowers, like my crochet Sunflower Sun Hat and my crochet Sunflower Headband. When I decided that I wanted to make a crochet stethoscope cozy take a flower form, it was my first choice.
The length of the cozy is the stem. It seemed a bit plain, so I added a couple of leaves. The charming sunflower adorns the top.
The petals of the sunflower can be spritzed with a water/cornstarch mixture, hand-shaped, and left to air dry overnight, if you wish. This will help them to hold their shape better.
Now, I know that there is a lot of controversy over stethoscope cozies. Really. There is.
Some argue that stethoscope cozies are “germ magnets” and can make patients sick.
Others argue that the stethoscope cozy does not touch the part of the stethoscope that comes in contact with the patient, so it is safe, as long as it is properly laundered. Ones who take the “pro cozy” stance liken the cozy to a piece of clothing that gets washed before being worn a second time. They say it is no different than their uniform.
While they can make great gifts, it is best to check with your intended recipient’s office, to see if they have rules regarding stethoscope cozies.
Sunflower Crochet Stethoscope Cozy
Sizes H and K crochet hooks
Worsted weight yarn (I used 100% cotton) Green, Yellow, & Brown
Special Instructions: This pattern is worked in a spiral. We do not join rounds. We will mark the first stitch of the round, and move the marker up with each round.
For the Stethoscope Cozy:
With your K hook, ch 10 Join with slip at to first ch to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in same ch as join, sc in each ch around, do not join. (10)
Rounds 2-69: Sc in each stitch around. (10)
Round 70: [sc 1, 2 sc in next st, sc 2, 2sc in next st] twice. (14)
Round 71: [sc 1, 2 sc in next st, sc 4, 2sc in next st] twice. (18)
Round 72: [sc 1, 2 sc in next st, sc 6, 2sc in next st] twice. (22)
Round 73: [sc 1, 2 sc in next st, sc 8, 2sc in next st] twice. (26)
Round 74: [sc 1, 2 sc in next st, sc 10, 2sc in next st] twice. (30)
Round 75: sc 6, ch 7, skip 1 stitch, sc in next stitch (button loop made), sc 22, slip stitch to first sc.
Finish off and weave in ends.
Attach button to back.
For the Sunflower:
Center: With your H hook, and brown yarn, ch 4, join with slip stitch (sl st) to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 2, hdc 8 in ring, Join to first hdc with sl st. (8)
Round 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in same as join, 2 hdc in each st around. Join to first hdc with sl st. (16)
Round 3: Ch 2, starting in same st as join, [hdc, 2 hdc in the next st] repeat around. (24)
Join Yellow yarn to first st in round.
Petals: [Ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc 2, dc 2, join to next st of center with sl st.] Repeat around for 24 petals.
Finish off and weave in ends.
Shape petals with fingers, alternating one petal pulled toward the front and the next pulled toward the back, for sort of a layered look.
For the Leaves: (make 2-3)
With your H hook,ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc, hdc, dc 2, dc 3 in the last st,
working in the back side of the foundation chain, dc in next,dc, hdc, sc, sl st.
ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to beginning sl st in round, sc 6, sl st in next st.
Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.