Spring is finally here in my part of the world, so it’s only fitting to do a sun burst square this week. This square (or one similar) has been requested by several people, so I hope you all enjoy it. It is based on Priscilla Hewitt’s Sunburst Granny Squares. The original pattern contains instructions for a 6″ square and a 7″ square, so it is very versatile. Here is a photo of my square:
The Pattern, With Tutorial Photos
I used a size H hook to complete this square. It measures 6 inches by 6 inches, as all squares will need to measure. Please select the appropriate size hook for your squares to measure 6 inches as well.
I used 5 colors (color A-E), so the pattern is written for 5 colors. If you use less/more colors, make the appropriate adjustments.
Abbreviations (for a tutorial of each stitch, see the links page in the menu):
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
tc – treble crochet
puff st – puff stitch (see below for description)
cluster st – cluster stitch (see below for description)
To work the puff st: (Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st, pull up a loop) 3 times. Yarn over and pull through all 7 loops on hook. Ch 1.
To work the cluster st: (Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st, pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops) 4 times. Yarn over and pull through all 5 remaining loops on hook.
To begin, ch 5 with color A. Join to first ch with a sl st.
Round 1: Continuing with color A, ch 3. Work 15 dc into loop. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch-3. Cut yarn and finish off.
Round 2: With color B, join with a sl st to any st, ch 1. Work puff st in the same st as joining and in each st around. Join with sl st to beginning puff st. Cut yarn and finish off.
Round 3: With color C, join with a sl st in the ch-1 sp of any puff st, ch 2. Work (cluster st, ch 2) in the same st as joining and in each ch-1 space around. Join with sl st to the beginning cluster st. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Round 4: With color D, join with a sl st in any ch-2 sp. Ch 4, 2 tc in the same sp as joining. ^*3 dc in the next ch-2 sp, 3 hdc in the next ch-2 sp, 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp.* (3 tc, ch 3, 3 tc) in the next ch-2 sp, creating the corner.^ Repeat from ^ to ^ 2 more times, then from * to * once more. 3 tc in the same sp as joining, ch 3. Join with sl st to the top of the beginning ch-4. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Round 5: With color E, join with a sl st in any ch-3 sp of a corner. Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp as joining. Work 3 dc in between each 3 st group of the previous round, and work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in the ch-3sp of each corner. End by working 3 dc in the same sp as joining, ch 3. Join with sl st to the top of the beginning ch-3.
Round 6: Continuing with color E, ch 1, sc in same st. Work 1 sc in each st around, and work (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in the ch-3 sp of each corner. Join with sl st to the first sc. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Finishing: Weave in all ends, making sure that they are very secure. You do not want the ends to come unraveled when you wash the blanket. If you need help with weaving in the ends, check out the tutorial posted in the links page above.
Feel free to send a photo of your finished square to firstname.lastname@example.org to have it added to the photos page.