CREATIVE SPACE | SUNBURST GRANNY SQUARE

Sunburst Granny Square Blanket by Sandra Juto

Image source: Sandra Juto

I’ve been happily working away on my Granny Stripe Blanket but with some air travel in my future I thought it might be good to start a side project that I can take on a plane with me.  I saw the above image well over 6 months ago and ever since then it’s been floating around in my head. (If you’re looking for an amazing blog to add to your regular reading check out Sandra Juto’s Blog.  It’s amazing.  Her sense of style, perspective on life and her journey is amazing.  Check it out!)

I love the mix of colours with the crispness of the white.  It just looks so wonderful.  I’m only a basic crocheter so I’ve been a little scared of trying anything new as I hate to fail.  But with the success of the Granny Stripe I’ve grown in confidence and so I decided I could give it a shot.

Thanks to Carina I was able to find the name of the pattern; Sunburst Granny Square.  This then lead me to a few different blogs outlining various people’s experience making the blanket.

I came across Jenny at The Writing Tree and her Sunburst Granny Blanket and it was love at first sight.

Sunburst Granny Blanket by Jenny @ The Writing Tree

Image source: The Writing Tree

It’s so beautiful and colourful.  I just love it.  I followed Jenny’s links and ended up finding the following instructions and tutorials for how to make the blanket:

Sunburst Flower Granny Square at Kasa Amend – These instructions are great because they’re accompanied by detailed photographs.  The only problem with this tutorial is that it’s originally in German.  You can translate it but I just tended to rely on the photos and a combination of other tutorials.

Scribd – These are the original English instructions and it may have paid for me to read this before starting as I missed a valuable instruction and my first attempt at the final round was a little wonky.

Adventkalender 2 Granny Square Sunburst – This youtube clip is great, but it too is in German.  I used it to make sure what I was doing “looked” ok.  I think (given my limited crochet knowledge) that the pattern above is different to this one, but it’s still a great visual reference for making sure you’re on track.

I’ve ended up with a nice little stash of left over bright colours from the Granny Stripe so I’m just going to use these up.  I think it will make for a nice and bright blanket.  I just need to work out how many squares I need and then once I have them all how to join them together.  Simple right…

Here’s what I’ve done so far:

Sunburst Granny Square

Sunburst Granny Square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really love working on them it’s just I’m having some issues with consistent sizing.  I’m kinda figuring it will be something that I iron out as I go.  What do you think?

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9 Comments

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  2. Fiona April 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Smiley little squares, aren’t they 🙂

    1. GnomeAngel May 1, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      I thought that too. They just seem happy.

  3. Jess @ Brown Paper Bunny April 27, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Oh so lovely! You have to teach me how to do this! My friend Emma and I are both really keen to learn.

    1. GnomeAngel May 1, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      Happy to show you what I know. I’m self taught so I’m not sure I do it “correctly” but I’m always happy to fumble through it with others.

      I used Meet Me At Mike’s video tutorials to teach myself how to do it and then just hit google whenever I get stuck or need a refresher. Seriously, what did people do before google???

  4. Jess (Where My Heart Is) April 22, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I can see how you were inspired by the first image. I love the colours you are using in your squares. I haven’t crocheted since the 3rd grade but I think I am going to get out the hook and start. I have a few plane journeys ahead too. It might take me a decade though to finish. It looks like an epic project. P.S. Thanks for the blog link – I’m off to visit Sandra!

    1. GnomeAngel May 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      I’m self taught and I love it. I just love that I can fool myself that I’m not wasting time watching television if I’m hooking at the same time. 🙂 I’ve got friends that have inherited crochet pieces from their grandmothers that still need to be finished. I plan on leaving mine to my kids too 😉

  5. Carley April 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Great pattern! Might have to add this to my list of “things to try”

    1. GnomeAngel May 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      It’s really great and so simple, once you work it out. I’m really looking forward to getting more squares done.