If you are looking for an alternative to the classic granny square, you must try the sunburst granny square. Imagine combining the simplicity of this iconic design with a subtle floral motif and a denser structure. Sounds promising, right? Let’s dive right in!
CREATIVE VERSION OF THE CLASSIC MOTIF
A little bit of history
I have tried to go to the bottom of Sunburst Granny Square’s history so that I can find out who came up with the idea.
My research led me to Priscilla Hewitt and her project from 1998, but the pattern is no longer available online. Be sure to check the Ravelry page of this project to see over 800 versions of the original design and get inspired.
How does Sunburst Granny Square differ from classic Granny Square?
From round one Classic Granny Square is worked in clusters of three double crochet stitches, and that’s what produces the characteristic look. See the examples in my article about granny square ideas.
Sunburst Granny Square, on the other hand, starts like a flower, with three rounds of stitches slowly turning into petal shapes. Then, the last round consists of basic stitches, but in various heights (half double crochets, double crochets, treble crochets) – to square it off. You can see the example in the photo below:
What can I make with this square?
Other possible uses are coasters, market bags, pillows, and even cardigans, or dresses.
TALKING ABOUT STITCHES…
Looking for these beautiful ideas was a true pleasure because there are so many of them online! It was quite hard to come up with a narrow selection, but here it is and I hope you will like it as much as I do.
I link free crochet patterns and resources below the pictures whenever possible.
The Best Sunburst Granny Square Blanket Ideas
Sunburst Granny Square by Bean Crochet
Dusty colors are always a good idea, so if your aim is to make an elegant baby blanket, go for this palette. The rustic, washed-out colors of Stylecraft Batik yarn bring vintage and boho vibes. Don’t worry, if you’re not yet sure how you want the final piece to look like – start by making them all, and then arrange them on a flat surface.
To make a similar project, try the free crochet pattern by Crochet Me Lovely, available on ravelry.com.
Sunburst Granny Blanket by Crocheted by Becca
Becca’s version of sunburst granny is a hit among Instagrammers, and it’s not a surprise. The colors are mesmerizing and work beautifully with the floral motif of the square. The choice of yarn is crucial in this project, and these beauties were made with Sirdar yarn (Hayfield Spirit in Sundown colorway) and Paintbox Yarns Simply DK for the outermost round.
Sunburst Granny Square Blanket by Katie
Katie’s version has a lot of interesting elements – starting with the colorway and ending with the edging. Take a look at the photo and notice the prominent joining technique and the elegant granny edging. The palette consists of Stylecraft Bellissima yarn in colors: Paper Parchment, Mischievous Mink, Double Denim and Precious Posy. Copy it to your notebook for future projects because it’s simply stunning.
To make a similar project, try the free crochet pattern by Bella Coco Crochet, available on bellacococrochet.com.
Sunburst Granny Square Blanket by Hanan Hannaway
Like many other crocheters, Hanan decided to use Stylecraft Special DK yarn for her baby blanket. It’s a common choice, but a good one because this yarn is machine-washable, durable, and offers a range of stunning colors. This blanket reminds me of strawberries and cream – yummy!
photos by HananHannaway on ravelry.com
Sunburst Baby Blanket by Hayley Maree
You don’t have to use many colors for this project and still create a beautiful home accessory. In fact, as you can see in Hayley’s photos, three neutral hues are enough, so don’t worry about a limited palette. The clever combination of white, grey, and silver results in an elegant and minimalistic baby blanket.
photos by HayleyMaree on ravelry.com
Summer Blanket by Sirliiz
Sirliiz’s version won my heart instantly, thanks to the beautiful color choices. Each hue is dusty and pale – whether it’s lilac, sage green, or pink. The occasional appearance of deep navy adds character to this otherwise calm and feminine design and makes it more interesting.
photos by sirliiz on ravelry.com
Island Time Blanket by Mallory Krall
If you’re craving a project that works up quite fast, is perfect to use up leftover yarns, and looks great, this is the one. Mallory’s blanket is one of the freshest takes on the Sunburst Granny, so it fits right in with the current trends. Grab a 5mm crochet hook and any worsted-weight yarn, but don’t wait – start right away!
photos by Mallory Krall on ravelry.com
Baby Olive’s Sunburst Blanket by Redthecurlyone
As you can see, a dark background makes the colors pop, so don’t hesitate to use it in baby blankets. Red The Curly One made all of the 63 squares, but only then arranged them in color order. They used the beautiful speckled rainbow yarn from Stylecraft, so go for the same choice if you like it.
photos by Redthecurlyone on ravelry.com
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