Sunburst Granny Square Ideas

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!

To learn more about iconic crochet designs, check out my other articles on particular projects – I’ve already covered 6-Day Kid Blanket, Nature’s Walk CAL, and Sophie’s Universe, to name a few.


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?

Both of these squares use basic techniques, such as crocheting in the round, and basic stitches, so they are great for beginners.

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:

Sunburst Granny Square Crochet Pattern Motif for Blankets zdjęcie 1

photo by SewHappyCreative on

What can I make with this square?

Most crocheters decide to use these squares for blankets or baby blankets. Starting with the choice of the right yarn and the type of join, you can mix and match the blocks as you wish.

Other possible uses are coasters, market bags, pillows, and even cardigans, or dresses.

You can use any type of yarn for this project, but remember that the size of the hook and type of the yarn you use will affect the final size of your square.


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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.

photos by @bean_crochet on Instagram: top, bottom

To make a similar project, try the free crochet pattern by Crochet Me Lovely, available on

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.

photos by @crochetedbybecca on Instagram: top, bottom

To make a similar project, try the free crochet pattern by Sarah Stearns, available on, or read more about it on

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.

photos by @crochetbykatie83 on Instagram: source

To make a similar project, try the free crochet pattern by Bella Coco Crochet, available on

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

For the free crochet pattern, head to, or read more about it on

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

To make a similar project, try the free crochet pattern by Kaitlin Stocks, available on, or read more about it on

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

To make a similar project, try the free crochet pattern by Mallory Krall, available on, or read more about it on

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

For the free crochet pattern, head to, or read more about it on

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

To make a similar project, try the free crochet pattern by Sarah Stearns, available on, or read more about it on


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