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Malibu Sunburst Baby Blanket - Free Crochet Tutorial - Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of the Malibu Sunburst Baby Blanket free crochet tutorial. We've gathered our materials, made our squares, and now it's time to put those squares together into blocks.  If you're looking for Part 1 it can be found here, and Part 2 can be found here. At this point you should have 36 squares completed, 18 in each colour if you are following the 4 colour pattern that I did.  Each of your blocks will consist of 4 squares, 2 in each colour.  Alternate the placement of the squares within the blocks so they look something like this: Malibu Sunburst Joined Squares To join my blocks I used my favourite type of join, the flat seam slip stitch method. (The excellent tutorial here on the LookAtWhatIMade web site gives clear instructions.)  If that method isn't for you, then you can use your own favourite! I joined my squares this time with the same colour yarn as the last round of the squares, in this case Old Lace.  You could, of course, use a contrasting colour as well...do what feels good to you. Once you have your squares put together in sets of four you should have 9 "blocks".  It's a good idea to weave in and tidy up all the ends before beginning the next step. Now we will put the borders on these blocks.  We will be using three colors for the borders - Topaz, Light Coral, and Tropic - and making 4 blocks with one color combination and 5 blocks with a second color combination. Block A - Make 5 Note:  Consider the join between your squares as a set of three double crochet for the purposes of this round. Round 1:  Starting in the space between any two sets of three dc other than the corner, join Topaz with a slip stitch, ch1, sc in same stitch, *ch2, sc in next space*, repeat from * to * to corner.  ch2, sc, ch3, sc in corner.  Continue working this way all around the block, ending with ch2 and join to first sc. Fasten off. You should have 11 ch2 spaces on each side and one ch3 space in each corner. It's a very good idea to count now -- if these numbers are incorrect it will have a domino effect on the rest of your blanket...and nobody wants that! Round 2: Using Light Coral, join in any ch2 space.  Ch1, sc, ch2 in same space, (counts as first dc), dc in same space, *3 dc in next ch2 space*, repeat from * to * until you reach the ch3 corner space;  dc3, ch3, dc3 in corner space; continue working around the block in this manner.  dc1 in first ch2 space, (to complete the set of 3dc), and join with slip st to 1st dc. 11 sets of 3 dc each side, 3 dc ch2 3 dc each corner Round 3: Using Tropic, repeat Round 1. 13 ch2 spaces each side, 1 ch3 space in each corner Round 4.  Using Topaz, repeat Round 2. 13 sets of 3 dc each side, 3 dc ch2 3 dc each corner Round 5:  Using Light Coral, repeat Round 1. 15 ch2 spaces each side, 1 ch3 space in each corner Round 6:  Using Tropic repeat Round 2 15 sets of 3 dc each side, 3dc ch2 3dc in each corner Block B - Make 4 Round 1:  Starting in the space between any two sets of three dc other than the corner, join Topaz with a slip stitch, ch1, sc in same stitch, *ch2, sc in next space*, repeat from * to * to corner.  ch2, sc, ch3, sc in corner.  Continue working this way all around the block, ending with ch2 and join to first sc. Fasten off. 11 ch2 spaces on each side and one ch3 space in each corner. Round 2: Using Topaz, join in any ch2 space.  Ch1, sc, ch2 in same space, (counts as first dc), dc in same space, *3 dc in next ch2 space*, repeat from * to * until you reach the ch3 corner space;  dc3, ch3, dc3 in corner space; continue working around the block in this manner.  dc1 in first ch2 space, (to complete the set of 3dc), and join with slip st to 1st dc. 13 sets of 3 dc each side, 3 dc ch2 3 dc each corner Round 3: Using Light Coral, repeat Round 1. 15 ch2 spaces each side, 1 ch3 space in each corner Round 4.  Using Topaz, repeat Round 2. 17 sets of 3 dc each side, 3 dc ch2 3 dc each corner Round 5:  Using Tropic, repeat Round 1. 19 ch2 spaces each side, 1 ch3 space in each corner Round 6:  Using Light Coral repeat Round 2 21 sets of 3 dc each side, 3dc ch2 3dc in each corner You should now have 9 blocks made up of four squares each. Malibu Sunburst Block closeup The final tutorial of this 4 part series will be posted April 27, 2016.  We'll be joining the blocks and doing the border, so be ready!  


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