Malibu Sunburst Baby Blanket Tutorial - Part 2 - Making the Squares
Welcome to Part 2 of the Malibu Sunburst Baby Blanket free crochet blanket tutorial! Part 1 can be found here. As a recap, I am using a 4 ply cotton yarn, Scheepjes Catona, in Topaz, Light Coral, Tropic, and Old Lace for this blanket. Specific yarn amounts can be found in Part 1 of the tutorial. The heart of this blanket will be the Sunburst Granny Squares. You may already be a fan of this motif or perhaps you’ve seen it used in other blankets, pillows, or garments. I didn’t invent this square, (although I do use my own version of it), and there are already numerous patterns for the square available in print and online, most of which are free. You can give my version a try or, if you have a pattern for this square that you already know and love you can try using that. Mine is about 4” square, so if you want your blanket to come out the same size aim for something close to that. We are going to make a total of 36 Sunburst Granny Squares, 18 in one colour combination and 18 in a second colour combination. Of course if you’ve decided to use more or less colours or are making a larger blanket your numbers may differ. Stitches (US crochet terms) Tr – triple crochet Dc - double crochet Sc - single crochet Ch – chain Puff Stitch - [yo, insert hook into stitch, yo and pull through stitch] x3, yo and pull through first 6 loops on hook, yo and pull through two remaining loops Dc3tog – double crochet 3 together (yo, insert hook in top of next stitch, yo and pull loop through stitch, yo, and pull through 2 loops on hook) x3, yo and pull through all 4 loops on hook Dc4tog – double crochet 4 together – (yo, insert hook in top of next stitch, yo and pull loop through stitch, yo, and pull through 2 loops on hook) x4, yo and pull through all 5 loops on hook Hook: 3.5mm Gauge: Each square is about 4” square Tropic Sunburst Granny Square (Make 18) Begin with magic circle. I like using this method, as I think it is more secure with two wraps. Round 1: (Topaz) - sc1 ,ch1 in the circle, (counts as 1 dc), 15 dc in circle, join with sl st in ch1. (16 dc total) Round 2: (Topaz) – ch1, Puff Stitch in same stitch, *ch1, puff stitch in top of next dc* to last dc, ch1, join with sl st in top of 1st puff stitch, fasten off. (16 puff stitches, 16 ch1 spaces) (Note: please see my stitch definition earlier in this post for the puff stitch as there are different ways of doing this stitch) Round 3: (Tropic) – Join new colour in any ch1 space with sl st. ch2, dc3tog in same ch1 space, (counts as 1 dc4tog), ch2, *dc4tog in next ch1 space, ch2* to end. Join with sl st to top of first dc4tog, fasten off. (16 dc4tog, 16 ch2 spaces). Round 4: (Old Lace) – Join new colour in any ch2 space with sl st. ch1, sc ch1 in same space, (counts as 1 dc), dc in same space, *3 dc in next ch2 space, 3 tr ch2 3 tr in next ch2 space, (corner made), [3dc in next ch2 space] x2*, repeat from * to * 3 more times; 3 dc in next ch2 space, 1 dc in next ch2 space, join with sl st to top of 1st ch. Fasten off. (3 sets of 3 dc each side, 3 tr ch2 3 tr in each corner) Weave in ends. Light Coral Sunburst Granny Square (Make 18) Make in same way as Tropic squares, substituting Light Coral for Tropic. I usually work in ends as I go but also leave enough yarn to weave in the very end with a tapestry needle. Call me paranoid, but it's ever so disappointing if your squares unravel down the road. Note: I highly advise weaving in the ends as you go, or at least every few squares, or at the very least before you begin the next step of seaming your squares and making blocks. If you wait to weave in ends until you’ve completely finished the blanket you will not be a happy camper! Now, off you go to make those squares. I’ll be back in two weeks with a tutorial on how to join to your squares and add borders to make the nine blocks that will be the main body of your blanket. If you have any questions while making your squares please leave them in the comments section below and I will get back to you asap!