The sun and stars granny square is part of the Friendship CAL being run by Sunflower Cottage Crochet. It features a whole host of beautiful (and free) granny squares to make over the Winter and sew up into your own cosy blanket. When I heard about the project last summer, I really wanted to take part in such wonderful collaboration.
And here is my square, the sun and stars square. I had originally designed it to be like the old Victorian weather pictures of yellow suns and stars against a blue backdrop, but after seeing Helen’s beautiful blanket in pink and purple, I was inspired to use these colours for the pattern photos.
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For each square, you will need:
3 colours of aran yarn.
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9 inch square when blocked.
Intermediate or beginners interested in new stitches.
The pattern is written using UK terminology, for a conversion chart to US terminology click this link.
Rounds 9 and 10 form the star stitch (worked over 2 rounds). For more information on the star stitch check out this tutorial: https://crochetcloudberry.co.uk/crochet-tutorial/star-stitch-tutorial/
Pattern notes cont…
The square is worked in the round. You do not need to turn your work after each row and you continue working in the same direction as before.
[Stitches written in brackets like this are all worked into the same stitch.]
For the first stitch on each row: Chain 1 to move up to the next round if the round starts with double crochet. Chain 2 if the round starts with a half treble crochet, and chain 3 if the round starts with a treble crochet. These chains count as the first stitch in the row.
Bphtr – back post half treble
Ch – chain
Fpdc – front post double treble
Htr – half treble
Mc – magic circle
Tr – treble
Star stitch – See tutorial here: https://crochetcloudberry.co.uk/crochet-tutorial/star-stitch-tutorial/
3trcl – 3 treble cluster
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Sunflower Cottage Crochet has kindly made a video of this square to help if you get stuck – thank you so much Sara!
Use Fuchsia. Make MC with 8htr. (8)
[2htr]. 8 times. (16)
1htr, [2htr]. 8 times. Fasten off. (24)
Use Plum Wine. 24 bphtr (24).
[htr, tr, dtr], ch 1, [dtr, tr, htr], ch 1, skip 1. 8 times. Fasten off. (48 and 16 ch-1-sp).
Use Fuchsia and start in any ch-1-sp between 2 htr. Dc, 3 bphtr, 3trcl into ch-1-sp, 3 bphtr x 8. Fasten off. (64).
Use Orchid and start on top of any 3trcl. Fpdc, dc, htr, 3tr, htr, dc. 8 times. (64)
6 dc, htr, tr, [tr, dtr, tr], tr, htr, 5dc. 4 times. (72)
9 htr, [htr, ch 2, htr], 8htr. 4 times. Fasten off. (76 and 4 ch-2-sp)
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Start of star stitch. (If you are unfamiliar with the star stitch, click the link to go to a free tutorial – https://crochetcloudberry.co.uk/crochet-tutorial/star-stitch-tutorial/)
Note: For each side, the first star stitch is worked into the side of the preceding htr.
Use Plum Wine. Start in ch-2-sp. *[htr, ch 2, htr], htr, ch 1, then work the base of the star stitch 9 times. From * 4 times.
Note: In order to get 9 star stitches, the last part of the final star stitch is worked into the top of the first htr from [htr, ch 2, htr] in round 8. Alternatively if you would rather just have 8 star stitches, you can simply work 1 htr into each of the final stitches.
Second round of star stitch.
Slip stitch to corner ch-sp, [htr, ch 2, htr] into ch-2-sp, htr into htr, htr into ch, then work as top of star stitch with 2 htr into each “eye”, htr in next htr. 4 times. Fasten off. (92)
Use Orchid and start in ch-2-sp. [tr, ch, tr], 23 tr. 4 times. Fasten off. (100)
Congratulations, you have completed the sun and star granny square as part of the Friendship CAL.
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