If you read our bacon and vegetable frittata post, you know that I’ve been watching Friends on Netflix. I’m almost done with Season 8, which is kind of horrifying considering that means I’ve watched almost 200 episodes since I started two weeks ago. I’ll have to temper my binge-watching now that school has started up again, so who knows when I’ll actually finish all 10 seasons. But anyway, I’m losing track of the point. The reason I brought up Friends is because in some episodes Monica has this super cute crocheted granny square pillow on her couch! I couldn’t find a picture of it, but I assure you — it’s adorable. I want one of my own, so I’ve started making some sunburst granny squares in two different shades of blue. Hopefully I’ll be sharing my finished pillow soon, but I thought I would share the pattern for the sunburst square for this week’s Hump Day How-To! UPDATE: The tutorial for the Crocheted Sunburst Pillow has been posted on my new blog, Sew, Simmer, and Share!
Begin by chaining 4. Connect with a slip stitch to form a ring.
Chain 2 (counts as the first double crochet) and double crochet (dc) 15 into the center of the ring. Use a slip stitch to connect to the top of the starting chain. (16 stitches — including starting chain)
Chain 2 and turn. Puff stitch into the dc and chain 1. Complete this around the whole circle and use a slip stitch to connect to the top of the first puff stitch. (16 stitches)
To puff stitch, yarn over, place the hook under the top of the dc, yarn over, and pull through — repeat this pattern 3 times (you should have 7 loops on your hook) and then yarn over and pull through all 7 loops. Finish off with a chain. Here’s a good puff stitch tutorial video, just keep in mind that she does the process 4 times and we only do 3 for this project.
Chain 2 and turn (counts as the first dc). dc 2 together (dc2tog) in the chain between the puff stitches. Chain 1. dc3tog in the next chain and chain 1, completing this around the whole circle. (16 stitches)
To dc together, don’t pull the final two loops of the dc through. Instead, leave them on the hook and begin the next dc. The above picture shows what a dc3tog will look like before you pull all of the loops through the hook.
Once finished, use a slip stitch to connect to the top of the first stitch. Tie off and weave in ends with a tapestry needle.
Connect the border color to the circle at one of the chains between dc3tog stitches. Chain 2 (counts as first dc) and dc 2 in the same chain. dc 3 in the next two chain spaces. Triple/treble crochet (tr) 3 in the next chain, chain 2, and tr 3 more in the same chain. This is your first corner. dc 3 in the next 3 chains, in the next chain – tr 3, ch 2, and tr 3 in the same space. Repeat this 3 times until you’ve gone all the way around. Connect to the top of the starting chain with a slip stitch. Tie off and weave in ends with a tapestry needle.
The sunburst granny squares end up being about 4 inches wide, so I think that I’ll be making a 4 x 4 pillow. I haven’t decided if I want to use squares for both sides, or have a solid back and squares on the front. Stay tuned for the final product!
UPDATE: The final tutorial for my Crocheted Sunburst Pillow has been posted on Sew, Simmer, and Share.
As with any granny square project, you can use different colors for each row or even different colors for each square. If you check on Pinterest or Google, there are tons of beautiful projects using granny squares.
UPDATE: If you’d like to see the pillow I made with these sunburst granny squares, check out my tutorial on Sew, Simmer, and Share!