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Beautiful Sunburst Granny Square Crochet Pattern + Video

Learn how to make a textured sunburst granny square crochet pattern by following the written instructions and step-by-step video below. This type of crochet granny square is perfect for afghans, jackets, sweaters and more!

Learn how to make a textured sunburst granny square crochet pattern by following the written instructions and step-by-step video tutorial. This type of crochet granny square is perfect for afghans, jackets, sweaters and baby projects!
This sunburst granny square crochet pattern is part of a collaboration with Lion Brand Yarns. This post contains affiliate links.

Sunburst Granny Squares vs. The Originals

A crochet sunburst granny square pattern differs from a traditional granny square in that the center of it is a circle instead of a square.

Although the classic granny is arguably slightly easier to learn because there’s really only one round to remember, I love the textured and more contemporary look of a sunburst granny square.

I promise you’ll have this modified granny square pattern memorized in no time!

step-by-step instructions for how to crochet a granny square. Tutorial features Lion Brand Basic Stitch yarn.

How to Crochet a Sunburst Granny Square Video Tutorial

To learn how to crochet a sunburst granny square, watch the step-by-step video tutorial below and scroll down for the written instructions.

How to Modify The Size of Your Granny Square

While the center of this sunburst granny is a circle, in Round 4 you’ll begin conforming to the traditional granny square style by placing sets of three double crochets between the clusters of the previous row. This will make your circle into a square.

It’s very easy to then increase the size of your sunburst granny square by working additional rounds in the classic granny stitch style. (Instructions included below–see Round 5.)

Pin this tutorial to reference later. ⇨

Video tutorial that shows how to crochet a modern granny square.

Then What? What To Crochet With Your Granny Squares

Once you’re pumping out sunburst granny squares like a grandma on a mission, you’ll be ready to decide one what type of project to make with them.

These sunburst grannies work beautifully in most granny square patterns where a traditional granny square could be used. Blankets, afghans, retro jackets, cardigans, pillows, cushions and even slippers!

Decide on a color scheme and start crocheting granny squares and they’ll tell you what they want to become. 🙂

Sunburst granny square crochet pattern + tutorial made from Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-Pil yarn.

How to Join the Crochet Granny Squares Together

Did you think I was just going to leave you out in the cold with 900 granny squares and no way to join them into something useful? No way!

Stay tuned for a video tutorial on joining granny squares as you go so there aren’t any extra ends to weave in. I’ll be sharing this in the next couple of weeks and I’m telling you, IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Ha.

Okay, maybe not change your life entirely, but if you’re like me and have never tried a join as you go technique, you’re going to love how easy this makes things.

Beautiful modern, sunburst granny squares joined together using a join as you go technique.

Win a Granny Giveaway!

In the name of all things granny square love, Lion Brand is offering a fun giveaway this month that is really easy to enter! Simply share a photo of a granny square on social media with #LBYGrannySquare and tag @LionBrandYarn and you’ll be entered to win $1000. (I know, that’s a lot of money for yarn, right?!)

You can enter as many times as you’d like between now and Oct 31, 2019. Find all the giveaway details here. And then by golly, get to work making and sharing this sunburst granny square crochet pattern!

More Crochet Granny Stitch Patterns

Granny stitch crochet projects are kind of addicting aren’t they? I find that they go quickly because I don’t have to look super closely at where I’m placing my hook. Instead I can just poke at the general direction of the next space between the granny clusters and move right along.

If you’re looking for more easy and creative ways to use the crochet granny stitch, here are a few patterns you might love. You can always find all our free crochet patterns using the granny stitch here. And if it’s new crochet stitches you’re after, you can check out all our crochet stitch tutorials here.

Four granny stitch crochet patterns including a hooded blanket, a cardigan, a shawl and a baby blanket.

1. Campfire Cardigan / 2. Tributary Blanket / 3. Granny Gives Back Blanket / 4. Newsprint Shawl

Sunburst Crochet Granny Square Written Pattern

Supplies Used In This Tutorial:
Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling yarn
Size J crochet hook

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch(s) – chain(s)
ch1sp – space created by 1 ch
ch2sp – space created by 2 ch
dc – double crochet
rep – repeat
sl st – slip stitch                            
sp – space
st(s) – stitch(es) 
tr – treble crochet
yo – yarn over

3DcCl – 3 double crochet cluster – yo, insert hook in the designated stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook). Yo, insert hook in same stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook). Yo, insert hook in same stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook). Yo and pull through all 4 loops.

4DcCl – 4 double crochet cluster – yo, insert hook in the designated stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook). Yo, insert hook in same stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook). Yo, insert hook in same stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook). Yo, insert hook in same stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (5 loops on hook). Yo and pull through all 5 loops.

Puff – [yo, insert hook in the designated stitch, yo and pull up a loop] three times in the same stitch, yo and pull through all 7 loops on hook, ch 1 to close puff.

Partial Puff – [yo, insert hook in the designated stitch, yo and pull up a loop] twice in the same stitch, yo and pull through all 5 loops on hook, ch 1 to close puff.

Notes: 
• See abbreviations section above for explanations of each stitch.

• Watch video tutorial above or reference photos 1-4 above for visual guidance while learning this sunburst granny square crochet pattern.

• Sunburst granny square is worked in the round without turning. Each round is finished with a sl st to the first st of the round.

• Ch 3 at beginning of round always counts as 1 dc. Work these chs quite tightly so as to minimize the potential gap they can create in a round.

Foundation: Create a magic ring (or ch 4, sl st to join).

Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, 1 ch1sp), [dc, ch 1] in ring 15 times, sl st to third ch from beginning of round to join. (32 sts)

Fasten off. Attach next color yarn in any ch1sp.

Round 2: Ch 3, partial puff in same ch1sp yarn attached in, puff in next ch1sp 15 times, sl st to top of first puff to join. (32 sts)

Fasten off. Attach next color yarn in any ch1sp.

Round 3: Ch 2, 3DcCl in same ch1sp yarn attached in, ch 2, [4DcCl in next ch-1 sp, ch 2] 15 times, sl st to top of first cluster to join. (48 sts)

Fasten off. Attach next color yarn in any ch2sp. Now we will turn our granny circle into an official granny square.

Round 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in same ch2sp yarn attached in, 3 dc in next ch2sp twice, [3 tc, ch 1, 3 tc] in next ch2sp, *3 dc in next ch2sp three times, [3 tc, ch 1, 3 tc] in next ch2sp, rep from * twice more. (4 distinct sides made)

To make your sunburst granny square larger, you may work additional rounds as described below until you’re happy with the size. Note that because the piece is no longer a circle, we’re working double crochets into the corners instead of treble crochets.

Round 5: Ch 3, 2 dc in sp between same granny clusters, *3 dc in each sp between granny clusters until corner, [3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc] in corner ch1sp, rep from * three times, sl st to top of ch3 to join.

Rep Round 5 until desired size is reached.

What do you think I should make with all these squares?! Maybe a granny square blanket? A jacket? A pillow? Leave me a comment below and let me know your idea! Your project idea might end up on Make & Do Crew.

Learn More with These Crochet Video Tutorials

If you find video tutorials the best way to learn new crochet skills, you’re in luck because we do too! Here are a few free patterns with video tutorials that will walk you through each step of the project slowly. You can always see all our crochet videos here.

Free crochet patterns with video tutorials including a hexagon blanket, a simple cardigan and a lace shawl.

1. Habitat Cardigan – Made from a simple rectangle, this free crochet cardigan pattern is perfect for advanced beginners.

2. Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt – Inspired by vintage quilts, this hexagon blanket pattern uses deconstructed yarn cakes to achieve a beautiful “scrappy” look.

3. Braided Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial – Learn the simple trick for making half double crochet stitches have a braided texture in this video tutorial.

4. At First Blush Triangle Scarf – Surprisingly easy lace and puff stitches come together to make a wrap that can be worn as a shawl or triangle scarf.

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