A new crochet blanket square, the Rays of Sunshine Crochet Blanket Square, is now a free crochet pattern here on the blog. Read all about the CAL it was designed for or scroll down for the free pattern.
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The Rays of Sunshine crochet square combines texture and lightly open stitches to give the illusion of alternating rays coming from the center of the square.
Worked from the center out, this beginner-friendly granny square crochet pattern, adds texture and geometry to any afghan. Its simple, modern design works well when combined with other types of crochet squares (check out the Cozy Fall MALs for many more designs).
Designed in worsted weight yarn, the crochet square pattern is for a 6″ / 15 cm square. You can easily adjust the size by adding or removing rounds.
Rays Of Sunshine Crochet Blanket Square Pattern Downloadable PDF
Grab the printable PDF of the Rays of Sunshine Blanket Square crochet pattern now on Ravelry.
Melange Blanket CAL
The Rays of Sunshine granny square was designed as part of the Melange Blanket CAL hosted by Underground Crafter. Every Friday of 2023 a new 6″ / 15 cm crochet blanket square design is shared. You can find all the event info here.
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Before you Start your Crochet Blanket Square
- 4 mm / US G – 6 crochet hook
- WeCrochet Swish (worsted weight, 100% fine superwash merino wool, 50g/1.75oz, 100m/110yd)
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends
The Rays of Sunshine crochet blanket granny square is 15 cm / 6” square.
The gauge for this blanket square pattern, in dc stitch, is 13.5 st by 9.5 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).
Diameter of rounds 1 – 4 is 10 cm / 4” square
Abbreviations & Instructions
This pattern uses US notations.
- st = stitch
- ch = chain
- dc = double crochet
Work instructions between  the indicated number of times or until the end of the row / round.
Work instructions between () in the same stitch.
The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the row / round between < >.
The turning ch 1, ch 2 don’t count as stitches throughout the pattern except if mentioned otherwise.
The pattern is written in crochet shorthand. For example:
- “dc 1” means to double crochet in the next stitch,
- “dc 2” means to double crochet in each of the next 2 stitches,
- And “2 dc” means to double crochet twice in the next st.
Special Stitches and Repeated Patterns
- Puff stitch (6 hdc puff worked all in one st) = yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, pull up a loop, [yo, insert hook in same st, yo, pull up a loop] 5 times in same st, yo, pull through all 13 loops on the hook. Ch 1 to close the puff stitch (doesn’t count as a stitch).
- Magic ring (aka magic circle): Magic Loop; if you’re not familiar with this technique, this detailed tutorial (includes a video) will help you.
The Actual Blanket Granny Square Crochet Pattern
With your 4 mm / US G – 6 hook, in a magic ring: ch 2, dc, [ch 1, 3 dc] three times, ch 1, 2 dc, sl st in 2nd ch, turn. <12 dc, 4 ch-1 spaces>
Round 1: Ch 2, puff st, [dc until corner ch-space, (dc, ch 2, dc) in corner ch-space, dc, puff st] around, dc until corner ch-space, (dc, ch 2, dc), dc, sl st in 2nd ch, turn. <20 stitches and 4 ch-2 spaces>
Round 2: Ch 2, [dc until corner ch-space, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-space, dc until puff st, dc2tog over puff and closing ch] around, sl st in 2nd ch, turn. <36 stitches and 4 ch-2 space>
Round 3: Ch 2, puff st, [dc until corner ch-space, (dc, ch 2, dc) in corner ch-space, dc 4, puff st] around, dc until corner ch-space, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-space, dc until end of round, sl st in 2nd ch, turn. <44 stitches and 4 ch-2 space>
Round 4: Repeat Round 2. <60 stitches and 4 ch-2 space>
Round 5: Ch 2, puff st, [dc until corner ch-space, (dc, ch 2, dc) in corner ch-space, dc 7, puff st] around, dc until corner ch-space, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-space, dc until end of round, sl st in 2nd ch, turn. <68 stitches and 4 ch-2 space>
Round 6: Repeat Round 2. <84 stitches and 4 ch-2 space>
Bind off and weave in the ends.
You are done with the crocheting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends.
To make your square nice and flat, help even your stitches and sharpen your corners, block your project.
Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.