Here you can get the free crochet pattern for the Starburst Granny Square blanket I designed.
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I don’t think you can beat a Starburst or Sunburst Granny square for that added pop of pure crochet goodness, throw in lots of different colours and this is crochet rainbow blanket heaven!
This is a great Afghan pattern as it uses a repeating motif, but the bonus of this one is no square is same, meaning you get the bonus of the mindfulness of making a blanket, but as the colours are so different its a perfect project for a little bit of variety.
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This was made to be “my” blanket, after crocheting other blankets for my family:
This has been a long time in the writing up process…….. I first blogged about this blanket back in February 2018……. but in my style back then I told you what I was making, not actually how to make it, so queue todays post.
But today you can learn how to make the starburst granny square blanket, what yarn I used (and why I had the yarn), how much I needed, how big it is, basically everything you need to one of your very own! So carry on reading to learn more.
You can get the complete instant downloadable PDF for this whole blanket, detailing every colour combination of every square in an easy to understand table from the usual places.
Or keep reading below for an outline on how to make the blanket.
The Easy Starburst Granny Square Blanket
As I’ve said in a long post where I talk you through the crochet square and how it’s constructed, I love this square.
My version of the crochet Square motif is slightly different to some patterns, as I use Double Crochet Cluster stitches to get the Starburst effect.
This is great as it uses a lot less yarn than most other patterns!
What stitches so you need to know to make Easy Starburst Granny Square Blanket
To make my pattern you’ll need to know:
- Make a magic Ring
- Half Double Crochet (HDC)
- 2DC Cluster (2DCcl)
- 3DC Cluster (3DCcl)
- Double Crochet (DC)
- Treble Crochet (TC)
- Slip stitch
- Back loop only single crochet
- How to sew in ends
Yarn for the Starburst Blanket
The yarn choice for this project was actually key to how this blanket evolved over its making.
I actually got the yarn for free as part of a magazine subscription!
In the UK, about once a year two of the magazines tend to run a promotional offer to get people to subscribe by offering free yarn. Well I’m a sucker for free yarn, so signed right up!
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So with a huge bag of yarn, and a free pattern I didn’t actually want to make (Pattern 9091 a rainbow ripple if you are interested), I set about designing my own!
Stylecraft Life Double Knitting
This is a premium 25% wool, 75% acrylic yarn, that uses a 4mm hook. It’s ball size is 100g, for 298m/ 325 yards.
Silver Grey, Fuchsia, Lily, Clover, Heather, Cascade, Aqua, Mint, Fern, Zing, Daffodil, Melon, Copper, Cardinal
The depth of colour, and tones of how the wool absorbs the colour make these colours hard to replicate in a 100% acrylic yarn (but this would be cheaper).
For a cheaper option, Stylecraft Special DK would also work.
Alternatively of course, you can raid your yarn stash, and use up lots of odds and ends.
How much yarn will you need to make a Rainbow Starburst Blanket?
I used 5 balls of Silver for the outside of the Squares, and joining them together.
I had approximately ⅓ to a ¼ of each of the colours left, so could have easily made a bigger blanket.
The table below shoes you how much yarn you’ll need per round. This included 10-15 cm of “tails” for sewing in.
|Round||Length of yarn per round||Metres /Yards|
|1||90 cm / 35 inches||0.9 / 1|
|2||110cm / 43 inches||1.1 / 1.2|
|3||290 cm / 114 inches||2.9 / 3.2|
|4||485 cm / 190 inches||4.85 / 5.3|
|5||770 cm / 303 inches||7.7 / 8.4|
|Silver x 5 balls||2341|
Starburst Granny Square Blanket Pattern
The plan with this design was that no two starburst squares are the same, and they aren’t. There had to be a traditional Rainbow in there somewhere too, a bit like by C2C rainbow blanket and my one ball rainbow granny make.
I did this by making sure I alternated every colour.
Make 12 of each colour of rounds 1-2. Fasten off (Do not weave in ends – it’s easier to join the yarn for round 3 if you don’t sew in yet )
Join new colour to the top of a stitch, crochet round 3 in a new colour (You’ll have 12 colours you can use). Fasten off.
Join new colour for round 4 in the ch space, You’ll have 11 colours you can use without repeating a colour.
Laying out the squares. The Round 4 colour dictates where it is in the blanket. Each outside colour has a diagnol line dedicated to it in a rainbow order.
The exact colours used for every square are available in the PDF download, for a few £/ $ from the well known stores below.
Joining the squares
Squares are joined with Silver by placing wrong sides together, and single crocheting them together through the back loop only.
Border : Single crochet around the outside of the blanket, making SC ch2 SC in each corner sp, in the colour order: Lily, Cascade, Zing, Melon and Mint.
Abbreviations – USA Terms (Scroll down for UK pattern and terms)
HDC – Half Double Crochet
DC – Double crochet
TR – Treble Crochet
St – stitch
ss – slip stitch
YO – Yarn Over
2DC Cluster (2DCcl)– YO, through st, pull back through, YO, pull back through 2 loops, YO, through same st, YO, pull back through, YO, pull back through 2 loops, YO pull back over all loops.
3DC Cluster (3DCcl)– YO, through st, pull back through, YO, pull back through 2 loops, YO, through same st, YO, pull back through, YO, pull back through 2 loops, YO, through same st, YO, pull back through, YO, pull back through 2 loops, YO pull back over all loops.
Easy Starburst Granny Square Blanket Crochet Pattern – US terms
Round 1 (RS) Ch2 (counts as HDC), 7HDC into loop, ss to top beg ch2. [8 HDC]
Round 2(RS) Ch2 (counts as HDC), HDC in base of ch2, 2HDC in each st around, ss to top of beg ch2. [16 HDC]
Fasten off, join another colour in any st.
Round 3 Ch3 (counts as first part of cl), DC in stitch at base of ch3, ch1 (2DCcl, ch1) in each st around, ss to top beg ch3.
Fasten off, join another colour yarn in any chain space.
Round 4 Ch3 (counts as first leg of DCcl), 2DCcl in same space, ch1, (3DCcl, ch1) in each chain space around, ss to top of beg ch3.
Fasten off, join new colour yarn in any chain space.
Now making the circle a square
NOTE: If you want to continuous join the squares do not complete round 5 (only 2 ends to sew in at the joining stage!!!!!) read more below including a video link. You wont get the raised seem between the squares, but will save hours of time!
Round 5 Ch4 (counts as a TC), (2TC, ch2, 3TC) in the same chain space *ch1, 3DC in next chain space, ch1, 3HDC in next chain space, ch1, 3DC in next chain space, ch1 **, (3TC, ch2, 3TC) into next chain space; rep from * 3 times more ending last rep at **, ss into top of beg ch4. Fasten off, weave in all ends.
Abbreviations UK Terms
2Trcl – 2Tr Cluster
3TrCl – 3Tr Cluster
htr – Half Treble Crochet
tr – Treble crochet
dtr – Double Treble Crochet
St – stitch
Ss – slip stitch
YO – Yarn Over
2Tr Cluster (2Trcl)– YO, through st, pull back through, YO, pull back through 2 loops, YO, through same st, YO, pull back through, YO, pull back through 2 loops, YO pull back over all loops.
3Tr Cluster (3Trcl)– YO, through st, pull back through, YO, pull back through 2 loops, YO, through same st, YO, pull back through, YO, pull back through 2 loops, YO, through same st, YO, pull back through, YO, pull back through 2 loops, YO pull back over all loops.
Easy Starburst Granny Square Blanket Crochet Pattern – UK terms
Round 1: (RS) Ch2 (counts as htr), 7htr into loop, ss to top beg ch2.
Round 2:(RS) Ch 2 (counts as a htr), htr in base of ch2, 2htr in each st around, ss to top of beg ch2.
Fasten off, join another colour in any st.
Round 3: Ch3 (counts as first leg of cl), tr in st at base of ch2, ch1 (2Trcl, ch1) in each st around, ss to top beg ch3.
Fasten off, join another colour yarn in any ch-1 sp.
Round 4: Ch3 (counts as first leg of Tr cl), 2Trcl in same sp, ch 1, (3Trcl, ch1) in each chain space around, ss to top of beg ch3.
Fasten off, join a new colour in any ch-1 sp.
Round 5: Ch4 (counts as a dtr), (2dtr, ch2, 3dtr) in the same chain space *ch1, 3tr in next chain space, ch1, 3htr in next chain space, ch1, 3 tr in next chain space, ch1 **, (3dtr, ch 2, 3dtr) into next chain space; rep from * 3 times more ending last rep at **, ss into top of beg ch4. Fasten off, weave in all ends.
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