Large Sun Granny Square Free Crochet Blanket Square Pattern

Mar 21, 2023 | Crochet patterns

This Sun Granny Square is a free crochet pattern by Nana’s Crafty Home!

sun granny square free crochet pattern

This crochet sun granny square is granny square #4 in my Easter spring Granny Square Blanket series. This happy sun will brighten your day!

If you missed the free crochet pattern for the Bunny Granny Square, Chick Granny Square or the Lamb Granny Square you can find them all on the blog.  Square #5 is a fun Easter Basket square that will be releasing in just a few days so be sure to check back for that one.

The great thing about the squares for this spring themed blanket is that they are so versatile.  Mix and match the squares for your own perfect spring blanket.  The sun could be adapted easily to a flower as well – just change up the colors for the center and the petals!  

The Sun Granny Square is another great square for beginners as well!

Sun Granny Square Pattern Details

I am working this crochet sun pattern from the same base pattern as my Christmas crochet granny squares.  All of the squares in this series work up to a large 14″ square.  Perfect for pillows or to mix-and-match for an adorable Easter spring themed throw!  These individual squares would also make wonderful wall hangings for your spring themed home decor.

large sun square process

The sun begins with rounds of dc stitches in yellow yarn.  The final round of the sun and the first round after the sun is completed will be worked in the back loop only.  The unused front loops will be used to crochet the sun’s rays!

The stitch I used for the rays is a variation of the stitches I used for the Hatching Chick square.  You will be working 3 dc + picot + 3 dc all worked in the same stitch.  In between these stitches you will only skip 1 stitch before working a sc stitch.  

sun square crochet sun rays process

The sun’s smile is worked as surface slip stitches between rounds 4 and 5 of the granny square base. If you haven’t seen this technique before I have a complete photo tutorial on my Gingerbread Man Square which should help out.

I am using Red Heart With Love* yarn for my squares.  Red Heart With Love yarn is a medium weight #4 acrylic worsted weight yarn.  These granny squares would be a great way to use up your stash, too! I ended up using Red Heart Super Saver for the bright orange color which is the same yarn I used for the Hatching Chick’s beak. So bold and bright!

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Once I have all of the squares designed and completed the pattern will be available as 1 PDF! This PDF will contain all squares + joining and border instructions all for 1 low price! Each of the individual Spring Easter Blanket granny square patterns will also available for purchase.

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Sun Square free crochet pattern instructions

Pattern written in US crochet terminology

Supplies:

  • Red Heart With Love Weight 4 / Medium (100% acrylic, 7 oz / 370 yds) 
  •     Daffodil 2.0 oz / 106 yds (Yellow)
  •     Iced Aqua 1.5 oz / 80 yds (Blue)
  •     Bubble Gum 0.1 oz / 6 yds (Pink)
  •     Black 0.2 oz / 11 yds (Black)
  •     White 0.01 / 1 yd (White)
  • Red Heart Super Saver Weight 4 / Medium (100% acrylic, 7 oz / 364 yds)
  •     Pumpkin 1.1 oz / 58 yds (Orange)

Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Scissors
Stitch marker (optional)
Tapestry needle

Approximate finished size:  14” square

Gauge: First 4 rounds = 4” / 4 dc sts = 1”

Abbreviations:

  • MC = magic circle
  • ch = chain
  • BLO = back loop only
  • FLO = front loop only
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • sp = space
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sk = skip
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • WS = wrong side
  • RS = right side

Special Stitches:

Picot: ch 3, sl st in third ch from hook.

Pattern Notes:

  • Face, eyes and cheeks are all worked in the round.  
  • Ch 3 at beginning of each round counts as first dc stitch.
  • Cheeks and eyes are worked separately and then sewn to front of panel.

Pattern Instructions

With Yellow, make MC.

Round 1: Ch 3, 11 dc in MC, join with sl st in top of ch-3 and tighten ring. (12)

Round 2: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st in top of ch-3. (24)

Round 3: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st in top of ch-3. (36)

Round 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to last st, 1 dc in last st, sl st in top of ch-3. (48)

Round 5: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 3 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st in top of ch-3. (60)

Round 6: Ch 3, 1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to last 2 sts, 1 dc in last 2 sts, sl st in top of ch-3.  (72)

Round 7: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 5 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 5 sts,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st in top of ch-3. (84)

Round 8: Ch 3, 1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to last 3 sts, 1 dc in last 3 sts, sl st in top of ch-3.  (96)

Note: Rounds 9-10 are both worked BLO. We are creating the location for the sun’s rays.

Round 9: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 7 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 7 sts,* repeat from * to * to end,  sl st in top of first st. (108)

Fasten off Yellow.

Round 10: Join Blue in first st, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, tr in next 4 sts, *(2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next sttr in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, tr in next 4 sts,* repeat from * to * two times; (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next st, tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sl st in first st. (120 + 4 ch-2 corner sp)

Round 11: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, tr in next 4 sts, *(2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in ch-2 sp, tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, tr in next 4 sts,* repeat from * to * two times; (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in ch-2 sp, tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sl st in first st. (136 + 4 ch-2 corner sp)

Round 12 – 13: Ch 3 (counts as first st), *dc in each st to next ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st top of ch-3.  (152 row 12, 168 row 13)

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Sun Rays

With orange yarn, (working in FLO from rounds 9 – 10) sl st to first unused front loop from round 9, ch 1, sc in same st, *sk next st, (3 dc, picot, 3 dc) in next st, sk next st, sc in next st,* repeat from * to * to end of round skipping last st, sl st in first st to join.  Fasten off.

sun square rays process

Repeat above instructions for rounds 10 shifting the shell stitches so the shell stitches are behind the sc stitches from the previous round.

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Eyes (make 2)

With Black, make MC.

Round 1:  (RS) Ch 3, 10 dc in MC, join with sl st in top of ch-3, tighten ring. (11)

Fasten off Black, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Row 2: Join Blue in first st of round 1, sl st in next 5 sts.

Fasten off Blue.

Row 3: Join White in first st of round 1 (behind slip stitches of row 2), sl st in next 5 sts.

Fasten off White, leaving a long tail for embroidery of eye.

With long tail of White, embroider center of eye.

Weave in remaining ends not left for sewing.

Cheeks (make 2)

With Pink, make a MC, ch 3, 11 dc in MC, join with sl st in top of ch-3 and tighten ring. (12)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Smile

Join Black to top of round 4 with sl st by inserting hook below stitch of round 5 and around stitch of round 4, yarn over and pull through loop on hook to create a sl st, continue working surface slip stitches around next 15 stitches of round 4 for a total of 16 slip stitches. Note: I began my first slip stitch at stitch #42 of round 4.

sun crochet face process

Assembly 

Note:  Sew following pieces to RS of square.

With long tails, sew eyes to face.

With long tails, sew cheeks over smile.

Weave in remaining ends.

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Hi! Thank you so much for being here! I am Tonya the designer behind Nana's Crafty Home. As a wife, mother, Nana of 9 & with 2 fur babies, my days are filled with love, laughter, hugs and yarn! Here you will find colorful and creative crochet designs for yourself or loved ones. My hope is that you will be inspired to learn and create along with me!

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