Thanks for all the great feedback on the name for these little granny squares! By popular vote I decided to call them “Dahlia Squares” but feel free to also think of them as Sunbursts, Pinwheels, Colorbursts, or Kaleidoscopes 🙂 I was inspired to do this project after noticing how many little balls of yarn I had lying around. I thought the mix of bold and soft tones would come together nicely to make a colorful blanket for my daughters room. I will be sure to share the finished afghan when its complete!
– Worsted Weight yarn in 3 colors + a color for your borders.
– Size H Crochet Hook
– Tapestry Needle
Magic Ring Tutorial HERE
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
Cluster Stitch: (Yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook), repeat 4 times, yarn over and pull through all 5 remaining loops on hook. HERE is a great video on how to make a cluster stitch.
Note: you might want to weave in ends as you go. It will keep your rounds from unraveling when you switch colors.
Finished Squares should be 4×4 inches
Magic Ring, chain 2 and make 8 DC in ring, join to first DC, chain 1 (8 DC)
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join to first SC. (16 SC)
Fasten off and attach new color, Chain 2
Round 3: In same stitch as your chain 2, make a cluster stitch but only “yarn over” 3 times as your chain 2 will count as part of this cluster, chain 3, Skip a stitch, make a Cluster Stitch, chain 3, skip a stitch, Cluster Stitch, chain 3, repeat until end of round. Join to first cluster. (8 Cluster Stitches)
Fasten off and attach new color, Chain 1
Round 4: SC in same stitch as your chain 1, SC in next stitch, now in the place where you have your chain 3 reach your hook down to the previous round (Round 2) and SC in that stitch making sure to pull a lot of slack so you are making a long SC that reaches up to this round – Lets call this a Deep SC, SC in next two stitches, Deep SC, SC in next 2, Deep SC, repeat till end of round, join to first SC. (24 SC)
Fasten off and change to your border color, chain 3
Round 5: In same stitch as your chain 3 make 2 DC + chain 2 + make 3 DC all in same stitch, chain 1, skip a stitch, make 3 HDC in next stitch + chain 1, skip a stitch, make 3 HDC in next stitch + chain 1, skip a stitch, *3 DC + chain 2 + 3 DC all in same stitch, chain 1, skip a stitch, 3 HDC in next stitch + chain 1, skip a stitch, 3 HDC in next stitch + chain 1, skip a stitch, repeat from * until end. Join to top of chain 3. Fasten off and weave in ends.
You should now have your square!