I started my beautiful sunburst crochet blanket back in 2014, now don’t freak out, I have not been working on it solidly since then! Making blankets takes a really long time and it is not long into the process that boredom can hit us.
I hoped that setting aside the blanket for some time would help me appreciate it more and reconnect with my love of sunbursts at a later time. I did set aside the blanket for some time but not before I had actually turned it into a small lap blanket for cosy winter evenings, as you will see below 🙂
Here are some photos of me working through the sunburst circles that you have seen in my previous post and in the bright image above.
It took what felt like a really long time, and probably was actually, to turn the circles of pretty into little squares. I even brought them to cafes when I was out and about to speed up the process.
It wasn’t a terrible job to do 🙂 and what I have found by making this blanket is that it has helped to lift my mood because I love looking at the combination of all the colours together and just observing them makes my mind feel a bit happier and lighter. Colour is known to affect how we feel, so if you are feeling a bit low be careful what yarn you use that day.
On days that I need to feel better, I make sunbursts with bright colours. Also, on days that I feel really low, incapable of making decisions or doing anything of importance, I pick up my yarn, I start a sunburst and I make small decisions about which colour to choose next and before I know it, I have made a small something that is of importance to me.
Soon I had little piles of colour sitting beside my TV, just waiting to form a blanket.
And this is where things get even more fun 😀 Once I had piles of completed circles that I had transformed into squares, I scooped them all up into my arms and took them to the spare room where I set them all down and mixed them up – which was so fun, it was like swimming in colour.
Once I had done that I could started to put the squares into rows, making sure that there wasn’t too much of one particular colour in one area. The selection below may look a bit random but trust me this took some time, standing back to observe the colours, walking around to check there were no colours side by side, going away and coming back to re-observe and taking my glasses off so that the colours would all blurr and I could better see how the colours flow.
Once I had settled for a plan of action, as you see above and realised I needed to make a few more sunbursts…hence the gap.
I set them in piles by row and started joining the rows until I had beautiful strips of sunburst ready to join up.
You can see in the image below that I had joined the squares along one side, so that they formed big long rows ready to join in one big swoop.
Here are a few photos of me using the flat slip stitch join method to join up my strips. I had already used the flat slip stitch technique to join up the strips.
It took some time, and some sore fingers later, I had a joined beautiful colourful blanket that was the perfect size for snuggling on the sofa.
I have since decided that I want the blanket to be as big as a double bed, so I have started to make more sunbursts and I am currently in the process of joining up new rows 🙂
Hope you love it as much as I do!