It’s been a very cold winter here in the Northeast. Yesterday, temperatures were in the teens! But March is National Crochet Month, and this year’s Crochetville Designer Blog Tour has a Spring Garden theme. I kicked off the tour by sharing my Hydrangea Shrub granny square pattern, and then the dreary weather inspired me to design some more spring-themed grannies. I’ll be releasing one square a week during NatCroMo, and the patterns are available as free Ravelry downloads through March with the coupon code NatCroMo14.
I call this pattern A Ray of Sunshine. My maternal grandmother, who taught me to crochet, had a small strip of garden in her mostly concrete backyard. She often grew sunflowers back there, and as a child I remember them often being taller than me! I loved running up and down on the angled metal cellar door as a kid, and the sunflowers were the first thing I would see as I slid/ran down. Sunflowers always brighten my day, and I hope this block does the same for you!
I used some leftover yarns to crochet the square. I had a lot of fun making the petals.
Yesterday, while going through my neglected blog reader, I came across a Moogly tutorial for wet blocking crochet squares. I usually spray block, so I thought I’d try it out on this square. I was able to spread out the petals a bit more.
For this particular block, I can’t decide which version I prefer. What do you think? I’m wondering how I should block the next square I make!
Download the pattern here for free through March 31, 2014.