A Ray of Sunshine

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 pattern a week during NatCroMo.

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!

A Ray of Sunshine small

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.

blog A Ray of Sunshine wet blocked

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 on Ravelry.

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