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This adorable sun and rainbow lovey is the perfect lovey for any boy or girl in your life. The lovely Red Heart rainbow colors are bright and cheerful.
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To make this particular project I grabbed some Red Heart Yarn I had left over from other projects and put them together to make this bright color combo. This was originally going to be a blanket for my daughter, but as I was working it I realized it wanted to be something else, and who am I to argue with yarn?
I have been playing with the idea of making a different type of granny for a while; I wanted one that was based on a shell pattern, as opposed to the typical granny square. (Many more patterns using the shell granny will be coming soon)
4 shells or 16sts and 8 rows = 6″
Important only if you want the same finished dimensions for this design
Lovey- 20″ x 20″
Sun- approximately 6″ tip to tip
Mc/r– Magic Circle or Ring- Tutorial HERE
RS– Right Sid
WS– Wrong Side
SH– Shell [2dc. Ch2. 2dc] in same space. First SH of every round is [Ch3. 1dc. Ch2. 2dc]
INC SH– Increase Shell [1dc. Ch2. 2dc. Ch3. 2dc. Ch2. 1dc] in same st.
- Sl st into beginning Ch3 to join each round
- To start next round: Sl st into next dc. Sl st into Ch2 and begin next SH in Ch2 space
- Be sure to pay attention to how increases are worked in corners (round 4 and all subsequent repeats)
- To change color: Starting with current color, insert hook in Ch2 sp. YO with new color. Pull new color through loop on hook. Begin chaining with new color. For added security you may want to tie tails together
- Sun portion of lovey is made using my seamless method, you can find the tutorial HERE if you have any questions following the pattern
Dutch Translation available You are my Sunshine Print Friendly Dutch Translation
Round 1: Starting with Bright Yellow. Ch6. Sl st to join ring. *SH. Ch3. Repeat from * three more times. <4 SH with 4 Ch3 corners>
Round 2: *SH in Ch2. [2dc. Ch3. 2dc] in Ch3. Repeat from * around.
Round 3: Change to Spring Green. SH in every Ch2. INC SH in every corner Ch3.
Round 4: SH in every Ch2. Over INC SHs work as follows: SH in first Ch 2. [2dc. Ch3. 2dc] in Ch3. SH in next Ch2.
Rounds 5-12: Repeat rows 3 & 4 consecutively. Change colors as follows; Blue, Amethyst, Shocking Pink, Pumpkin
Round 13: Change to Bright Yellow. 5dc in every Ch2. In each Ch3 corner space, crochet as follows; 2dc. 1tc. Ch2. 1sc in the top of the tc. 2dc. Fasten off and weave in all ends and tails.
SUN PATTERN (make two)
Round 1: With Bright Yellow. Mc/r (watch my video tutorial here). Ch2. 10hdc in ring. Sl st into the top of the first hdc (skipping over Ch2) to join round.
Round 2: Ch2. Skip next st. 2hdc in every st around. Last 2hdc will be placed in the skipped st. Sl st into the top of the first hdc to join round. <20>
Round 3: Ch2. Skip next st. *1hdc in next st. 2hdc in next st. Repeat from * around. Last 2hdc will be placed in the skipped st. Sl st into the top of the first hdc to join round. <30>
Round 4: Ch2. Skip next st. *1hdc in each of the next 2sts. 2hdc in next st. Repeat from * around. Last 2hdc will be placed in the skipped st. Sl st into the top of the first hdc to join round. <40>
Round 5: *into the next st, crochet as follows [1sc. 1hdc. 1dc. 1tc. Ch2. 1sc into the top of the tc. 1dc. 1hdc. 1sc]. Skip 3sts. Repeat from * around. Sl st into the st previous to first spike. Fasten off and weave in end and center tail securely. <10 spikes>
6: Set aside both pieces
EYES (make 2)
1: Using your choice of color- I used Blue; Leave 6-8” long tails and Ch2. Sl st into 2nd st from hook and fasten off in one motion. Remove hook and tie tails into a knot where stitches were placed. ASSEMBLY 1: Attach eyes to RS one sun.
2: Stitch on smile using a yarn needle
3: Place sun pieces with RS together with WS facing out.
4: Stitch most of the way closed, using Bright Yellow with yarn needle.
5: Flip sun pillow inside out and stuff. Finish stitching together. Fasten off and weave in ends.
6: Attach back of sun to finished blanket.