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The Sunburst Blanket Crochet Along

April 30th, 2021

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Are you ready for all of the juicy details? As you might have guessed from the name, the latest Bella Coco Crochet Along is going to focus on a revamped version of my ever-popular Sunburst Granny Square. This crochet along will begin on May 8th, when I’ll publish all of the info and updated pattern for the granny square on my blog. There’s also a fun twist, this Sunburst Crochet Along will be a Mix & Match CAL! So what does that mean?

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MIX & MATCH?

While the pattern is focused around the Sunburst Granny Square, I’ll also be releasing a series of video & written tutorials that cover different joining methods and borders. So, you can pick whichever one you like the best – which means your blanket will be unique to you! Cool, right?

I hope you’ll join me for this CAL. We had such a wonderful time working on the Bobble Stripe Blanket together and then the four part Cosy CAL that I wanted to stick to the relaxed feeling of the previous CALs. The aim is to work together on creating a cosy space where we can crochet and chat as a group – with no specific deadlines.

As before, we’ll have a dedicated Cosy Club once per week to discuss our work on the Sunburst Crochet Along. We’ll be meeting at 12pm (BST) on a Tuesday.

A string of bobbins with pastel colours yarn in cream, lilac, blue and peach is strung up.

WHAT IS THE COSY CLUB?

Let’s start with the basics, the Cosy Club is a space I’ve been hosting weekly on the Bella Coco Crochet Facebook group on Tuesdays at 12pm (UK time). I created it because I wanted people to have a space to escape their stresses and worries and also to connect with other crochet addicts. I know that isolation can feel lonely (even when you’re not physically alone) so the Cosy Club is a safe space to chat, share patterns and admire crochet projects. We’re in this together and it’s more important than ever to have a space to chat with your fellow crocheters.

WHO WILL HOST THE CAL?

As you might know, I’ve recently given birth to a beautiful little baby girl, so I’ll have my hands a bit too full to manage this Sunburst Crochet Along by myself, so I’ll be handing the reins over to Team Bella Coco to host the Cosy Club sessions. I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know them.

Please give a warm welcome to:

Louise

Hi, my name’s Louise and I’m the Social Media and Marketing Manager for Bella Coco! I look after all of the social media posts, help with planning content and keep the blog and social media running smoothly. I’m also responsible for some of the terrible puns that you see 🙈.

I’ve been working here for just over a year and loving it! I can’t wait to work on this CAL with you. When I first started my job at Bella Coco, I could only manage basic stitches but I’ve learnt so much working here. Talk about a #dreamjob!

Nicola

Hi, I’m Nicola and I’m the brand photographer and video editor for Bella Coco. I’m the newest member of Sarah-Jayne’s team at Bella Coco, I started in January 2021 and I absolutely love it! I photograph the beautiful samples, help with the planning and styling of Bella Coco’s Instagram.

I also edit the wonderful tutorials that Sarah-Jayne films for all you lovely crocheters out there. I actually learnt how to crochet following Sarah-Jayne’s tutorials and continue to do so. I’m so excited to be joining you all during the CAL!

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO BE MAKING?

A wicker basket shows a sneak peek at the upcoming CAL pattern, the Sunburst Blanket.

We’re going to be working on making a Sunburst Blanket together.

However this pattern is a revamped version, so I suggest waiting until the official launch on May 8th before getting started. So no sneaky early starters!

This fun Crochet Along will show you how to make the Sunburst Square and then a number of different join and border options to put it all together. Here’s the schedule for video tutorials:

8th May – The Sunburst Pattern video and blog along with ALL the details you need for the CAL.

15th May – Joining video and blog. This will cover Mattress Stitch, Whip Stitch and Invisible Stitch.

22nd May – Prepping border video and blog. This will show you how to get your blanket ready for a border.

29th May – Camel Stitch Border video and blog. 

5th June – Moss Stitch Border video and blog.

WHAT ARE THE DETAILS?

The CAL will be running from May 8th-30th June. It’s a very casual affair – while the videos will be uploaded weekly, there’s no limit or pressure on how much, or how little, you manage each week. It’s all about feeling calm after all!

There will be weekly check-ins every Tuesdays at 12pm (UK time) on the Cosy Club post at Bella Coco Crochet Facebook group. I’d love to see your progress shots as well as chat about your week and the pattern together. Louise and Nicola will be hosting the weekly sessions, however I’ll try and pop in where possible.

WHAT WILL YOU NEED?

A series of floral bobbins with pastel coloured yarn wrapped around sits on a bamboo plate beside a wicker basket.

Yarn: Aran/Worsted weight yarn in four different colours. The amount you need will vary on your personal gauge and the size of the blanket you are making.

In the videos I have used: Caron Simply Soft in Orchid, Soft Green, Light Country Peach, Off White. However on the launch blog post (8th May) you will also see photographs of a blanket made by my lovely test crocheter Emma which uses Stylecraft Aran in Wisteria, Duck Egg, Pale Rose and Cream.

Hook: 5mm

NEED SOME COLOUR INSPIRATION?

STYLECRAFT SPECIAL ARAN

Delightful

Juicy Fruit

Spring

CARON SIMPLY SOFT

Bippity Boppity Boo

Neon

Seafoam

Want company while you make this? Join the Bella Coco Crochet Club on Facebook. It’s a friendly, helpful place to get tips and share your makes with others!

…and that’s your lot for today. If you have any questions then let me know in the comments and I’ll my best to make sure they’re answered before 8th May.

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19 Comments

  • Rachel Brady
    May 1, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    I am really looking forward to doing the CAL, I am eagerly waiting for the 8th to start! I have just ordered my yarn in suitable colours that will blend in with my living room so that I can have the blanket on my sofa. The Sunburst blanket has been on my list to do for a while so I am so excited about it!

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      May 4, 2021 at 7:30 am

      Hi Rachel I’m so pleased that you are joining in with the CAL, it’s so exciting isn’t it 🙂

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  • Laura
    May 2, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    Hi!
    What colors would you recommend in Caron Simply Soft to be more beachy or oceany (besides the seafoam colors) ? Uhm, more blue hues if I am not clear.
    Thanks for response in advance.
    Laura from Switzerland.

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      May 4, 2021 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Laura If you want to include more ocean shades you could incorporate some of the green/teal shades such as Robin’s Egg. For a beach feel you can look at shades of coral and pinks too

      Reply
  • Jane
    May 3, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Hello, is there a photo of the actual blanket we will be doing. I can’t choose the colours until I can see what I’m making. thank you!

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      May 4, 2021 at 8:04 am

      Hi Jane I don’t have a photo of the actual blanket, however if you search sunburst granny square on my blog you will see a picture of the square I previously did 🙂

      Reply
  • Sharon
    May 5, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Hi, am really looking forward to joining along. It’s going to be so difficult to choose my colours as there are so many lovely ones to choose from

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  • Maria
    May 9, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Can wait to start this although I am still waiting for my yarn

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      May 11, 2021 at 8:48 am
  • Ann
    May 15, 2021 at 6:10 am

    I have never done a CAL before , it sounds like fun . I think I might try and make a few sunburst flower squares today & see if I can get the hang of it . I am loving what I have seen so far .

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    • BellaCocoTeam
      May 16, 2021 at 4:44 pm

      Give it a go it’s so much fun. Let me know how you get on 🙂

      Reply
  • Chris
    May 19, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    I meant to start on the CAL but completely forgot. I still want to be involved. One question I do have. I have so much wool stash here at home. Does the Sunburst Blanket have to be in the suggested wool or are we able to do it with our own stash of wool?

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      May 20, 2021 at 8:47 am

      Hi Chris you can do the blanket with whichever yarn you wish, just be mindful that depending on what yarn and hook size you are using your blanket maybe a different size 🙂

      Reply
      • Chris
        May 20, 2021 at 10:37 pm

        Hi, Thank you for your reply. I am going to do a test granny square just to see what the finished size is and then decide what wool I am going to use. This will be my first blanket so looking forward to it.

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  • Julia
    May 23, 2021 at 8:03 am

    I completely completely missed the boat on the CAL, but I have some beautiful Paintbox lemon cream DK (250g left over from a knitting project) and a niece with a baby on the way, so I’d love to catch up to turn it into a baby blanket with cream and another colour or two (suggestions welcome!). Can I catch up on missed sessions? Are they recorded at all? And can I join the last sessions or is it too late? Sorry for so many questions, Thank you!

    Reply
  • Julia
    May 23, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Great! Thank you!

    Reply
  • brokentiles
    June 24, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    I was not able t do the CAL for 2021 and it looks like all the weekly boxes you would click on are disabled. I also tried the link above that the Bella Coco Team provided in a post above but I get the same results that all the weeks are disabled. Is there a place that these things are archived? Now that I have the time I can’t access the steps.

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    • BellaCocoTeam
      June 25, 2021 at 6:15 pm

      All the details, written pattern and tutorial can be found on my blog at blog.bellacococrochet.com 🙂

      Reply

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