Sunray Throw Crochet Pattern

Yellow and white crochet blanket resting on a blanket ladder. Sun motifs stitched across.

It’s finally here! After months of teasing it, the Sunray Throw is now available as a free crochet pattern and as a kit with Lion Brand Yarn!

The Sunray Throw is the crochet version of the Sunshine Throw knit pattern.

When I released the Sunshine Throw free knit pattern back in February, y’all kept saying how you wished you knew how to knit because you liked the blanket design so much, so I made the crochet version!

I tried really hard to make the crochet blanket as similar to the knit blanket as crochet allows.

I used crochet slip stitches to mimic the garter knit stripes on the Sunshine Throw, and I completely started the blanket over 3 times because I was unhappy with the sizing/differences between the 2 blankets.

I think I finally got it right, and I’m so happy with how they BOTH turned out.

DESCRIPTION

The Sunray Throw is a crochet pattern made using only half double crochets and slip stitches for the blanket. The small contrasting stripes are made with a larger hook and done in slip stitches to make the crochet stitches look as similar to the garter knit stitch as possible.

3 sun charts are used for the suns in both the top and bottom sections, and an easy-to-track digital chart is included in the PDF copy as well as the kit, or view the chart below.

You can buy the Lion Brand knit kit pattern HERE.

And the PDF pattern can be bought on my ETSYRAVELRY, and MY SHOP.

YARN

The Sunray Throw is made using Basic Stitch Anti-MIcrobial yarn.

The color selection is great. I used “Maize” and “Vintage” for the Sunray Throw, which uses 8 skeins of Maize and 3 skeins of Vintage.

I have used Basic Stitch Yarn many times, but the Anti-Microbial line is a nice addition.

The yarn is made from 65% recycled polyester and 35% amicor acrylic.

Amicor is an anti-microbial fiber which provides protection against odor, allergens, and bacteria.

It is also GRS (Global Recycling Standard) certified because of the large amount of recycled product.

To learn more about the line, check it out here.

DIFFICULTY

The Sunray Throw is considered intermediate crochet because of the colorwork.

I used intarsia crochet techniques for the suns, so I created individual bobbins of color for each colorblock section (besides the stripes).

 

If unsure how to do crochet colorwork, or if you want a refresher course, view this blog post HERE.

There are also half double crochet front loop only (flo) and half double crochet (blo) to help the stripes pop out like garter stitch stripes do on knit blankets.

As seen in the picture above, if you rotate the work towards you, you will see two loops . Working into the back loop only as shown in the picture, is how you do a hdc blo.

Conversely, working into the front loop only would mean you would only work into that loop that is in the front or closest to you.

MATERIALS

GAUGE

10 hdc sts and 7 rows = 4″

FINISHED SIZE

48 x 62 inches

TERMINOLOGY

  • A – color A
  • B – color B
  • blo – back loop only
  • ch(s) – chain(s)
  • flo – front loop only
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • rem – remaining
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd – round
  • RS – right side
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)

 NOTES

  • You will be making the throw from bottom up.
  • Every block of the chart represents 1 hdc.
  • The ch 1 does not count as a st.
  • The ch 2 counts as a st.
  • There are 2 sections that use a rep chart. Before beginning the chart, ch 2, rep the chart 3 times, and hdc 1.
  • Create bobbins of colors before beginning for intarsia crochet techniques.
  • You need to be familiar with how to change colors using the “yarn under technique”. If unsure how to do so, see this blog post for further explanation.

As a visual of what the blanket will look like, below is a chart of the full blanket, but I would recommend using the small sun chart (pictured above) as it will be easier to read and follow.

If you want to track your individual progress of the chart digitally, you can purchase the Lion Brand Yarn Kit, or buy the ad-free version of the pattern.

PATTERN

Using A and Size H-8/5 mm crochet hook, ch 129

Row 1 (RS): hdc 1 in 3rd ch from hook, hdc across, turn (128 sts)
Rows 2-10: ch 2, hdc across, turn, fasten off A after the last row worked

Rows 11-16: using B and Size L-11/8 mm crochet hook, ch 1, loosely sl st flo across, turn, fasten off B after the last row worked

Row 17: using A and Size H-8/5 mm crochet hook, ch 2, hdc blo, turn

Rows 18-19: ch 2, hdc across, turn, fasten off A after the last row worked

Rows 20-33: using B, ch 2, follow chart to change colors with individual bobbins as needed, rep chart 3 times across, hdc 1, turn, fasten off B after the last row worked

Rows 34-36: using A, ch 2, hdc across, turn, fasten off A after the last row worked

Rows 37-42: using B and Size L-11/8 mm crochet hook, ch 1, loosely sl st flo across, turn, fasten off B after the last row worked

Row 43: using A and Size H-8/5 mm crochet hook, ch 2, hdc blo, turn

Rows 44-65: ch 2, hdc across, turn, fasten off A after the last row worked

Row 66: using B and Size L-11/8 mm crochet hook, ch 1, loosely sl st blo across, turn

Rows 67-77: ch 1, loosely sl st flo across, turn, do not turn at the end of Row 77, fasten off B after the last row worked

Row 78 (RS): using Size H-8/5 mm crochet hook, join A on RS, ch 2, hdc blo across, turn

Rows 79-100: rep Rows 44-65

Row 101: using B and Size L-11/8 mm crochet hook, ch 1, loosely sl st blo across, turn

Rows 102-106: ch 1, loosely sl st flo across, turn, fasten off B after the last row worked

Row 107: using A and Size H-8/5 mm crochet hook, ch 2, hdc flo across, turn

Rows 108-109: ch 2, hdc across, turn, fasten off A after the last row worked

Rows 110-123: using B, ch 2, follow chart to change colors with individual bobbins as needed, rep chart 3 times across, hdc 1, turn, fasten off B after the last row worked

Rows 124-126: using A, ch 2, hdc across, turn, fasten off A after the last row worked

Row 127: rep Row 101

Rows 128-132: rep Rows 102-106

Row 133: rep Row 107

Rows 134-142: ch 2, hdc across, turn, do not turn at the end of Row 142

Border

Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 2, turn, hdc evenly around the edge of blanket. (hdc, ch 2, hdc) all into same st at corners.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.



And that’s how you make the Sunray Throw!

Make sure that when you post to social media or another platform, please refer back to me as the designer. If you are on Instagram, tag @CozyNooksDesigns and use #SunrayThrow for a chance to be featured!

If you are interested in getting the ad-free, printable PDF, you can purchase it in my shop, Etsy, or Ravelry.

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