Squirrel Picnic

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Cuddly Sun Crochet Pattern

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These little crochet suns are sure to brighten your day.

Sun Crochet Pattern by Squirrel Picnic

They would be a great addition to a baby’s mobile…

or hanging in a school locker…

or on the rear dash of a car…

anyplace that needs cheering up
(I’m thinking every dentist office needs at least one).

Look how much it brightens up this workspace.

A crochet sun will brighten up your workspace

They’re fun to cuddle too.

I’m hoping to modify this pattern to make a big sun pillow at some point. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

Cuddly Sun Crochet Pattern

Difficulty rating 2

Finished Size: 6″ tall by 6″ wide by 1 1/2″ deep

Materials

Worsted-weight yarn in orange (Caron Simply Soft in Mango 6 oz [170 g] / 315 yds [288 m])
Worsted-weight yarn in yellow (Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand in Duckie 3.5 oz [100 g] / 170 yds [156 m])
Worsted-weight yarn in black or embroidery floss for smiley face
G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook
Polyester Fiberfill
Place marker (PM) or waste yarn
Tapestry needle
2 10-mm buttons for eyes (If making this for a child, please consider embroidering the eyes instead.)

Instructions

Sun (Make 2)

With orange, ch 2 or begin with a magic loop.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or into the magic loop and pull tight to close).

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (12)

Rnd 3: * sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (18)

Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (24)

Rnd 5: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (30)

Rnd 6: * 4 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (36)

Rnd 7: * 5 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (42)

Rnd 8: * 6 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (48)

Rnd 9: * 7 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Join with slst. (54)

FO and weave in ends.

Joining Rnd: Arrange sides of the sun together with RS facing out. Align stitches. Pick one set of stitches and pull up a loop of orange through them both, ch 1. Sc in each set of stitches all the way around to join the 2 sides together. Stuff firmly with Fiberfill when you get about ¾ of the way around. Do not FO. (54)

Put a PM in the FL of the 1st sc of the Joining Rnd.

Sunshine Rays

Rnd 1: Continuing with orange, sc in BL of ea of next 4 sc. * Ch 8, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, tr in next 2 ch, dtr in next 2 ch, sk next 5 BLs, sc in next BL, rep from * 7 more times. Ch 8, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, tr in next 2 ch, dtr in next 2 ch, sk next 5 BLs, slst in BL of next sc. FO, and weave in ends.

Rnd 2: With yellow, pull up a loop in the FL you marked with the PM, ch 2. In FLs only, dc, 2 tr, dc, ch 2 and sc, * sc and ch 2, dc, 2 tr, dc, ch 2 and sc, rep from * 7 more times. FO and weave in ends.

Sew on eyes and embroider a smile.

If you want your sunshine rays to stand straight and tall, you may need to starch and block them. Otherwise they will probably curl a bit, which kinda looks cool too in my opinion.

You might also attach a contrasting color yarn in any of the stitches or chains of Rnd 1 of the rays. Slst in each stitch around, while doing (slst, ch 1, slst) in the point of each ray. I found that in addition to looking pretty snazzy, it also helps the rays stand up straight. Cuddly SunTo embroider a smiley face like this one, visit my smiley face tutorial.

See a mistake or something I overlooked, please let me know in the comments or at squirrelpicnic{at}gmail{dot}com. Thanks!

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13 thoughts on “Cuddly Sun Crochet Pattern

  1. THANK YOU!! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!! This sun is ADORABLE!!! Starting one NOW! You are so generous and talented!! I am so happy that I have found your blog!!! =)

  2. aw I really want one of those suns! 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for brightening our day! This Sun is so cute and adorable.
    Oh…can’t wait to make one for my desk 😀
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! ♡

  4. Oh how lovely! Of course I want one IMMEDIATELY! What a great design! 🙂

  5. Another fantastically cute idea! Here comes the sun!

  6. Cute! This could be a real mood booster when you can’t get any real sunshine, like me! I may just have to make a little sun of my own!

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