Sunrise Afghan

So, how did my Desert Sunrise Afghan end up in Robyn Chachula’s new Unexpected Afghans book? Well fortunately, she invited me to submit a proposal, explaining that, “The book will be a designer showcase of crochet through afghans.  We will be featuring 25 designers to showcase their craft through the medium of an afghan.”

Robyn suggested I tapestry crochet a 48″ diameter sunburst, kind of like a Gothic stained glass window and my Sunburst Basket, with colors inspired by the photo below:

Sunburst Basket

Robyn selected seven colors of Caron Simply Soft yarn. She gave me the freedom to change them, but I decided to challenge myself with her selection. I eliminated one of the reds she sent, though, because it didn’t contrast enough with the other reds. The yarn and colors really took me out of my comfort zone – a good thing. I arranged them with high contrast in mind.

Sunrise Afghan
Detail of the Sunrise Afghan.

If you give this afghan a try, there is a mistake on page 80. The graph is great, but the color key on the right is incorrect. MC should replace A on the top, the pink square should be A instead of B, the orange square should be B instead of C, etc.

Robyn’s wonderful book includes twenty-eight other innovative afghans and five exquisite pillows, too! I hope you’ll take a look!

12 Responses to “Sunrise Afghan”

  1. Kat says:

    This is gorgeous!

  2. JoAnn says:

    The colors here are brilliant. Never tried this technique but this afghan makes me want to learn

  3. Patty says:

    I love the design and your idea behind it. I think it is time for me to step outside my comfort zone and give tapestry crochet a try!

  4. Yarnitect says:

    Love this sunburst. The colors really are fun. Loving the contrast, for sure. Glad you’re in the book…this is the first time I’ve seen your blog. I’m definitely going to follow you from now on!

    I recently went to a museum in Phoenix that displayed a bunch of grass woven baskets….and I fell in love. I’m looking forward to seeing your modern take on this fabulous form of art!

  5. Bob Cook says:

    I absolutely love the pattern and can’t wait to give it a try. I have a good feeling that this will easily become my favorite afghan pattern. Its perfect!

  6. JaneB says:

    This is a great book, full of challenges and delights. Tapestry crochet would certainly be a challenge for me and your pattern would make it worth the effort.

  7. Judy C says:

    I haven’t seen tapestry crochet before…. May have to break down and learn it…

  8. Eileen says:

    What a beautiful pattern. I have to have this book! I love all the designers. thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Joyannerose (Joyce Armstrong) says:

    Your afgfhan is very impressive. It reminds me of the dessert. It would go great with that type of decor.

  10. Kate M says:

    I am so EXCITED about this book. I have never tried tapestry crochet before but that is the great thing about a book like this, you get to learn so many new things. I think that that blanket is wonderful in the colors that you used, they look great together! I can’t wait to get my own copy of this and try out this new technique!

  11. Nancy Davis says:

    I really love this afghan, and all the patterns I have seen from the book online. What an awesome new book!

  12. Carmen says:

    Beautiful afghan!

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