Originally designed in 2015 and commissioned by Willow Yarns in the USA as a written only pattern in US terms, this pattern and the yarn pack are still available from Willow Yarns.
However….. I have re-written the pattern, it has now been thoroughly tested by my amazing team of testers and is also now available to purchase in my Ravelry store in both UK and US terms, as either a photo tutorial, or written pattern.
I have edited this original post and added all the new links and information.
I was commissioned by Willow Yarns in the USA to produce a design, and write the pattern, for a throw/afghan with textured stitches.
So this was not going to be just a simple pattern repeat, and as I just love working with texture I was raring to go!
As is my way… I waited for some inspiration, and sure enough within a couple of days, I had so many dreams about the sun and the eclipses that were coming up earlier this year. I knew the Solar theme was very important and as the Sun is our Star, the idea of an eight pointed star was born.
The photo below was my “draft” and I have now made it into a wall hanging as I did not complete this one to full size.
The colours I started with, red, orange, yellow, white were all very fiery colours and a touch of the earth in brown and stone.
Starting with a central “sun” and radiating out, hence the name “Radiance”.
I have used front post stitches, popcorns, folding single crochet and a round of fan stitch within the central star. Then clusters fan out like solar flares, until the design becomes square.
The outer rounds are made up of crossed double crochet, star stitch and starburst stitch.
I finished this with an extra round of treble crochet and folding single crochet to give a border and then looped it to a frame of Beech wood.
Here in Buckinghamshire UK we are surrounded by beautiful woods full of these amazing trees, so it felt right to use 🙂
This was the finished throw.
The photo is taken at the amazingly beautiful and tranquil Lyde Gardens in Bledlow Bucks.
However the lovely folks at Willow Yarns wanted this design for their 2016 Spring/Summer catalogue and so wanted really bright colours. Though they love the “fall” colours of the draft it was time to choose bright summery colours.
So for the full throw I chose:
Yarn: Willow wash, you can see the full range here.
Colours: 2 Buttercup, 2 Spearmint, 2 Blueberry, 2 Clear Water, 2 Celestial, 2 Sapphire, 2 Lavender, 3 Hyacinth, 2 Azalea, 2 Cooked Quince, and 2 Lurid.
Hook: 5mm H
The finished throw is just over 60 inches square.
Here is the link for the yarn pack.
The Willow Wash is an amazing yarn to work with, so soft and squishy and it just glides off the hook. It is 100% acrylic and is non pilling so it will wash and wash and wash 🙂
Willow yarns do ship to anywhere and I highly recommend this yarn and they are a great bunch of people, so please do check them out and let me know what you think if you try any of their yarns.
For my re-write of the pattern and to be able to offer you all photo tutorials I chose to work with my all time favourite yarn Stylecraft Special Dk 295m/322yds per 100g.
Colours: 2 Cream, 2 Lemon, 2 Citron, 2 Saffron, 2 Spice, 2 Lipstick.
Hook 4mm G
Finished size: 48 inches/122cm square
The Woolful team ship worldwide and are a very small family run business with great customer service.
The re-written pattern is now available in my Ravelry store, and is available as a photo tutorial or written pattern in either US terms or UK terms.
For those of you following my colours, or if you wish to use your own colours here is a pdf to download and print with the amount and colours used for each round.
These are the Radiance throws made by my fabulous testers.
You will find all the details of the yarns and colours they used on their Ravelry project pages which I have linked below.
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