Inside – Part 8 of the Desertscape Blanket features the glorious sun of the desert. Use this free colorwork chart to crochet your own Never Setting Sun.

You can’t have a desert without the sun. It gives the desert its intense heat, and sucks all the moisture out of the atmosphere. Plants bask in it’s warmth, while animals tend to shelter from it. This is why the Never Setting Sun is part of the Desertscape Blanket. Without it, this blanket wouldn’t be complete.

Now, You’re an Intarsia Crochet Pro

Crocheter, you are at the very end of the Desertscape Blanket! Only two more sections to go, and just one more colorwork section. *commence the happy dancing*

The Never Setting Sun looks intimidating, but it’s not as difficult as it looks. My biggest tip – carry your yarn where you want. I know, I know.. it’s not *technically* Intarsia Crochet to carry the non-working yarn. But sometimes we gotta give ourselves a hand. Every sun with its rays could get it’s own bobbin.

Ready to stitch up the Desertscape Blanket? Scroll down for the free pattern, or purchase the Desertscape Blanket eBook in my Etsy Shop or Ravelry Store.

Yarn + Substitutes

Paintbox Yarns are my all time favorite budget yarn. The Desertscape Blanket uses the Simply Aran in Champagne White and Pine. Their acrylic yarns are soft, plush, and never split while I crochet. Plus, a big reason I keep coming back to Paintbox Yarns is the color palette. It’s to dye for, and the colors on the screen are reliable in person.

Shop Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran here.

If you want to use yarn from your LYS (local yarn store), or your stash, then I recommend staying with a mostly acrylic yarn. You’ll get the same results as I did while you work on your blanket.

Desertscape Blanket CAL Info

The Desertscape Blanket is a new, free crochet pattern on the High Desert Yarn Blog. We’ll explore textured stitches and Intarsia crochet charts that feature all things majestic in the desert. A new section will be released each Monday starting on April 10, 2023.

If you’d like email reminders when each section is released, you can sign up here.

The CAL is taking place in the HDY Handmade Community on Facebook. We’ll share our WIP pictures, and support each other during the crochet process. I’ll be available in the Facebook Group and through email to answer any questions.

Join the HDY Handmade Community here.

If this is the first you’re hearing of the Desertscape Blanket CAL – Welcome!! I’m thrilled to have you join us. Everyone in the HDY Handmade Community on Facebook is working through the project at their own pace.

If you need to start with Part 1, then click here for the Golden Barrel Cactus pattern.

If you need to start at the very beginning, you can read through the Desertscape Blanket CAL Information page. It gives you all the details about the whole blanket pattern, and help you deep dive into meeting the right gauge.

Click here to read through all of the Desertscape Blanket information.

Pattern Instructions


Thank you for choosing this free pattern as part of your crochet journey! It’s an honor for you to be here, browsing the High Desert Yarn Blog. This pattern is 100% free for you to crochet from, but please, do not screenshot, or copy+paste this pattern. However, work directly from this webpage. The ad revenue from this website allows me to offer free crochet patterns. If you do not like the scrolling, or ads, then you may purchase the ad-free PDF in my Etsy Shop or Ravelry Store. Thank you for your cooperation. Happy creating! -Joanna (Owner + Creative)


  • Yarn – Worsted Weight/category 4
    • I used Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in Champagne White and Pine.
    • Substitutes : Any other worsted/category 4 yarn will work
  • Crochet Hook – H/8 (5.00mm) or correct hook to meet gauge
  • Scissors 
  • Tapestry Needle


  • This pattern is worked in turning rows.
  • Start the colorwork chart on an ODD row of the blanket. Example, Row 1 of the Never Setting Sun Chart will be Row 120 of the whole blanket.
  • Rows are written as 50 stitch repeats. Repeat the written instructions (or colorwork chart) 3 times to complete 1 row of the blanket.
  • CH 1 and turn at the end of each row. The CH 1 DOES NOT count as a stitch.
  • Stitch count is 200 STS per row.

Gauge + Finished Size

Gauge for the whole Desertscape Blanket is based off of the Intarsia Crochet sections. It’s important that you work up the practice swatch on the Information Page BEFORE starting the Desertscape Blanket. If you need help meeting gauge, please send an email to Joanna at

The height of this section will meet approximately 5″.

Stitch Abbreviations

American (US) terms used throughout.

CH(S) – chain(s)
SC – single crochet
ST(S) – stitch(es)
MC – main color
CC – contrasting color

Written Instructions

← Row 1 [RS]: *CC* 50

→ Row 2 [WS]: *MC* 18, *CC* 14, *MC* 18

← Row 3 [RS]: *MC* 12, *CC* 26, *MC* 12

→ Row 4 [WS]: *MC* 12, *CC* 26, *MC* 12

← Row 5 [RS]: *MC* 19, *CC* 12, *MC* 19

→ Row 6 [WS]: *CC* 1, *MC* 16, *CC* 16, *MC* 16, *CC* 1

← Row 7 [RS]: *CC* 1, *MC* 14, *CC* 20, *MC* 14, *CC* 1

→ Row 8 [WS]: *CC* 1, *MC* 6, *CC* 2, *MC* 4, *CC* 4, *MC* 2, *CC* 12, *MC* 2, *CC* 4, *MC* 4, *CC* 2, *MC* 6, *CC* 1

← Row 9 [RS]: *CC* 1, *MC* 5, *CC* 3, *MC* 4, *CC* 2, *MC* 4, *CC* 2, *MC* 2, *CC* 4, *MC* 2, *CC* 2, *MC* 4, *CC* 2, *MC* 4, *CC* 3, *MC* 5, *CC* 1

→ Row 10 [WS]: *CC* 1, *MC* 4, *CC* 3, *MC* 10, *CC* 3, *MC* 3, *CC* 2, *MC* 3, *CC* 3, *MC* 10, *CC* 3, *MC* 4, *CC* 1

← Row 11 [RS]: *CC* 1, *MC* 3, *CC* 3, *MC* 10, *CC* 3, *MC* 4, *CC* 2, *MC* 4, *CC* 3, *MC* 10, *CC* 3, *MC* 3, *CC* 1

→ Row 12 [WS]: *CC* 2, *MC* 2, *CC* 2, *MC* 4, *CC* 2, *MC* 4, *CC* 3, *MC* 5, *CC* 2, *MC* 5, *CC* 3, *MC* 4, *CC* 2, *MC* 4, *CC* 2, *MC* 2, *CC* 2

← Row 13 [RS]: *CC* 6, *MC* 2, *CC* 4, *MC* 4, *CC* 2, *MC* 6, *CC* 2, *MC* 6, *CC* 2, *MC* 4, *CC* 4, *MC* 2, *CC* 6

→ Row 14 [WS]: *CC* 10, *MC* 14, *CC* 2, *MC* 14, *CC* 10

← Row 15 [RS]: *CC* 8, *MC* 16, *CC* 2, *MC* 16, *CC* 8

→ Row 16 [WS]: *CC* 6, *MC* 38, *CC* 6

← Row 17 [RS]: *CC* 13, *MC* 24, *CC* 13

→ Row 18 [WS]: *CC* 13, *MC* 24, *CC* 13

← Row 19 [RS]: *CC* 7, *MC* 36, *CC* 7

→ Row 20 [WS]: *CC* 50

Never Setting Sun Colorwork Chart

Copyright Policy

You are free to use this crochet pattern to make and sell the final product, but do not republish or distribute this pattern in any way. DO NOT claim it as your own in part or in whole. Please give credit to High Desert Yarn, as the designer, in your listings, on your blog, or social media platforms. All images are property of High Desert Yarn. Do not use any of these images as your own.

Ready for the next section?

It’ll be released on June 5, 2023! So, what can you do in the meantime?

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High Desert Yarn is made possible by YOUR support. Thank you for reading this blog post, and helping build High Desert Yarn. Happy Creating, Joanna

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