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Proudly presenting…

January 17, 2013

..my very first, unsupervised, solo, crocheted project…

…the cushion cover…

Inadvertantly it seems to have a lighter side....

Inadvertantly it seems to have a lighter side….

...and a 'dark side'...

…and a ‘dark side’…

I have already blogged about it here and here, so you are probably all bored to death if it by now…

But just in case you’re not, here is the pattern (from my mother-in-laws October 2012 edition of Candis magazine)

It is a good one for beginners, as it’s only one stitch (treble crochet), and you get plenty of practise changing colours!

This is what you need for the official version:

Rowan Belle Organic Aran (50% organic aran wool, 50% cotton)-1x50g ball (90m/98yds) each of:

  • 209 Robin’s Egg (A)
  • 203 Orchid (B)
  • 205 Rose (C)
  • 212 Zinc (D)
  • 206 Poppy (E)
  • 211 Cilantro (F)

5mm (H/8) crochet hook

40cm (16in) round cushion pad

This is what you need for my version:

  • Lots of wool/embroidery skeins in lots of different colours to match your desired colour scheme
  • 4mm crochet hook (although in hindsight, I should have used a 5mm hook -see note at the end!)
  • fabric and stuffing to make a cushion pad

This is what you do:

Make 2 sides

Using A, make 6ch, join with ss into 1st ch

Round 1: 3ch (counts as 1st tr), 11 tr into circle, join with a ss into top of 1st 3-ch

Change to B

Round 2: 3ch, 1 tr into same st, 2 tr into every st to end of round, join with a ss into top of 1st 3-ch (24sts)

Change to C

Round 3: 3 ch, 1 tr into same st, *1tr into next st, 2 tr into next 2 sts: rep from * to last 2 sts, 1 tr into next st, 2 tr into last st, join with ss into top of 1st 3-ch (40sts)

Change to D

Round 4: 3ch, 1 tr into same st, *1tr into next 3sts, 2 tr into next st; rep from * to last 3 sts, 1 tr into each of last 3 sts, join with a ss into top of 1st 3-ch (50 sts)

Change to E

Round 5: 3ch, 1 tr into same st, *1tr into next 4 sts, 2 tr in next st, rep from * to last 4 sts, 1 tr into each of last 4 sts, join with ss into top of 1st 3-ch (60sts)

Change to F

Round 6: 3ch, 1 tr into same st, *1 tr in to next 5 sts, 2 tr into next st; rep from * to last 5 sts, 1 tr into each last 5 sts, join with a ss into top of 1st 3-ch (70sts)

Change to A

Round 7: 3ch, 1 tr into same st, *1 tr into next 6 sts, 2 tr into next st; rep from * to last 6 sts, 1 tr into each of last 6 sts, join with a ss into top of 1st 3-ch (80sts)

Change to B

Round 8: 3ch, 1 tr into same st,*1tr into next 7 sts, 2 tr into next st; rep from * to last 7sts, 1 tr into each of last 7 sts, join with a ss into top of 1st 3-ch (90sts)

Change to C

Round 9: 3ch, 1 tr into same st,*1tr into next 8 sts, 2 tr into next st; rep from * to last 8 sts, 1 tr into each of last 8 sts, join with a ss into top of 1st 3-ch (100sts)

Change to D

Round 10: As Round 5 (120sts)

Change to E

Round 11: 3ch, 1 tr into same st, *1tr into next 11 tr, 2 tr into next st; rep from *to last 11 tr, 1tr into each of last 11 sts, join with a ss into top of 1st 3-ch (130sts)

Change to F

Round 12: 3ch, 1 tr into same st, *1tr into next 12 tr, 2 tr next st; rep from * to last 12 tr, 1 tr into last 12 tr, join with a ss into top of 1st 3-ch

Change to A

Round 13: As Round 7

Change to B

Round 14: 3ch, 1 tr into same st, *1 tr into next 15 tr, 2 tr in next st, rep from * to last 15 tr, 1 tr in each of the last 15 tr, join with a ss into top of 1st 3-ch

Change to C

Round 15: 3ch, 1 tr into same st, *1tr into next 16 tr, 2 tr into next st; rep from * to last 16 tr, 1 tr in each of last 16 tr, join with a ss into top of 1st 3-ch

Change to D

Round 16: As Round 9

To make my version-just follow the instructions above, but change colour whenever you run out/fancy a change/think it will look good…

To make up: put cushion side WS facing. Insert hook into both sides using A, making 1ch. Make 1 dc into each st, putting hook through both sides and joining sides together, leaving a big enough gap to push through cushion pad. Cont in dc until seam is fully joined together. Fasten off. Sew in ends.

Not being able to buy a cushion pad, and doubting how easuly I would find a circular one of the correct diameter, I decided to make one! I measured the diameter of my finished cover, and then cut 1 circles out of old sheet/curtain lining 2cm diamter bigger than this. Then sewed them together, leaving a gap for turning through. Then I turned it inside out, stuffed it (you can use toy stuffing, the insides of a defunct cushion pad, fabric scraps…), and oversewed the opening-done!

Abbreviations

  • ch=chain
  • cont=continue
  • dc=double crochet
  • ss=slip stitch
  • tr=treble
  • WS=wrong side

Finished measurement-to fit a 40cm diameter cushion pad

Mine ended up 34cm diameter (in hindsight I should have used a 5mm hook-it really is a bit too small)

Tension: 14tr x 8 rows over a 10cm square, using 5mm (h/8) hook

So there you go!

I am really quite chuffed with my lovely new cushion, even if it is a little small. It was all done with odds and sods of wool I had inherited or picked up as job lots in charity shops and at flea markets, but look how well it matches our curtains…!

Crochet cushion-finished31

Please let me know if you have a go (it was hard work writing out the instructions, so I hope someone does..!)

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8 Comments

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  • Reply chris January 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Well done. When my kids were young I did something similar but carried on until I had a circle about 54 inches in diameter, which was when I ran out of wool. The kids used it when they were not well and parked on the settee. Now the grandkids have it. Grand for using up odd and ends of wool.

    • Reply Jen January 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Sounds fab-might try this when I have amassed some more wool 🙂

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo January 18, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Well done you! A first project to be proud of :o)

    • Reply Jen January 18, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Thanks Jo!

  • Reply Joanne January 17, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    As hard work as it was copying out the directions I would probably take them down if I were you as they will be copyrighted and the designer may still be selling this pattern.

    • Reply Jen January 17, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      Oh gosh really? I naively assumed it was like a cooking recipe, and as long as you credited the original source it was ok? On no 🙁

    • Reply Jen January 18, 2013 at 10:34 am

      I’ve contacted the magazine Joanne. So will see what they say. Thanks for flagging it up.

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