I have a large picnic/garden throw on the go but now that the crochet mojo is back there is no stopping me! I have a scarf for Milly on the go as well..I started that a while ago and loved the pattern once I got into it...I had to frog it all back because I found that I was crocheting so tightly and the super chunky yarn had no drape at all. I am either going to consciously crochet looser or go up a hook size or two :)
The other day I decided I would like to make a cushion cover and share with you the way I crochet the button closure. I chose Patons Smoothie as I have wanted to use it again for ages. I picked out six colours.
Today I woke with the signs that Milly has shared her rather nasty bug with me and decided that the planned trip to see family would be better left for another day. That left me free to have a pj day and to work on adapting a spread sheet for work. The one I have been using was set up for me and now that I am busier I need a more detailed accounting system. They do boggle my mind and even with the you tube tutorials I couldn't quite understand how to get the layout I need. I will have to revisit that tomorrow when hopefully it might sink in :)
I was going to work on the throw but making the cushion cover was very appealing today :)
I added another colour to the selection and started with the planned tiny granny square. As I made the second one I decided I really couldn't face all the changing colours and the ends that generates...so I played around with a couple of ideas. I like the solid granny squares but wanted something that I could use the easy join as you go method - there is a method to join solid granny squares as you go but it is more labour intensive and I wanted this to be a lovely quick and easy project. I then had the idea to try a typical granny square but using Hdc (htc) with one chain in the corners and none between the clusters.
It worked beautifully and gave the look of a solid granny square with the ease of a typical square and the benefit of being able to use the easy joining method :) I am really pleased with the way it looks and how easy it has worked up.
I chained 4 and joined with a slip stitch to form a ring. Chain 2 and then make 2 hdc (htc) chain 1 and continue until you have four clusters with one chain between each. Next round starts in the corner where you finished...chain 2 and make 2 hdc (htc) and then into the next chain space between the clusters make 3 hdc (htc) with 1 chain and another three hdc (htc) into the same chain space to make a corner and repeat until you reach the starting chain 2 join with a slip stitch into the top chain. begin the next round in the same way and without any chains between make 3 hdc (htc) between each cluster on the previous round, when you reach the next corner make 3 hdc (htc) and chain one before beginning the join as you go method from My rose valley
It is so cute :)
It is a neat little square that measure approx 3cm square. It won't be long before I can share with you the button closure method I use. Not sure yet how I am going to make the back or what colour the joining will be but I won't decide that til I see how it all looks when completed. The patons smoothie is 100% acrylic with a soft feel and a slight sheen. It works up beautifully in this square and with the close texture should be very hardwearing and not suffer the stretch that can occur when granny squares are used in cushion covers.