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Crochet Cushion cover - Tutorial

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. I made 49 in total to fit the 12" x 12" cushion pad.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 hard wearing and not suffer the stretch that can occur when granny squares are used in cushion covers. 

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The back of the cushion cover was started as a normal granny square.
 I did 9 rounds of triple htc (hdc) clusters, with no chain in between and  two clusters in the corner with one chain in between.
I then changed colour to the green. I did one round of 2 htc (hdc)  clusters between each of the previous clusters with two clusters in the corner with one chain in between. 
The next row was pink again and  I did 3 htc (hdc) in between each previous cluster on this row I did  clusters of two instead of three  in the corners with one chain in between. 
The next row was blue and again it was  clusters of 2 htc (hdc) in each space between previous clusters. 
I then kept going and each row was 2 htc (hdc) clusters.
 I kept measuring it against the front until - with a little stretching - it matched the size. I ended up with 25 rows. 

 

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To join the two sides start in one corner go through both stitches and put two dc (sc)  clusters with one chain in between then continue along with one dc (sc) in each stitch round the cushion.

 

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As I work along I keep checking that I am on target to ensure the two ends match up. Once I have got round the last corner I continue a few inches - in this instance it is about the width of one of the squares.

 

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Then i continue along with the dc (sc) on one side only.

 

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As I reached the other side I left the same space from the end and I start to go through both sides again to complete the  closure. 

 

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Join  with a slip stitch into the first stitch in the corner. You have an open envelope with dc (sc) on one side. 

Continue round again with dc (sc) in each stitch. 

 

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Now to create a little flap to stop the annoying gaping that can occur on cushion covers. 
Join by going through the  htc (hdc) cluster below the two rounds of dc (sc)  then into the next stitch  (the space between the clusters where the last orange dc (sc) is ) make a dc (sc) and then into the top of the stitches  - through both loops - make dc (sc) all along.

 

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Chain one and turn and create another seven rows. 
There, you have  completed the joining of the two halves all ready to sew buttons on. 

 

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The next thing to do is to weave your ends in. I go down the side of the flap and then across and back again before cutting the end.

 

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Put the cushion pad in.  As these are tiny little squares I needed tiny little buttons. I should confess that although these buttons worked they were a tad too small. I was impatient to get the cushion cover finished though. These were 6mm and I would say that 10mm would work better. 

I use a pin to work out where the position of the first button should be. It needs to go through  the space between clusters.

 

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Then secure the pin in position to mark it and carry on to place the others.

 

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Start to sew on the buttons. I keep the cushion pad in whilst I do this and close the buttons as I go to ensure a good placement and fit. I used  eight buttons. 

 

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The Making of a Picnic Throw.

The Making of a Picnic Throw.

I created the Stylecraft Summer Vibe yarn pack and I loved the combination so much that I decided it would be the perfect combination to make a picnic/garden throw. Perfect to wrap up in on those cooler evenings or to sit on for an al fresco meal at home or away. 

It is an easy and relaxing throw to create and isn't too taxing . It was the first time i used a clover hook. I bought a couple of Addis swing hooks at Yarndale a few years ago and have found them perfect for the way I hold my hook and they enabled me to be able to crochet pain free for much longer. I had heard such great things about the clover though and was keen to try them. The hook is a 4mm. 


I am sharing the guidelines for making this as I have been asked by a number of people. I didn't take pictures of each stage as I hadn't planned to do a tutorial but it is a relatively simple throw to complete and I think the images I used to keep my lovely intsagram and facebook friends updated will help to understand the stages. 

I was very strict with myself and attended to all the ends on the squares before I used the join as you go method by My rose valley. It is a great way to join and although for other granny square blankets I have used dc joins and sewn grannies together this is now my go to method for ease and speed. I had chosen Graphite special dk to join the squares. It is a colour I have wanted to use for ages and although my first thought was to go very vivid and use either the spice or pomegranate to join I am so pleased I chose the graphite as it shows the colours off perfectly. 
It grew slowly but I actually enjoyed the action of weaving the ends in after each square was formed.
To choose colours I simply lay it out and have a good look at the surrounding squares and choose the middle shade of the square first and work out from there, making sure the same colours aren't repeated in the same round in surrounding squares. I then had the five ball in order next to me and worked from them moving them back to the basket when I had finished with them. 

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It is a simple five round granny with no chain between clusters and two chains in the corners. After dealing with the ends I made a round in the graphite joining colour then the second round of graphite is when I followed the joining method. I made a row of nine and decided to make it square so nine x nine squares in total. 

So over the weeks it grew steadily and I absolutely loved working with the combination of colours.

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Once all the squares were completed I started the border and made three rounds of treble clusters. I  followed the Bunny Mummy method to ensure the edges stay neat and not at all wavy. 

For the next round - still in the graphite - I made a treble in between a cluster of the previous round and chained two between then continued round like that with only two chain in the corners as well. Join with a slip stitch to third stitch of the starting treble and fasten off.
Join the next colour - spice - and make four trebles in each two chain space with tow clusters of three in the corner with one chain in between. Join as before with a slip stitch into the third stitch of the starting treble.
    

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The next colour - pomegranate -  is joined in between the cluster of four trebles and then chain two and continue round in that way with two in the corner space with two chain between. 
The next colour - lavender - is joined in a chain two space and create four trebles in each with two clusters of three trebles in the corners with two chain in between.
Next colour - meadow - is a row of two trebles with no chain between and two chain in the corners. 
Onto the last colour - lime - and a row of treble clusters in between each cluster on the previous round, no chain between and two chain in the corners. 

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Another 4 rows of treble clusters in graphite and a final row in graphite of dc into each stitch of the trebles with six in the corners. 
A round of meadow in trebles into the space between each dc, in the corners there is two clusters of two trebles separated by two chain. 
Next round is a dc round with one between each treble on the previous round with four in the corners.
Now onto the delight that is the ruffle! 
I adore this edging. 


In each space between the dc make three trebles and slowly the ruffle effect occurs. I found this you tube clip for you to see it in action. 
I have taken pictures of all the squares I created if you would like to make the same .

This measures 52 inches x 52 inches and is a weighty and cosy throw. I will take more images of it outside once we get some decent weather. 
I used the rainbow summer vibe pack at £13.04  an extra lime special dk and seven graphite special dk at £13.20 The total cost is £26.16.

This is the amount of each ball I had left. 
I chose to have the meadow and lime on the last round and played yarn chicken with the lime and....lost :) I could have frogged it and used another colour but I was very keen to use the lime. Obviously you could chose not to :) 

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I adore this throw and as I write this I am snuggled under it.
I hope that if you decide to make this throw you can make sense of these instructions but if you need any assistance please contact me and I will try to help. 
Shared with love. 
Enjoy
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Sunshine throw.

Sunshine throw.

I never got round to unveiling this finished lap throw. 
This one is made form Bergere Ideal yarn...
I spent many a happy hour watching Breaking Bad with Milly working away on this one. 

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I kept the edging simple and have to say that this has been the best project I have ever worked on. Happy colours, happy memories and granny squares! What more could I ask for :) 

I made up a stylecraft yarn pack to replicate the colours. Sharon bought it and created this wonderful version! 
She kept the colours in rows and added each colour into the border as well as the genius addition of a pom pom edge!!! How fabulous is this. 

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