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Crochet Club Crochet Club: summer cushion by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Published on August 13th, 2016 | by Kate Eastwood

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Crochet Club: summer cushion

Continuing our gorgeous garden theme, Kate Eastwood has created a beautiful cushion to match her placemats and bunting!

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If you loved Kate’s summer bunting, nightlights and tablemats, you can now crochet a stunning summer cushion to match.

Crochet Club: Summer Cushion by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

The cushion is made in Rico Creative Cotton Aran and in total I used 2 x balls of Pistachio 44, 3 x balls of Sky Blue 37, 2 x balls of Candy Pink 64 and 2 x balls of Rose 00. I worked with a 3.5mm hook.

You will also need 3 buttons and a cushion pad measuring 40cm x 40cm. This pattern is written in UK crochet terminology – but you can use our handy conversion tables to convert to US terms.

Rico Creative Cotton Aran on the Love Crochet blog

The cushion is made up of a front panel and two back panels, that when overlapped and sewn together form an envelope style opening, allowing easy removal of the cover for washing.

To make the back panels:

Begin with the lower back piece and make a chain of 66 in Sky Blue.

Row 1: starting in the 2nd chain from the hook work a row of TR. 65sts. At the end of the row chain 2 and turn.

Rows 2 to 10: work a further 9 rows of TR in Sky Blue, remembering to chain 2 and turn at the end of each row.

Rows 11 to 25: change to the colour Rose and work 15 rows of TR, chain 2 and turn at the end of each row. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Upper back piece: chain 66 in Candy Pink.

Row 1: starting in the 2nd chain from the hook work a row of TR. 65sts. At the end of the row chain 2 and turn.

Rows 2 to 10: work a further 9 rows of TR in Candy Pink, remembering to chain 2 and turn at the end of each row.

Rows 11 to 20: change to the colour Pistachio and work 10 rows of TR, chain 2 and turn at the end of each row. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Crochet Club: Summer Cushion by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

You are now going to add the buttonhole strip to the upper back piece.

Row 1: with the RS of your work facing you, join in the Sky Blue yarn and work a row of DC, chain 1 and turn.

Row 2: work a 2nd row of DC, chain 1 and turn.

Row 3: DC 18, chain 3 and skip 3 stitches, DC 10, Chain 3 and skip 3 stitches, DC 10, chain 3 and skip 3 stitches, DC 18.

Crochet Club: summer cushion by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Row 4: DC, chain 1 and turn.

Row 5: DC, finish off and sew in ends.

Crochet Club: summer cushion by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Now pin the top and bottom panels together, with the top flap overlapping the bottom piece, so that 10 of the pale pink rows are showing.

Crochet Club: summer cushion by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

You are now going to add the finishing border to the total back piece, which will, at the same time, join the two pieces together.

Join in the Sky Blue yarn and work a border of TR all the way around the edge, working 2 to 3 TR in each corner stitch to stop the square becoming out of shape.

Crochet Club: summer cushion by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Finish off the back piece by sewing on the three buttons to line up with the buttonholes.

Crochet Club: summer cushion on the LoveCrochet blog

The front panel of your cushion is made up of a pattern of 17 stripes in the four colours. The pattern is worked 4 times.

When working the pattern I found the easiest place to join in each new colour was when working the chains at the end of each row, and rather than cutting the yarn at the end of each row I simply looped the yarn up the sides, which also means there are a lot less ends to sew in when finishing the cushion.

When working the chains at the end of each row you will need to work 1 chain if you are going in to a row of DC and 2 chains if you are going into a row of either HTR or TR.

Crochet Club: summer cushion by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Begin by working a chain of 66 sts in Candy Pink.

Row 1: starting in the 2nd chain from the hook work a row of TR in Candy Pink. 65sts. At the end of the row CH 1 in Sky Blue and turn.

Row 2 and 3: work 2 rows of DC. (Sky Blue)

Continue the pattern, referring to the colours and stitches in the chart above, remembering to CH 1 if going into a row of DC or CH 2 if going into a row of HTR or TR.

Row 4: HTR CL in Rose – work a HTR in to the first stitch, skip a stitch and then work 2 HTR in the next st. Skip a stitch and work 2 HTR in the next stitch. Continue this pattern to the end of the row, working a HTR in to the final stitch of the row. Ch 2 and turn.

Rows: 5, 6 and 7: work 3 further rows of HTR CL in Pistachio, Candy Pink, and Rose.

Rows 8 and 9: work 2 rows of DC in Sky Blue. Check your stitch count during these rows and if you find the HTR CL slightly altered your stitch count either increase or decrease in these DC rows to get back to 60 sts.

Row 10: work a row of TR in Pistachio.

Row 11: work a row of DC in Candy Pink.

Row 12: work a row of DC in Sky Blue.

Row 13: work a row of DC in Pistachio. (Cut the yarn at the end of this row, leaving a tail long enough to sew in.)

Row 14: work a row of TR in Rose. (Cut the yarn at the end of this row, leaving a tail long enough to sew in.)

Row 15: work a row of DC in Sky Blue. (Cut the yarn at the end of this row, leaving a tail long enough to sew in.)

Row 16: work a row of DC in Pistachio.

Row 17: work a row of HTR in Rose.

That completes the end of your first pattern section. I repeated the pattern three more times, and then after the final pattern repeat worked one row of HTR in Candy Pink. Finish off and sew in the ends.

The border for the front panel is the same as the back, so work a round of TR in Sky Blue all around the edge, working two to three TR in each of the corner stitches.

Crochet Club: summer cushion by Kate Eastwood on the loveCrochet blog

The final step is to join the front and back panels together. With right sides facing out pin the two pieces together. Rejoin in the Sky Blue and work the following final round:

Crochet Club: summer cushion on the LoveCrochet blog

DC 5 and make a bobble as follows in to the next stitch: Yarn over and work a TR in to the stitch, leaving the last loop on the hook. Work a further 4 TR all in to the same stitch, leaving the last loop of each TR on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on your hook. Pull the yarn to shape the bobble.

Crochet Club: summer cushion by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Now continue this pattern of 5 DC followed by a bobble, all the way around the edge of the cushion. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Crochet Club: summer cushion by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Now you’re ready to put the cushion insert inside, and plump up your cushion ready for use!

Summer Cushion by Kate Eastwood on the LoveCrochet blog

Choose from over 35 shades and make Kate’s summer cushion in your own colour combination!

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About the Author

Living just outside Bath, Kate is fortunate enough to be able to indulge two of her biggest loves -- living right in the middle of the countryside but within easy distance of retail therapy. When not working at her nursery school she loves nothing more than a day of pootling around, with crochet, sofa and tea being right at the top of the list.




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