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Published on March 23rd, 2015 | by Merion

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Crochet with Kate: Beautiful Bobble Cushion

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This week Kate Eastwood of Just Pootling shows you how to create stunning bobble cushions to adorn your living space.

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These cushions are a delicious way to bring a bit of fun to your home, whether they are for your bedroom, lounge or snug. They are simple to make and better still, they don’t take vast quantities of yarn!  Kate’s used two different yarns for these cushions – one is crocheted in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino  and one in Stylecraft Alpaca DK.  Both come in a fabulous array of colours – choose something fabulous to match your home!

Version 1: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Cushion 

Crochet Club: Make a bobble cushion cover, free pattern from Kate Eastwood

Materials list for the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino version:

  • 4 x balls Debbie Bliss Cashmerino in Clotted Cream (65)
  • 1 x ball Debbie Bliss Cashmerino in Camel (102)
  • 1 x ball Debbie Bliss Cashmerino in Blue Denim (027)
  • A 4 mm (US G – 6) crochet hook.
  • 1 40cm x 40cm cushion pad
  • 3 buttons

Version 2: Stylecraft  cushion:

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Materials list for the Stylecraft version:

  • 2 x balls Stylecraft Alpaca DK in Storm (6014)
  • 1 x ball Stylecraft Special DK in Parchment (1218) for spots and edging.
  • A 3.5 mm (US E – 4) crochet hook
  • 1 40cm x 40cm cushion pad
  • 3 buttons

Stitches in UK terms:  Double Crochet (dc), Treble Crochet (tr), Half Treble (htr), Chain (ch), Bobble stitch.  (In the US, a single crochet is a UK double crochet; a double crochet is a UK treble, a half double crochet is a UK half treble. Please click here to see a helpful crochet stitch conversion table!)

Cushion front:

Make a starting chain of 73.

Row 1: Work the first dc in to the second chain from the hook and continue in dc to the end. 71 sts. Turn.

Remember throughout the cushion cover to Chain 1 at the beginning of every row.

Work a further 5 rows in dc.

Your 6th row is going to be your first row of bobbles and this Row will be called Pattern Row 1.

PATTERN ROW 1 ( RS ): Begin the row with a ch 1. Work 5 dc. Make a bobble (instructions below) into the next stitch, dc 11, make a bobble, dc 11, make a bobble, all the way to the end of the end of the row, finishing with 5 dc after your sixth bobble.

How to make a bobble:

Crochet club: make a bobble cushion cover with a free pattern and tutorial from Kate Eastwood: only on the LoveCrochet blog!

Work the correct number of dc, and your bobble is going to be made into the next stitch.

Join the coloured yarn that you are using for your bobble (leaving the main colour still attached but just pulled to the back) by putting your yarn over the hook and working a treble in to the next stitch. BUT do not work the last pull through loop of your tr. In total you need to work 7 tr in to this one stitch, leaving the last loop of each tr on the hook:

Crochet club: make a bobble cushion cover with a free pattern and tutorial from Kate Eastwood: only on the LoveCrochet blog!

 

You should be left with the loop from your last dc stitch and 7 tr loops on your hook. To finish your bobble put your yarn over the hook and pull it though all of the other loops left on your hook.

Crochet club: make a bobble cushion cover with a free pattern and tutorial from Kate Eastwood: only on the LoveCrochet blog!

 

Chain 1 to hold the bobble in place. Now using the main colour again carry on working the correct number of dc between each bobble.

Crochet club: make a bobble cushion cover with a free pattern and tutorial from Kate Eastwood: only on the LoveCrochet blog!

 

You should find that your bobble automatically pops in to shape but you can give it a helping hand by gently pulling the yarn from behind. Once you have done this, leave a 3 to 4 cm tail and cut your yarn. As you continue working your bobble rows you will find the back of your work will look like the picture below, on the left.

Crochet club: make a bobble cushion cover with a free pattern and tutorial from Kate Eastwood: only on the LoveCrochet blog!

 

Once you have worked Pattern Row 1 you need to continue in rows of dc (remembering to ch 1 at the beginning of each row).

You will work 11 rows of dc between each pattern row.

Your 12th row will be Pattern Row 2:

PATTERN ROW 2 ( RS ): Chain 1, dc 11, make a bobble, dc 11, make a bobble and so on until the end of the row.

Crochet club: make a bobble cushion cover with a free pattern and tutorial from Kate Eastwood: only on the LoveCrochet blog!

If you are alternating the colour of your bobbles remember to add in the correct colour yarn for each new bobble.

When working your first dc row after each of the pattern rows work across the row carefully, making sure you work the same number of stitches to keep the row at 71 sts.

 

Start the row with a ch 1 and work in dc until you reach the back of the bobble. You will find that you there are 2 sts at the back of each bobble – one at each side of the bobble.

 

Try and count the stitches on each of the first rows after the bobble rows  – the first stitch at the back of the bobble is your one bobble stitch so don’t count this one, and the second stitch at the back of the bobble counts as the first of your stitches between the bobbles ie: the first of the 11 stitches.

So, the basic pattern is:

Work 5 dc rows.

Pattern row 1

Work 11 dc rows

Pattern Row 2

Work 11 dc rows

Pattern Row 1

Continue until you have worked 8 rows of bobbles, then work 5 dc rows.

When you get to the end of the final row (RS), don’t turn but continue working dc all the way around the edge of the entire cover. Work 2 dc in to each corner stitch to stop the work from getting out of shape. Work two edging rounds like this.

Crochet club: make a bobble cushion cover with a free pattern and tutorial from Kate Eastwood: only on the LoveCrochet blog!

With the cream Debbie Bliss Cashmerino (Version 1, below left) cushion I worked the second round of dc in the Camel colour, and for the grey Stylecraft (Version 2, below right) cushion, I worked the second round of dc in Parchment.

 

The final edging round around the cushion is going to be a round of trebles. For the cream Debbie Bliss Cashmerino (Version 1, below left) cushion I worked this in the Camel, and for the grey Stylecraft (Version 2, bottom right) cushion, in Parchment, and at the corners, I worked two tr into each corner stitch.

Crochet club: make a bobble cushion cover with a free pattern and tutorial from Kate Eastwood: only on the LoveCrochet blog!

At the end of the round, finish off,  stand back and admire your cushion cover front!  Beautiful!

Crochet club: make a bobble cushion cover with a free pattern and tutorial from Kate Eastwood: only on the LoveCrochet blog!

 

The back, not quite as beautiful, BUT the lovely thing about cushion covers is, that because everything is going to be tucked away inside the finishing off doesn’t need to be quite as invisible. Tie knots at the back of every bobble and anchor the ends by threading them under a couple of stitches with your tapestry needle.

Cushion back:

The back of the cushion cover is made up of two pieces that slightly overlap each other:

Crochet club: make a bobble cushion cover with a free pattern and tutorial from Kate Eastwood: only on the LoveCrochet blog!

BOTTOM BACK:

Make a starting chain of 73 sts.

Row 1: dc in to the second ch from the hook. 71 sts.

Work approximately 60 rows of cd, remembering to ch 1 at the beginning of each row. Finish off.

TOP BACK:

Make a starting chain of 73 sts.

Row 1: dc in to the second ch from the hook. 71 sts.

Work 40 rows of dc remembering to ch 1 at the beginning of each row.

Row 41 and 42:: Change colour to either the Camel (Debbie Bliss) or Parchment (Stylecraft)  and work 2 rows of dc.

Row 43: Buttonhole Row: Work 15 dc, ch 3 and skip the next 3 stitches, then continue dc in to the 4th stitch:

Crochet club: make a bobble cushion cover with a free pattern and tutorial from Kate Eastwood: only on the LoveCrochet blog!

 

Next: dc 15 sts, ch 3, skip 3 stitches, continue dc in to  the 4th stitch until you have made three buttonholes, and dc 15 to the end.

Rows 44 and 45: Work two more rows of dc.

Crochet club: make a bobble cushion cover with a free pattern and tutorial from Kate Eastwood: only on the LoveCrochet blog!

On the cream Debbie Bliss Cashmerino (Version 1) cushion I worked Row 45 in the Blue Denim yarn

To finish off the buttonhole strip work one final row of edging in a scallop pattern as follows:

Starting from the beginning of the row:  sl st 1, dc 1.

Into the next stitch work 1 htr, 1 tr and 1 htr,

Work 1 dc in to the next stitch , sl st the next 2 sts and repeat all the way along the row to finish. Sew the buttons on to the bottom back section in the correct places.

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Making up:

To join the two back pieces together and lie the two back pieces next to the completed front piece and then pin the two overlapping back pieces together to hold them in place:

Crochet club: make a bobble cushion cover with a free pattern and tutorial from Kate Eastwood: only on the LoveCrochet blog!

Edging the back:

To make the back match the front, I worked two rows of dc all the way around the edge of the back cushion piece, remembering to work 2 dc into the corner stitches.

Crochet club: make a bobble cushion cover with a free pattern and tutorial from Kate Eastwood: only on the LoveCrochet blog!

Crocheting together:

Pin the two pieces WS together, and join them by working all the way around with dc. (For the grey  Stylecraft (Version 2) cushion I did this in Parchment, for the cream Debbie Bliss Cashmerino (Version 1) cushion I did this with the Denim Blue.)

Crochet club: make a bobble cushion cover with a free pattern and tutorial from Kate Eastwood: only on the LoveCrochet blog!

For an extra flourish, I added one further round to my cushion in the same scalloped edge as I used on the buttonhole strip:

Crochet club: make a bobble cushion cover with a free pattern and tutorial from Kate Eastwood: only on the LoveCrochet blog!

Pop your cushion insert inside, and you’re finished! Gorgeous Debbie Bliss Cashmerino (Version 1) below left, and lush Stylecraft (Version 2)  below right!

 

Crochet club: make a bobble cushion cover with a free pattern and tutorial from Kate Eastwood: only on the LoveCrochet blog!

Kate Eastwood blogs at Just Pootling, and we’re thrilled to bits that she’s agreed to write for us at LoveCrochet!  

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Don’t forget to show us pictures of your very own bobble cushions!

 

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Merion dreams in colour and adores crochet! From glorious granny blankets to ethereal shawls and lace cardies, she's never very far from her hooks! She loves cake, knitting, heavy horses, books and Mozart. Her favourite colour is duck egg blue.




3 Responses to Crochet with Kate: Beautiful Bobble Cushion

  1. I really love the balls on the pillow! You can make them any style you like, so cute! How fun would it be to make one in red with white balls, to color up my home! Thanks for sharing.

    • merion says:

      Hi Saskia! So glad you like it! If you make one, come back and shows us a picture, we’d love to see! happy crafting!
      Love,
      Merion & the LoveCrochet team

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