Monday, 4 April 2016

Happy Hooky Cushion

Howdy folks! I do hope you are all lovely and well and looking forward to Spring time - I know I am. I've been working away on some new designs for you guys, and thought I'd come up with something especially for the avid crocheter. The Happy Hooky Cushion is a great fun project to make for that special hooky chair, a crafting studio or a crochet workshop. I do hope you enjoy making it....


In English terms (the American version is available with the free download)
Materials;
♥ Approx 350g aran yarn. Here Rico Creative Cotton Aran 100% cotton has been used in the following colours and quantities;

4 x 50g balls of Natural
4 x 50g balls of Mustard
1 x 50g ball of Fuchsia
1 x 50g ball of Pistachio

♥ 4.5mm hook
♥ 17” x 13” cushion padding
♥ 3 x buttons or toggles
♥ 6cm pom pom maker or card to make them

Gauge; 
16 rows x 15 stitches = 10cm x 10cm using double crochet

Finished cushion measures; 
17” x 13”

Stitches used;
slst = slip stitch
ch = chain
dc = double crochet

Abbreviations;
rnd = round
st(s) = stitch(es)
rpt = repeat
frm = from











Work 60ch plus 1ch for turning.
Work all stitches in dc (plus 1 turning ch at the end of each row) for the whole cushion front following the grid below and starting at '1'.

1 square = 1dc

The front and back of the cushion front should look something like this;

It's very important not to pull too tightly or leave the yarn too loose across the back of the image or your cushion will not lie flat. Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.

Back of the cushion (worked in two parts);
For the first part;
Work 60ch plus 1ch for turning.

Row 1;
1dc in 2nd ch frm hook, 1dc in each ch across til end, turn.

Row 2 – 30;
1ch, 1dc in each dc across til end, turn.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

For the second part;
Work 60ch plus 1ch for turning.

Row 1;
1dc in 2nd ch frm hook, 1dc in each ch across til end, turn.

Row 2 – 26;
1ch, 1dc in each dc across til end, turn.

Row 27;1ch, 1dc in each of next 12 dc, * 4ch, miss 4 dc, 1dc in each of next 12 dc * rpt frm * til end, turn (3 buttonholes made).

Row 28-29;
1ch, 1dc in each stitch across til end, turn.

Row 30;
Work slst in each dc across til end.


Fasten off and weave in ends.

If you wish, make four 6cm pom poms using a mixture of Mustard and Natural yarn, leaving long tails of yarn when tying the center together to attach them to the cushion.


Assembly
Place all three pieces of the cushion on top of each other, right sides facing, making sure the piece with the buttonholes is the centre layer. Square up the pieces and sew around the outside using a small running stitch.


Turn inside out and sew on the buttons under where the buttonholes lie. Point out your corners with the wrong end of your crochet hook and attach pom poms by threading through the long tails of yarn through different points any one corner. You can then knot the tails together for each pom pom on the inside of the cushion and trim. Finally pop in your cushion pad.


Ta-dah! You have made your very own Happy Hooky Cushion!

 
You can download this pattern for free on Ravelry and Love Crochet.

I do hope you have a go!

Cheerio for now! :)

xxx