Tuesday, 24 January 2017

CUSHION CAL: Square cushion 2nd Panel

I did decide to simplify the square cushion so i could do the circular cushion as well as the blanket, but lots have asked for the 3 different panels for the one side of the Square cushion so here is the 2nd Star panel





The Star Panel
Aran yarn
5mm hook



Finger wrap of 6 wraps, 
Round 1: 12 sc [dc], into circle, sl st to complete.

NOTE: ROUND 2 IS THE JOIN AS YOU GO ROUND.  

Round 2: att. new colour in any st, ch1, [counts as fist sc (dc)], dc [tr], into the same st, ch3, dc [tr] and sc [dc],  into the next st, sc [dc], dc [tr], into next st, ch3, dc [tr], sc [dc], into the next st, repeat the star point 4 more times,  sl st to complete. (6 star points)

Make a row of 7 stars join as you go using the 2nd ch st as a sl st to join 2 star points together.


NOTE: TO MAKE THE ROW OF 7 STARS INTO A PANEL USE THE SAME PATTERN AS FOR THE HEX PANEL.


FINISHING BANDS
 Add a ch st base and 4 rows of hdc [htr] to both sides of the 7 STARS row.


ROW1: First colour, Att. yarn with a tr [dtr], standing start, ch 3, sc [dc],  into next point of the first STAR,
ch3, tr [dtr], into dip between the first 2 STARS 
repeat to end of row, finish with a tr [dtr], in the last ch1 point of the last STAR in row.


 ROW2: ch2, turn, 3hdc [3htr], into the ch3 sp,
1hdc [1htr], into the next st,  3hdc [3htr], into next sp, hdc [htr], into next st, repeat to end finish with 3hdc [3htr] in last ch3 sp. (56sts)


 ROW 3: change colour, ch2 turn, hdc [htr],into first st.
1hdc [1htr], in every st to end (56sts)

ROW 4: Repeat row 3. (56sts)







Friday, 20 January 2017

CUSHION CAL: Easy Peasy Alternative back

Hope you enjoyed the circular cushion cal?
This is an easy drawstring back for a circular cushion.

For those waiting for the next parts to the 
SQUARE CUSHION
ALL pattern parts will be completed next week.

EASY PEASY DRAWSTRING CIRCUALR CUSHION BACK
If you would prefer to make a simple draw string back to you cushion, continue to crochet a number of rounds in the dc [tr], after the 12 rounds of sc, [dc], until the tube almost meets at the back of the cushion.

Add a last row of dc [tr], and make a draw string  and thread it through the last row pull up and you have another easy alternative to a round cushion fastening.

This pictures is of a drawstring back made in dc [tr] instead of sc [dc], 



 DRAWSTRING PATTERN

Make a finger wrap of 4 wraps.
12sc (12dc)into ring, sl st, to complete

ch about 90sts, long enough to allow a cushion pad through the hole.

Then do 6sc (6dc) into the second st from the hook, one side of the ch cord 
and 6sc (6dc)the other side of the ch cord, sl st to complete.


Weave the drawstring in and out of every two dc on the last round of cushion opening. 

Pull up and tie in a bow.
this method makes for an easy and no sew cushion fastening.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

CUSHION CAL PART 4: Button band and joining

Hope you are all managing the circular motif for the cushion? 
If you want to make a reversible cushion, maybe just changing the colours for each side, then you need to have made 2 circular cushion fronts to continue with this join
All worked in sc [dc]


BUTTON BAND
make a button band with 6 rows of sc [dc], and covering 6 triangle edges and the points of the diamond/spear shapes
I've used the same colour as the final pert 4 triangle in fills, Parchment
put a stitch marker for the start and finish sp.


ROW 1: att yarn in ch3 sp of the first diamond, sc [dc], in the next 5sts, sc [dc], in the next 3 sps, (that's the ch3 sp of the triangle), the next ch3 sp, ( the diamond) and the ch3 sp of the next triangle.

then repeat sc [dc],  in next 5 sts, and the next 3 x ch3 sps, until you cover 6 triangles
 finish with sc [dc], in the ch3 sp of the diamond and reach the next marker ( 49sts)

 ROW 2: ch1 turn sc [dc], in first st and every st to end (49sts)

ROWS 3-6: Repeat row 2.  (49sts0


JOINING TWO FRONT TOGETHER

ROW 1: Att, yarn in the same diamond point as you did the button band in. 
So for that first sp there will be 2 sts, one from the button band and one for the side of the cushion, 
sc in the next ch3 sp, sc [dc], in next 5sts, sc [dc], in next 3 x ch3 sps, repeat to start of button band.


Now you need to make an opening and replace the sts you used for the button band, 
ch 48sts, sl st into the first st, cut off and weave in ends





ROW 2-12: Change colour for each row repeat sc [dc], in every st 


ROW 12:  Join the band and cushion front to the second front matching the stitches as you did row 1 of  band into 5sts, and the 3 spaces between 







TO FINISH 
Add a strip of velcro to the button band opening
You can add buttons as decoration or leave the band to shine...i fi was adding buttons i would add them all around the band as a design feature or make some buttons using the bead pattern maybe?

















Wednesday, 18 January 2017

CUSHION CAL: Part 3 the final in fill

Thank you all, for the fabulous response to this Mini Cal...
The final in-fill round today then we can join the cushion together.

Please be aware that it does curl a little and will need blocking to see the effect, 
or wait until complete and fill it with a nice fluffy cushion pad 

PART 3 INFILL TRIANGLE...ONE COLOUR 
NOTES: another really simple 2 round motif, join as you go into the point of the diamond/spear shape and the point of the shell stitch.
Again tRy before doing the join as you go for beginners.

NOTE: THIS TRIANGLE MOTIF SHOULD BE IN ONE COLOUR ONLY 
so that the 'petals' of part 2 stand out, not as the multi coloured how to pictures look 


The usual finger wrap of 5/6wraps



ROUND 1: 12sc [12dc], into circle

ROUND 2: ch6, 1tr [1dtr], into same st, 



1dc [1r], into next 3 sts, 1tr [1dtr], ch3, 1tr [1dtr], into next st, 

1dc [1tr], into next 3 sts, 1tr [1dtr], ch3, 1tr [1dtr],  
into next st, finish with 1 dc [1tr], into last 3 sts, sl st into ch6 loop.

NOTE: replace the middle ch st with a sl st to join to the cushion. 
The triangle sits between each diamond/spear shape of part 2. 

sl st into the ch3 point of the diamond and the point of the shell st and the second point of the diamond







Don't forget to use the code SP17 




Made in Aran it should be at least 16" 40.5cm across


PART4 
will be the Button band, joining together of the two cushion pieces together and the opening.
PART 5 
A second easy peasy option for a one circular motif style cushion


 OTHER PROJECTS IN THE SAME COLOURS OF ARAN 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

CUSHION BLANKET No. 10 FACTS AND FIGURES

BUTTON BAND: 60sc covering 5 pairs of triangles and diamond/spear shapes x 6 rows to carry the buttons = Few grams.




Circular Cushion Circumference: 18 pairs of mot, 12sts per pair 18pairs x12sts = 216 sts 

18pairs of motif = 12 sts, per pair or 1.5 granny squares = 27complete granny squares (8sts per sq)

BAND WEIGHT: 27 Granny sqs or hex's Approx. 100-150g


Weights:

No.10 weights 100g (1 cushion frontier one motif for blanket)




18" GRANNY SQUARE: 7 x 7sq. = 49 2round GS weight 140g

CIRCULAR Blanket options: 1600G YARN PACK
9 x No.10 circles + 9 x100g = 900g 
300g for a circular cushion, 
300g for joining circles

LEFT OVER 100g 




SQUARE GRANNY SQUARE BLANKET:
140g per 18" square of 49sq. x 4  = 196sq, 2 round gs, = 560g 
300g for band 
300g for an 18" square cushion

400g LEFT OVER..enough for a second cushion?

RECTANGLE GRANNY SQAURE BLANKET:
140g per 18" sq of 49sq. x 6 = 294, 2 round gs. = 840g
300g for an 18"  square cushion 
400g for band of hex's

Few grams LEFT OVER