You know what I really love about summer? Experimenting with different types of crochet patterns, techniques, and yarn weights. In the fall and winter, I usually stick with what are thought of as "typical" crochet makes - beanies, scarves, sweaters, and the like. In summer, though, I have more time to make other things - like home decor!
I'm really excited about this pattern, the Jane Cushion! It has everything I love - texture, clean lines, classic style, and simple stitches. What's not to love, right?
This pattern is being released as part of a fun blog hop! I've teamed up with a few of my favorite bloggers to bring you a week long celebration of free crochet patterns - it's a blogger block party!
Before you scroll down for the Jane Cushion pattern, make sure to check out all of these amazing bloggers, and check back each day for their Blogger Block Party Pattern!
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I had a lot of fun choosing yarn for this design. In the end, I used a DK and a Bulky - together! I think it's the first time I've ever done that! The DK I chose is Lion Brand Tweedle Dee. This fun new yarn is a blend of cotton and acrylic. Actually, the cakes are bright solids that are spun with white cotton - that's why it looks so tweedy! I really love it! It's a high twist yarn and has amazing stitch definition! I went with the colorway Earl Grey - but it comes in a big range of fun bright colors!
For the bulky yarn needed in this pattern, I went with one of my favorites - Lion Brand Color Made Easy. I used the color Birch, which is a really nice, creamy white that plays well off the white in the Tweedle Dee.
Gather Your Supplies:
Lion Brand Tweedle Dee - Two Skeins or 600 yards DK weight yarn
Lion Brand Color Made Easy - Less than one skein or 100 yards bulky yarn
4.5 mm crochet hook (I like this one from Clover USA)
6.0 mm crochet hook
18" Pillow Form
Pins or locking stitch markers to hold your panels together
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Ch - chain
St - stitch
Fhdc - foundation half double crochet
Hdc - half double crochet
Blo - back loops only
Slst - Slip stitch
SSlst - Surface slip stitch
With your Tweedle Dee Yarn (or other DK weight yarn), and smaller hook:
Row 1: Fhdc 72. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2 - 55: Hdc blo across. Ch 1, turn.
Bind off yarn and weave in ends.
Repeat to make a second panel.
Choose a right side of your project. It really doesn't matter which side you choose - either will work. You will want to identify the "valleys" in your piece. These are the recessed rows, or the right side rows on your piece. In the picture above I have numbered them off 1 - 5. You will be working your sslst into these recessed rows.
Using your Color Made Easy (or other bulky weight yarn), and your 6 mm hook:
Identify the 5th "valley" in your project. Starting at the right edge, sslst evenly across your project. Since you are using a bulky yarn and bigger hook, you don't want to stitch around each hdc, or it will stretch your panel. A good rule of thumb is to sslst around two stitches at once, then only one. This would leave you with 24 sslst in a row.
Repeat this process every 5 valleys, for a total of 5 stripes. Or - add more or less! The great thing about this cushion is how easily you can make it your own.
You can repeat this process on both panels, or just one, it's up to you!
Pin your two panels together on three sides, right sides out (leave one side open).
Using your larger hook and bulky yarn:
Starting at one corner, carefully slst your cushion panels together on the three pinned sides. When only one side is left open, insert your pillow form, but do not break your yarn.
Use your pins to hold the remaining side closed, then slst this side closed as well.
Weave in all ends.
You are welcome to sell finished items created with this pattern. I only ask that you credit Hooked Hazel with the original design. Do not use my photos to sell finished products. Do not copy, alter, or distribute this pattern.