Kaleidoscope Granny Square

As promised I’m trying to catch up with writing out my patterns in order to share them with you. Here is one I did today and I hope you like it, I really look forward to seeing the creations you come up with, all the different colour combinations, colours etc and what you actually make with the squares 😀

So here is the pattern:

Materials:

  • Yarn of your choosing (I used 8ply aka dk yarn and a 5mm hook)
  • Corresponding hook size
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Notes:

  • This pattern is written in US terms
  • I used 7 colours for this design, starting at one certain colour and then ‘ordering’ them in what colours I thought go best from one to the other. I can’t really word that properly as my baby brain is tiring (almost bed time) Each new square, I flipped the order of the colours (see photos), then chose a new start colour and did the same again… trying to make sense lol
  • Fpdc together – yarn over, insert yarn behind st to the right of the hook, pull hook back, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, insert yarn behind st to the left of the hook, pull hook back, yarn over pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through three loops.

 

Crochet Stitches Chart with fpdc

 

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From top left to right rounds 1&2, 3, 4, middle row rounds 5, 6, bottom row rounds 7, 8 and first round of squaring off.

Using colour of your choosing; Start with the magic loop/ring

  1. 8 sc in loop, join with sl st (8 sts)
  2. Ch 3, dc in same st, 2dc in each st around, join with sl st (16 sts)
  3. Change colour, ch 4, (dc, ch 1) in each st around, join with sl st (16 sts)
  4. Change colour, ch 3, *fpdc around dc sts from previous round, dc in next st*, repeat around, join with sl st (32 sts)
  5. Change colour, ch 3, dc in next st, fpdc around previous fpdc, *dc 2, fpdc*, repeat around, join with sl st (48 sts)
  6. Change colour, ch 2, hdc in next st, *fpdc together in previous fpdc (see notes), hdc behind the fpdc st you just made, hdc 2*, repeat around ending with a fpdc, hdc, join with sl st (64 sts) {see photo below pattern}
  7. Change colour, ch 2, hdc in each st around, join with sl st (64 sts)
  8. Change colour, ch 2, hdc 3, *fpdc, hdc 4*, repeat around, join with sl st (80 sts)
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Showing fpdc together stitch

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Squaring off

  1. Attach yarn in fpdc st, ch 4, tr in same st, *tr, dc 2, hdc 3, sc 7, hdc 3, dc 2, tr, (2tr, ch 2, 2tr) in same sp (creating the corner), repeat around leaving out the last 2tr, join with sl st (92 sts)
  2. Ch 3, dc 22 *(2dc, ch 1, 2dc) in corner sp, dc 23*, repeat around ending with (2dc, ch 1, 2dc) in final corner, join with sl st to top of ch 3 (108 sts) {If you prefer you can do (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) in each corner space, entirely up to you}

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Happy Crocheting! Remember I’d love to see what you make #theloopystitch #kaleidoscopegranny on Instagram. Have a lovely night, I’m off to bed, I can feel restless legs and heartburn coming… argh lol.

November, you flew by…

As we step into December steadily, please not too fast, I’d like to share with you what I got up to in November. I’m still so very new to this blog thing and quite frankly I do neglect it a bit, and still have no idea what I’m doing lol. As I prefer photos over my words, I will let the images do most of the talking. If you want to follow me more frequently than what I post here, you can do so on Instagram @theloopystitch is my account. So without further ado… here is November…

 

And there you have it, all my original designs for the month of November with a sneaky snowflake popping in from today. I hope to get the patterns written up for all of these designs during this month. Some will be paid for patterns, and the others will be free ones.

Keep an eye out for my future posts xo.

Sunny Snowflake Pattern

Hey there! ‘Tis the season to be jolly fa la la la laa la la la laa, okay I don’t want to get too carried away. So with that in mind, I came up with a snowflake pattern and here it is…

Materials:

  • Crochet yarn of your choosing
  • Hook size to correspond with yarn
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Blocking materials if wanting to block (something to pin snowflake to, pins, iron {or your method and materials for blocking})

Notes:

  • This pattern is written in US terms.
  • It is made up in rounds (not continual)
  • Each snowflake will be a different size, depending on yarn, hook and tension.

Stitches Used:

Forgot to add space (sp) and skip (sk)

Crochet Stitches

Make a Magic loop/ring

  1. Ch 3, 11 dc in ring, join with sl st to ch 3 (12 sts)
  2. 2sc in between each sc around, join with ss to first sc (24 sts)
  3. Ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 1, sk 1, *(2dc, ch 4, 2dc) in next st, ch 1, sk 1, sc* repeat around and join to first sc with sl st (6 points)
  4. Sc in sp, *(3dc, ch 4, 3dc) in ch 4 sp from previous round, sc in sp, ch 3, sc in sp* around, join with sl st to first sc (6 points)
  5. Sl st in next 3 sts, *(sc, ch 3, sc, ch 3, sc, ch 6, sc, ch 3, sc, ch 3, sc) in loop, ch 4, sl st into ch 3 loop from previous round, ch 4* repeat around, join with sl st to first sc (6 points) cut yarn and weave in ends.

This would be the perfect time to block the snowflake if that’s what you plan to do 🙂

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I made this design in anticipation of making a few garlands for around the house, but these would look great as decorations on the tree, coasters, etc. Feel free to follow me on Instagram @theloopystitch and fb The Loopy Stitch Crochet Designs. And if you do make these I’d love to see please hashtag #sunnysnowflake  (living on the Sunshine Coast, I will never see a snowflake here) if you use Instagram or please leave a comment 🙂 would love to know what you think.

Happy Crocheting xo

Wheel of Hope Mandala Pattern

Here is my first mandala pattern. I think I have caught the bug making these beautiful designs. I already have another pattern in the works and hope to share that with you once it’s finished.

So here it is…

Materials:

  • Your choice of yarn
  • Appropriate size hook for yarn
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Notes:

  • This mandala is made up by crocheting in rounds
  • Each mandala will be finished in a different size, depending on what yarn and hook is used.
  • This pattern is written in US terms with UK terms in brackets ( )

Stitches:

Crochet Stitches Chart with fpdc

  • Front Post Double Crochet:

Placement of fdc p

Yarn over, insert hook behind stitch.

Placement of fdc part 1

Yarn over, and pull through.

Placement of fdc part 2

Yarn over, and pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through both loops.

Placement of Fdc

Ta daa, finished fpdc (fptr).

  • Picot Stitch in this pattern is made by making ch 4 then sl st back into the 1st ch made.

Pattern:

Round 1:

Round 1 Finished

Start by making a magic loop, ch 3, 14dc (tr) in loop, join with sl st to top of ch 3. (15 sts)

Round 2:

Round 2 Finished

Ch 4 (dc + ch1), dc (tr) and ch 1 in each st around, join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch. (15 sts)

Round 3:

Round 3 Finished

Sl st to ch sp, ch 1, *2hdc (htr) in ch sp, hdc (htr) in next st*, repeat around making the last hdc (htr) in the ch st from previous round. (45 sts)

Round 4:

Round 4 Finished

Ch 5 (dc + ch 2), dc in same st, skip 2 sts, *dc, ch 2, dc in same st* repeat around, join to the ch 3 of ch 5 made at the start. (30 individual sts, 15 v sts)

Round 5:

Round 5 Finished

Sl st to ch sp, ch 3, 4dc (tr) in ch sp, *5dc in ch sp* repeat around, join with sl st to top of ch 3. (75 sts)

Round 6:

Round 6 Finished

Ch 4, skip st, *dc, ch 1, sk st, dc in next 2 sts, ch 1, sk st, dc*, repeat around, join with sl st to 3rd ch of first ch. (45 sts)

Round 7:

Round 7 Finished

Ch 1, sc (dc) in same sp, *2sc (dc) in sp, sc (dc) in st, 2sc (dc) in sp, sc (dc) in next 2 sts*, repeat around crocheting a sc (dc) in the last st, join with sl st to the starting ch 3. (105 sts)

Round 8:

Round 8 Finished

Ch 3, dc (tr) in next 2 sts, fpdc (fptr) around dc (tr) from round 6 (see stitches for step by step explanation), *dc (tr) in the next 6 sts, fpdc (fptr)* repeat around, dc in the next 3 sts, join with sl st to top of ch 3. (105 sts)

Round 9:

Round 9 Finished

Ch 5 (dc + ch 2), dc in same st, skip 2 sts, *dc, ch 2, dc in same st* repeat around, join to the ch 3 of ch 5 made at the start. (70 sts, 35 v sts)

Round 10:

Round 10 Finished

Ch 1, *3hdc (htr) in sp, fpdc (fptr) around top of the dcs (trs)* from round 9 (see photo below for placement), repeat around and join with sl st to first hdc (htr). (140 sts)

Front double crochet placement

Round 11:

Round 11 Finished

Sl st 3 to top of fpdc (fptr) made in previous round, ch 1, sc (dc) in same sp, *ch 4, sc (dc) in top of fpdc (fptr)*, repeat around, ch 4, join with sl st to sc (dc). (35 loops)

Round 12:

Finished

Ch 1, *2 sc (dc), picot (ch 4, sl st to 1st ch), 2sc in loop*, repeat in each loop, join with sl st to first sc (dc) made. (140 sts, 35 picot sts)

And ta daa it’s finished.

This pattern looks lovely in different or solid colours.

I would love to see your finished mandalas. So please either comment with a photo or #wheelofhopemandala on Instagram. Follow and tag me @theloopystitch. Enjoy xo

 

Rainbow Hexi Blanket aka Mr C’s blankey

A week ago I finished Mr C’s blankey and it turned out just as I had hoped it would. Colourful and bright!  Well that’s a given with rainbows isn’t it. Below are a few photos of this finished ‘masterpiece’ as it’s quite like a piece of art, and from a distance the colours seem to work really well together. Needless to say I am more than happy with how it turned out.

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Bright and colourful, just like every rainbow.

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Have I mentioned before that I love colour?

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And of course, the photo of the blankey on the chair. It had been raining for a few days and had finally stopped just as I finished this blanket, so I quickly ran outside to get this shot.

I drew inspiration from Ryane @olivesandpickles on Instagram.  Her feed is amazing with these unbelievable hexi blankets.  Go and check her out. She does sell a pattern too if you’re wanting to make your own one.

I used 8ply (dk) yarn purchased from Big W and Spotlight and my favourite 5mm hook. I designed the layout first before starting to crochet.  And used the join as you go method again for this blanket.

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The layout of the rainbow hexi.

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I started by making the first couple of rows.

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Then I couldn’t help myself and had to crochet the other xolours to see what they would look like together.

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I just love how this blanket looks once the half hexis are crocheted and joined.

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I honestly felt like this blanket was taking me forever to do. I finished it within three weeks, the same amount of time it took me to do the Minecraft Blanket (which is over double the size).

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I will finish the post with this photo. Yep, I do love how this turned out. Maybe almost as much as Mr C does….maybe.

*** UPDATE 20th JUNE 2017 ***
Here is a photo of the ‘wrong’ side so you can see the joins.  Keep in mind it’s a very loved blanket lol. Hence the pilling lol.

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Start and finish a cushion in a day? Sounds easy….

I had the crazy idea of designing a cushion from four beautiful colours. However, like most things I make, they never seem to come to life exactly as I visualise them. I couldn’t come up with anything last night, just sat on the lounge and kept frogging square after square. I gave in and went to bed, hoping for either a design to come to me in my dreams or a burst of creativity to hit me first thing in the morning.

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Neither happened. I wasn’t feeling it this morning. So just sat there fiddling around with my yarn and hook at 5am. Diamonds! It came to me. Something with geometric shapes and contrasting colours.  Colours I already had so I could cross that off my list. Next was to crochet diamonds into my cushion.

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I did just that and decided it would look pretty good if I changed the colour of the diamonds, so that there were two halves from different colours. I finished four of them and didn’t really like it. But didn’t want to frog it again either as it was nearing 7am and I wasn’t going to start all over again.

Why not add more diamonds in the reverse colour combo? Yes that’s what I would do. So finished side number one, the diamond side and started the ‘traditional’ granny square pattern side before leaving for school pick up.

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I was almost finished yippee. The end was in sight. My hand was hurting from using a slightly different technique to crochet over the yarn that was carried in the diamond side. Anyhow, I knew I wanted to finish the cushion before the light outside was gone so I could get a decent photo. And just after 5pm I did just that. Relief had taken over me as I took the cushion and chair outside to photograph.  I had won against myself and beaten the daylight lol. Yay.

So the next time I’d make this style cushion I would probably block the panels first, as I am not a fan of the twisting look you get from the stitches leaning more to the left. But hey, it’s handmade isn’t it. Perfection is something that cannot be achieved in some circumstances, but I certainly do strive to achieve it anyway.

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So ta daa there it is. The cushion I started and finished in a day. Pretty happy that I accomplished what I set out to do. Now to start a new project or continue my wips. Not sure.  Oooh I’ll have to share with you the finished rainbow hexagon blanket… that was done and dusted yesterday and such a relief as Mr C was finally able to get the answer to his repeated question: “Is my blankey finished yet?”….

Crochet Minecraft Blanket Pattern

As promised here is the pattern for the Minecraft Blanket that I made my Mr A.  It’s an easy to pattern to follow as it’s just made up of placing the granny squares in the appropriate positions to get the picture you want to portray. And lucky for me, Minecraft is a pixel game made up of lots of squares, so a good starting point for my first ever granny square blanket.

Minecraft Blanket Pattern:

Materials:

  • 5mm hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Yarn (see photo chart below)
  • If you’re planning on blocking like I did, you’ll need an iron, something to pin your squares to (I used a cheap Yoga mat from Kmart for $4) and pins. This was my first attempt at blocking as well, so if you have a preferred method of blocking, use that 🙂

NOTES:

  • This pattern is written in US terms with UK translation in brackets ( )
  • The finished fits perfectly on a single bed and measures approximately 172cm x 184cm.
  • Each square measures approximately 8.5cm.
  • Good idea to weave in ends after you finish each square.
  • 8 ply or dk yarn is used (see below for how much).
  • 100gram balls of yarn is used in this pattern

Stitch conversion chart from Yarn Forward.

US UK
chain(ch) chain(ch)
single crochet (sc) double crochet (dc)
double crochet (dc) treble (tr)
half double crochet (hdc) half treble (htr)
triple crochet (trc) double treble (dtr)
slip stitch (sl st) slip stitch (sl st)

Minecraft blanket pattern with text

Drawing of steveHere is the original drawing of Steve and the Diamond Sword. This is how I worked out how many squares in each colour to crochet.

PATTERN:

Make a simple solid granny square.

Step 1Step 1. Ch4 (or you can use a magic ring), join with ss to 1st st made, ch2 (counts as dc (tr) here and throughout the pattern), 2dc (tr), *ch2, 3dc (tr)* repeat from * till you have 12 sts, join with ss to ch2 (first dc (tr)).

Step 2Step 2: Ch2, dc (tr) in the next 2 sts, 2dc (tr) in the ch sp, ch2, *2dc (tr) in the ch sp, dc (tr) in the next 3 sts, 2dc (tr) in the ch sp, ch2*, repeat from * to * until you get to the last ch sp, 2dc (tr) in the same ch sp, join with ss to ch2. You should have a total of 7 sts on each side.

Step 3Step 3: Ch 2, *dc (tr) each st across, 2dc (tr) in ch sp, ch2, 2dc (tr) in ch sp*, dc (tr) in each st across (7 sts), repeat from * to * until you get finish crocheting in the last ch sp. dc (tr) in the next 2 sts, join with ss to ch2. You should have a total of 11 sts on each side. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Yay now you have to make 359 more in the appropriate colours. (see chart above).

Laid out some missing

Throughout making the squares, I found it a good idea to lay them all out to see what the design looked like. It also gave me a sense of accomplishment as you could see it all coming together nicely. Constantly count your squares and tick them off the colours/parts as you do them, it makes it easier when working out what you’ve done and got to do.

BLOCKING

Blocked and not blockedPictured above you can see the difference blocking makes. I like the look of a blocked square.

Get your yoga mat/ironing board/or whatever it is you’ve chosen to pin your squares to, pins, iron and squares.

Place a square on the mat and pin out each corner firmly so that it makes a nice square shape (they look more rounded when you just crochet them).

Turn your iron on to steam and hover over the square for a few seconds, remember to not let the iron touch the actual square. Stay about 1-2cm away from it. Let it slightly cool and take it off, leaving the pins there so you have the same size square for the rest of them. Continue until finished.

I’m not entirely sure that the squares need blocking before joining, but it was my first blanket so I blocked, still happy that I did though.

JOINING THE GRANNY SQUARES

Joining the squaresGo with your preferred method for joining squares if you already have one. Otherwise I used Attic24’s Joining Granny Square method. I found that really easy to do.

Laid out

First I laid out the entire blanket then collected the squares in order of their row. I worked horizontally first, but I doesn’t really matter as you do either horizontally or vertically first before starting the opposite way. I started from the top right of the design and working left adding each row underneath and joining that way until I finished joining them horizontally. Vertically joining them was easy as the blanket was already in a ‘finished’ position and all you had to do was join from one side to the other.

Joined togetherOnce you have finished joining you can move onto to the border. I just did a row of sc (dc) in light grey, then a row each of dc (tr) in light grey, dark grey and black. I did put ch2 in the corners of the blanket to keep it flat.

DSC_0934And then ta-daa you’re finished! Woo hoo. Here’s some more photos of the finished blanket.

DSC_0922It fits perfectly onto Mr A’s single bed.

Rarely leaves his sideIt rarely leaves his side and I love that it means so much to him. Makes crocheting it all the more worthwhile and special.

DSC_0920So that’s it! Minecraft Blanket all finished. This method can be used to make many other crochet blankets, not just ones that have a ‘picture’. I would love to see any finished blankets made from this pattern. You can either comment here or tag me on Instagram @theloopystitch and #crochetminecraftblanket. I hope you enjoy making this blanket and the person you gift it to, if not yourself, loves it as much as my son does 😀

My current WIPS

Good morning!  I thought I would share what I am currently working on. As I am one to get bored quickly, I like to work on a few things at the same time.

I drew up a design for the nursery for baby number 3 due January 2016, where hopefully everything decoration-y will be crocheted.

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So everything you see here except for the furniture will be made by my two hands, yarn and a hook. This is the plan as long as I can get the tree trunk and branches to stay on the walls.

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Fibi the Fox and Lupo the Lamb make up 2/3 of the Lalylala collection in the nursery. Paul the Toadstool will complete it and then some cute little acorns and little toadstools will complement the feel of it.

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This crochet rug is almost finished but has been pushed aside a few times to make way for new projects.  It will probably be finished when it’s 120cm.

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Among thosw things I like to work on some leaves as they work up quickly and break up the ‘monotony’ of bigger pieces. It’s not a bad monotony because I love crochet ;).

I am pretty sure that’s all I’ve got going on my hook nursery related. Baby brain and a bad memory seem to work well together… not lol. However I still have a few more items that need making to complete the look I am going for.

About two weeks ago I started a rainbow hexagon blanket inspired by the lovely Ryane from @olivesandpickles on Instagram.  This blanket will be for Mr C who just turned 3 last month.

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He loves his colours, I couldn’t decide on what to make him and I had wanted to make a hexi blanket for a while = perfect answer to what I needed 😄.

I have seen a few of the people I follow on Instagram make the Spice of Life blanket and I caught the bug on Friday night and decided on my colours. 

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I’ve done a few more rows since taking this photo this morning and am having a break as we have friends over. My hands will most likely be shaking from withdrawals later today though.

I just finished hooking this beautiful baby blanket during the week. So lovely and soft.

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As you can see I have a thing for colour. And that little obsession will probably never end. Till my next post which will be the Minecraft blanket pattern (I promise) with a few photos to help. Xo

The Sunshine Cushion

Well here it is! My first blog post and free crochet pattern.  I’m usually not one for many words and when I do try to write, I feel that it either isn’t going to be good enough or I’m just rambling on. So keep this in mind for my blog. I prefer to let my photos do the talking.

Last Monday whilst working on my current wips I thought I should make my mum a birthday present. Her favourite colour is blue and she needed something pretty, so I decided on a cushion in tones of blue and a hint of yellow. I made three circles and was very happy with them. The colours worked really well together, complimented each other nicely and had that right amount of ‘pop’. I was on a winner here!

Fast forward to Friday night just gone and I started to square the circles up. UH OH.. why was I left with 2 extra stitches on every circle? Well I’d crocheted 18 clusters instead of 16, and after a couple attempts at getting the right number of stitches (and right stitches) in their place, I had made a square! Woo hoo. I had solved my problem and found a solution that didn’t involve frogging my 18 circles, I was winning.

That brings us to today, a glorious Monday where I was determined to finish this cushion and write the pattern up to share with the crocheting world. So here goes nothing..

THE SUNSHINE CUSHION PATTERN

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Materials:

  • 3mm & 5mm hook
  • 8ply yarn or dk yarn in 5 different colours (50g each for circles and 100g for borders)
  • yarn needle
  • scissors
  • stitch markers
  • Cushion insert size 16 or 41cm x 41cm

Notes:

  • This pattern is written in US terms with UK in brackets (  )
  • The cluster stitches are all worked in the same stitch and are either made using 2dc (2tr) together or 3dc (3tr) together.  To make a cluster; *yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through 3 loops* repeat once for 2dc (2tr) or twice for 3dc (3tr), yarn over and pull through 4 loops.
  • The beginning chain on any round does not count as a stitch unless stated
  • This cushion is made up of three panels. So you will only need to complete Round 3 of ‘Squaring off the Circles’ for three of them.  They will become the square in each panel that you start to join the other squares to (which finish at Round 2) See ** in ‘Squaring off the Circles’.

Stitches used in this pattern: US first (UK in brackets)

US UK
chain(ch) chain(ch)
single crochet (sc) double crochet (dc)
double crochet (dc) treble (tr)
half double crochet (hdc) half treble (htr)
triple crochet (trc) double treble (dtr)
slip stitch (sl st) slip stitch (sl st)

Table found at http://www.yarnfwd.com/main/crochet.html

Ok so here goes with the pattern…

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Using the 5mm (H) hook and colour 1; ch 4, ss to 1st ch to make a loop.             Round 1: Ch 2 (doesn’t count as dc/tr) make 18 dc (tr) in loop, join with ss to first dc (tr) made. Break yarn.

Round 2

Round 2: Join colour 2, ch2, dc (tr) in same st as starting ch, ch1 *2dc (2tr) cluster in the next st, ch1* repeat till 18 clusters. Join with ss to 1st cluster. Break yarn. (18 clusters)

Round 2 complete

Start of Round 3

Round 3: Join colour 3 in sp between clusters. Ch 2, 2dc (2tr) cluster in same st as starting ch2, ch1, *3dc (3tr) cluster in next ch sp, ch1* repeat till end, join with ss and break yarn (18 clusters)

Round 3 complete

Round 3 finished.

Ss round photo 1

Ok so now onto the ss round using colour 4. Insert hook in any sp.

ss round photo 2

Yarn over and pull through.

ss round 3Insert hook into next sp, yarn over and pull through.

ss round almost finishedContinue with ss until you get back to the starting stitch.

ss round last stBreak yarn and pull through so you have a closed stitch as the last stitch.

ss round yarn needleThread yarn onto needle and insert in the very first ss as pictured.

Squaring the circle round Now to begin squaring off the circle. Using the main colour for border (or anything you like), join in any stitch made in round 3. Round 1: Ch2 (the starting chains on the squaring rounds are counted as stitches).

squaring round 1, 9 sts2tr (2dtr) & dc in same st as starting ch.  Dc (tr) in next st, hdc (htr) in next st, sc (dc) in the next four st, hdc (htr) in next st, dc (tr) in next st. (these take up 9 sts, one side of the square).

Squaring round 1 complete*Dc (tr), 2tr (2dtr) & dc in same st as starting ch.  Dc (tr) in next st, hdc (htr) in next st, sc (dc) in the next four st, hdc (htr) in next st, dc (tr) in next st.*  Repeat 2 more times till you are back to the starting ch. Join with ss.

Square round 2Round 2: Ch 2, *dc & tr (tr & dtr) in the next st, tr & dc (dtr & tr) in the next st, dc (tr) in the next 10 st* repeat three times, join with ss to the top of starting ch.

** Continue to the last round for only 3 of your squares (see notes) This is where you stop for 16 squares, do not break yarn move onto ‘Joining the Squares’.

Close up of sc roundCh 1 (doesn’t count as st), sc (dc) in the next two sts, *3sc (3dc) in the sp between the 2 tr (2dtr), sc in the tr (dtr) st {or you could just do 4sc in the sp between the 2 tr (2dtr) – whichever you prefer}, sc in each st till you get to the sp between the 2 tr (2dtr)* repeat from * to * till you get to the first sc (dc) join with ss and break yarn.

sc round finishedYay you have completed your first square. You will only need to sc (dc) around 2 more squares as a join as you go method is used in this pattern.

JOINING the squares

Joining the squares photo 1You will need to have squared off another circle and stopped at the end of Round 2.
Ch1, sc (dc) in next 2 sts, 2sc (2dc) in between the tr (dtr), now with the ‘Starting’ square which has the sc (dc) find the 2nd sc (dc) you made in the corner, you need to count the sc (dc) you made in the tr (dtr) if you didn’t just do 4sc (4dc) in the sp on the previous round.

Joining photo 2Insert the into the 2nd sc (dc) on Square 2, pick up loop from 2nd sc (dc) on Square 1.

Photo part 3 of joiningPull loop through.

Photo part 4 of joiningSc (dc) back into sp on Square 1. Let go of loop ready to pull through the next sc (dc) on Square 2. (each sc (dc) on one square has it’s ‘joining partner’ on the other square)

Photo part 5 of joiningInsert hook into next sc (dc) on Square 2.  Pull through loop from 3rd sc (dc) on Square 1. Then sc (dc) either into the tr (dtr) made from previous round or just into the space like the 3sc (3dc) you just did.

Photo part 6 of joiningIn each corner there is a total of 4sc (dc) – 3 in the sp and one in the tr (dtr) st or just 4sc (dc) in the sp. Now continue to sc (dc) in each st until you get to corner and then do the 3sc (dc) sc, or 4sc (dc) like you just did. Once you have finished this last round, join with ss to beginning ch, break yarn and weave in.

Photo of where 4 squares meetIt is entirely up to you the order in which you join your squares but when you get to joining 4 like this, just remember that each sc (dc) has a matching sc (dc) with the other squares. Try and keep the stitches lined up nicely matching their ‘partner stitch’ you will know if you have done something wrong or missed a st if it doesn’t line up neat.

All piecesHere you can see the three components that the cushion is made up from and why you need 3 ‘Starting Squares’ with a round of sc (dc) already complete).

Continue to join the square so that you make up these three panels.

BORDERING THE PANELS

Panel 1 (9 squares) – Start anywhere and sc (dc) in each st and 2sc (dc) in the two corner sts to keep it square.

Panel 2 (6 squares) – You will crochet 3 rows of dc (tr) on the top part only) Start at the top right square and attach yarn into first sc (dc), ch2 and dc (tr) in each st until that one side is done. *Ch1, turn, dc (tr) in each dc (tr) again * repeat twice (total of three rows). Once you have finished the last dc (tr) on row 3, sc (dc) down to the other sts and sc (dc) around entire panel, making sure to do 2sc (dc) in both of the two corner sts. Join with ss to first sc (dc) made at the top left of the left square. (The couple of sc (dc) that you did along the dc (tr) to get to the square aren’t in line very well).

Buttons and loopsPanel 3 (3 squares) – Start at the bottom of the first square (left) sc (dc) in each st until you get to the join sc (dc) in the last st before join and ch 5, sc (dc) across to next join and ch 5, sc (dc) around the entire panel, making sure to do 2sc (dc) in both corner stitches to keep it square. Join with ss and break yarn.

BUTTONS (make 2 working in continuous rounds)

Using the 3mm hook and main colour yarn Round 1: ch2, 6sc (dc) in first ch.
Round 2: 2sc (dc) in each st (12 sts)
Round 3: sc (dc) in each st (12 sts)
Round 4: dec 6 sc (dc) (6 sts)
Break yarn and leave enough to join to panel 2.

ASSEMBLING CUSHION READY FOR JOINING PANELS

Stitch markers when joiningIt’s important to have the cushion lined up perfectly st for st before starting to join together. I used stitch markers for this. Wrong sides facing each (right sides out), place panel 1 right side facing down and place panel 2 then panel 3. Panel 3 covers the dc (tr) rows.

Joining with scStarting down the bottom of the cushion attach yarn and pull through both sc (dc) sts from border. Ch1, sc each st around until you get to the corners, 2sc (dc) in each st to maintain a square.

Joining the sides with scWhen you get to joining the three panels together, remember you will need to sc (dc) through all of them together, so 6 sts on the hook.  Continue to sc (dc) around the entire cushion remembering the 2sc (dc) in both corner sts. Join to first sc (dc) with ss. Break yarn and weave in.

BUTTON PLACEMENT

Finished back close upAttach the buttons along the joining stitch just below the sc (dc) row. Break yarn and weave in ends. You can either flatten the button or puff it up by pressing it to get the desired look.

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Insert cushion into cover and close with buttons. Ta-daaaa you’ve finished!

If you do not like the join as you go method, you could probably use Attic24’s method of joining the squares instead http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/joining-granny-sqaures.html or any other other preferred joining method as long as it doesn’t use long stitches such as a dc (tr) or bigger, as it will be too loose fitting for the cushion.

I hope you have enjoyed making your Sunshine Cushion and I would love to see what you made.  You can follow me on Instagram @theloopystitch and tag #sunshinecushion and myself in the photo. I am more than happy to post photos of finished cushions here too 🙂

Thank you for taking the time to read this pattern and my first blog. My next post will be about making the Minecraft Blanket for my eldest son and quite possibly the pattern… here’s a teaser…

Minecraft blanket