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Joined up thinking

Thanks to Lucy at Attic24, who posted this tutorial on joining squares, I have had my first go at sewing (rather than crocheting) squares together.

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I have always been put off ‘join as you go’ methods as half the fun (in my opinion!) is trying out different sequences and combinations of colour. This method allows you to do just that, then use an extra long end-tail to join the squares in the way you want. The joining method gives a pretty firm fabric, and I would say that the piece I have made would be more suited to a cushion cover than a blanket.

Made in Rico baby classic dk on a 5mm hook, using light green, light blue, light grey, blue, turquoise, and ice blue. I like the spring colours. and the joining method is something new to add to my toolkit!

Heirloom textured crochet cushion side four

And now the second side of cushion number two:
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The patterns on this side are ‘Fishing net’
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and my own version of ‘Fences’ (sort of brickwork, or staggered fences depending on how you look at it)
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The panels are crocheted in Robin FX DK ‘Moorland’. on a 4.5mm hook. The cushion pads have been covered in a grey/beige coloured linen fabric which I think sets off the textured stitch patterns well.
Both patterns learned at our lovely local craft shop ‘Kiki’s craft corner’
If you are interested in classes, you can contact Keira through her website: http://kikiscraftcorner.co.uk/

Heirloom textured crochet cushion side three

No I haven’t literally made a three sided cushion, this is the first side of cushion number two, but you understand my meaning.
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the patterns on this side are ‘Shells and pebbles’
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and ‘Fences’
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The panels are crocheted in Robin FX DK ‘Moorland’. on a 4.5mm hook. The cushion pads have been covered in a grey/beige coloured linen fabric which I think sets off the textured stitch patterns well.
Both patterns learned at our lovely local craft shop ‘Kiki’s craft corner’
If you are interested in classes, you can contact Keira through her website: http://kikiscraftcorner.co.uk/

Heirloom textured crochet cushion side two

I am not sure how well this will work photographically, but I wanted to show you the stitches on the reverse side of the cushion.

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the patterns on this side are ‘Noughts and crosses’
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and ‘Honeycomb’
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The panels are crocheted in Robin FX DK ‘Moorland’. If you look closely you will see that I had to change dye lots between these two squares (lesson to self – buy more yarn than you think you will need!)

Both patterns learned at our lovely local craft shop ‘Kiki’s craft corner’
If you are interested in classes, you can contact Keira through her website: http://kikiscraftcorner.co.uk/

Heirloom textured crochet cushion side one

I have been learning new things!
Our lovely local craft shop has been running ‘intermediate’ crochet classes and we have been learning how to produce textured stitches in crochet.

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The idea was to learn 12 new patterns, make (roughly) 20cm squares of each, then join them to make a throw.
Well as you can see I didn’t quite mange the throw bit. However I made 16 squares in 8 patterns and joined them together to make some beautiful cushions, which will sit proudly on our sofa for all to see.
This patterns on this side are ‘Moss stitch’
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and ‘Diamonds’
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The panels are crocheted in Robin FX DK ‘Moorland’ on a 4.5mm hook (I found my tension was too tight on a 4mm hook) and finished off with 2-3 rounds of double crochet ‘sashing’ to make all the squares the same size. Even the way the squares were joined together was new to me, and gave such a lovely smooth seam that I shall certainly use it again.

I really cannot thank Keira enough for taking the time to teach us these lovey stitches, remembered from her childhood in Ireland, and painstakingly written out and charted for us to follow. We are trying to persuade her to publish them in a book so other people can benefit from her amazing knowledge and expertise. It would be lovely to think that these heirloom patterns could be passed on to another generation.

If you are interested in classes, or in purchasing the book when it is published, you can contact Keira through her website: http://kikiscraftcorner.co.uk/
The lovely Harris tweed patchwork cushions in the background are from our friends at Calicvol quilts on the Isle of Lewis. http://www.callicvolquilts.com/home/index.aspx

Spot on

A bit of nonsense really but the colours appealed to me, and I like the circles into squares idea.

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The idea for the circles came from Three Beans in a Pod’s lovely retro blanket
(http://www.threebeansinapod.com/2012/08/retro-circles-tutorial.html)
and the tutorial for turning the circles into squares is on Little Tin Bird’s blog
(http://www.littletinbird.co.uk/free-crochet-tutorials/bullseye-squares-pattern/)

Mine is in Rowan wool cotton dk on a 4mm hook, and the colours are tender, celadon, clear, paper and antique.
Now is it to be a cushion? A stool cover?

Basket weave cushion cover

This is a new stitch for me, and I am very pleased with how it has worked out.

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Adapted from a pattern that I bought on ebay (search Hot Water Bottle & Cushion Covers Crochet Pattern Basketweave)
It is made in Robin double knit shade 59 (Moorland) on a 6mm hook, and took just over 100g to make this 12″ cushion cover. The wooden button was hand made by Terry Hitchen in Lochcarron.

Moody blues

This is my second crocheted circular cushion, and I am feeling rather pleased with it

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Made using 300g of Rowan Drift ‘Shore’ and a 10mm needle. The trick is to crochet both circles at the same time so the tension stays the same row for row. I also found it useful to mark each ‘double’ stitch with a safety pin right at the start of the circle, and make sure the two circles had the same number of safety pins! (you may laugh – but it took me a couple of goes) The cushion is 16″ diameter plus the frill – a single treble stitch right around the circle, as there wasn’t enough wool for more.