The surface of a cushion panel made with simple stitches can be embellished by working surface crochet across the right side of the fabric. This cushion makes use of variegated yarns for added contrast.
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The yarn amount given for PARALLEL Lines will make a single cushion panel to attach to a separate cushion cover/backing. Should you wish to make a full cushion cover, you will require more of your main yarn (A)
For the panel
Using a 6mm (US size J/10) hook and yarn A, work a foundation ch of 61 sts.
Row 1: 1htr in 2nd ch from hook, 1htr in each st to end. 60 htr.
Row 2: Ch2 (does not count as htr), 1 htr in each st to end.
Cont working in rows of htr until work measures 61cm (24in) square.
For the Border
Round 1: 1ch, 1dc in each st to corner, (1dc, 1ch, 1dc) in corner; rep from * 4 times, join with a sl st in first dc.
Rounds 2–3: Rep round 1.
Add Surface Crochet
Holding yarn on back of crochet panel, pass hook through to catch yarn, bring a loop through to surface. Push hook back through and catch yarn again, bring a loop through to surface and draw through loop on hook as though working a sl st. Rep to create patt of 5 vertical lines intersecting with 5 horizontal lines.
Weave in all ends.
Place panel onto front of fabric cushion cover and stitch to secure.
To create your own fabric backing, cut two pieces of fabric to 45 x 67.5cm (18 x 27in). Fold 2.5cm (1in) to the WS around each side, press and sew in place. Place the two pieces together, both with RS facing up, to create a 62.5cm (25in) square panel – the pieces will overlap in the centre to allow the cushion pad to be inserted. With WS together, place the assembled fabric piece onto the crochet panel and sew around the outer edges.
This panel can be stitched onto a pre-made cushion cover, or you can create your own cover in your choice of fabric.
The surface crochet stitches are worked with the yarn held underneath the crochet panel and drawn up through to the surface.
Make it yours – surface crochet can be used to add any motif you like; experiment with geometric or swirling designs.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
A passionate textile designer, Laura is multi-craftual, enjoying all aspects of sewing, weaving, crochet, knitting and thoroughly enjoys adding a handmade touch to everyday life. Discover more of Laura’s designs, techniques guides and crafty inspiration on her website www.madepeachy.com
Modern Crocheted Blankets, Throws & Cushions by Laura Strutt, published by CICO Books (£12.99)
Photography by Emma Mitchell © CICO Books