Sunday, 21 April 2013

Crochet Notes - Geranium Flower Cushion

Yarn: Stylecraft DK - 100g, 4 ply merino 100g

Hook: 3.5mm

Cushion: From Matalan £6 - 16 inc cushion

Geranium Flower Square:

I'm sure a pattern for this exists somewhere already but I kinda made it up as I went along. I called it the Geranium Flower because the red flowers reminded me of Geraniums - simple really!

The Geranium Flower:

The flower part is made in the same way as rounds 1 to 3 of the African Flower Hexagon (demonstrated on my African Flower Bag post).

Except that to form the Geranium I only used one colour (although I did use a variegated yarn).

Framing the flower with a square:

Using the DK.

Round 1
Double crochet in between the 4th and 5th trebles from the previous round.

4 chain

long double crochet into the gap between the clusters of 8 trebles - as shown on the picture.

Slip stitch into first double crochet to finish the round.

 Round 2

Slip stitch into 4 chain space -  2 chain - to represent first double crochet, half treble, two trebles - all in the 4 chain space.

*Next four chain space - two trebles, half treble, double crochet.

Next four chain space - double crochet, half treble, two trebles - repeat from * all the way round.

Slip stitch into first DC to finish the round.

Round 3

Slip stitch into gap between first double crochet and first half treble. 3 chain (to represent first treble).

2 trebles - you should now be at the gap between clusters - this will become corner 1. 
*2 trebles, 2 chain, 2 trebles

Treble into each of the next 11 gaps - you should now be at another gap between clusters - this will be corner 2. Repeat from * to finish the round - ending with a slip stitch into the first treble. 

When I did the reverse squares with the 4 ply on the outer rounds - the changes I made were:
  • Round 1 - 5 chain instead of 4 chain.
  • Round 2 - 3 trebles instead of 2 trebles.
  • Round 3 - You have to treble into 14 gaps instead of 11.

The edging:

I used the join as you go method - but if I did this pattern again I would just sew them together because I think I would have got a neater finish. 

Once the 25 squares were joined together I did a round of trebles in the DK - doing corners of 2 trebles, 2 chain, 2 trebles.

Then I did a round of double crochet in the 4 ply.


I pinned the cover to the cushion cover with the zip open, then sewed it on round the edges. 
Finally I pressed it and hey presto - it was finished:)

The reverse side

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