Yarn: Stylecraft DK - 100g, 4 ply merino 100g
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:
Double crochet in between the 4th and 5th trebles from the previous round.
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.
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.
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.
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.