Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Modern Romantic Cushion Cover Pattern



it is with some trepidation that i share this pattern. i'm nervous that there may be mistakes or that my instructions may not be clear in parts. you see, i am not an expert crocheter. i am mostly self taught and my skills are pretty basic. however, i thought these cushion covers turned out so lovely that i wanted to share.

the bumpy texture is formed by the triple crochet in one stitch followed by a single crochet in the next stitch. i saw it on this dishcloth, and it got me to thinking about what i could make. that is how this cushion cover got started!

i made the cushion cover with a button edge, so that i could slip it on and off for cleaning. i haven't washed the cover yet, so i don't know how much the yarn will shrink. i definitely will not dry the covers in the dryer.

the cover fits just right over the insert. i didn't want it to be too loose. 

enjoy!


Materials

1 cone (approx. 706 yards/ 645 meters) 100% cotton 4-ply yarn in white

size J (6mm) crochet hook

1 20" x 20" (50cm x 50cm) feather and down pillow insert

6  3/4" white buttons

needle and thread

Gauge

3" x 3" = 9 sts x 8 rows (2 repeats of rows 2-5)
Finished Measurements

approx. 20" x 20" (50cm x 50cm)
US Terms Used

ch= chain                                                                          sk= skip
dc= double crochet                                                           st(s)= stitch(es)
sc= single crochet                                                              tr= triple crochet


Notes: 
chains at the beginning of each row DO count as a stitch
           
when working the final round of sc evenly around three sides of the panels, be sure to place two sc on the dc row

Panel (make 2)
ch 57

row 1: sc in 3rd ch from hook, and in each ch across. ch 2, turn.

row 2: sc in first st, tr in next st. alternate between sc and tr across the row, making sure to end with a sc. ch 2, turn.

row 3: sc in each st across. ch 3, turn.

row 4: dc in each st across. ch 2, turn.

row 5: sc in each st across. ch 2, turn.

repeat rows 2-5 eleven more times for a total of 12 repetitions.

panel 1 (button holes): sc in the next 4 sts. [ch 2, sk next two sts, sc in next seven sts] 4 times. ch 2, sk next two sts. sc in each of the next four sts. work 3 sc in last st, turn. work 1 round sc evenly around three sides with 3 sc in each corner. fasten off. weave in ends. 

panel 2: sc in each st across row. work 3 sc in the last st, turn. work 1 round sc evenly around three sides with 3 sc in each corner. sew buttons on right side. do not fasten off yarn.  

Finishing

with wrong sides of panels together, pin corners. working through both thicknesses, join and work 1 round sc evenly around three sides. fasten off and weave in end. remove pins. insert pillow form and button close.




  

11 comments:

Lesley said...

I love this pattern, thank you! I probably wouldn't have looked twice at the dishcloth, but the simplicity of the all white is just fabulous. I've worked up a little sample already and now dying to find the time to do the full cushion.

Pinned on Pinterest by the way - expect a bit of traffic to this post!

Lesley x

rayndrop said...

i forgot to mention that i got the feather and down pillow inserts from ikea.


lesley,
i'm so glad you like the pattern. i hope you'll let me know how yours turn out!

and thanks for pinning!

Christy said...

I really like your pattern, too! Thanks for sharing!

Kathy said...

I was browsing Ravelry looking for a pillow to make when I came across this one..... and I was so excited! Your name looked familiar, and sure enough, last summer I made your "classic baby blanket" for my nephew (born in Sept.) I LOVED that blanket! So now, when I find the right yarn and the time, I'll be giving these pillows a go too. Thanks for sharing!

rayndrop said...

christy and kathy,

it means so much to know that people enjoy my patterns. and that they are useful not just to me. i'm happy to share.

shruti said...

Your pattern looks fabulous! i would like to try your pattern as well sometime.

Mike and Kate said...

These look amazing! My next crochet project for sure!

Alexa said...

I LOVE this pattern! I'm making it for my mom for Christmas, but I have a question for you! I accidentally bought worsted weight acrylic yarn, will that work for this project? If not I'll definitely bring it back! Thanks!

rayndrop said...

alexa,

i've only made them with the cotton yarn, but others have made it with acrylic. check here:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/modern-romantic-cushion-cover/people

one of them used red heart super saver yarn.

i hope this helps.

Lizelle Letts said...

Hi,

This might be a silly question. Do I crochet with 2 strands together?

4-Ply is thin yarn and the hook is 6mm? I'm still learning crochet...

Liz

rayndrop said...

lizelle,
not a silly question.
i just use one strand of yarn with the size j hook.

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