Inspired by pebbles on the beach, this is the perfect cushion for lazy summer days outside.
This cushion uses:
- 2 balls of Patons Wool Blend Aran in grey;
- a small amount of Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace in Cyclamen;
- a 5mm hook;
- a 2.5mm hook for the lace weight yarn;
- 2 stitch markers;
- 4 buttons;
- large sewing needle;
- 18” circular cushion pad;
This pattern uses UK crochet terms and you will need to know the following stitches:
- chain (CH)
- double crochet (DC)
- Double Crochet Increase (2DC inc) = work 2 double crochet into one stitch.
- working in back loop only.
This cushion is worked in a continuous spiral, so make sure you use a stitch marker on the last stitch of every Row to keep track of where you are!
Make cushion front
Make a magic circle. (If you’re not familiar with this technique, you can find a great tutorial on how to do it here)
CH 1, then 6 DC into the circle. Place a stitch marker in the first and last DC.
From this point onwards, for the rest of the pattern, work ONLY IN THE BACK LOOPS (this will leave the front loops free to add the spiral colour later)
2 DC inc each DC from Row 1 (total 12 stitches). Move stitch marker to last DC.
*2 DC inc in next DC, then 1DC in next DC from Row 2*, repeat from * to * 6 times (18 stitches). Move stitch marker to last DC.
*2DC inc in next DC, then 1DC in next 2 stitches from Row 3*, repeat from * to * 6 times (24 stitches). Move stitch marker to last DC.
*2DC inc in next DC, then 1DC in next 3 stitches from Row 4*, repeat from * to * 6 times (30 stitches). Move stitch marker to last DC.
Repeat in same pattern, starting each row of the spiral with a 2DC inc, then one extra DC per row (so that row 6 will be 2 DC inc, 1 DC in next 4 stitches and row 7 will be 2 DC inc, 1 DC in next 5 stitches).
At row 29 you should have 2DC inc, DC in next 31 stitches repeated 6 times and a total of 198 stitches.
You may at this point wish to block your work if it is not laying flat.
Row 30 – 32
1DC in each stitch (198 stitches)
Make button holes
*1DC in next 11 stitches, 2CH, skip 2 stitches*, repeat from * to * 4 times. 1DC in each stitch to the end of the Row. (198 stitches)
1DC in each stitch (198 stitches). Fasten off yarn.
Make cushion back
Make as front until Row 32
Row 33 – 34
1DC in each stitch (198 stitches). Do not fasten off.
Make button flap
This part of the pattern is worked in rows.
Continuing from the end of Row 34, work 66 DC, 1 CH and turn work.
1 DC in each of the 66 DC from Row 35. 1 CH and turn work.
As Row 36, but fasten off at end of Row.
Front Spiral Pattern
Take the front piece of your cushion. Because you have worked all of your rows previously in the back loop only, you’ll see that the front loops are all creating a lovely ridged spiral, which we’re now going to use to work the pattern.
Find the first of the front loops in the centre of your spiral and attach your lace weight yarn, using your 2.5mm hook.
Now simply work 2 DC into each of these raised front loops. Continue to work out and round until you are happy with the size of your spiral. We have worked out 30 rows in total.
Assemble the cushion
Place the right sides of the front and back portions together, making sure that you carefully align the button flap and button holes. Pin into place.
Using the Aran yarn and a large needle, sew the two sides together, leaving an opening for the button flap.
Turn your cushion right way out, place your buttons to correspond with the button holes and sew on using the lace weight yarn to create a lovely contrast.
Sew in all ends, place your cushion pad inside the cover, do up the buttons and admire your handiwork, then make a cup of tea and have a nice little sit down!
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