Wiggly crochet is a technique that has been around for a very long time. Traditionally being used to create pot stands and rugs, as it has a fantastic thick texture, which also makes it perfect for a sumptuous and cosy cushion!
These instructions are for a cushion cover that will measure about 40 x 40 cm.
This cushion uses
- Drops Karisma Yarn 50g Ball 100% Pure Wool. I used the following colours/quantities
- 100g Navy (17)
- 150g Denim Blue (65)
- 50g Dark Grey Blue (37)
- 50g Petrol (73)
- 50g Light Blue Grey (70)
- 50g Blue Turquiose (60)
- 50g Grey Purple (64)
- 4mm crochet hook;
- 3 Medium buttons approx. 2cm in diameter.
- 1 40 x 40cm Cushion Pad.
This pattern uses UK crochet terms and you will need to know the following stitches:
- Chain stitch (CH);
- Treble Crochet (TR);
- Slip stitch (SS);
Wiggly crochet looks very free form and flowing, but looks can be deceptive! It is based on a grid pattern that makes the base of your work, which you then add your wiggles to.
Make Your Grid
- For this wiggly crochet cushion you will need 27 squares, so crochet 86 chain in Navy (17).
- 1 TR in the 8th chain from your hook;
- *2 CH, skip 2 CH on your base chain, TR in next chain*
- Repeat from * to * along your base chain until you reach the end. Check at this stage that you have created 27 squares;
- 5 Chain and turn your work;
- TR in the next TR of the row below, 2 CH, TR in the next TR, continue until the last TR then 2 CH and a TR in the 3rd chain of your 5 turning chain.
- Keep going until you have a square grid of 27 rows and 27 columns.
- Don’t worry if the finished grid is much smaller than 40 x 40 cm, the grid will grow as you work into it.
How to Wiggle….
The cushion front is made up of the base grid, with clusters of 3 treble crochet worked into each 2 chain space or treble crochet.
1. Here is the base grid, you will be starting at the dot and working around in the direction of the arrows.
2. Attach the yarn and crochet 3 CH(this counts as your first treble) crochet two more TR in the same space.
3. Turn 90 degrees, crochet 3 TR in this space.
4. Once again turn 90 degrees and crochet 3 TR in this space.
5. To finish this small wiggle, turn 90 degrees for one final time and 3 TR in the space. To finish the wiggle, slip stitch into the 3rd of your initial 3 CH. For larger wiggles, use the same method but turning a 90 degree corner after every cluster of 3 TR make what ever shapes you like!
You can either follow the image here or if you follow these guidelines you can make up your own. I recommend you go for it and make up your own abstract pattern – it’s lots easier than you might think and it will make the design your own. Just plan ahead, either on paper or in your head and follow the guidelines below and get wiggling!
- Draw out your design on paper first.
- Always make sure you plan your design so that you are working trebles into the corner squares of your grid.
- Start filling in the corner of your grid and work your wiggles out from here.
- Never work in a straight line on the base grid – make sure you turn a 90 degree corner after every cluster of 3TR. If you don’t stick to this rule you’ll find yourself at a wiggly dead end!
- If you make a big wiggly shape, fill in the middle with other wiggles.
The cushion back is worked in stripes of treble crochet in two halves as follows.
- For the back I have alternated between stripes of Denim Blue (65) and a random selection of all the other colours. This way it uses up all the left over yarn, and as long as you keep the stripes random, if you run out of one colour, no one will ever know!!
- **I would suggest here that you work in as many of the yarn ends as you go to save you having to sew them in at the end**
- With the right side of the cushion front facing away from you, take a look at the edge of the wiggly crochet. You’ll see clusters of 3 TR alternating with chain spaces.
- Using Demin Blue (65) and starting at the corner square, work 3 CH (this counts as your first TR) and 1 TR placing the stitches between the trebles of wiggly (see picture below). For every chain space work 3 TR, and for every 3 treble cluster of the wiggly crochet work 2 TR placing the stitches in between the TR of the wiggly front. This will give you a total of 67 stitches.
- Change colour, turn work, 3 CH (this counts as your first treble) and then work 1 TR in each TR from previous row.
- Work 26 rows.
For the second half of the back
- With the right side of the cushion front facing away from you starting at the opposite edge, take a look at the edge of the wiggly crochet. You’ll see clusters of 3 TR alternating with chain spaces.
- Using Demin Blue (65) and starting at the corner square, work 3 CH (this counts as your first TR) and 1 TR placing the stitches between the trebles of wiggly (see picture as above). For every chain space work 3 TR, and for every 3 treble cluster of the wiggly crochet, work 2 TR placing the stitches in between the TR of the wiggly front. This will give you a total of 67 stitches.
- Changing colours with each row, work 22 rows.
- To make the button band, change to Denim Blue (65) 2 CH (counts as first DC) and work 1 DC in each TR from the previous row.
- Work 3 more rows of DC;
- To make the button holes 2CH, (count s as first DC) *14 DC, 3 chain, skip 3 DC from previous row* repeat from * to * 2 more times. 14 DC to finish row.
- On the next row, 2CH (counts as first DC) work 1 DC in each DC and CH from previous round (67 in total).
- Work 2 more rows of DC, fasten off yarn.
- Sew in all the yarn ends.
- Using Demin Blue (65) and a large eye needle slip stitch the back of the cushion to the front. Make sure that the half of the back with the button band is sewn to over lap the other half of the back to make an envelope opening.
- Sew on the buttons to correspond with the button holes.
- Place your cover onto the cushion pad and sit back and admire! Make yourself a nice cup of tea and give yourself a pat on the back!
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