Textured Flower Cushion Tutorial

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I’m lucky enough to live near the beautiful gardens at RHS Wisley in Surrey – and at this time of year, even if the flowers in my own garden aren’t up to standard the beautiful blooms at Wisley always cheer me up. I created this cushion inspired by the big pom pom heads of peonies trying to bring a bit of their unstructured shaggy loveliness into my living room. Please do let us know what you think by leaving a comment here.

This Cushion Uses

200g Rowan Creative Focus Worsted in New Fern (SH01265) 200g Rowan Creative Focus Worsted in Deep Rose (SH02755) 5mm and 4mm Crochet Hook 16 inch Cushion Pad Stitch Markers 5 Buttons This pattern uses UK Crochet Terms

Cushion Front & Back

The cushion front is worked as a spiral, working in the back loops to leave the front loops free for you to create the flower petals. It is important to use a stitch marker to mark the last stitch of every round – otherwise it’s easy to loose where you are. For the first 31 rounds the front and back are made in the same way. Abbreviations CH – Chain DC – Double Crochet 2DC Inc – 2 Double Crochet increase, so work 2 DC into one DC from the previous round

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Working into the back loops only leaves the front loops available to add the petals later

Using the New Fern yarn and a 5mm hook. 

Magic Circle, 1 Chain

Round 1: 6DC into magic circle;

***Work Only In Back Loops From Now On***

Round 2: 2 DC inc into each DC from Round 1 (12 DC in total);

Round 3: *2 DC inc, 1 DC* repeat from * to* 6 times (18 DC in total);

Round 4: 2 DC *2DC inc, 2 DC* repeat from * to* 5 times, 2DC inc (24 DC in total);

Round 5: *2DC inc, 3DC* repeat from * to * 6 times (30 DC in total)

Round 6: 3DC *2DC inc, 4DC* repeat from *to* 5 times, 2DC inc, 1DC (36 DC in total)

Round 7: *2DC inc, 5DC* repeat from *to* 6 times (42 DC in total)

Round 8: 4DC *2DC inc, 6DC* repeat from * to* 5 times, 2DC Inc, 2DC (48 DC in total)

Round 9: *2DC inc, 7DC* repeat from *to* 6 times (54 Stitches in total)

Round 10: 5DC *2DC inc, 8DC* repeat from * to* 5 times, 2DC Inc, 3DC (60 DC in total)

Round 11: *2 DC inc, 9 DC* repeat from * to* 6 times (66 DC in total);

Round 12: 6DC *2DC inc, 10DC* repeat from * to* 5 times, 2DC Inc, 4DC  (72 DC in total)

Round 13: *2 DC inc, 11 DC* repeat from * to* 6 times (78DC in total);

Round 14: 7DC *2DC inc, 12DC* repeat from * to* 5 times, 2DC Inc, 5DC  (84 DC in total)

Round 15: *2 DC inc, 13DC* repeat from * to* 6 times (90 DC in total);

Round 16: 8DC *2DC inc, 14DC* repeat from * to* 5 times, 2DC Inc, 6DC  (96 DC in total)

Round 17: *2 DC inc, 15 DC* repeat from * to* 6 times (102 DC in total);

Round 18: 9DC *2DC inc, 16DC* repeat from * to* 5 times, 2DC Inc, 7DC  (108 DC in total)

Round 19: *2 DC inc, 17 DC* repeat from * to* 6 times (114 DC in total);

Round 20: 10DC *2DC inc, 18DC* repeat from * to* 5 times, 2DC Inc, 8DC  (120 DC in total)

Round 21: *2 DC inc, 19 DC* repeat from * to* 6 times (126 DC in total);

Round 22: 11DC *2DC inc, 20DC* repeat from * to* 5 times, 2DC Inc, 9DC   (132 DC in total)

Round 23: *2 DC inc, 21 DC* repeat from * to* 6 times (138 DC in total);

Round 24: 12DC *2DC inc, 22DC* repeat from * to* 5 times,2DC Inc, 10DC  (144 DC in total)

Round 25: *2 DC inc, 23 DC* repeat from * to* 6 times (150 DC in total);

Round 26: 13DC *2DC inc, 24DC* repeat from * to* 5 times,2DC Inc, 11DC  (156 DC in total)

Round 27: *2 DC inc, 25 DC* repeat from * to* 6 times (162 DC in total);

Round 28: 14DC *2DC inc, 26DC* repeat from * to* 5 times,2DC Inc, 12DC  (168 DC in total)

Round 29: *2 DC inc, 27 DC* repeat from * to* 6 times (174 DC in total);

Round 30: 15DC *2DC inc, 28DC* repeat from * to* 5 times,2DC Inc, 13DC  (180 DC in total)

Round 31: *2 DC inc, 29 DC* repeat from * to* 6 times (186DC in total);

To Make The Back Continue as Follows

Round 32, 33, 34 & 35: 1 DC in each DC from previous round (186in total); Now you need to work the band that sits under the buttons. This is worked in rows and the stitches are made into both the front and back loop. Row 36, 37, 38 & 39: 55 DC, 1 Ch, turn work; At the end of row 39 fasten off yarn.

To Make the Front Continue as Follows

Make sure you are still working in back loops only. Round 32 & 33: 1 DC in each DC from previous round (186 in total); Round 34: In this round you’ll be creating the button loops. *6CH (for the button loop) 10 DC* from *to* 4 times, then 6 CH. Finish round with 1 DC in each of the remaining DC from round 33. Round 35: *6DC in CH space, 10 DC* from * to * 4 times. 6DC in chain space. Finish round with 1 DC in each of the remaining DC from Round 34. Cut yarn and fasten off end.

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The Front and Back of the Cushion (before making the button band on the back)

To Decorate the Cushion Front

How to make the petals. The numbers refer to points in the instructions below.

How to make the petals. The numbers refer to points in the instructions below.

Change to the Deep Rose yarn and use a 4mm hook. 1. On the cushion front (the one with the button loops) find the center of your spiral. 2. Attach the Deep Rose yarn and make 6CH 3. 1DC in the next stitch of the spiral and 6 CH. 4. Continue the pattern of 1DC and 6CH until you have made a circle of petals.

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How to skip a round

5. The front loops that you are working into form a continuous spiral from the middle of the cushion all the way to the edge. However, if you were to work petals into every row of front loops the petals would be so densely packed together that the texture would be lost (trust me, I did this and had to pull it all back!). So, once you’ve made one full circle of petals, you’ll need to ‘skip’ one round. To do this, make the 6CH and instead of making 1DC in the next available front loop, make 1 DC in the next front loop but one round out.  Place a stitch marker here, and each time you reach this point, use this technique to move your round of petals one row out. The petals are so lovely and dense that you will not see this ‘jump’ in the finished cushion. Keep working in this manner until you reach the outer edge of the cushion. You’ll have to stop when you come to the first button loop. Cut the yarn and fasten off the end. IMG_1238

Making Up

Sew in all ends. Place the back and the front together, right sides facing with the button loops lining up with the button band. Starting at one edge of the button band, either sew or use single crochet to attach the front to the back. Sew on the buttons to correspond with the button loops. IMG_1246 Sew in the remaining ends and place the cushion pad inside the cushion. It should be a fairly snug fit so that the cushion has a pleasing full, rounded feeling. Sit back, make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy what you’ve made! Let us know what you think or if you need any help, please don’t hesitate to contact us here. IMG_1272

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