Big Bamboo Cushion

Big Bamboo Cushion

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This is a quick, easy cushion cover to make using lovely, soft Big Bamboo and Louisa Harding’s Sari Ribbon.

You will need:

4 Balls Sirdar Big Bamboo
1 Skein Louisa Harding Sari Ribbon
4 Medium Buttons.

(we purchased both from http://www.blacksheepwools.com/ where they are both currently on sale!)

10mm Crochet Hook, the same hook is used for both yarns. You will also need a large sewing needle to finish the project.

This pattern uses UK crochet terms, and you will need to be familiar with the following crochet stitches: chain, double crochet, treble crochet and slip stitch.

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Lovely yarn from Black Sheep Wool

 

Step One: Base Chain

The first step is to decide on the size of cushion cover you would like to make. We’re going to make a cover for a 16 inch cushion, you can of course make a cover for any size of cushion, but if it’s any bigger you may need to purchase more yarn.

Using the Big Bamboo make a chain 68  stitches long and join the chain using a slip stitch – make sure that the chain isn’t twisted. At this point measure the chain around your cushion pad to check that it fits easily and if it is either too big or too small, add or remove chain stitches until it is a snug fit.

Step Two: Treble Crochet Row

3 chain (these will count as your first treble crochet), 1 treble crochet in each chain from the previous round. Slip stitch into the 3rd initial chain to finish the round.

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Finishing the first round of treble crochet with a slip stitch into the initial 3 chain.

Step Three: Double Crochet Row

This round will be worked in the Sari Ribbon. N.B. Do not cut off the Big Bamboo.

Using the Sari Ribbon, 1 Chain (this counts as your first double crochet), 1 double crochet in each treble crochet from the previous round. Finish the round with a slip stitch in the initial 1 chain.

 

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Using Sari Ribbon to start  a round of double crochet

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Finish off the round with a slip stitch into the initial 1 chain.

Step Four:

This round will be worked in Big Bamboo. N.B. Do not cut off the Sari Ribbon.

Switch back to the Big Bamboo by pulling it through the working loop. Both of the yarns will be carried up the inside of the work to minimize the number of ends to sew in at the end of the project! When switching yarns, be sure to make they are not pulled too tight.

Using Big Bamboo, 3 chain (these will count as your first treble crochet). 1 treble crochet in each double crochet from the previous round. Finish the round with a slip stitch into the 3rd of the initial chain.

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Working Big Bamboo treble crochet into the Sari Ribbon double crochet.

Step Five:

Continue to repeat steps three and four until the work measures 16 inches (or the size of the cushion pad you have decided to use). Be sure to finish on a row of Big Bamboo.

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Stripes! Lots of lovely stripes…

Step Six:

Place a stitch marker in your working loop to stop any work being pulled back by accident.

Cut off the Sari Ribbon and sew in the ends.

Lay the cushion cover on a flat surface, making sure that the stitch marker holding the working loop is at the top right hand corner.

Working in Big Bamboo and your hook or a large needle, slip stitch closed the bottom of the cushion cover. Sew in the end.

Step Seven:

Using Big Bamboo we’re now going to work the button flap.

Remove the stitch marker which is in the working loop.

1 chain (this counts as your first double crochet), 1 double crochet in each treble from the previous round 33 times.

1 chain (this counts as your first double crochet), turn work and work back across the previous row.  1 double crochet in each double crochet from the previous row 33 times.

Now we’re going to work the button holes.

1 chain (this counts as your first double crochet), 5 double crochet,* 1 chain, miss one double crochet from the previous round, 6 double crochet * repeat 4 times.

1 chain (this counts as your first double crochet), turn work, 1 double crochet in each double crochet from the previous row.

You should now have an envelope shape ready to add the buttons onto.

Step Eight:

Almost finished!

Sew in all the ends.

Lay the cushion cover on a flat surface and stitch buttons onto cover to match up with the button holes created in Step Seven.  If you find that the button flap doesn’t lay flat, use a small amount of cotton thread to stitch it down at the edges, making sure to hide the cotton at the back of your work.

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Choose buttons that blend with your choice of colours

You’re done!

Place the cushion pad inside the cover, do up the buttons, sit back with a cup of tea and admire your brilliant work!

Do let us know how you get on, we’re always happy to provide email support 🙂

Happy Crochet

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This version was made using blue sari ribbon.

 

 

 

Bamboo meets bamboo

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Afternoon all

This past week, I’ve decided that I’m like a cross between a magpie and some other (extremely) easily distracted animal where it comes to yarn.  Through (almost) no fault of my own, I’m working on three separate projects at the same time…again.  Why do we do this to ourselves (I know it’s not just me now is it?)  On this occasion, it’s probably because I happened to walk past a nice wool shop (oooooh shiny yarn), and couldn’t actually just walk past (wouldn’t that make a nice cushion), when really I should have (especially if you put it with this other colour here…..mmmmmm).  Oh dear!

 

So, project number one is the continuation of my poncho – which has now turned into a blanket (don’t ask!) instead. Somehow, it was just so cozy sitting under it and working away, that it seemed a shame not to keep on going.  I’ve decided I’m going to have three long stripes of colour and see how that works.  I’ve started with this denim blue and have found a deep teal for the next stripe along.  I’m using Wendy Mode chunky (see here) which is 50% pure merino wool, just soft enough, and very warm! Not sure if I’ll go for something very bright as a contrast once I’ve done the teal, or stick to more subtle colours – will just have to wait and see what mood I’m in 🙂

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Number two is pure indulgence – I bought this amazing yarn (Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe) from John Lewis (see here) a couple of weeks back.  It’s THE most expensive yarn I’ve EVER bought, but one ball makes a super soft long scarf, which I’m making for my mum.  So….I’m considering the cost as a present – ok,ok, that’s just my excuse 🙂  The colours really are just wonderful and I’m constantly wondering how on earth they manage to make the colour change through the yarn – my small brain can’t really comprehend it (sigh).

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And finally…number three is going to be using this fabulous bamboo yarn, mixed with Sari Ribbon by Louisa Harding (all will be revealed soon).  To be honest, I’ve not yet found a Louisa Harding yarn that I don’t love, and this ribbon style yarn really is no exception.  Its quite firm in texture, so I’m not sure I’d like to use it solo, but as an addition to another yarn, I think it will be pretty fabulous.  Once again, it appeals to my eternal need for general shine and sparkle, and it comes in some amazing colours.  The one I’ve chosen is appropriately called ‘Jam’ and actually doesn’t break the bank at around £5 for a 100g ‘hank’.  (I bought mine from www.blacksheepwools.com who seem to have very reasonable prices).  I’ve used bamboo yarns before, but never of this weight (this one is Sirdar’s Big Bamboo) And, of course, I’m a true believer in bamboo hooks. Bamboo is pretty remarkable substance really, considering it’s various uses. This is going to be a great project, and Jo and I are working on a tutorial to go with it, so watch this space.

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Happy crochet days.

Karey

 

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