Sunday, February 27, 2011

Cushion Update

My cushion is coming along nicely and I'm bursting to get it finished. I just have to edge the front then add the back and it will be complete - yippee. Because I adore this wool so much and don't have an endless supply, I have decided to back the cushion using a jumper/jersey (thank you Lucy for the idea). I figure that you really only ever see the front of a cushion so why waste my favourite wool putting it on the back! This way I will have enough to make two gorgeous matching cushions instead.

Here it is leaning against the insert so you get an idea of what it will look like. I absolutely love it! It's very bright and cheery and with the stitches between the grannies, it almost starts to look like a printed fabric the more you look at it - or maybe that was just my tired eyes not seeing straight!

Because I was feeling a bit lazy and didn't really fancy joining the squares in my usual way, I decided to have a play with alternative options. After a few attempts I decided this was the look I was after and I'm thrilled with the result. The contrasting wool really stands out and I think I will use it to edge the cushion now.

To do this joining stitch you take two granny squares with right sides together. Into one of the 3DC clusters, insert hook into the space between the 1st and 2nd DC and draw through wool, make a SC into this space, then make another SC into the space between the 2nd and 3rd DC, cut and tie off wool. Repeat this between all the 3DC clusters on your granny squares. You need to tie off the wool after each cluster otherwise I found you can see the thread behind the grannies.

Just starting to join the grannies - but more importantly, check out the very cute pink and white spotty crochet hook holder! Visiting a friend in a suburb I hardly ever go to, I was wandering through the local shops and found two of these in a bargain bin at a bookstore - very random! I think I may have actually squealed out loud when I spotted the price tag of only $2.00!!! You have to love a bargain like that.

More granny gorgeousness.

And speaking of bargains - my visit to my local Op Shop last week ended with me finding this fabulous book for $1.00. It brought back memories as I had this exact image of Holly Hobbie on my bedroom wall my entire childhood. It has been so well looked after and is in pristine condition considering it is 32 years old. This is definitely one I will keep forever. Miss 3 loves it too.
Have a fabulous week!


  1. It looks very nice, and i love the idea with the stitches in a different colour. It's so cool!

  2. What a smart wat to connect the grannies, really pretty!

  3. Oh, Holly Hobbie! I love her! I had her on a lunchbox when I was wee. Beautiful cushion, too! :)

  4. Hi Leah
    Love those hot colours together!
    I would like to pass on to you a Stylish Blogger Award! Congratulations, I hope you accept! You have a great blog!
    Please pop over to my blog to read about it - you can just copy the award pcture from my blog.
    Best Wishes
    Gill x

  5. Your cushion is amazing - I love those colours together.

  6. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm in the same boat as you - mom to 2 and lovin' the crochet - come visit me at :


  7. This is such a cute idea! I love how the joining yarn becomes an element of the design, too. I have this urge to try it on a blanket, but I feel like I might regret it!

  8. Hi Leah - this is one of my favorite posts. I love this pillow and had added making one to my list of projects many months ago. Thank you for the excellent joining instructions.


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