Sunday, October 16, 2011

Autumn Bloom Crochet Cushion

I saw a beautiful crochet cushion on the Attic 24 blog a few months ago, and my fingers have been wiggling to do it ever since. Feeling a bit blah this week was a perfect excuse to sit on the couch and stitch away. I chose eight different colors from the Vanna's Choice line of Lion Brand yarns. I've never used this yarn before, but it's nice to work with and comes in a huge range of colors. Our living room is in burgundy, olive, and tan with hints of a dusty blue, so I chose colors to blend well with that. I haven't worked in the round for a while, so it took me a wee bit to remember the hang of it, but after that I fairly flew through it (so much that I stitched another one up for my sister during a Saturday on the couch watching not-so-wonderful movies). Two cushions down and I still have enough yarn left for another project (I'm thinking a ripply striped scarf for the other sister...).

ANYway, here's my delightfully autumnal blooming cushion:


Isn't that fun??!?!?!?! The blue is actually much more dusty blue and much less turquoise, by the way. I followed Lucy's directions exactly and they worked perfectly. I bought a circular pillow form at the craft store, and stitched until it looked like it would be the right size.
 

Here's the back. It ended up needing to be stretched out a little bit (the center was a little too puffy), so I made the back one round shorter than the front and stretched it to stitch it together. It flattened out just right. I still don't know how to make the round joins not so obvious, but I do love those retro-vintage colors. It looks like something my grandma would have made in the seventies.


Referencing the photo just above, the colors are (going from the lower left up towards the right): Cranberry (180), Chocolate (126), Mustard (158), Dusty Blue (108), Rust (135), Burgundy (148), Beige (123), and Olive (174). It then starts again with the Cranberry (I did two rounds for each color).

It feels nice and squishy and soft and fluffy, but it's not floppy or anything like that. It was wicked fun to make. I can't wait to try it in bright and cheery colors. More like these. My aunt stopped by today, and noted that it would also look really pretty all in off-white. Wouldn't it, though? I could have sat making this all weekend and I still don't think I'd be bored of it. It's such a kick to see those petals start to grow.


So if the cooler weather has you itching to make a fun little project that can have a big impact, do give this one a go. If you don't know how to crochet but would like to learn, the Lion Brand website has great instructions. Trust me - it's very cozy working on an afghan on a chilly night as it spreads across your legs, keeping you nice and warm in the process. Ta for now!

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24 comments:

  1. So pretty! Wow I wish I could do that. I gotta find time to learn. :)

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  2. I saw that Attic24 post as well. Your pillow turned out lovely. The Vanna Yarn is so heavenly to work with. I made an afghan with it and it was so soft. I gave it to my mom and she said it sure is warm. Saw your post on the string quilt block. That is a fun one to make and great for using up strip scraps. I have made a couple in the past. Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Beautiful! I have been admiring these for some time now. Love yours!

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  4. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm super jealous!!!!!!!!!!! It looks fantastic!!! amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bet you can tell how much I love it!!!! I'm hugging my screen!!!! I love it!! I want one too!!!! On Saturday we went with Mr. H's sister on a craft show/exhibition and we promised to ourselves that we will learn to knit/crochet!!! I do hope that we'll keep that promise!!!!!! I'd love to make a pillow like this!!!!!!!!!! Will you send it my way plsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.........???????

    Hope you have a great week Bethany:D
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxox
    eleni

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  5. So cute, well done!! I'd love to make a pillow like this, but I think my man will find it gruesome... so I am just waiting for someone to tell me to make a pillow like that for them ;-)
    Esther.

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  6. Wow, what patience. I've crochet in the round before but don't like joining of different colour. For some reason, locals don't go for anything woollen or wool like. Maybe it's the humidity.

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  7. this is so lovely! yay for crochet! I love the colors too.

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  8. Oooh, petaly bits, and the autumny colours

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  9. I LOVE this so much! I think I might need to make one. I'm going to Pin this as well. Glad I found your blog!

    http://happylizard.blogspot.com/

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  10. This is sooo pretty! Love the great pop of color it adds to any decor! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!
    Hope you stop by and enter my giveaway for a chance to win up to $100 in mdf craft goodies @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/10/mr-woody-giveaway-win-up-to-100-in.html

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  11. I LOVE this. You did a fantastic job on it. I feel inspired to try this even though I am a crochet novice.

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  12. This is beautiful! I need to make one now.

    Christine @ Projects Around the House

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  13. So fun! i love it, thanks for sharing.

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  14. Isn't the pattern great? I'm doing it too and have been blogging about my processes, but I'm not done yet. I just don't know how big I want to make it. I'm already past the 30 cm mark.

    I found this post through Chef in Training's Tuesday Talent Show.

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  15. I love the pillow, it looks great!

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  16. Where are you joining your rounds at?

    When joining double crochet, dc the last stitch and then join in the top of the chain 3 from the first stitch. It will be the right next to the first dc stitch. Or you can count up three and join in that one.

    Go through both loops. Then chain 3, and dc in 1 dc to continue next round, or as pattern calls for.

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  17. so pretty love all the beautiful colors please come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  18. That turned out beautifully! I haven't done much crocheting lately but it's on my list to do - I miss it! I find it so relaxing. I would love for you to share this at my party: http://www.momontimeout.com/2011/10/taking-timeout-thursday-link-party-no-1.html

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  19. A pretty work you done here, the great pop of color it adds to any decor! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party, can't wait to see what you share next!

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  20. This is amazing!! I want it! :-)

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  21. I love this pillow too! It's fabulous! Your color choices are great, too.

    Ruth

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  22. I have just got to start crocheting again! This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

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  23. Oh my! This is too cute! we are featuring it on the blog today! have a lovely sunday!

    ^^)Lelanie

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