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My Garden Cushion

March 29, 2017

 Winter may be coming, but that doesn't mean I need to be stuck inside!  We spent last week end making the most before the cold and frost of canberra settle in. My handy partner and helpful friend did the back breaking work of the turning soil and laying down turf. Which we hope will establish before the first frost. Me, I grabbed whats left of the eggplants, tomatos and chillis, while wrangling our little one.

 

Our little peach was our motivator to create this small lush haven. We've slowly converted our space into a sensory garden with a small grassed area. 

Come winter, there's nothing worse than trying to keep her inside when I can see the passion in her face that she needs to be explore the outside world. 

 

While keeping all the needs of my little one are important, the little creature comforts for myself can't be overlooked. I plan to spend some time out here, toddler, coffee, games, gardening and whatever else happens on the day.

 

I have an awesome up-cycled garden seat and table a good friend repaired for me. my favourite seat in outdoors. I wanted something machine washable and durable for outside to sit with. Acrylic isn't my first choice of fibre to work with, but in some instances like these it's qualities suit the items use.

 

Before we begin, the row length and count are totally adjustable to suit any cushion size you've chosen. This pattern was created for a IKEA cushion, measuring 68cm x 30cm approx.

 

So lets start this project! 

 

Here's what you'll need |

  1. x4 balls of Lion brand 

  2. 15mm Hook

  3. 5, 20mm buttons

  4. Large yarn needle

  5. Large eye sewing needles

  6. Ruler

  7. Scissors

  8. cushion insert approx 68cm x 30cm

Key |

ch: chain

rpt: repeat

dc: double crochet

lttr: Linked triple treble

 

 

Method |

 

ch 48

Row 1: ch1, dc into each ch. 48

 

I haven't given detailed instruction for this. The dc stitch can be through the back loop or through the chain bump if you prefer.

Row 2: ch4, lttr into each st. 48

 

Chain 4, Insert hook into second chain from the hook through the back bump, yarn over, and draw the yarn through. Repeat this into each chain bump.

There will be 4 loops on your hook

 

Once you've completed this first linked stitch connected to the chains, it gets easier! so stick with it.

The beauty of these linked stitches are, you have the height of a triple treble without all the spaces and gorgeous linear lines across your work.

 

Insert your hook into the stitch next to the chains, yarn over and draw the yarn through. 5 loops on your hook

 

 Now like a normal triple treble, yarn over and draw through two loops, repeat 3 more times till 1 stitch remains on your hook. See the images below.

 

Can you see the 3 horizontal bars across the stitch? You're off to a cracking start! 

 

Now the linked stitches are drawn through the horizontal bars of the previous stitch.

To do this Insert hook into the top of the horizontal bar of previous stitch, yarn over and draw the yarn though.

 

 

Do this twice more. then insert the hook into the dc stitch, yarn over and draw the yarn through. There will be 5 loops on your hook.