Having seen some wonderful examples of pixelated crochet (e.g. this beautiful blanket by the lovely Vanessa/Coco Rose Diaries) ánd finding this “Better Homes and Gardens” book in the attic (while looking for something else) sparked the following idea.
What if I would make tiny, tiny squares, using a cross stitch pattern from the BH&G-book, turning this into a cushion cover?
Because I’m a visually inclined person, I drew the cross stitch pattern on a piece of graph paper and got started.
I then had to decide what I wanted to do with the border. I knew I wanted the colors that I had already used in the pattern to come back in the border, but in a subtle way.
The block stitch seemed to be a good choice (on one of my very favorite blogs – Sandra – Cherry Heart – you can find a fantastic tutorial here – you’ll want to focus on rounds 4, 5 etc. in this tutorial).
First, however, I crocheted all around my cross stitch pattern in dc’s in white. I then started the block stitch (using yellow as my first color): first row: single crochet, three chains, single crochet etc. making sure there were 4 (white) dc’s from my previous round in between my sc’s.
Next round I dc-ed with white, crocheting 4 white dc’s in each yellow 3-chain space. I needed 6 rounds of color and white to get to the right size, after which I got to maybe the most exciting part: making the pompoms!
Browsing the internet, I found two great tutorials on how to make these: this one from “Once Upon A Pink Moon” and this one from “The Heartfelt Company”.
Both tutorials were very helpful, but once again I could not help myself and made slight changes to the patterns here, since I wanted the pompoms to be snug and close to my crochet – for this particular cushion I did not want them to dangle too much.
So, I crocheted 4 chains, made my first bobble stitch in the 3rd chain from my hook, made my second bobble, slip stitched the two together, chrocheted only 1 chain and made a single crochet stitch into the next hole (space between two clusters of 4 white dc’s).
One thing I learned the hard way (read: had to frog!): start crocheting your pompom border facing the back of your work!!! Otherwise you’ll end up with the open side of your pompoms on the front of your crochet – something I did not like at all.
I do hope the photos in this “DIY” are helpful – should you find anything amiss, please don’t hesitate to let me know!
Happy pixelating and pompomning – and as always: please do share, I’d love to see your take on this!