Follow-up Friday – The “Tunisian Rose” Cushion

maRRose - CCC - Tunisian Cushion Cover-18Yesterday my CraftKitchen project for the month of June came online. It’s a real fun recycle project with an old pair of jeans, and I’ll happily share a full Follow-up Friday post with you on it (plus the tutorial in English) next Friday.
In case you can’t wait – and don’t mind using Google Translate, since all CK-tutorials are in Dutch – you’re more than welcome of course to have a go at it already via this link on the CraftKitchen site.maRRose - CCC --- recycled jeans bag-04

I don’t know about you, but the busier my schedule, the more I seem to be right on top of things.
Believe it or not: I’ve already finished my CraftKitchen project for the month of August. No recycling this time: this one is all about……Tunisian Crochet!
My only tunisian crochet so far, was this cushion cover, made a couple of years ago.

maRRose - CCC - Tunisian Cushion Cover-02maRRose - CCC - Tunisian Cushion Cover-03Seeing more and more beautiful Tunisian Crochet pop up – for instance from the queen of Tunisian Crochet, the very talented Michelle/Poppy&Bliss – I felt like giving it another try.maRRose - CCC - Tunisian Project-15

To be honest with you: things did not go as smoothly as I had wanted/anticipated, grrr. For some reason I had the hardest time getting my stitch count right, and a lot (a lot!!) of frogging took place. Family members began to ask me why I was pulling things out ……AGAIN!!

Anyway, I’m not the kind of person to give up easily: I did get things straightened out eventually, and – sorry for the tease, can’t show yet – the August project’s looking rather lovely …..

maRRose - CCC - Tunisian Cushion Cover-12The tunisian crochet-shenanigans did leave me with an extra piece of tunisian crochet, the size of a cushion cover….. It has some little mistakes, and was about to go on the reject-pile, but all of a sudden I thought: how about covering these little mishaps up with some cross stitch??
A rose pattern (what else ;) was found quickly (link here), and I set to work.

maRRose - CCC - Tunisian Cushion Cover-10It turned out to be the perfect weekend project to finish the cross stitch part (an old love …), and to crochet a fun border. Envelope style cushion cover was sewn in a jiffy (no matching zipper in the house, too impatient to wait), after which I hand stitched the crochet part on to that, and: ta-dah! One new and cute cushion cover that will perfectly fit in “Tuin11”-‘s decor – very happy me!

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Have a great weekend!
Marianne xx

“Bobble Square”-hook case and cushion

maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-12This is probably not the first time you’re reading here about my crafty fears!
The first one I overcame about a year ago, when I took lessons, and actually mastered the art of sock knitting. However ridiculous this may sound: it’s something that to this day still makes me very happy …….

Another crafty fear is – or better: was, HA! – sewing in zippers!
Having been asked by the lovely CraftKitchen-people to come up with a crochet hook case/pouch design for the month of May, it quickly dawned on me that the time had come to face my zipper-fear. You see, I wanted to crochet the outside of the pouch, but fancied a solid (read: fabric) lining, and consequently a zipper seemed in place.maRRose - CCC --- CK Haaketui-032

And so, I started reading up on how to do this, but more importantly, began to practise.
I practised a lot ;)……. as you can see↑ – but it surely paid off.
Not only has my zipper-fear vanished, I’ve also written a tutorial with photos and all, that I hope – and think – will now help you zoom through the zipper-sewing-part.

maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-13 maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-12You might remember this project I was working on some time ago; during my zipper-sewing-hook-case-making-quest these bits and bobs were turned into a pouch as well, and I love how it turned out. I’m especially proud of the checkered fabric lining …..maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-21maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-19maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-28

Like I said ….. I did a whole lot of practising …..quite a bunch of zippered pouches were made …..
maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-24 maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-27maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-23The tutorials for the “bobble square”, the hook case, including zippered lining, as well as some tips on how to turn 16 “bobble squares” into a cute cushion cover can be found in the updated “Crochet Patterns”- section of the blog, and/or here.maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-06

Happy making, may you zip through these projects!
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – Diamonds Cushion Cover

maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-18Ridiculously happy, that’s what I am with this just finished project, my “Lucy-in-the-Sky-with-Diamonds”-cushion cover!

It started with me just playing around with some leftover yarn, crocheting diamonds – adding a little differently colored diamond-shaped heart to each of them.
They were fun and quick to make, although I have to admit it took me some time to figure out how to make the color changes as clean as I could.
maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-21Pretty soon I had a whole stack of diamonds, and the fun part of coming up with just the perfect lay-out started. Next was the decision with what color to join: light pink, off-white, or …… black? Well, black it was (again, I know….. I’m very fond of black as a joining color, as you can see here, or here), and I love how it worked out….. again.
The black kind of makes the colors ‘pop’!
maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-04maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-05There is a won-der-ful tutorial on the internet on how to join diamonds, and of course I used that (link here).

maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-22Should you want to give this two-colored diamond a go yourself, I’ve jotted down the stitch chart (link to pdf here), and these tapestry-tutorials (here, and here), plus my photos will hopefully help you master the color changes.
maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-36 maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-37Since this whole project was based on some non-planned crochet doodling, the size of my crocheted front was not standard. This meant I had to sew a cover that would match my crochet, i.e. 50 x 35 cm. Going for a “boho”-look, I picked some funky stripe fabric from my stash.maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-38maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-19It was then that I decided I would try to sew a zipper in this cushion cover …..
You see, during the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying to get to grips with sewing in a zipper, since one of my upcoming projects for CraftKitchen involves a sewed-in zipper.
I’m first in line to admit it’s a bit weird, but I think I’ve been almost as intimidated by sewing in zippers as I was by knitting socks……. But, hey, I’ve mastered the latter, so I thought it was about time to crack the zipper-code too.
maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-35I found a really great tutorial here, so, with the iPad on my knees, I sat behind my old Pfaff, and I’m pleased as punch, and very proud to show you my first cushion cover with a zipper!maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-08maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-20

All in all this was a most enjoyable project, and just looking at my “Lucy-in-the-Sky-with-Diamonds”-cushion makes me a happy camper. Soon, she will be taken to our little cabin on the Amsterdam canal – my beloved “Tuin 11” – where she’ll fit right in with the rest of its bright&colorful decorations. Until then, she resides in my studio ….
maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-17Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – a shawl, a scarf and an ex-shawl

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In the process of finishing up the purple Alize cushion cover, I suddenly realized I never showed you the two projects I recently made with the Lana Grossa 3Cento.

Quite the omission, even more so given the fact that I’ve fallen in love with this fabulous yarn. The color way is beautiful (all of them), and it’s unbelievably soft – all in all an enormous pleasure to work with.
No surprise really that both wips turned out truly lovely ….. I’m wearing the blue/purple one as I type up this post; the fact that it’s light & fluffy only adds to its comfort.
maRRose - CCC --- Blue Cento Shawl-02maRRose - CCC --- Cento Shawl-11After some serious pattern auditioning, the pattern I used is the “Spring Petals Scarf”, a free one to be found here – very enjoyable to crochet.maRRose - CCC --- Pink Cento Shawl-01

maRRose - CCC --- Pink Cento Shawl-06For the pretty pink 3Cento I chose the “Dromerige Sjaal” (“Dreamy Shawl”), designed by Sascha Blase, from her great book “Kant Haken”. The book is in Dutch, but has charts too, so language should not be a barrier.
maRRose - CCC --- Pink Cento Shawl-03 maRRose - CCC --- Pink Cento Shawl-04You might remember me complaining about the scratchy feel of the purple scarf? Well, I did wash the one-skein-in piece of crochet with Eucalan, and that worked a treat: much better!
maRRose - CCC --- Lien's scarf-01However, I could not lay my hands on more of the same yarn, and to be honest with you: my pleasure of continuing with this wip had experienced a severe blow as well……
I was very happy when an ig-friend, I think it was Miriam, suggested turning it into a cushion: bingo!
maRRose - CCC --- Lien's cushion cover-04maRRose - CCC --- Lien's cushion cover-03And now I love it again ……
The free crochet pattern can be found here; I sewed my trusted envelope, and thus removable, cushion cover in light pink to shine through the lace pattern of the crochet. I then made an envelope of the crochet part too; closed the sides by hand sewing them together.
Not able to find the right buttons, I crocheted them again – using a cotton in a softer purple (the how-to can be found in this blog post).
The side with the buttons is supposed to be the back of the cushion, but I think I actually like it better than the front.
maRRose - CCC --- Lien's cushion cover-02It sure feels great to have ticked off three things of the wip-list!

Have a happy weekend!
Marianne xx

Introducing: Granny Square “Abby”

maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-10It’s with much pleasure – and some anticipation – that I’m introducing granny square “Abby” to you today! The anticipation stems from a mix of feelings (“will other people like her too”, “what if I overlooked a mistake in the – gazillion times checked – pattern”, “will the tutorial be clear enough”), however, the pleasure wins: I’m simply very happy and proud to publish and share this granny square.
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-12The inspiration for the pattern was found in an old “Teleac”-craft course (early 80’s), that my mother gave me some time ago. “Teleac” being a paper version of today’s online classes, like “Craftsy”, would explain this best, I think.
maRRose - CCC --- granny square Abby-102Where the filet-technique is usually found in large pieces of crochet (like these, or here), I immediately liked the little center piece of filet in combination with the kind of stitches you’d normally crochet a granny square with. Not being able to find a stitch glossary in my mom’s book, and what’s more, not even recognizing the symbols used, I just started doodling.
maRRose - CCC --- Granny Square Abby-106After much fun, but time-consuming doodling, I finally came up with “Abby” as she looks right now.
She premiered in my “Les Tourettes Shawl” (link to that post, here) – and I loved how that turned out.
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-42While crocheting this shawl, I thought “Abby” might be a great square to make a cushion cover with as well, and so I made these two.

maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Margriet-06 maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Margriet-10For the blue/red one, named “Bram”, I simply crocheted 4 “Abby”-squares, blocked them into shape (essential) and machine sewed them onto the gingham and striped cover I made.
maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Bram-02Now the white/yellow cushion – “Margriet” – has 4 squares as well, but I’ve added two rounds of dc’s once the squares were all joined. I really like the fact that – even after blocking – this cushion does not have the bit more stretched look of “Bram”, but this is just a personal preference.
maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Margriet-04Both “Bram” and “Margriet” are for sale in my Etsy shop – for a sweet, festive price!

The pattern/tutorial for “Abby” can be found here (link to pdf), and/or here (via the “Tutorial/DIY”-tab on my homepage).
It goes without saying that I’d love to see your “Abby”-squares, so please tag them with #maRRosegrannysquareabby if you’re posting pictures on social media.
maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Margriet-05 maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Bram-07Have fun, and have a great weekend!

Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday

maRRose - CCC --- Rustic Lace Square-blanket-22And yet another week has flown by ….. a week filled with lots of ER/hospital visits, and not too much crochet, I’m afraid. Luckily the hospital visits led up to Carter having his big reconstructive foot surgery today (as I type this message, actually……).
The external frame will be removed, and all things necessary to make his foot as good as new will be taken care of as well.
Despite the long road ahead of him, we’re confident he’ll eventually be A-OK again.
maRRose - CCC --- Triangle Cushion-01I was able to work a bit on two old wips, the first one being the triangle cushion cover – the second one the ” Rustic Lace Square”-blanket.
maRRose - CCC --- Triangle Cushion Cover-01Almost all triangle pieces are done, so assembly is the next (and last) step.
maRRose - CCC --- Rustic Lace Square-blanket-20As far as the rustic lace squares are concerned, I’ve finished 3, and have 4 incomplete ones. Spending the next couple of days with Carter in the hospital, I’m assuming I’ll be adding quite a few more ……
maRRose - CCC --- Rustic Lace Square-blanket-21Wishing you a fun weekend,

Marianne xx

Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Granny Square Galore-collageNever ever do I tire of a granny square ……
Even though the basic pattern is pretty straightforward, using all kinds of exciting colors (or not) always makes for a wonderful finished crochet project, I think.

Working on a solid granny square cushion myself at the moment – and really enjoying the process – I thought it would be fun to collect some beautiful granny square cushion covers for this all new Treasury Tuesday!

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Picking out just two favorites was as difficult as it is every week ……..
maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Granny Square Galore-01 maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Granny Square Galore-02Wishing you a wonderful week!
Marianne xx

Triangle cushion covers

maRRose - CCC: Triangle PincushionWriting this blog post made me realize I have somewhat of a fascination with geometric crochet. I’ve noticed I like all crochet made with graphic shapes ….
For instance this gorgeous “Isometric Blanket” by Solveig, or the beautiful “Harlequin Blanket” by Woodwoodstool (here‘s another one, gorgeously made by Coco Rose Diaries). Or maybe this beauty, a free pattern from the talented Kath Webber/Inverleith. A different technique – tapestry crochet – gives brilliant results as well, like this and this one, all made by Julie/Little Woollie (free tutorial on her blog, here).
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My first geometric crochet project, was a cushion cover that I made for my brother quite some time ago. I loved playing with the different sizes and shapes, kind of freewheeling the pattern together.
I’m afraid this is not the best kind of photo, but at least you’ll get an idea of
what I did …..
maRRose - CCC: Triangle Cushion in purple, mustard and greys

After that I made the triangle cushion that now lives with my lovely and talented friend Sonia, and I love the story that’s related to this one.
maRRose - CCC: Triangle Cushion in pink, orange, yellow, ice blue and bright blueWe both admire each others work – please, please do yourself a favor and check out her fan-tas-tic artwork – but I’m no needle artist, nor is Son a crocheter, and so we decided to make a deal and simply swap!
Sonia made a stunning portrait of our family and my triangle cushion cover was shipped all the way to Australia, a very happy deal indeed!
maRRose - CCC: Dandelyne family portrait 2014

This particular triangle cushion cover also ignited my triangle pincushion design (tutorial + free pattern here), so it actually brought a lot of fun.
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A couple of weeks ago someone asked me how to crochet the half triangles that are needed to square things off and I decided to make a tutorial for these too.
And while doing so, I quickly wrote down how I made the entire cushion as well, so you can go ahead and crochet/construct your very own triangle cushion cover.
For a pdf-version of this tutorial, click here – or go to the tutorial section, here.

I had so much fun making triangles and half triangles again, that I started triangle cushion cover number 3 – now listed in my Etsy shop.

maRRose - CCC: Triangle PincushionmaRRose - CCC: Triangle PincushionAs you can see I crocheted one big solid granny square as the back of this cushion (tutorial by “ACreativeBeing”, here).
It turned out really pretty – the cushion now being a nice “two-for-one”. Front and back are crocheted together with sc’s, using all 4 loops, adding a little 3-chain picot every 6 stitches. One of the sides was partly left open and can be closed with 4 buttons which makes washing the cover a breeze.
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I’m already working on number 4, trying to figure out an easier way to connect the triangles and half triangles that – I have to admit – can be a bit fiddly.
Will definitely let you know here if the new little trick will work!
maRRose - CCC: Triangle Pincushion


More than a Granny – Cushion Cover

maRRose - CCC: "More than a Granny"-cushion coverIt may sound odd – and hopefully a bit familiar – but when I crochet there are times when I feel like a sculptor……. Do you ever feel like that too?
However when making this cushion cover I felt more like a cook. Just like the ones that compete in programs such as “The Great British Bake Off” (“Heel Holland Bakt” in The Netherlands) where they are restricted to certain recipes and ingredients.

My recipes were the gorgeous granny squares from Shelley‘s ebook “More than a Granny“, that I had the privilege of receiving an advance copy of (this post).
The ingredient that I narrowed myself down to work with, was the beautiful Bendigo Woollen Mills-cotton, gifted to me by the same lovely Shelley.
maRRose - CCC: "More than a Granny"-cushion cover

Don’t get me wrong, it was me, myself & I who put these boundaries on this project and I really liked the challenge!

It was clear from the start that I would not have enough of the Bendigo cotton to make the nine squares needed for this 50×50 cm cushion cover in one or even two color ways.
maRRose - CCC: "More than a Granny"-cushion coverUltimately I used 10 of the 15 colors I had: blues, pinks/purples, and greens. To my pleasant surprise the off-white I had in my Katia-stash matched the Bendigo-off-white in a perfect way, so I used this Katia-cotton for the last round(s) of the squares and as a joining color.
maRRose - CCC: "More than a Granny"-cushion coverWhen crocheting a border on a cushion, blanket or even shawl, I always try to put a frame around the crocheted “body”, like you would when framing your favorite photo.

maRRose - CCC: "More than a Granny"-cushion coverI felt that this “More than a Granny”-cushion cover only needed a subtle frame, hence the block stitch in cream and blue (used before here).
maRRose - CCC: "More than a Granny"-cushion coverAll in all I feel I’ve cooked up a pretty tasty meal!


The “I Love Holland”-cushion

maRRose - CCC: "I love Holland"-cushionThe first grandchild/niece/cousin on my husband’s side of the family is getting married. She was born in The Netherlands, but moved to Canada when she was 8 or 9 years old. Unfortunately we do not see her and the rest of her lovely family a lot, but luckily there’s social media! Thanks to Facebook and the like, we’re able to connect and share parts (photos) of our lives on a regular basis.

Marriage is an important step in your life and calls for a special gift, a gift from the heart in my humble opinion. Happy me, another reason to start crocheting something nice.
Not knowing any colors or style that she and her husband-to-be have decorated their home with, made it a bit hard to decide on this.
maRRose - CCC: "I love Holland"-cushionHowever, when my mother in law said one of the presents our niece had suggested to her, was a cheese slicer (“kaasschaaf”), a typical Dutch kitchen tool to – you get it – make slicing cheese easier, the link to a “Dutch” present was made in my crochet-brain.
maRRose - CCC: "I love Holland"-cushion maRRose - CCC: "I love Holland"-cushionThe “I Love Holland”-cushion plan was born, thinking and hoping it would be a little reminder to both her and her husband of her Dutch roots.
maRRose - CCC: "I love Holland"-cushionNów picking colors was easy: “Dutch” colors – red, white and blue as referral to our national flag. Orange referring to our royal family and it also being the color that unites all Dutch in fun, national holidays (e.g. Kingsday, World Soccer Games etc.).

maRRose - CCC: "I love Holland"-cushionThe pretty granny circle was crocheted following the lovely Cherry Heart‘s tutorial. Joining my “Holland-circles” I used the continuous-join-as-you-go-technique. While doing so, I first thought of a border in orange pompoms (you know how I LOVE pompoms …..), but browsing my pinterest board – actually for something else – I stumbled upon this pin: the gorgeous, gorgeous border design by Dragana Savkov (blog here).
maRRose - CCC: "I love Holland"-cushion maRRose - CCC: "I love Holland"-cushionI immediately felt thís was the perfect border for my cushion and seeing how it worked out, I’m soooo happy that I went for this beautiful design!
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For the back I used two fabrics from my stash that had a “Dutch” feel, made an envelope-style cover onto which I sewed the crocheted front and prettied up the back with a separately crocheted trim in the same style as my border.
maRRose - CCC: "I love Holland"-cushion maRRose - CCC: "I love Holland"-cushion maRRose - CCC: "I love Holland"-cushionI can only conclude that I really LOVE my “I love Holland”-cushion and so hope our sweet niece will too …..