The “Lucy” Cushion

maRRose - CCC: The "Lucy" CushionWhile I was crocheting the “Dijon” blanket (more here), I already wondered how this beautiful stitch would look in cotton.
maRRose - CCC: The "Lucy" Cushion

So…. running out of yarn when trying to finish yet another blanket, the “Tulip” one (more on that here), I grabbed my chance and gave the cotton a “Dijon-stitch” try.
And my, oh, my did I like what I saw!
maRRose - CCC: The "Lucy" CushionFirst I played with a different set of stitches (sc + dc instead of the slst + hdc), and sure enough this looked nice.
maRRose - CCC: The "Lucy" CushionHowever, it came nowhere near the original plan (slst + hdc) – it’s this particular combination that gives the texture and pretty stitch definition that I (and many of you) have come to like so much (tutorial here).
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From then on, the “Lucy” cushion was all I worked on – such a joy seeing it develop!
A lot of thought, trying, and frogging was involved when it came to the border: going down in hooksize twice, changing from one color to the multi-colors and then figuring out the stitches.
maRRose - CCC: The "Lucy" CushionAll of a sudden I remembered how much I like the little bobbles on the summer shawls (here and here) and “bang”: a multi-colored bobble border was born!
Me – finally – happy!
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Not sure how long this “Dijon-stitch”-love will last, but the next baby blanket is already in the making……
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Love,
Marianne xx

PS: The “Lucy” cushion is for sale in my Etsy shop (link here).

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).
maRRose - CCC: Triangle Pincushion

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

Love,
Marianne

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!

Love,
Marianne