Follow-up Friday – The “Gelato Gemini”

maRRose - CCC - The Gelato Gemini Triangle Cushions-30The lovely customer that bought this triangle cushion cover, recently asked me if I could make her two more. They had to be identical to the first one, and so I started to work on the “Gelato”-twins. Crocheting the triangles is the simple part, but it
gets pretty fiddly putting them together.
maRRose - CCC - The Gelato Gemini Triangle Cushions-46Even though you could say I have quite some experience doing this, it’s a task that doesn’t seem to become a whole lot easier, at least not for me.
Lots of doing and undoing takes place, just until I’m satisfied with how my tri shaped pieces of crochet are lined up.
maRRose - CCC - The Gelato Gemini Triangle Cushions-45The pay-off for all this doing and undoing is of course the satisfaction of seeing everything come together. And this time around the contentment was twice as big!
maRRose - CCC - The Gelato Gemini Triangle Cushions-38 maRRose - CCC - The Gelato Gemini Triangle Cushions-37For the back of the cushions, I crocheted big, solid granny squares, alternating the colors used for the front. After I blocked all four pieces (a must, if you ask me – good tutorial on that here), I crocheted the fronts and backs together with dark brown and single crochet stitches (dc’s: UK), adding a little picot every six stitches.
maRRose - CCC - The Gelato Gemini Triangle Cushions-43maRRose - CCC - The Gelato Gemini Triangle Cushions-47Luckily there were still plenty of the mint colored buttons, that – I think – go so well with these colors. I sewed them on the wrong side of the front (the inside of the cushion cover), and the spaces between the dc’s (trebles: UK) of the back were just the perfect little buttonholes.
maRRose - CCC - The Gelato Gemini Triangle Cushions-35If you want to give the Triangle Cushion Cover a try yourself, here‘s where you’ll find the tutorial.
maRRose - CCC - The Gelato Gemini Triangle Cushions-40 maRRose - CCC - The Gelato Gemini Triangle Cushions-31maRRose - CCC - The Gelato Gemini Triangle Cushions-34Now that the “Gelato Twins” have had their bath and photo shoot, they’re all ready to start their trip across the ocean to live in their new home – bon viaggo!

maRRose - CCC - The Gelato Gemini Triangle Cushions-33Love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – “The Candy Cushion”

maRRose - CCC - The Candy Triangle Cushion-20Ahhh….. the happy feeling of another “ta-dah” and being able to tick one more old wip off the list! Presenting the latest triangle cushion, my “Candy Cushion”; to tell you the truth, I’m quite chuffed with how it turned out ……

I used my own tutorial to make the triangles, and crocheted 7 double ones, 6 single ones and 4 double half ones – if that makes any sense.
Making the double ones saved considerable time and effort in the sewing department (not my favorite when it comes to assembling triangles). I now “just” had so sew the diagonal sides together.
maRRose - CCC - The Candy Triangle Cushion-01The black border is one round of single crochets (UK dc) and one round of double crochets (UK trebles). I then crocheted pom-poms in all 7 colors I used for the triangles, leaving the black out.
maRRose - CCC - The Candy Triangle Cushion-02maRRose - CCC - The Candy Triangle Cushion-06The cushion cover is machine sewed (using this fantastic tutorial, as always; it’s in Dutch, but Google Translate is your friend) and hand stitched the crochet part onto that.
Finally, I listed it in my Etsy-shop, hoping it will find a good home soon ;).
maRRose - CCC - The Candy Triangle Cushion-04Other than completing the “Candy Cushion”, I managed to crochet some more “Rustic Lace Square”-hearts, a total of 12 is now waiting to get their last rounds and to be joined to the blanket.
maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-12 maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-13Plus …… I’ve picked up the next old wip, my Crochet Mood Blanket that I started back in 2014. This past week I’ve joined 27 rectangular grannies to it, and have only some 80 more to go, haha!
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-20 maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-23I’m also in the process of translating one of Heike’s (MadewithLoops) most recent – and gorgeous, I can assure you – designs, to be released September 19th (more info here). All very exciting!
maRRose - CCC --- Moya Star Shaw-06 maRRose - CCC --- Moya Star Shaw-07To add even more excitement to this week’s summary is the fact that I noticed my “Bétaille Blanket” receiving some more love on Dutch KreaDoe’s homepage, so pleased with that!
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-35And last but most definitely not least, I want to thank you so much for your sweet comments and well wishes for Carter, here, on IG and FB – all so very much appreciated! He’s home since last Saturday, and slowly getting a bit better – meaning in less pain – and able to go short distances using his crutches and iWalk.
maRRose - CCC --- Colorful HeartsHave a fabulous weekend!
Love,
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,

love,
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).
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.
maRRose - CCC: Triangle PincushionsmaRRose - CCC - cushion galore

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.
maRRose - CCC: Triangle PincushionmaRRose - CCC: Triangle Pincushion

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