Joy’s Cushion – Continuous Crochet Square video tutorial

I would love to show you a neat way to use variegated yarn to make a quick gift or decorate you house with a lovely continuous crochet square cushion. After all, you can never have too many cushions. My cushion is based on the pattern Joy’s Journey by Dedri Uys and uses Scheepjes Noorse Sokkenwol Color.

Joy's Cushion - Free Crochet Pattern

Materials

You will need 2 balls of Scheepjes Noorse Sokkenwol Color. I used two colors, one for each side of the cushion, giving a fun two-sided look. I used colors 951 and 967 plus a 4.5mm hook. In addition to the yarn, you will also need a 45cm x 45cm cushion inner.

Scheepjes Noorse Sokkenwol Color

Scheepjes Noorse Sokkenwol Color is available from Wool Warehouse, Deramores or your Scheepjes stockist. Thank you for using the links on my blog, supporting my work and helping me to keep my work available for free.

Gauge and size

Gauge is not essential for this project and it’s not needed to make a gauge swatch. If your gauge is similar to mine you will be able to make a 45cm x 45cm cushion.

Resources

Joy's Cushion free crochet patternVideo

If you would like to make a cushion or blanket of your own using Dedri’s pattern, I have a short video tutorial to show you how to make Joy’s Journey.


Joy’s Cushion – Free Crochet Work Description

© Esther Dijkstra 2017. All rights reserved.

To make a cushion do the following:

  1. Make 2 identical continuous squares using the pattern Joy’s Journey till each square is approximately 45cm x 45cm.
  2. Work away the yarn tails of both squares.
  3. Place the two squares with their backs to each-other. Using one of the yarn colors used to make the squares, join 3 edges with single crochet stitches. In the corners work 3 single crochet stitches.
  4. Put the cushion inner inside the joined squares.
  5. Join the final edges of the squares with single crochet stitches.
  6. Work away your last yarn tail.

Yarn packs for Joy’s Journey

If you enjoyed making this pattern you could consider doing a full size blanket with it. It is fabulously relaxing and a wonderful destresser. There are yarn packs available for Joy’s Journey to make a Baby Blanket or a Large Blanket. The yarn packs include yarn, a printed pattern and a pom-pom ribbon to make the border.

Photo: Dedri Uys from lookatwhatimade.net


I am really happy with my cushion and my boys love it too. My eldest said it was the softest cushion he has ever laid his head on. Gotta love that yarn!

Joy's Cushion Free Crochet Pattern

The two colors I chose are completely different, so my cushion has a metamorphoses every time I turn it around.

joys_cushion free crochet pattern

I would love to see your cushions, which colors you chose and how they came out. Feel free to share them on my Facebook page or tag me in one of your post on Instagram. You can also use #itsallinanutshell to help me find it.

With love,

Esther

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© COPYRIGHT IT’S ALL IN A NUTSHELL. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. THIS PATTERN IS AVAILABLE FOR UNLIMITED PERSONAL USE. YOU MAY PRINT A COPY OF THE PATTERN OR KEEP A DIGITAL COPY FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. DO NOT REPRODUCE OR SELL MY PATTERNS (EITHER DIGITALLY OR IN PRINT). DO NOT POST MY PATTERNS ONLINE, EITHER AS A COMPLETE DOCUMENT OR IN PART. PLEASE REFER BACK TO THIS PATTERN BY LINKING TO IT FROM YOUR BLOG OR WEBSITE. YOU MAY SELL ITEMS THAT YOU MAKE WITH MY PATTERN AS LONG AS YOU CREDIT ME AS THE DESIGNER. TO SHOP OWNERS AND YARN SELLERS : IT IS NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE KITS WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. PLEASE DO NOT PRINT COPIES TO DISTRIBUTE WITH YARN SALES AS THIS IS AN INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT. THE COPYRIGHT OF THIS FREE CROCHET PATTERN IS PROTECTED BY SCHEEPJES.COM.

Argyle Color Pooling Blanket WIP

I have been working steadily on my argyle color pooling blanket over the past few months and I would like to show you where I am at the moment. Remember were I was last time? I had only done a few rows and used just over 1 ball of Scheepjes Invicta Matterhorn.

yarn-pooling-with-matterhorn-sock-yarn

I have come quite a bit further since that last photo. At this point I have worked just over 5 balls of Scheepjes Invicta Matterhorn, a sock yarn that I am using with a 3mm hook. I am also going to add a border using a solid color of the Scheepjes Invicta Extra range.

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After about 4 balls the argyle pattern started to become very visible. Because of the long color change in the yarn, it is a subtle pattern and not as busy as you might have seen with other argyle patterns.

I have come to the conclusion that I am not a robot; I can’t keep my tension 100% constant all the time. This means that my argyle pattern is a little wobbly at times and sometimes shifts over more and sometimes less. As such a slight variation in tension is not a problem, but it accumulates over many stitches meaning that with the long color change of the yarn I have noticed that sometimes my shift is 1 stitch and sometimes 5 stitches. This variation in the argyle shift is what causes my wobbly pattern. Personally I don’t think it’s a problem because it makes my blanket all the more personal and unique. No person on the planet will be able to match my pattern EXACTLY. Isn’t that cool, you can make something completely unique simply by being yourself!

argyle color pooling blanket


Color pooling, or yarn pooling, is popular at the moment and I thought to myself “how hard can it be?” Famous last words right? No, actually it’s not as hard as it looks. I have a detailed description taking you every step of the way. If you prefer, I also have a video showing you how to do argyle color pooling should you want to try your hand at it.


argyle color pooling blanket

Are you doing color pooling? Feel free to share your photo’s on my Facebook page or tag me in your post on Instagram. You can also use #itsallinanutshell to help me find it.

With love,

Esther

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Touch of Velvet Wrap – Free Crochet Pattern

Here is the free crochet pattern for my Touch of Velvet wrap I showed you last week. It’s an elegant design that is finished with a playful beaded edge. I must say that I am really happy with this design and it’s surprisingly warm with the Color Crafter Velvet yarn.

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Materials

You will need the following materials to make the Touch of Velvet Wrap

Scheepjes Color Crafter Velvet is available from Wool Warehouse, Deramores or your Scheepjes stockist. Thank you for using the links on my blog, supporting my work and helping me to keep my patterns free.

Gauge and size

Gauge is not essential for this project and it’s not needed to make a gauge swatch. If your gauge is similar to mine your final wrap will be approximately 200cm wide and 90cm high.

Resources

Abbreviations

This pattern uses US crochet terms. If you are more familiar with UK crochet terms, please see this conversion table for the most common terms.

  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • ss – slip stitch
  • st – stitch
  • picot – ch3, ss in first chain stitch worked
  • dc4tog – 4 double crochet stitches worked together
  • YO – yarn over

Special stitches

SDC – Special Double Cluster. A dc4tog with the first 2 legs in the first ch5-space and the last 2 legs in the second ch5-space.
YO, pull up a loop in current ch5-space, take off 2 loops, 2 loops on your hook. YO, pull up a loop in current ch5-space, take off 2 loops, 3 loops on your hook. YO, pull up a loop in next ch5-space, take off 2 loops, 4 loops on your hook. YO, pull up a loop in next ch5-space, take off 2 loops, 5 loops on your hook.  YO and take off all loops on your hook.

Standing SDC – Standing Special Double Cluster.
Attach yarn with a ss in first ch5-space, ch2, YO, pull up a loop in first ch5-space, take off 2 loops, 2 loops on your hook. YO, pull up a loop in second ch5-space, take off 2 loops, 3 loops on your hook. YO, pull up a loop in second ch5-space, take off 2 loops, 4 loops on your hook.  YO and take off all loops on your hook.

Touch of Velvet wrap

Video

To make this pattern accessible to as many people as possible I have made a video tutorial showing the steps involved in making this wrap.


Touch of Velvet Wrap – Free Crochet Pattern

© Esther Dijkstra 2017. All rights reserved.

The Touch of Velvet Wrap consists of a triangular base worked in granny stitch followed by a lacy border edged with beads.

Base

Work the base using Scheepjes Color Crafter Velvet – Kelly (841) and a 4mm hook.

Row 1

With a slip knot on your hook, ch4 and close with a ss in the first ch.
ch4 (counts as 1dc and ch1), in the ch4-loop work 3dc, ch3, 3dc, ch1, 1dc.
Turn your work.

Row 2

ch4 (counts as 1dc and ch1),
3dc in the next ch1-space, ch1 and skip the next 3dc,
[3dc, ch3, 3dc] in the ch3-space, ch1 and skip the next 3dc,
3dc in the next ch1-space, ch1,
1dc on the last dc (this will be the 3rd ch of the starting ch4 of row 1).
Turn your work.

Row 3

ch4 (counts as 1dc and ch1),
* 3dc in the next ch1-space, ch1 and skip the next 3dc. * Repeat * to * 1 more time.
[3dc, ch3, 3dc] in the ch3-space, ch1 and skip the next 3dc,
3dc in the next ch1-space, ch1 and skip the next 3dc,
3dc in the next ch1-space, ch1,
1dc on the last dc (this will be the 3rd ch of the starting ch4 of row 2).
Turn your work.

Row 4

ch4 (counts as 1dc and ch1),
*3dc in the next ch1-space, ch1 and skip the next 3dc. * Repeat * to * 2 more times.
[3dc, ch3, 3dc] in the ch3-space, ch1 and skip the next 3dc,
*3dc in the next ch1-space, ch1 and skip the next 3dc. * Repeat * to * 1 more time.
3dc in the next ch1-space, ch1,
1dc on the last dc (this will be the 3rd ch of the starting ch4 of row 3).
Turn your work.

Row 5 – 52

Repeat row 4 where you increase the number of repeats along the edges of the triangle. Cut your yarn, cast off and work away your yarn tails. At this point you will have a large triangle and it will look something like this.

Base for Touch of Velvet Wrap

Edge

Work the edge using Scheepjes Color Crafter Velvet – Bogart (847) and a 4mm hook. First work rows 1 to 5 and fasten off. Thread the beads on your yarn and then work the final row of the wrap.

Row 1

With a slip knot on your hook, start with a standing sc in the first dc.
*1sc in next ch1-space, ch5, skip the next 3dc. * Repeat * to * till the ch3-space.
(1sc, ch5, 1sc) in the ch3-space to form the tip of the wrap.
*ch5, skip the next 3dc and work 1sc in the next ch1-space. * Repeat * to * till the last ch1-space.
1sc on the last dc. Turn your work.

Row 2

ch5 (counts as 1dc and ch2), skip next sc,
*1sc in next ch5-space, skip next sc, 8dc in next ch5-space, skip next sc, 1sc in next ch5-space, skip next sc, ch5. * Repeat * to * till the ch5-space before the tip of the wrap.
1sc in next ch5-space, skip next sc, 12dc in ch5-space at the tip of the wrap, skip next sc, 1sc in next ch5-space, skip next sc, ch5.
Repeat * to * till there are three ch5-spaces left. 1sc in next ch5-space, 8dc in next ch5-space, 1sc in last ch5-space.
ch2, skip next sc, 1dc on last sc. Turn your work.

Row 3

ch1 (does not count as a st), 1sc in same st, skip the ch2-space and the next sc.
* (1dc on next dc, 1 picot) 7 times, 1dc on last dc, skip next sc, 1sc in next ch5-space, skip next sc. * Repeat * to * till the tip of the wrap.
(1dc on next dc, 1 picot) 11 times, 1dc on last dc, skip next sc, 1sc in next ch5-space, skip next sc.
Repeat * to * till the last ch5-space, (1dc on next dc, 1 picot) 7 times, 1dc on last dc.
Skip next sc and ch2-space. 1sc on last dc (which is the 3rd ch of the starting ch5 of row 2). Turn your work.

Row 4

ch8 (counts as 1dc and ch5),
* 1sc on 3rd picot, ch5, 1sc on 5th picot, ch5, 1dc in next sc, ch5. * Repeat * to * till the tip of the wrap.
1sc on 3rd picot, ch5, 1sc on 5th picot, ch5, 1sc on 7th picot, ch5, 1sc on 9th picot, ch5, 1dc on next sc, ch5.
Repeat * to * till the end of the wrap omitting the last ch5. Turn your work.

Row 5

ch8 (counts as 1dc and ch5),
* 1sc in next ch5-space, ch5. * Repeat * to * till the end of the wrap. 1sc in last st (which is the 3rd ch of the starting ch8 of row 4). Cut your yarn and bind off. Turn your work.

Row 6

With a needle thread 105 beads on your yarn. Push the beads that you don’t need forward on your yarn as you work bringing 1 bead at a time to your hook as needed. In the beginning it will be difficult to push the beads forward as you will have 100+ beads on your yarn, but as you work in the beads it becomes easier to move them forward. Don’t try to push 100 beads forward at once, but make batches of 10 to 20 beads at a time. Note that the SDC are worked in such a way that they share the ch5-spaces.

Work a Standing SDC over the first and second ch5-spaces of row 4.
* ch3, bring 1 bead to your hook and ch1 over the bead securing it in place, ch3, SDC in the same ch5-space where you finished the previous SDC and the next ch5-space. * Repeat * to * till the end of the wrap. Cut your yarn and work away all yarn tails.

For best results, block your work.

Touch of Velvet wrap edge

And that’s it! If you would like to look back on my journey of making this wrap you can read about choosing my yarn, when the wrap was still a WIP, and the full photo shoot of the finished design.


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I would love to see your wraps. Feel free to share them on my Facebook page or tag me in one of your post on Instagram. You can also use #itsallinanutshell to help me find it.

With love,

Esther

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© COPYRIGHT IT’S ALL IN A NUTSHELL. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. THIS PATTERN IS AVAILABLE FOR UNLIMITED PERSONAL USE. YOU MAY PRINT A COPY OF THE PATTERN OR KEEP A DIGITAL COPY FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. DO NOT REPRODUCE OR SELL MY PATTERNS (EITHER DIGITALLY OR IN PRINT). DO NOT POST MY PATTERNS ONLINE, EITHER AS A COMPLETE DOCUMENT OR IN PART. PLEASE REFER BACK TO THIS PATTERN BY LINKING TO IT FROM YOUR BLOG OR WEBSITE. YOU MAY SELL ITEMS THAT YOU MAKE WITH my pattern AS LONG AS YOU CREDIT ME AS THE DESIGNER. TO SHOP OWNERS AND YARN SELLERS : IT IS NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE KITS WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. PLEASE DO NOT PRINT COPIES TO DISTRIBUTE WITH YARN SALES AS THIS IS AN INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT. THE COPYRIGHT OF THIS FREE CROCHET PATTERN IS PROTECTED BY SCHEEPJES.COM.

Touch of Velvet Wrap

Here she is, my Touch of Velvet wrap! I think it’s just lovely, even if I say so myself. The black and red Scheepjes Color Crafter Velvet yarn work lovely together and the black beads are the finishing touch.

touch_of_velvet_wrap-2

I was taking photographs of the wrap to show you how it came out and I am having an awfully hard time selecting which shots to show you. So I decided to just show them all to you, that way I don’t have to choose 😀

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Touch of Velvet wrap

Touch of Velvet Wrap

Touch of Velvet Wrap

Touch of Velvet Wrap

Touch of Velvet Wrap

 

Now that you know what it looks like I am sure that some of you would love to have the pattern for it. Next week I will share the free pattern for my Touch of Velvet Wrap.

With love,

Esther

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