Organize your yarn

Hey everyone,

Tell me the truth, does this look familiar to you?

unorganized yarn with labels

If you are even just a little like me, you most probably have a bag or a box somewhere in which you have lots and lots of labels with pieces of yarn attached to them. This way you know that in theory you have all your yarn samples, but somehow you never seem to find what you are looking for or never even bother to check because its too tangled up in the first place.

But no worries, help is at hand. Dedri Uys from Look at what I made has a great idea on how to organize your yarn, and better steal a great idea than make up a bad one yourself. So, I copied this great idea. 🙂

I printed the download like at least 20 times (somehow you always seem to have more yarn than you realize) and had them laminated with the labels. Luckily my sister has one of those machines. And thada! All ready to go.

laminated yarn organizer

I absolutely LOVE cats (and squirrels), so I just had to punch the holes with a cat stamp of course 🙂

punched holes in the shape of cat in yarn organizer

The result is amazing. I have crochet the yarn pieces into a row of single crochets. This way it just much more clear what the exact color is. If you are a little OCD you might block these to get them nice and straight. I’m okay with them curling about a bit, too much work really.

yarn organizer with yarn

And because I’m a very practical person, I just taped the end to the back of the laminated page. Saves me the trouble of having to work them all in.

yarn taped to the back of yarn organizer

All in a folder and I am all “yarn-organized”! Isn’t this like just the greatest thing.

completed yarn organizer

Have a wonderful week.

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Blue Lagoon Cushion

Hi all you lovely people!

I am proud to present my very first crochet design. I know, it’s not revolutionary or ground breaking or anything like that, but I made it up myself and I am very proud of it 😀  I started this project some time ago, but only got round to finishing it recently. I love to share it with you so that if you like it, you can make it yourself as well.

The cushion has two sides, both nice enough to call the front, which means I can’t choose. One side has 16 granny squares and the other side has flowing waves. I used a bright blue as main color for this cushion and in combination with the waves it inspired me to name it ‘Blue Lagoon’.

I worked everything with a double thread to get a nice and chunky effect. Sometimes you want something delicate, but sometimes you don’t. This is one of those times that you don’t. The ruggedness of using a thicker yarn gives this cushion a real presence on the couch.

Materials used

So, what do you need to make this cushion? I used Drops Safran cotton yarn:

  • 4 skeins Drops Safran Petrol, color number 51 – yarn A
  • 2 skeins Drops Safran Ice Blue, color number 50 – yarn B
  • 2 skeins Drops Safran White, color number 17 – yarn C
  • 4.5mm crochet hook (US size 7)
  • 45cm x 45cm inner cushion (not shown)
  • scissors & needle

Stitches

Please note that the description of the pattern and the instruction videos use US crochet terms.

  • ss: slip stitch
  • ch: chain stitch
  • sc: single crochet
  • dc: double crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • tr: treble crochet
  • dtr: double treble crochet

Granny side

This granny is inspired on a granny I found online. In that granny there were 5 rounds, but I opted for 4 rounds because otherwise the final result would become too large. I also included the ss to make the color joins more smooth between rounds 3 and 4.

Use two threads of yarn to make the granny’s. Start with a magic ring or chain 5 and connect with a slip stitch to make a ring. The granny consists of 4 rounds.

  1. using yarn A make ch2, only take off the first two loops of 1 dc, make a new dc and again only take off the first two loops. Now take off all remaining 3 loops in one go. ch3. *Make a cluster by making 3 dc where you only take off the first two loops of each dc. Finish the cluster by pulling the yarn through all 4 the loops. ch3.* Repeat ** 4 more times. Close with a ss in the stitch closing the cluster from the beginning of the round. Cut of the yarn.
  2. using yarn B or C attach the yarn in a ch3 space and pick up a loop on the hook. ch2. Make 1 dc but only take off the first two loops of the dc, make a second dc and again only take off the first two loops. Now take off all remaining 3 loops in one go. ch3. Make a second cluster in the same ch3 space by making 3 dc where you only take off the first two loops of each dc. Finish the cluster by pulling the yarn through all 4 the loops. ch3. *Make two clusters in the next ch3 space. ch3.* Repeat between * and * 4 more times. Close with a ss in the stitch closing the cluster from the beginning of the round. Cut off the yarn.
  3. using yarn C or B attach the yarn in a ch3 space. ch3. 2dc. ch2. *3dc in next ch3 space. ch2* repeat ** 10 times. Close with a ss in the first dc. Make another ss to the ch2 space. Cut off the yarn.
  4. using yarn A attach the yarn in a ch2 space. ch3. 2dc. ch1. *[3tr, ch2, 3tr] in ch2 space, ch1, 3dc in ch2 space, ch1, 3dc in ch2 space, ch1. * Repeat ** 2 times. [3tr, ch2, 3tr] in ch2 space, ch1, 3dc in ch2 space, ch1. Close with a ss in ch3 space from the beginning of the round.

In total make 16 granny’s, in two different color combinations. Make 8 granny’s in Combination 1: A – B – C – A, and 8 granny’s in Combination 2: A – C – B – A. After blocking your grannys measure about 11cm.

I have also made an instruction video showing you how to make the grannys.

Joining the grannys

Connect your grannys alternating in 4 rows and 4 columns using a double thread of color A.

  1. Combination 1 – Combination 2 – Combination 1 – Combination 2
  2. Combination 2 – Combination 1 – Combination 2 – Combination 1
  3. Combination 1 – Combination 2 – Combination 1 – Combination 2
  4. Combination 2 – Combination 1 – Combination 2 – Combination 1

Place two squares with the right sides facing each other. Insert your hook from front to back through the ch2 space in the right hand corner of both squares and make 1sc. Insert your hook through the outer loops of both squares and make 1sc. Repeat by making 1sc through the outer loops of both squares, until you reach the corner. In the left corner insert your hook from front to back through the ch2 space of both squares and make 1sc.

Take 2 more squares and place them right sides facing each other and insert your hook from front to back through the ch2 space in the right hand corner of both squares and make 1sc. Repeat like you did on the first two squares and connect. Repeat two more times to make 2 horizontal rows containing 4 squares.

Repeat with the next row until you have 4 horizontal rows of 4 grannys each. Turn the cushion and work the vertical rows in the same way.

I have made an instruction video for joining the grannys.

Wave side

Work all rows from right to left and do not turn your work. Start the wave side by making a sc in the back loops of the grannys on one edge of the joined squares using yarn A or B. This way the two sides of the cushion will fit together perfectly. Don’t stress about the number of stitches you have. Just keep working to the end of the row in each row.

The waves are made using 4 rows.

  1. using yarn C: *sc, hdc, dc, tr, 2dtr, tr, dc, hdc*, repeat between * and * untill the end of the row.
  2. using yarn A: dc in every stitch untill the end of the row
  3. using yarn C: *dtr, tr, dc, hdc, 2sc, hdc, dc, tr*,  repeat between * and * untill the end of the row.
  4. using yarn B: sc in every stitch untill the end of the row

Repeat rows 1, 2, 3 and 4 another 7 times. This gives 8 waves in color A and 7 waves in color B.

Off course I have made an instruction video showing how to make the waves. 🙂

It is essential to block the wave side of the cushion to stretch it to the same size as the granny side of the cushion. If you don’t block it, it will most likely not fit.

Inner cushion

I always make my own inner cushions. This way I have them the exact size I want them and in the right color. I chose to make an inner using ecru fabric. A light blue, cream or even black inner would also work well. Make sure it is a color that complements the colors of the cushion and will do justice to it.

Make an inner cushion by stitching two pieces of fabric together with the right sides of the fabric facing each other. First stitch two of the three edges. Turn the cushion right side out and fill it with filling. Close the fourth edge of the cushion. The completed inner should measure 45cm x 45cm.

Finishing the cushion

Connect two of the remaining three sides of the cushion with single crochets using two threads of yarn A. Insert the inner cushion and close the final side with single crochets. The end result is a bright, chunky and fun cushion measuring 45cm x 45cm.

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