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Fan Shaped Cushion

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Vintage fan shaped cushion with ribbon and coloured stripes

Here is a very distinctive fan-shaped cushion that will add attractiveness to any room. The colors may be chosen to suit individual taste, and there is ample scope to display ones very best. The ribbon bow makes a perfect finish.

The original was crocheted in four shades; namely dark brown, beaver, beige and apricot, the latter having a pink tinge.

If desired, the upper and under parts may be in crochet, or it may be mounted on to a satin shape with only the upper part in crochet.

For a single-sided cushion 1½ ozs. of the darkest shade, and 1 oz. of each of the 3 lighter shades in 4 ply wool will be required. Note: Since the pattern states that a 3.5mm hook is used it can be assumed that this yarn is the same thickness as modern 8 ply or dk weight yarn.

For a double-sided cushion, double the amount of wool. Half a yard of material 36 inches wide for the pad; and one and a half yards of ribbon 2½ ins wide.

Use a UK No.9/3.5mm/US F-5 hook.

Note: This pattern is written entirely in UK crochet terms. UK double crochet = us single crochet; UK treble = US double crochet and so on.

When working the double crochet work right through top of stitch.

When joining in various shades, allow the ends to be sufficiently long to be neatly run back with a darning or wool needle.

Commence by winding the darkest shade of wool about six times round base of thumb (loosely). Slip off and hold firmly between thumb and fore-finger of left hand while working into ring as follows :

1st Round.-22 DC into the ring. Join 1st DC to last DC (1 ch stands for 1st DC throughout)

2nd and 3rd Rows: 1 DC into each of 13 DC in previous round. Turn.

4th Row: 2 DC into 1st DC * 1 DC into each of next 5 DC, 2 DC into next * Repeat from * to*. Turn.

5th Row: 1 DC into each of 16 DC in previous row. Turn.

6th Row: 1 DC into each of 8 DC, 2 DC into next, 1 DC into each of next 7 DC. Turn.

7th Row: 2 DC into 1st DC * 1 DC into each of next 7 DC, 2 DC into next *. Repeat from * to * to end. Turn.

8th Row: 1 DC into each of 20 DC in previous row. Turn.

9th Row: 2 DC into 1st DC, 1 DC into each of next 8 DC, 2 DC into next, 1 DC into each of next 9 DC, 2 DC into last DC Turn.

10th Row: * 9 ch , miss 1 DC, 1 DC into next * Repeat from * to * 10 times more. (11 loops) Turn.

11th Row: 15 DC into each loop, working under the ch.

12th and 13th Rows: * 1 DC into 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th DC of previous row, 3 DC into 8th, 1 DC into each of following 6 DC * Repeat from * to * until point of last vandyke is reached. End row with 7 DC Turn. Break off and join in 2nd shade.

14th and 15th Rows: As 12th and 13th rows. Break off and join in 3rd shade.

16th and 17th Rows: As 12th and 13th rows. Break off and join in 4th shade.

18th and 19th Rows: As 12th and 13th rows. Break off.

These last 8 rows complete the pattern.

Repeat from 12th to 19th rows 5 times more.

In the next row increase as follows:

* 1 DC into each of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th DC of previous row, 5 DC into 8th, 1 DC into each of next 6 DC, miss 2 DC * Repeat from * to * to end. End row with 7 DC Turn.

Next Row: * 1 DC into each of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th ,6th, 7th and 8th DC of previous row, 3 DC into 9th DC, 1 DC into each of next 7 DC, miss 2 DC. * Repeat from *, to *. End row with 8
DC Turn.

In the following rows return to 3 DC in top stitch, and still omit 2 lower DC as previously. Work without increasing until required depth. (The original was 8 patterns deep.) If a second side is desired, follow directions from
2nd row.

Neaten the ends of wool. Slipstitch, together. Prepare well filled cushion in fan shape, a straight band about 2 inches wide connecting the two halves. This band should graduate off to nothing at base of cushion. If desired, a soft silk or satin puff may finish the vandyked end of cushion. Slipstitch the cover on.


The original version of this pattern is in the public domain, however this digital version is copyright Sarah Bradberry, May 17th 2012. All rights reserved.

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