Note: This pattern uses Australian/UK crochet terms.
Double crochet = US single crochet,
Treble = US double crochet etc.
Woollen cushions are with us to stay, and for attractiveness combined with hard wearing qualities this one will find no equal. With the exception of one row of shell pattern in the centre, it is worked throughout in simple double crochet forming fascinating vandykes. It is worked in five colours, which should all tone nicely and at the same
time show in decided contrast. It is a good idea when purchasing the wool to compare the colours and ensure the combination.
The original colours were, very dark Brown, Beige, light Green, very dark Green and Coral Red.
We give quantity of wool for one side of cushion only, should two sides be desired double the quantity.
- 5 Skeins 4-ply (1 skein of each colour) Note from Sarah: This is fingering weight yarn.
- Old UK Size No. 11 Bone Hook.
LT: Long Treble.
DC: Double Crochet.
Commencing in centre with dark brown, work 4 ch. and join in ring.
1st Round: 8 DC into ring.
2nd Round: 2 DC into each of previous round (16 DC)
3rd Round: * 2 DC into 1st DC of previous round, 1 DC into next DC * repeat from * to * all round (24 DC)
4th Round: 1 DC into 2nd of previous round, * 2 DC into next, 1 DC into next * repeat from * to * missing the last DC (34 DC) Break off.
Join in light green and work 1 row in shell pattern as follows: * 1 DC into 1st DC (1 T., 2 LT, 1T.) all into next DC 1 D.C into next * repeat from * to * (11 shell patterns). Break off.
Join in dark brown at 1st T. in shell and proceed as follows: 1 DC into 1st T., * 9 ch., miss the LT, 1 DC into next T., 9 ch. 1 DC into 1st T. of next petal * repeat from * to * all round (22 loops)
Commence the vandykes, still using dark brown. 1st Round: 15 DC into each loop; working under the chain.
2nd and 3rd Rounds: * 1 DC into 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th DC of previous round, 3 DC into 8th, 1 DC into each of following 6 DC miss 2 DC * repeat from * to * all round. Break off.
4th and 5th Rounds: Join in Beige. Work as 2nd round. Break off.
6th and 7th Rounds: Join in light green. Work as 2nd round. Break off.
8th and 9th Rounds: Join in dark green. Work as 2nd round. Break off.
10th and 11th Rounds: Join in coral red. Work as 2nd round. Break off.
Continue in this manner i.e. working rounds of each colour, and increasing at top and decreasing at lower edge of vandyke until 16 rounds are worked.
17th Round: *1 DC into each of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th DC of previous round, 5 DC into 8th, 1 DC into each of next 6 DC miss 2 DC * Repeat from * to * all round.
18th Round: DC into each of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th DC of previous round, 3 DC into 9th, 1 DC into each of next 7 DC miss 2 DC * Repeat from * to * all round.
From now on increase 2 stitches in every 7th round by working 5 D.C into top stitch (as in 17th round.).
In the following 6 rows return to 3 DC in tip stitch, and still omit 2 lower DC as previously. When work measures about 22 inches from points break off. Press lightly on wrong side. Prepare well filled cushion about 20 inches in diameter and catch cover on with vandykes extending.
This pattern is in the public domain. Digital version copyright © Sarah Bradberry 2002. Kindly transcribed for Knitting-and.com by Pam