HOW TO MAKE… A CROCHET STAR CUSHION
Loopy Mango Big Loop, 100% merino wool, 100g/110m per ball, one ball in Cotton Candy (020) 25mm (US U) crochet hook Lining fabric, 120 x 60cm (47 x 235/ Soft toy stuffing Matching sewing thread Fabric marker
Tension is not too important for this design, just take care to crochet more loosely with the extra-chunky yarn
st(s) stitch(es) ch chain dc double crochet magic ring to make a magic ring, hold the yarn in your hand and wrap the working yarn around your forefinger twice to create a ring, slip the ring off your finger and insert the hook to pick up the first st, ch1, then work the necessary sts for Round 1 and close the ring tightly by pulling the loose end
Approx. 56cm (221/ wide Add a playful touch to your sofa with this chunky, tactile cushion. Use it to create a Scandi-style Christmas vibe, or just to cosy up with on a chilly winter’s evening.
Worked in the chunkiest of yarn, you’ll whizz through this make in no time. And, if you’re looking for an even quicker finish, skip the insert, and stuff with unspun wool instead.
Crochet two star shapes, then join together using dc. To make the cushion insert, sew together two fabric shapes and stuff.
Star (make two)
Centre Round 1 start with a magic ring, 11dc in the ring, pull ring tight, now continue working in a spiral (do not join the round), *2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 2 sts; repeat from * until you have 20 sts in total (approximately 3 rounds) Making the first point Row 1 1dc in each of next 4 sts, turn Row 2 ch1 (does not count as st here and throughout), 1dc in each of next 4 sts, turn Row 3 ch1, (miss 1 st, 1dc in next st) twice, turn Row 4 ch1, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, turn Row 5 ch1, miss 1 st, 1dc in next st, fasten off Rejoin yarn to next st on the centre
of the star and repeat Rows 1 to 5. Repeat this process until you have five points in total. Secure and weave in all ends.
Place both stars with wrong sides ( WS) together and, starting at the base of a point, join with dc all around, placing 3dc at the tip of each point to maintain the shape. Keep going until you reach halfway around, then stop to leave an opening for the cushion insert.
Making the insert
Fold the lining fabric in half with right sides (RS) together. Using the template on page 98, mark on a star shape, then add a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam allowance around the outside. Cut out, then sew the two shapes RS together, using a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam allowance, and leaving a 10cm (4") gap for stuffing. Trim the excess seam allowance at the inner corners and at the tips of the points, being careful to avoid the seam, then turn RS out and carefully push out the points. Finishing Stuff the insert as firmly as possible, using a knitting needle or similar to push the filling into the corners. Top stitch the gap closed. Place the insert between the two crocheted stars and finish joining them together with dc. Cut the yarn and weave in any loose ends to finish.