HOW TO MAKE… A CRO­CHET STAR CUSH­ION

Mollie Makes - - Star Bright -

MA­TE­RI­ALS

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

Ten­sion is not too im­por­tant for this de­sign, just take care to cro­chet more loosely with the ex­tra-chunky yarn

ABBREVIATIONS (UK)

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

FIN­ISHED SIZE

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.

In­struc­tions

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.

Join­ing

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.

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