Let's make a cushion!!!!!
You will need:
Then the next round...
Then finally adding the corners and making a square.
At this point I like to block my squares.
So let's start and join them together...
To join, place your squares wrong sides together and double crochet into each stitch. When joining corner together double crochet into the corner space, chain 1 and double crochet into the next space.
Repeat until all your squares are joined. Now weave in the ends.
So to summarise....you are going to have 4 rows of 4 squares for both the front and the back. The front will consist of 16 multi coloured squares and the back will have 4 multi coloured squares in the centre and they will have 12 main colour squares around them
Something like this!
To make a border for both cushion sides work a row of double crochet in the same colour as you joined your squares. Work a double crochet into the corner spaces down the sides then a chain as you did when you joined the squares. For the corners work 1 double crochet, 1 chain, 1 double crochet. Fasten off yarn.
Change colour. Next row work in treble crochet all the way round. Treble crochet into the chain spaces on the sides and into the corner chain work 1 treble, 1 chain, 1 treble. Fasten off.
Change colour. Work another row of trebles. For the corner work 2 trebles, 1 chain, 2 trebles into the chain space.
Repeat this process for both the front and back.
Next you are going to join your cushion front and back together. Using the same colour that you are going to use for your pom pom edging and with wrong sides together join using a double crochet. This is where I confess that I was a complete lazy so and so and rather than making a nice opening for my cushion with buttons, I just joined 3 sides, shoved the cushion pad in and joined the final side!!!!
But if you're not lazy, like me, and want to do it properly....join 3 sides, work a row of double crochet along the back side and then the front. This will take you to the point where you are ready to make the pom pom edging. Ok...deep breath....glug of gin....you can do it!!!!
The pom pom edging I modified from this lovely blog. There is a wonderful step by step tutorial!
I wanted my pom poms to sit snuggly around the cushion edge, so instead of working 6 chains I worked 3 chains So start with a double crochet, chain 3 and work the pom pom into the double crochet. In between each pom pom I worked 3 chains, skipped 3 stitches and worked the pom pom into the next double crochet. Before you start I need to point out that the pom pom has a back and a front!
This is the front view...
And this is the back!
And just to complicate matters....I'm left handed! So I work patterns in the opposite way to right handed hookers. So just check that you're pom poms are facing the right way!!! And that is something I never thought I'd find myself saying!!!