25 Nov 2017

Yoga Cushion Pattern

Hi Folks!
So today I'm sharing how to make the yoga cushion I revealed in the last post.

It's a simple stitch pattern that really makes the yarn sing!
Scheepjes Wanderlust yarn is single spun 100% acrylic yarn with a fairly slow colour change that allows for an effect where the colours merge into each other to give a pleasing striped finish. The width of your project will determine how wide the stripes appear. So the wider your project, the narrower your stripes will be. 

The ball size is 100g and for that you get 232 metres of yarn. It retails at around £3.99 per ball and is machine washable at 30 degrees.

It comes in a lovely range of colours...

For my Wanderlust journey I opted for the Hawaii colour way.....because I loved the colour palette and it also matched my yoga accessories nicely! 

When deciding on a stitch for this cushion I wanted one that not only showed the yarn to it's best but also had some texture. I made a fair few swatches with different stitches before I decided on this one. 

I loved the look of Apache Tears by Sarah London.....but wanted something a little less fussy. Then I stumbled upon a blanket made by Wink. I swatched to see how it would work without changing colour each row and it worked beautifully 😍 
Wink has produced a fabulous step by step guide to make this stitch so I'm not going to reinvent the wheel by posting another guide here today.....you find her instructions HERE. That link is for the English version. 
The Dutch version can be found HERE.

Ok on to the cushion instructions.....

Scheepjes Wanderlust x 2 100g balls (if you are making a larger/different shaped cushion you may require more yarn)
4mm crochet hook
Needle to weave in ends (sorry! there are a lot of ends!)
Cushion pad 12" x 20" (I got mine HERE)

How To!
Make 2 oblongs following the pattern instructions from the links above. 
You will chain 50 + 1 to give the required width for the cushion. If you are making a different sized cushion you will have to adjust the starting chain to fit. 
The pattern calls for multiples of 10 plus 1 for turning on the first row only. 
At the end of each worked row following this you will fasten off, turn your work and rejoin the yarn. Whilst you are working this pattern, the right side of the work will always be visible. 
You will end up with lots of ends to weave in! If you are like me and find this a tedious chore, I would suggest working around 10 rows and then stop and weave in those pesky ends!

I'm sure they breed!!!!

Continue until you have worked 84 rows. Fasten off. 
Now make the other cushion piece exactly the same. 
As the 2 cushions pieces are being stretched over a cushion pad I didn't block them.

To join, place the 2 oblongs wrong sides together. I used a simple double crochet join. I joined a short edge, then a long edge, then a short edge. I then squeezed the cushion pad in place and used some plastic safety pins/stitch markers a bit like this....

......to evenly pin the remaining sides together. It just makes it a bit easier and ensures that the sides are evenly joined. It can be a bit fiddly! Fasten off and weave in (MORE) ends!

I finished off my cushion with some tassels added to each corner. You can find instructions on tassel making HERE!
You now have a finished cushion!

I hope you like it 😊

Next time I'll show you the yarn I've chosen for my next project and share the inspiration behind the colour choices. 

Til then x

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18 Nov 2017

One Finished Yoga Cushion!

Good evening!
As promised, today I'm showing you my finished yoga cushion.
In all honesty, this cushion was completed a little while ago and has been in use since!
It works perfectly....just enough height for me to perch comfortably 😉

I opted for a fairly well stuffed feather cushion pad so it would stand the test of time....in other words it would stand the weight of me on it without becoming as flat as a pancake!

So here we go....

I used Scheepjes Wanderlust in the Hawaii colour way.

The cushion used only 2 balls of yarn which makes it a very affordable project as it retails at £3.99 per 100g ball.

I added a tassel to each corner to give a bit of interest....well that and I seem to have a tassel thing going on at the minute 😉

The colours work beautifully with my well worn yoga mat!

I'll be showing you how you can make the cushion (or similar) in the next couple of days.
It's a simple but effective stitch pattern and you can alter it to fit whatever cushion size you need 😊
On that note I'm off to pour a well deserved gin and tonic... (it's been a busy day here!)

Til next time x

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10 Nov 2017

New Project Update

Hi Folks!
Long time no speak.....this year literally has been a whirl of activity.
It seems like ages since since I last posted so thought it was about time I put down the hook long enough to write a quick update on this project.

If you remember (I know! it's been a long time...!) I had started a new project with some gorgeous Wanderlust yarn from Scheepjes.

A lovely 100% acrylic colour changing yarn to make a yoga cushion.

Bet you didn't expect all of those colours hidden inside that ball of yarn?
I chose the Hawaii colour way for this project because I loved the variety of colours and also it works perfectly with my yoga mats (plural....I have 2!)

The texture of this crochet stitch really brings this yarn to life...
I've made 2 rectangles to join together to cover the cushion. As it's going to be stretched over a cushion pad there was no need to block!

Check out that yummy texture!
The only drawback with this stitch pattern is that you have to fasten off and join on every row.
Yup....that means a whole heap of little tails to weave in....

Next project will definitely not require this level of tail weaving in!
It really was worth it though....I'm delighted with the finished cushion 😍😍😍

Join me next week and I'll reveal all!
Til then x

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