Watermelons seem to be everywhere this summer, and my lovely friend Jane from Tea & Crafting is watermelon-mad! Since last summer I know she’s been intending to make some watermelon bunting, but with two small children and her own business she (understandably) hasn’t had the time! So when a special birthday for her was coming up this year I couldn’t resist crocheting her something watermelon-related.
Here’s a really simple crochet pattern I’ve written down in case you want to make your own watermelon cushion.
Round 16″ cushion insert
King Cole Big Value Chunky – 1x ball each of Bright Pink, Moss and Green
Black toggle buttons (I used 19mm buttons)\
Black embroidery thread (to sew on buttons)
Green buttons (if you want an opening for your cushion insert so it’s removable – this is optional)
Needle for sewing in ends
Pattern: (US terms)
Front of watermelon:
[This is worked in rounds, not a continuous spiral, so we slip stitch join at the end of each round to where we began the round]
- Round 1: Using your pink yarn, ch3 (counts as a stitch) and then HDC into the 3rd chain from your hook. Do this 6 more times (into the same chain) which will give you 8 stitches in total. Join with a slip stitch to the chain at the start of the round (Do this at the end of each round).
- Round 2: Ch2, HDC into same stitch. 2HDC into each stitch, and join with a slip stitch to the 2ch at the start. (16 stitches)
- Round 3: Ch2 (counts as HDC), HDC in same stitch. 1 HDC in next stitch, *2HDC, 1 HDC* until end (24 stitches)
- Round 4: Ch2, HDC in next stitch, 2HDC in next stitch, *HDC in the next 2 stitches, 2xHDC in the next stitch* until end (32 stitches)
- Round 5: Ch2, HDC in same stitch, HDC in next 3 stitches, *2xHDC, HDC in next 3 stitches* until end (40 stitches)
- Round 6: Ch2 (counts as a HDC), HDC in next 3 stitches, 2HDC, *HDC in next 4 stitches, 2HDC* until end (48 stitches)
- Round 7: Ch2, HDC in same stitch, HDC in next 5 stitches, *2HDC, HDC in next 5 stitches* until end (56 stitches)
- Round 8: Ch2, HDC in next 2 stitches, *2HDC, HDC in next 6 stitches*, (until last 4 stitches) 2HDC, HDC in last 3 stitches (64 stitches)
- Round 9: Ch2, HDC in same stitch, HDC in next 7 stitches, *2HDC, HDC in next 7 stitches* until end (72 stitches)
- Round 10: Ch2, HDC in next 3 stitches, *2HDC, HDC in next 8 stitches* until last 5 stitches, 2HDC, HDC in last 4 stitches (80 stitches)
- Round 11: Ch2, HDC in same stitch, HDC in next 9 stitches, *2HDC, HDC in next 9 stitches* until end (88 stitches)
- Round 12: Ch2, HDC in next 4 stitches, *2HDC, HDC in next 10 stitches* (until last 6 stitches), 2HDC, HDC in last 5 stitches (96 stitches)
- Round 13: Ch2, HDC in same stitch, HDC in next 11 stitches, *2HDC, HDC in next 11 stitches* until end (104 stitches)
- Round 14: Ch2, HDC in next 5 stitches, *2HDC, HDC in next 12 stitches*, (until last 7 stitches), 2HDC, HDC in the last 6 stitches (112) Change to light green (moss) yarn
- Round 15: Ch2, HDC in same stitch, HDC in next 13 stitches, *2HDC, HDC in next 13 stitches* until end (120 stitches)
- Round 16: Ch2, HDC in next 6 stitches, *2HDC, HDC in next 14 stitches* HDC in last 7 stitches (128 stitches) Change to dark green (Green) yarn
- Round 17: Ch2, HDC in same stitch, HDC in next 15 stitches, *2HDC, HDC in next 15 stitches*
Reverse/Back of watermelon:
Using the same pattern above, use light green yarn for Round 1, then change to dark green for rounds 2-17.
You will have two circles of the same size (check that they reach the seams of your cushion insert when you lay them over it – they should reach if you stretch them a bit. If they are too small, add another round of dark green)
To add the pattern to the back of the watermelon (light green lines, as in picture above) insert your hook into the hole at the centre of the circle and pull up a loop of light green yarn. You are then going to chain stitch to the edge, so insert your hook again a couple of rounds up and pull up a loop and go through the loop on your hook. Keep the yarn under cushion while you work and finish off when you get to the end, but don’t pull too tight as it will pinch the edge of the circle in. Leave an end to weave in. I did this 6 times to make the lines radiating out from the centre as above.
At this point stitch your black toggles onto the front of the cushion using black embroidery thread. I’ve used 5 but you can add as many as you like, alternatively large black sequins would look good.
Weave in ends.
Joining the sides together:
The sides of your cushion are joined by single crocheting them together (or DC in UK terms). You can either join all the way round, or if you want the cushion pad to be removable, join 3/4 of the way round and then create buttonholes on one side only (see pic below). Space these according to how many buttons you want to use.
I wanted a neat finish so joined all the way round mine. With the wrong sides together, join your dark green yarn, ch1 and then SC through both loops of both the front and back pieces of your cushion (going under 4 loops in total – see picture below), continue to SC all the way round, join with a slip stitch, finish off and weave in ends.
And voila! One very cute, bright and tropical watermelon cushion!
Happy Birthday Jane and I hope you like your cushion!xxx