Crochet Watermelon Cushion – pattern

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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.

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Materials:

Round 16″ cushion insert

King Cole Big Value Chunky – 1x ball each of Bright Pink, Moss and Green

6mm hook

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And voila! One very cute, bright and tropical watermelon cushion!

Happy Birthday Jane and I hope you like your cushion!xxx

Crochet Sunflower Pincushion

Well it feels like summer is on it’s way….well a British summer anyway….and I personally can’t wait.  I love seeing the garden burst into colour and one of my favourite flowers are sunflowers.  We grow them ever year next to our little blue shed and my husband always complains they grow too tall but I love them, and so does Pip.

I’d been mulling this idea over in my head for a while and I recently got the time to sit down and figure out how the pattern would work and how I could construct it.  I haven’t written many patterns so be patient with me!

Ok here’s what you’ll need:

  
– Rico Essentials Cotton (DK) in Grass Green, Nougat and Banana (one ball of each would make 3-4 of these pincushions)

-3mm crochet hook

– Wool needle for sewing in ends

– a stitch marker

– Toy stuffing

– Bumblebee button for  decoration (optional)

[NB I’m using US stitch terms]

Now getting started…I’ve done this slightly different to the normal circle increases as that gives a bit of a hexagonal look.  So I’ve staggered the increases so they’re not always in the same place which gives a nicer circle shape.

1. Make a magc loop with the brown cotton and do 6sc into the loop (6st)

2. Do 2sc into each of the stitches making sure to put a stitch marker in your first stitch of the round (12st)

3. 2sc (increase) in the first stitch, sc in the next, *2sc, sc* repeat all the way round (18st)

4.  sc, *2sc, sc, sc*, repeat all the way round, sc in last stitch (24st)

5. *2sc, sc in the next 3 stitches* repeat all the way round (30st)

6. sc in first 3 stitches, *2sc, sc in the next 4* repeat, ending with sc in last stitch (36st)

7. *2sc, sc in next 5* repeat all the way round (42st)

8. sc in first 4 stitches, *2sc, sc in next 6 stitches* repeat, sc into last 2 stitches (48st)

9. *2sc, sc in next 7 stitches* repeat all the way round (54st)

10. sc in first 5 stitches, *2sc, sc in next 8 stitches* repeat, sc in the last 3 stitches (60st)

  
Then do 3 rounds of sc in every stitch (so rows 11,12 and 13 – no increases, just sc all the way round).  This will make it start to curl upwards into a kind of half ball shape.

  
Fasten off the brown yarn and weave in the ends.

I then turned this inside out as I felt what was the inside of my work looked better for the middle of a sunflower than the other side (other side pictured below)

 So here it is turned inside out (below).  Now attach the yellow yarn and I’ll show you how to make the petals…

To make a petal chain 9 stitches.

Slip stitch into the 2nd chain from the hook, then slip stitch into the next chain down as well.  Sc in the next chain, hdc in the next chain, dc in the next two chains, and then treble into the last two chains.

To summarise: skip 1st ch, sl st, sl st, sc, hdc, dc, dc, tr, tr.

(or if you want the UK terms: skip 1st ch, sl st, sl st, dc, htr, tr, tr, dtr, dtr)

It should look like this:

  Then skip 3 stitches completely around the edge of the brown circle and slip stitch into the 4th stitch along to join….like so:

  Then we start on the next petal, so ch9 again and repeat the petal pattern.

  Repeat all the way around the circle and you’ll end up with 15 petals.  Don’t worry if they curl up, we’ll fix that at the end.  Fasten off the yellow yarn and weave in your ends.
  
Now you need to repeat the pattern for the brown circle (flower inner) using the green yarn.  This will be the base of the pincushion.  Work exactly the same but don’t turn it inside out this time.

  
Then add petals in the same way as we did to the brown part of the flower.  As we haven’t turned this part inside out, when we put the two sides together all the petals will curl upwards – like a real sunflower.

  
Again weave in your ends. You should have 2 pieces now that look like this….

  
Now I’ll show you how to sew them together.

Position the green base under the brown so that the petals are offset in the gaps, like this….

  
Then using a length of the brown cotton and your needle we will sew around the edge of the circles using a simple running stitch.  If you tie a knot in the end of your cotton make sure you start from inside the flower (this is going to be stuffed anyway but it’ll hide your end).  Make sure the petals are offset as you work around.

  
When you are about 3 inches from getting all the way around, stop and stuff the flower.  Use small pieces of stuffing to ensure it is stuffed evenly, and you want to pack it in quite firmly so you have a nice solid pincushion for your pins.  Once you’re happy with the stuffing, sew up the remaining edge, fasten off and weave in.

I added a little bee button for decoration but this is optional.  If the  petals are a bit curled, gently manipulate them into shape – this worked fine for mine.  You could always steam them if you wish.

And voila! It’s finished! Photos below 🙂

I hope that all made sense, any questions just let me know!x
Please note:

Crochet Sunflower Pincushion Pattern and Tutorial – Copyright, Holly George 2015.

This is a free pattern for personal use only – you can not sell the finished items without my permission (you can make them as gifts).  Do not publish this pattern (or any part of it) without my permisson but feel free to link to my blog if you wish.