Spring Cushion Cover

A little while ago Hobbycraft asked me to design a spring make for them to feature on their blog. After doing a crazy lady happy dance I put my thinking cap on and thought of everything that reminds me of spring; Easter, baby chicks, lambs, bright flowers, blossom, pastel colours, the list was long.

In the end I hopped onto Hobbycraft and took a look at the yarn, to offer some additonal inspiration. I knew I wanted to use Aran weight yarn and at least one side would be corner to corner to add some texture.
As soon as I spotted the WI Home cotton yarn and all the pretty pastel colours I knew thats what I wanted to use. The colours reminded me of a spring bouquet and so I wanted to make something with flowers.

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The design evolved naturally and I got rebellious with the back panel picking colours at random for the stripes rather than keeping them in a uniformed format.

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I’m a huge fan of reversable pieces as I love how you can change the look of a room and freshen it up by just flipping the cushion/throw etc over.

This design is really simple and only a few basic stitches are needed. Hope over to Hobbycraft here for the free pattern if you fancy making the cushion yourself.

The WI home cotton yarn iteself is gorgeous, it creates beautifully neat textured stitches and is sturdy enough to make a quality feeling cushion cover without being too bulky and heavy. The colour options are all happy sunny shades that are perfect for any spring make you can put your hook to. I am already thinking up my next creation with it!

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If you do make the cushion please remember to tag me as I love to see your creations and variations.

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Daisy Barefoot Sandals

I needed a little palette cleanser project. Something quick and simple to work up, that would leave me ready to hit my W.I.P’s pile with enthusiasm again. As we were heading off on holiday soon I figured the pefect make would be some barefoot Sandals I could wear round the pool and on the beach.

With two designs in my head I decided to give both a go. The first pair was these pink and orange burst ones. I really wanted a bright bold look and they definitely give that.


Adding the embellishments came after as I remembered I had some little penny charms and bells in my stash. They finish these off perfectly and make them look far more ‘shop brought’.


You can buy the pattern for these in my Etsy shop here.

The second set was these daisy ones. I love these and they look really cute on.


I kept these super simple letting the daisies do the talking.


I’ve popped the pattern for these below so you can whip a pair up ready for your own holiday/trip to the beach/garden lounging πŸ™‚

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MATERIALS:
Drops Safran in ‘Off White’ and ‘Yellow’
2.5mm Hook
Scissors
Tapestry Needle

ABBREVIATIONS:
ss – slip stitch
ch – Chain stitch
Sc – Single crochet
dc – Double crochet
st – stitch

NOTES:
I used US terms throughout

METHOD:
Flowers (Make 6) –
In gold – Start with a magic circle, sc10 into the mc. Pull tight and join to the first sc with a ss
In cream – join to any stitch.
*sc and dc in the same st, dc and sc in the next st, ss to the 3rd st* this creates your first petal, repeat 4 more times until you have 5 petals.
Join with a ss to the first st.

Ankle straps (make 2)
In cream –
ch25, join with a ss to the 1st st to make toe loop
ch150 then fasten off.
Join at 10th ch from toe loop & ch145. Fasten off, weave in ends and then sew on the flowers using the pictures as a guide but note that they should be on the outer side of the foot.

These are surprisingly comfortable and I know mine will get lots of wear this summer!