{Crochet} Daisy Wheel Granny Square Cushion

free granny square cushionHere’s a little guide on how to make my Daisy Wheel Granny Square cushion. This isn’t exactly a step my step tutorial but more of a guide to basic join as you go method. It hasn’t always been my favourite way to join granny squares, but i really like how it looks with certain designs.  You can find the free pattern for the Daisy Wheel square here. There are a few ways that you can join your squares – whip stitch them together, dc them together or join as you go, which i’m focusing on here. If you’d prefer to whip stitch i’ve found a good tutorial here.

To start you need to make 1 full Daisy Wheel square and 8 x  partially finished squares (leaving the last round of white off). The last round of white is added during the joining process. You can see one partially completed square in the image below – make 8 of those. free granny square cushionOkay, you should have 1 full square and 8 partially completed squares  – making 9 in total. The first step is to attach one partially finished square to your completed square. Start adding white until you reach your first corner. At the corner, work your first group of 3dtr and ch1 and STOP.

free granny square cushionWhere you would normally add your second ch, we are going to join to our completed square. Slip your hooked into the corner sp of the completed square  – see below (ignore all the extra squares, pretend there is only 1 completed square).  free granny square cushionNow instead of that second ch we are going dc (sc for US) to join the two squares. See the steps below. free granny square cushionfree granny square cushionfree granny square cushionYou can see below how the join looks. If you find it easier just to slip stitch them together that’s okay too. free granny square cushionYou can now go ahead and finish the corner on the uncompleted square, remembering that the second chain in the ch is swapped for the dc join. So your corner will consist of (3dtr, ch1, dc join, ch1, 3dtr). Make sense? Here’s what the completed corner looks like below. You can also see that when you reach the ch1 that is along the side, you substitute it for a dc join. free granny square cushionContinue along the side, substituting the ch1 for a dc join (sc for US) where needed. Obviously, if there are no joins along the side you’re working on then please include the chains as usual. The corner join is a little different when you are joining to more than one square. In the image below we need to join to the TOP RIGHT square and the square on the bottom left – so we need 2 joins at this corner.

When joining to one square at a corner always us this pattern – (3dtr, ch1, joining dc, ch1, 3dtr).

When joining to two squares at the corners always use this pattern (3dtr, joining dc, ch1, joining dc, 3dtr). See more images below.
free granny square cushionThe image below shows where we need to start joining to the top right square. Complete the first 3dtr of the corner, dc join, ch1……
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And now compete another dc join to the second square’s corner – see below.
free granny square cushionYou can see the two joins below and now you can complete the rest of your corner with 3dtr. Continue down to join down the side by swapping ch1 for dc join (sc for US).
free granny square cushionOnce you have joined all nine of your squares it will look like the image below. free granny square cushion

Add another round of white trebles around the entire front to create a bigger block of crisp fresh white. I’ve used 3 chains at the corners. The front is now complete. :) Hooray!!free granny square cushion

For the cushion back i’ve just used a solid granny square of green to add a bit of contrast. You might like to make the front and back the same – it’s completely up to you. Here’s a link to a great solid granny tutorial by Cherry Heart Crochet  Continue adding rounds until it is big enough. free granny square cushionNow to join front and back! Once again there are many ways you join the front to the back – whip stitch it, dc join or maybe you’d like to run a length of chain through the stitches so it can be removed for easy washing. I’ve used a dc join through both loops for a nice secure finish. Place front and back, wrong sides together and start working a dc through both loops on front and back. This little photo guide is a handy resource if you’re not sure. free granny square cushionI find it easier to peg them together so they don’t slip out of place. Once you’ve complete 3 sides, insert your cushion and complete the round. free granny square cushion

Sit back and admire. :) All of these beautiful colours can be found at Yummy Yarn and co in the Heirloom Cotton section.  free granny square cushion

{Crochet} Gelato Pops Cushion Pattern

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I am beyond excited to offer this popcorn crochet cushion at the introductory price of $2. This offer is only available for a week before i list the pattern on Revelry and Lovecrochet.com.  Everyone who purchases the pattern during sale week will be in the draw to win a kit for this project, which included 7 balls on yarn, a 35cm cushion insert, 1x 4mm hook plus some surprise goodies. I’ll post more details for the competition early this week.

This is a 14 page downloadable PDF for my Gelato Pops crochet cushion. The pattern contains both UK and US written instructions, images, charts for the front and back plus shorthand instructions for both US and UK users.

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{Crochet} Thank you Mollie Makes

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It was pretty exciting to have my crochet featured on the Mollie Makes blog a couple of weeks ago! I have had a girl crush of Mollie Makes for a very long time, even before i started crocheting, so it was an absolute thrill to be part of their “Meet the Makers” segment. I don’t like to show my face very often, but i wasn’t about to say no to Mollie Makes. I wish i could say that it only took one shot to get a picture i was remotely happy with, but that would be a big fat lie. You should see how many images did not make the cut! It’s kind of funny. I contemplated putting them all into a flipagram to showcase my insecurity in a rediculous slideshow, but i am too embarrassed. Needless to say, the picture below is my favourite!! If you’d like to have a little look at the article head here to read more. :)

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{Crochet} Mandy’s Mega Mandala Cushion Pattern

Crochet circle cushion

Here is my crochet mega mandala pattern – Mandy’s Mega Mandala. It is written in UK terms but there are shorthand US terms and instructions at the end of this tutorial.  The stitches are relatively simple, but it’s important to count your stitches, especially as it’s such a large crochet circle. If you miscount in the first few rounds, then the entire mandala will be out for the duration of the pattern and no one wants that!

You will need 8ply yarn and a 4mm hook. I’ve used Patons cotton blend.

Stiches you will need to know

  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • htr – half treble
  • tr – treble
  • dtr – double treble
  • tr2tog – treble two togther
  • tr3tog – treble three together
  • magic loop

Free crochet mandala pattern

Round 1 – Begin with a magic loop. Ch3 (counts as a tr) then work 11tr into the ring. Sl at into the top of the inital ch 3 and fasten off. (12tr)

Round 2 – Sl st into the top of any tr from the previous round. Ch3 (counts as 1tr) then 1tr into the same st. Work 2tr into each tr. Sl st into the top of the ch3 and fasten off. (24tr)

Round 3 – Sl st into any tr, ch1 (this doesn’t count as a stitch) * 1dc, 2dc * in the next st. Repeat from * to * around. Sl st into the first dc and fasten off (36dc)

Round 4 – Sl st into any dc, ch3 (counts as 1tr), 1tr into the same st. Skip a st then work 2tr into the next. Continue to work 2tr into every second tr around. Sl st into the top of the initial ch3 and fasten off. (36tr, 18tr pairs)

Free crochet mandala pattern

Round 5 – Sl st into between any tr pair, dc, * ch2, dc in between the next tr pair.* repeat from * to * around. Sl st in the first dc and fasten off. (18 x ch-2 spaces, 18dc)

Round 6 – Sl st into any ch-2 space, * work 1dc, htr, tr, htr, 1dc. * repeat from * to * in every ch-2 space. Fasten off. (18groups of dc, htr, tr, htr, dc)

Round 7 – Sl st in between any of the dcs in the previous round (see image). Ch3 (counts as 1tr) then work 2tr into the same st. Sl st into the top of the tr (see image). Continue to work 3tr in between each dc group and sl st into the tr at the top of the st group. Sl st into the top of the initial ch3 and fasten off. (18 groups x 3tr, 18 sl st) (54tr, 18slst)

Free crochet mandala pattern

Round 8 – Sl st into any st from the previous round, then dc in every st including the sl st. Sl st into first dc and fasten off (72 dc)

Round 9 – Sl st into any dc, ch3 (counts as 1tr) then work 1tr in the same st. Continue to work 2tr into every second dc around. Sl st into top the initial ch3 and fasten off. (72tr, 36tr pairs)

Round 10 – Sl st in between any tr pair from the previous round, ch3 (counts as 1tr) then work 2tr into the same st. Work 3tr in between each of the tr pairs from the previous round. Sl st into the top of the ch3 and fasten off. (108tr, 36 x 3tr groups)

Round 11 – Sl st into any st from the previous round, ch1 (doesn’t count as a st) dc in every st around. Sl st into the first dc and fasten off. (108dc)

Free crochet mandala pattern

Round 12 – Sl st into any dc from the previous round, ch3 (counts as 1tr) tr in the next. Continue to work 1tr into each dc. Sl st into the top of the inital ch3 and fasten off. (108tr)

Round 13 – Sl st into any tr from the previous round, ch3 and tr2tog in the same stitch. *ch2, skip a st, tr3tog * repeat from * to * around. Sl st in the top of the tr2tog and fasten off. (54tr3tog)

Round 14 – Sl st into any ch-2 space, ch3 (counts as 1tr), work 2tr in the same ch-2 space. Work 3tr into every ch-2 space around. Sl at into the top of the initial ch3 and fasten off. (54 groups of 3tr)(162tr)

Round 15 – sl st into any tr from the previous round, ch3 (counts as 1tr). Work 1tr into every tr from the previous round. Sl st to the top the initial ch3 and fasten off. (162tr)

Free crochet mandala pattern

Round 16 – Sl st into any tr from the previous round, ch1 (doesn’t count as a st) dc, into the same st. Work 1dc into each tr from the previous round. Sl st into the first dc and fasten off. (162tr)

Round 17 – Sl st into any dc, ch3 and tr2tog in the same st. *ch2, skip a st, tr3tog in the next*. Repeat from * to * around. Sl st into the top of the tr2tog and fasten off. (81 x tr3tog)

Round 18 – Sl st into any ch-2 space, ch2 (counts as 1htr), 1htr in the same ch-2 space. Work 2htr into every ch-2 space. Sl st into the inital ch2 and fasten off. (162htr)(81 x htr pairs)

Round 19 – Sl st into any htr, ch1 (doesn’t count as a st) dc into the same st. Dc into each htr around. Sl st into the initial dc and fasten off. (162 dc)

Free crochet mandala pattern

Round 20 – Sl st into any dc from the previous round. Ch2, skip a st, sl st into the next st. Repeat from * to * around. Sl st into the initial dc and fasten off. (81 sl st, and 81 ch-2 groups).

Round 21 – Sl st into any ch-2 space, ch3 (counts as 1htr and 1ch), 1htr in the same ch-2 space. * In the next ch-2 space work 1htr, ch1, 1htr *. Repeat from * to * around. Sl st into the the second ch of the initial ch3 and fasten off. (162 htr, 81ch)(81 groups of 1htr, ch1, 1htr)

Free crochet mandala pattern

Round 22 – Sl st in between any group of 1htr, ch1, 1htr. *Ch 2, Sl st in between the next group* Repeat from * to * around and fasten off. I’m using the same colour for he next round so I won’t fasten off, but Sl st in the next ch-2 space and continue.

Round 23 – This round is shown in white yarn just to make the image clear, but my final mandala is worked in pink. Sl st into any ch-2 space, ch 2 (counts as 1htr), dtr through the ch-1 space in round 21 (see image), 1htr through ch-2 space of round 23. * In the next ch-2 space work 1htr, 1dtr though ch-1 space of round 21, 1htr in ch-2 space if round 23. * Repeat from * to * around. Sl st into the top of the initial ch2 and fasten off! Hooray!!!

Shorthand UK

  • Round 1 – Begin with a magic ring. 12tr in ring. (12tr)
  • Round 2 – 2tr in each tr. (24tr)
  • Round 3 – 1dc, 2dc around (36dc)
  • Round 4 – 2tr in every second st (36tr)(18tr pairs)
  • Round 5 – dc, ch-2 in between each tr pair (18 x ch-2 spaces, 18dc)
  • Round 6 – work 1dc, htr, tr, htr, 1dc into each ch-2 space (18groups of 1dc, htr, tr, htr, 1dc)
  • Round 7 – 3tr in between the dcs from the previous round, sl st to top of tr from previous round and repeat around(18 groups x 3tr 18 l at) (54tr, 18slst)
  • Round 8 – dc into every st (72dc)
  • Round 9 – 2tr in every second dc (72 tr)(36tr pairs)
  • Round 10 – 3tr in between each tr pair (108tr)(36 x tr triplets)
  • Round 11 – 1dc in every st (108dc)
  • Round 12 – 1tr in each st (108tr)
  • Round 13 – tr3tog, ch2 in every second tr (54 x tr3tog)
  • Round 14 – 3tr into each ch-2 space (162tr)
  • Round 15 – 1tr into every st (162tr)
  • Round 16 – 1dc into every st (162dc)
  • Round 17 – tr3tog, ch-2 in every second st (81x tr3tog)
  • Round 18 – 2htr in every ch-2 space (162htr)(81 x htr pairs)
  • Round 19 – dc into each st (162dc)
  • Round 20 – ch2, sl st into every second st around (81 x ch-2 spaces, 81 sl st)
  • Round 21 – 1htr, 1ch, 1htr into each ch-2 space (162 htr, 81ch)
  • Round 22 – sl st in between the 1htr, 1ch, 1htr groups from previous round, ch2 and repeat around (81sl st, 82 x ch-2 spaces)
  • Round 23 – (1htr, 1dtr through ch-1 space of round 21, 1htr in the same ch-2 space of round 23) repeat in every ch-2 space. Fasten off.

Shorthand US –

  • Round 1 – Begin with a magic ring. 12dc in ring. (12dc)
  • Round 2 – 2dc in each dc. (24dc)
  • Round 3 – 1sc, 2sc around (36sc)
  • Round 4 – 2dc in every second st (36dc)(dctr pairs)
  • Round 5 – sc, ch-2 in between each dc pair (18 x ch-2 spaces, 18 sc))
  • Round 6 – work 1sc, hdc, dc, hdc, 1sc into each ch-2 space (18groups of 1sc, hdc, dc, hdc, 1sc)
  • Round 7 – 3dc in between the two sc’s from the previous round, sl st to top of dc from previous round and repeat around (18 groups x 3dc, 18 x sl st) (54dc, 18slst)
  • Round 8 – sc into every st (72sc)
  • Round 9 – 2dc in every second sc (72 dc)(36dc pairs)
  • Round 10 – 3dc in between each dc pair (108dc)(36 x dc triplets)
  • Round 11 – 1sc in every st (108sc)
  • Round 12 – 1dc in each st (108dc)
  • Round 13 – dc3tog, ch2 in every second tr (54 x dc3tog)
  • Round 14 – 3dc into each ch-2 space (162dc)
  • Round 15 – 1dc into every st (162dc)
  • Round 16 – 1sc into every st (162sc)
  • Round 17 – dc3tog, ch-2 in every second st (81x dc3tog)
  • Round 18 – 2hdc in every ch-2 space (162hdc)(81 x hdc pairs)
  • Round 19 – sc into each st (162sc)
  • Round 20 – ch2, sl st into every second st around (81 x ch-2 spaces, 81 sl st)
  • Round 21 – 1hdc, 1ch, 1hdc into each ch-2 space (162 hdc, 81ch)
  • Round 22 – sl st in between the 1hdc, 1ch, 1hdc group from previous round, ch2 and repeat around (81sl st, 82 x ch-2 spaces)
  • Round 23 – (1hdc, 1tr through ch-1 space of round 21, 1hdc in the same ch-2 space of round 23) repeat for every ch-2 space. Fasten off.

Crochet circle cushion

I made two mandalas and stitched them together over a round cushion insert. It’s like two cushions in one, with a different colour sequence on the other side. If you make one of my mega mandalas please tag #mandysmegamandala on social media. If you’re looking for a smaller mandala to crochet please check out Mandy’s Mandala and my Sunnyside Up Mandala. Enjoy!

Crochet circle cushion