Thursday, May 31, 2012

Welcome to Summer

Hello Summer, Hello Scrappiness!

I welcome the long warm days this time of year brings. It means more time on the porch and in the yard. It means cooking out and ice that melts way too fast. It means school is out and there will be the happy noises of kids playing outside. And it means colorful flowers and waking up early to get them watered!

Introducing Scrappiness, a flowery, colorful, join-as-you-go crocheted 18" (46 cm) pillow cover. Add color to your outdoor space with no watering required!! What better for summer than a relatively small, portable, cool project that can ease your stash of scraps? 

The pillow is equally perfect for a porch or yard chair or inside on a couch or bed. I worked mine in SMC Catania (100% cotton), but I think it could also be worked in scraps of sock yarn. 

The fun little texture in the center of the flowers and along the edging is simply alternating single crochet and treble crochet stitches, then forcing the excess height of the treble crochets to the front of the work to create a little bump. Nothing difficult about it!

The 'filler' rings are ¾ inch (2 cm) curtain rings (available at fabric stores) that are covered with single crochets.

This pillow would be a fun crochet-themed party - gather with your crochet friends and have everyone bring their scraps... mix, match, trade, and see what combinations you come up with. 

 The pattern includes both written and charted instructions, so it's doubly easy to follow.

Portable comfort!

Enjoy your summer!


Miss Julep said...

LOVE this pillow!! Perfect summer project!

Wool Winder said...

It's really pretty!