This rectangular cushion crochet project from Kate Eastwood's Crocheted Home is worked in alpine stitch, to match the textured lap blanket. The cushion is finished with a pompom at each corner as a fun touch and to keep it co-ordinating with the blanket.
SKILL LEVEL *
YARN AND MATERIALS
Lion Brand Wool Ease (80% acrylic, 20% wool, 180m/197yd per 85g/3oz ball) aran (worsted) weight yarn:
3 balls of Natural Heather
shade 098 (A)
1 ball of Fisherman shade 099 (B)
40 x 30cm (16 x 12in) cushion pad
3 snap fasteners
HOOKS AND EQUIPMENT
5.5mm (US size I/9) crochet hook
35mm (1½ in) pompom maker
Width 40cm (16in), height 30cm (12in)
15 sts x 15 rows = 10.5 x 10cm
(4¼ x 4in) working Rows 1–3 and then
Rows 4–7 three times, using a 5.5mm
(US size I/9) crochet hook.
FPtr (front post treble): yarn round hook, from front of work insert hook from right to left behind post of next st on prev round and through to front again, yarn round hook and pull loop through, [yarn round hook, draw through 2 loops] twice
Using 5.5mm (US size I/9) hook and A, ch60.
Row 1 (WS): 1dc in second ch from hook, 1dc in each ch to end, turn. 59 sts.
Row 2 (RS): Ch2 (does not count as st throughout), 1tr in each st to end, turn.
Row 3: Ch1 (does not count as st throughout), 1dc in each st to end, turn.
Row 4: Ch2, *1FPtr in next st, 1tr in next st; rep from * to last st, 1tr in last st, turn.
Row 5: Ch1, 1dc in each st to end, turn.
Row 6: Ch2, 1tr in first st, *1FPtr in next st, 1tr in next st; rep from * to end, turn.
Row 7: Ch1, 1dc in each st to end, turn. Rep Rows 4–7 until work measures 66cm (26in), ending on a dc row, turn.
Final row: Ch1, 1dc in each st to end, do not turn.
Round 1: Work a second dc in last st of prev row (corner made), work 1dc in each row end down left-hand side, 2dc in corner st, work 1dc in each st along bottom edge, 2dc in corner st, work 1dc in each row end up right-hand side of cushion, 2dc in corner st, sl st in top of first st of last row of cushion to join.
Round 2: Join B in top right corner, *2dc in corner st, 1dc in each st to corner; rep from * 3 times, sl st in top of first dc to join.
Making up and finishing
Lay the cushion cover on a flat surface, RS down. Place the cushion pad in the middle, fold the bottom of the cover up and the top of the cover down so that the cushion pad is enclosed, and the two edges overlap. Pin across the join at the back of the cushion where the opening will be. Pin the sides.
Row 1 (RS): Using 5.5mm (US size I/9) hook, with RS of cushion facing and using B, work a dc seam to join layers down one side, do not fasten off, do not turn.
Row 2: Ch1, work crab stitch clockwise with RS facing as foll: [inserting hook from back to front, work 1dc in next st to the right] up side of cushion.
Rep on other side of cushion.
Sew in any ends.
Using pompom maker and B, make 4 pompoms.
Stitch one pompom securely to each corner.
Stitch the three snap fasteners into place so that the opening of the cushion is closed, and the fasteners are hidden underneath the overlapping flap. Using a sewing needle and thread, sew the three buttons onto the back of the cushion, directly above where the fasteners are.