Granny Square Cushion Cover I made recently.
This pattern makes a cover that is approximately 17 inches/44cm by 19 inches/49cm, but it is very easy to adapt to accomodate pretty much any size cushion pad, simply by making more or less squares. Although the pattern comes out rectangular, I am using this cover on a square cushion pad, and it looks fine. The pattern is written in UK terms. Conversions for US terms are: Size H/8 hook - tr = dc, dc=sc.
Size 5mm crochet hook
You can use aran, chunky or double knitting weight wool, or a mixture of all three as I have done. This is a great project for using up scraps of wool you have in your stash. For the aran and chunky yarns, use a single strand; for the DK, use 2 strands held together, to get roughly the equivalent thickness.
Button. A big chunky one looks nice.
A note about joining your squares: I recommend that you join your squares together as you make them. There is an excellent tutorial here that shows you how. If you don't want to do this, simply make all your squares and then join them together afterwards, either by sewing or crocheting them together. There is a tutorial here for crocheting them together, and one here for sewing them together, and many more available on YouTube etc. If you are stuck, please just ask and I'll be glad to help.
3-Round Granny Square - make 44
Ch 4, sl st in 1st ch to form circle.
Ch 3 (this counts as one tr stitch), 2 tr in ring, *ch 1, 3tr in ring. Repeat from * two more times, ch 1, join to the top of your first ch 3 with sl st.
(Ch 3, 2 tr, ch 1, 3 tr, ch 1), all in the same ch space as your sl st.
*(3 tr, ch 1, 3 tr, ch 1) in next space. Repeat from * two more times, join to the top of your first ch 3 with sl st.
(Ch 3, 2 tr, ch 1, 3 tr, chain 1) in the same ch space as your sl st, *3 tr, ch 1, in next ch space, (3 tr, ch 1, 3 tr, ch 1) in next space. Repeat from * two more times, then (3 tr, ch 1, 3 tr) in next space, ch 1 and join to the top of your first ch 3 with sl st.
Fasten off yarn.
If you are joining as you go, make rows of 4 squares, until you have 11 rows (44 squares in total). If you are joining them at the end, arrange your squares into a long rectangular shape 4 squares wide and 11 squares long, and join together by your chosen method.
Weave in all ends.
Making up the Cushion Cover:
By the time you have made your 44 squares and attached them all together, you should have a long rectangle of squares. Place your work right side up, and fold roughly into thirds, folding one end into the centre, and then the other, and overlapping them by one square's width in the middle. Once folded in this way, you should have a shape that is 4 squares high, and 5 squares wide, with one row of 4 squares overlapping in the middle. This makes a basic envelope case shape.
Pin the edges into place, being careful to go through all 3 layers where you have overlapped in the middle, and to keep the edges square on to each other.
Attach yarn through the right hand corner of one of the edges, and ch1. Dc along the edge, trying to get a dc into each stitch along the edge, and being very careful to make sure you crochet through all 3 layers where you have overlapped in the middle, and to keep all the edges of fabric square on to each other.
Repeat for the other side.
Weave in ends.
Turn the cover inside out, so that now the right side is showing. Place your button on or near the centre of the underneath layer of the overlapping edge, and sew into place. It should not be necessary to make a button hole, as the button can go through one of the holes in the granny pattern on the top layer of overlap.
And that's it! You can now put your cushion pad inside, do up the button, and enjoy your lovely new cushion.
If you would like to print this pattern off, here is a handy button for you