Sunday, 11 October 2015

Ice Cream Cushion Ta-Dah

Hello....... Today this project has finally made it to a Ta-Dah moment.

These lovely little squares have traveled around with me this summer, which you can read more about 'here'  This was one of those makes that started out as something entirely different...

At the end of last year I ordered the yarn to make a baby blanket, the only problem was I just didn't like how it was turning out, that'll teach me for following a pattern and not choosing my own colours, the brights were so much brighter than in the magazine.

So in the end I opted to make a much more summerhouse toned sparkly seascape (mini) cosy blanket for the little one which left  me with some squares that I wasn't all that keen on and some lovely balls of soft Italian Merino and right there the idea for my ice cream cushion was born.

That was back in May, with my limited energy and paced crafting time of 10 minutes a session, it's taken me a while. So even though it quite a little cushion measuring just 12x 12inch, this is quite a big Ta-Dah for me.

At first I hoped I might be able to reused the squares I had already made after removing the outer round but, it was not to be, so I had to make 50 squares from scratch in the scrummy pastel colours.

The yarn is Lana Gatto Super Soft Merino in:

I used a 3.5mm hook as I wanted my granny squares to be quite compact, despite the yarn recommending  a 5mm hook, but I think they turned out ok

Once they were all made I was pondering about how I could join them together without a visable seam, when I remembered that the lovely Lucy over at Attic24 had shared a tutorial for just that, earlier in the Summer you can find it here Although I didn't used Lucy pattern to make my squares, the joining method worked perfectly for my ice cream grannies.

So the epic stitching of squares and ends began

I can tell you there was quite some celebrating when I finally stitched the last one at the beginning of October.

How I love these colours

So 50 squares made and stitched together, time for a border and a cuppa.........

I edged each square with a cream round of trebles

but then I was a bit uncertain of what to do, as true to form I ran out of cream yarn, I thought maybe I could edge each side in different colour trebles, but after two side were in I wasn't keen I wanted my cushion to have a fresher more contemporary feel. What I needed was some more cream yarn.......

In the end I compromised as the colour match was so very close and used some stylecraft special dk that I had here, that way no waiting around for yarn to arrive.  I simply double crocheted the cushion pieces together, which I crocheted on the reverse side as I didn't want a raise seam visiable.

Then it was onto the fun bit, picking some buttons, nothing like a rummage in the button tin to lift the spirits on a rainy day,  I opted for these pretty little shell ones in the end.

Which I attached to the inside of the cushion no need for a dreaded knitted button hole (how I love crochet) I simply buttoned up the cushion through one of the treble spaces.

Such a simple method that I thinks suits my little cushion well.

I just had to wait for the posties to deliver my cushion pad for my May-October (summer ish) project to be done.  I love how sweet and dreamy the squares look

in comparison to how they were when they had a brighter outer round.

 My completed cushion
anyone for ice cream ?

It's a little late in the season for my ice cream cushion to be out in the garden as originally planned. but I couldn't resist taking it outside for a photo shoot

After all our lovely garden chairs were a big part of the original inspiration for this make and I think they go well together.

Happy Crafting

Clare xx

I'm sorry I've not been about much lately, on here or visiting your lovely blogs, I've had a flare up with my chronic illness and have been feeling pretty poorly, fingers crossed things ease a bit soon, I don't think the extra strain of the broken ankle helps.


  1. Your cushion is so pretty! I love the colors and the solid squares give it such a lovely geometric orderliness, if you see what I mean. That's something I like in crochet. :) I hope your ankle is better soon, take care.

  2. Sorry to hear you have had a flare up again, hopefully you will be on the mend again soon. Love the cushion and the wonderful colours you chose, a great reminder of the hazy days of summer.

  3. Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling good again :( your cushion is so pretty. You really inspire me to learn to crochet x

  4. Clare, I love the choices you made in constructing the pillow. Thanks for sharing your process and links for resources. I'm still wishing you well and cheering you on :) xx

  5. So sorry to here that you are struggling with a flare at the moment, I do hope that things settle down really soon. The cushion is so pretty, the colours just bring back summer memories, just right for the dull winter months :-) x

  6. So pretty!!! I love the colour combinations. Keep taking care of yourself, hang in there, the good times will come around again. xx

  7. I absolutely love the way you played with those squares until you came up with something you are happy with. I love those ice-cream pastels!

    Take care of yourself.

  8. Love your cushion the colours are gorgeous :-) Hope you start to feel better real soon, dee x

  9. Hi again, I have nominated you for the Encouraging Thunder Award. Please don't feel you have to do it as I know time is precious but I wanted you to know how much I enjoy your blog. You can find my post here
    Sharon x

  10. Yay! Great cushion. I have a load of squares to join - long job. Jo x

  11. The ice cream cushion is beautiful. And I love what you've named it! :^)

  12. This turned out just beautifully. The colors are delicious and what a perfect name for your lovely cushion. I'm so sorry to hear about your recent bout of illness. Hopefully it won't last too long.

  13. I'm so sorry you are feeling so bad, hope it eases soon.
    The cushion is is splendid, such a great job.

  14. What lovely colours. Delicious even. They do make me think of ice cream and ice cream sodas.