The Fluff Cushion | Guest post from Lindsey Newns of @lottieandalbert

The Fluff Cushion | Guest post from Lindsey Newns of @lottieandalbert

The Fluff Cushion

A crochet pattern by Lindsey Newns of @lottieandalbert

This pattern will show you how to create a fluffy cushion using the crochet loop stitch. Once you have made the panel, the loop stitches are cut and then lightly brushed to create the fun texture – it’s much easier than it looks!

Lindsey News of @lottieandalbert is a crochet designer, craft YouTuber and commissioning editor for Mollie Makes magazine.

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Ravelry: LottieandAlbert 

Materials

5 x 100g balls of Mermaid Super Chunky in Pastel Pink – 80m per 100g

8mm Crochet Hook

40cmx40cm cushion pad

Scissors

Yarn needle

Hair brush

Finished size

Cushion panel size 42x42cm (to fit 40cm cushion pad).

Gauge

To check your cushion will come out at the correct size (especially if you are using a different yarn) you may want to make a test swatch first to check your gauge. If your swatch is larger than my measurements, go down a hook size; if your swatch is smaller, go up a hook size.

10 stitches over 9 rows to measure 10cmx10cm when worked in alternating rows of double crochet and loop stitch.

Abbreviations and stitches used

ch chain

dc double crochet (US single crochet)

hdc half-double crochet

lp loop stitch 

st(s) stitch(es)

Pattern notes

  • The cushion is made in two panels, which can either be crocheted or sewn together 
  • Loop stitches are formed on the ‘back’ of the work and so the front panel of the cushion will have the loop stitches all on one side
  • Turning chain does not count as a stitch throughout
  • I used my hand as a guide to determine the height of a loop stitch, making each one three fingers or around 5cm high

How to make a loop stitch 

To form a loop stitch, wrap your yarn from front to back over the index finger of your yarn hand. Insert hook into stitch, and bring the yarn under the hook, keeping your finger in place, now hook the strand of yarn from behind your index finger (1), and draw the loop through the stitch still keeping your finger in place (2). You should now have two loops on your hook, and a loop of yarn wrapped around your index finger (3). Gently pull the yarn until you have your desired loop length. Yarn over hook as normal, and pull through both loops on hook (4). Your loop stitch is now formed and you can remove your finger.

The Pattern

Cushion front:

Start by loosely chaining 36 sts.

Row 1: double crochet in 2nd chain from hook, and in each stitch along. Turn. (35 sts)

Row 2: Chain 1 (does not count as a stitch now or throughout), loop stitch in each stitch along. Pull each loop out to around 5cm or three fingers high (see the loop stitch guide above) Turn. (35 sts)

 

Row 3: Chain 1, double crochet in each stitch along. Turn (35 sts)

Rows 4-40: Repeat rows 2 and 3. Fasten off your yarn.

You should have 19 rows of loop stitch, and 20 rows of double crochet, with the cushion front measuring approx. 42x42cm.

Using your scissors, separate out each row of loop stitches and cut them, a row at a time. Once you have cut the loops, give the yarn a gentle brush. The more you brush, the fluffier it will become, but be aware that your cushion may also malt the more you break down the fibres by brushing.

Cushion back:

 

 

 

 

Loosely chain 33 sts

Row 1: Half-double crochet in 3rd chain from hook, and in each stitch along. Turn. (30 sts)

Row 2: Chain 1, half-double crochet in the same stitch and in each stitch along. Turn. (30 sts)

Rows 3-27: Repeat Row 2. Fasten off. Cushion back should measure approx. 42x42cm, as the front does.

To join the two side, place the two panels together, with the fluffy side in the middle of the sandwich. Double crochet around the edges of the cushion, leaving a gap so that you can turn your cushion right-side-out, and insert the cushion pad. Once inserted, sew up the gap using a large yarn needle. 

Ta da! Your cushion is complete! I’d love to see if you make this pattern, please do tag me as @lottieandalbert or use the hashtag #lottieandalbert.

Comments (2)

  1. It will be on my to do list.
    Very nice.

    Graciela
    December 21, 2018 Reply
  2. Definitely making this! I have 4 granddaughters who would LOVE fuzzy pillows.

    Omahorn
    December 21, 2018 Reply

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