Out of Line

Us humans have a funny relationship with lines. Horizontal, vertical, diagonal lines. We organise our lives, our houses, our properties, our sports fields – and yes even our patterns – inside the safety of lines and prefer to color inside them. But what if we let go? After all, the best work is done without some pre-determined rigid pattern that describes the number of lines and quantity of colors. So start with some left over yarn and go with the flow. The spontaneous results will surprise your most perfectionist self!

It is how these crochet pillows came into being, using our stock of gorgeous Biches & Bûches wool. Have a go and venture outside the confinement of your comfort zone, comfortably. We have your back.

OUT OF LINE CUSHION
Pattern by Irene Hoofs

PREPARATIONS
YARNS
Thin Leftover yarns (e.g. Biches & Bûches lambswool)
For most parts of the cushion use double threads, adding golden or silver strands in between threads

TOOLS & MATERIALS
Crochet hook 4mm [US Size 6]
Tapestry needle
Stitch marker
Pillow filling

SIZE
approx. 40cm [16”] x 45cm [17.7”]
 
STITCHES USED & ABBREVIATIONS
ch/s: chain/s
st/s: stitch/es
sc: single crochet

PATTERN NOTES
Download the front- and backside template here and here.

Crochet using single crochet stitch. Change color in the last pull of the previous stitch. As an example, if you crochet in white and want to continue in pink, crochet the last pull of the previous stitch in pink and continue in that color.

BEGIN
Ch 50.
Follow the template for front-side in single crochet only.
When your front-side is finished insert 65 chains inside the row-side of your front-side (amount of rows and chains correspond).
Continue with your back-side template. The stitches of the design on each side will then point in different directions.

END
For the edges (3 sides left):
Work in sc around entire edge of throw. Attach with a sl st, * work 1 sc in each st, 2 sc in each corner, rep from * join with a sl st in 1st sc. Place pillow filling and close the top of the cushion the same way.
Fasten off, weave in loose ends.

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