Sunset Cushions

Catherine's Crochet Corner

So, who remembers me workingon a set of cushion covers?

And who thought I’d forgotten all about them?

Not quite 😀

My lovely pattern testers have been working on these for a little while, but everyone is now done, the errors are all ironed out, and the heatwave has broken so I have enough brain power to present to you the Sunset Cushions!

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Aren’t they bright and cheerful?

There are three complementary designs. Each design shares the same centre and same colour order, but use post stitches to create different stitch patterns radiating out from the centre.

As you might gather from the name, I was inspired by the colours of a particularly lovely sunset: the reds and oranges close to the horizon slowly transforming through yellows and pinks until finally they meet the darker blues of night creeping in.


The pattern as written uses Stylecraft Special…

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New project

I love this idea!!!

Catherine's Crochet Corner

After the gloom and frustration of my last post, I have some good news to report 😀 no, not a new pattern design precisely, but a new project. Some creativity, at least.

I have embarked on another freeform crochet project. This time a more functional item than The Starry Night: a cushion cover.

To be more precise, a cover for my wheelchair cushion.

As many of you know, I use a wheelchair most of the time when I’m out and about. It’s a nice wheelchair. Lightweight, easy to manoevre, very comfortable. And then there’s the cushion, which is dark grey and covered in vinyl.

It’s boring. It’s dull. Okay, so I don’t actually see it a lot of the time (and neither does anybody else!) because I’m sitting on it, but hey, just because something isn’t seen much doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty, right?

So here I go…

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Announcement: Demelza Blanket CAL

Being Cornish I absolutely have to do this one too!!

It's all in a Nutshell Crochet

I would like to announce that I will be doing video tutorials for the Demelza blanket designed by Catherine Bligh. The blanket has been inspired by the character Demelza from Poldark, a series of novels written by Winston Graham in the 20th century and recently adapted for television by the BBC.

The design is completed and is available in English and Dutch. You can jump right in and start making it or you can join me and a lovely group of ladies and make your Demelza blanket as part of a crochet along.

Photo: Demelza Blanket by Catherine Bligh


You need about 3300 meters of yarn for this project. I am using Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn in 13 lovely colors. At this point I have no idea on my colorway (that’s normal for me), so I don’t know exactly how much of each color I will be using. I…

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Announcement: Ubuntu Scheepjes CAL 2018

I absolutely want to do this one!

It's all in a Nutshell Crochet

It is time to announce the start of a FABULOUS new crochet along: Ubuntu. Ubuntu is the new Scheepjes CAL and is designed by my dear friend Dedri Uys from Look At What I Made. Dedri has designed a fabulous blanket and I am going to help with the tricky bits by making English and Dutch video tutorials for you.


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What is Ubuntu?

I have lived in South Africa for almost 20 years and I understand what Dedri means when she talks about ubuntu. Africa is all about family, about belonging to a community, and about caring for others. Ubuntu is a…

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Seaside Stash Busting Blanket – Week 27

Coastal Crochet


It’s Week 27… wow! And this week we start with a couple more rows of Granny Stitches before yes, the bobbles are back! 🙂 And this time my bobbles are like floating buoys at sea…


These buoys obviously have a hugely practical purpose but I do like the look of them too… we have found many washed up on our local beaches over the years and now have quite a collection at home in the garden… here’s the very photo that kickstarted my ‘Crochet Along’ idea and you can see some buoys there… 🙂 🙂


Before we get onto this week rows, here’s the usual round up from Instagram


Lots of people are still just starting out with this blanket which is fantastic and there are a couple of finishers too! Kath @spiritawaycrochet has finished her gorgeous smaller blanket and look at what Mary @merry_paws has done in the middle…

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Stitch Story CAL Video Tutorial Part 2

It's all in a Nutshell Crochet

Many of you have started with Stitch Story crochet along, and if you haven’t you still have loads of time to join in. Today we make part 2 which is a moss stitch square. The textured square is delicate and gives our blanket a subtle texture. Stitch Story is designed by Heather Gibbs from Keep Calm and Crochet on UK and I am here with a series of video tutorials to help you with the tricky bits just in case  you need me.

Resources & Materials

Video tutorial Part 2

In the video tutorial I show you how…

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Seaside Stash Busting Blanket – Week 26

If you’re not doing this CAL yet, why not?? It’s fabulous! Of course I had to reblog this one because our gorgeous Mollie Topshop got us in on the nine pictures, there she is top right, in full on snuggle mood….:-)

Coastal Crochet


Week 26 and we return to some of our earlier rows in this blanket… we start with the lovely 3 rows which we’ve used throughout our blanket -this is the fourth time we have done these rows although the last time was in Week 13 so it’s about time they returned! And then we end the week with some Granny Stitches.

But first here’s the usual round-up from Instagram


I’m using red and yellow for the start of this week and going for sunrise vibes with these first rows…IMG_8405 (Edited)IMG_6805So at the end of Row 108 you should have joined with a new colour and made 3ch which counts as the first tr (US dc) st of this next row. Remember it’s UK terminology and I did do a YouTube tutorial for these rows if you need a reminder. Here goes…
Row 109 1tr in each ch-sp and in…

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