I've been meaning to suss out a way to crochet a cushion cover in one piece for ages now. It's not rocket science I know and there are far more important issues in the world that deserve attention but it was just one of those little projects that lurked around in the back of my mind. You know, that section marked 'must do one day'.
Well, a few weeks ago, I was walking past a little gift shop and there, sitting in the window, was a soft grey chunky knitted (plain garter stitch I think) cushion. It was quite beautiful in its simplicity. I took a few steps backwards and admired it for a short while. I then noticed the price tag. It said £40.
£40 for something that was more than likely made on a machine in a matter of minutes??? Cue me tutting and uttering that phrase that we creative types know so well,
"I could make one just as nice for half the price!"
Funny how quickly you can go off something, isn't it?
So, not only had I decided that I was going to make my own version of the overpriced cushion, I knew exactly which yarn I would use too. You see, I'd previously purchased a few balls of Lang Cotone Chunky from my local yarn shop in the most glorious spring green and they were still sitting untouched, patiently waiting for the day when their fate would be determined.
It didn't take me long to work out how to create my cushion cover in one piece. Well I did say it wasn't rocket science, didn't I? Pretty nifty nonetheless and I did afford myself a quick visit to smugland.
Handmade and, if you ask me, every bit as nice as anything one can buy in a gift shop. And all for the princely sum of £14.
Flying high with self-satisfaction, I decided to make another. Well, I had after all saved myself £26, hadn't I? ;-)
So I did!
I must admit I'm pretty chuffed with it. It's got the loveliest feel to it and is worked in just one piece, don't you know. *tick*
I'm going to pop the pattern for my Neopolitan Cushion in my Etsy shop in the next week or so if you'd like to make your own. I'm just running a little giveaway on my Facebook page first, which you're more than welcome to join if you fancy the chance of winning this little lot. A copy of my pattern will be included too.
So there we have it. You can keep your machine-made £40 cushions. I'd far rather have these two and still have plenty of change for an ice cream.
Now, which flavour to choose ...