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This month we are making the cushion cover pictured here. The pattern for this is a square that has just been enlarged to the size needed for a cushion cover. The square is called the Chocolate Box Square by Jan Eaton.
 
Supplies needed:
  • 4 different DK weight yarn in a choice of your own colours. Give them yarn names A,B,C and D in the order you want to use them.
  • 18” cushion pad
  • 4mm crochet hook
 
 
Stitches used and abbreviations:
  • Ch = chain
  • Sl St = slip stitch
  • Tr = treble crochet stitch
  • Dc = double crochet
  • Sp = space
*= repeat the instructions from this mark by the amount of times stated in order to get you back to where you started the round.
 
[ ] x = the instructions inside these brackets are to be repeated by the amount of times stated after the x, this is separate to the * mark and happens along the sides of the squares to get you from one corner to the other. 
 
 
Notes:
  • This pattern is written in UK crochet terms. Instructions on how to do any of these stitches can be found here on my blog.
  • As I said, this pattern is enlarged from a square. You can do this with most squares, so experiment; make them larger turn them into other things, blankets, throws. You are only limited by your imagination.
  • As always, read through the pattern before commencing.
 
Instructions:
 
Round 1. Ch 4, join with a sl st to form a ring.
 
Round 2. Ch3 (counts as 1st tr) 2tr into the ring, 2ch, *3tr into the ring, 2ch, repeat from* twice more and join with a sl st into the 3rd ch of the starting 3ch. Break off yarn A.
 
 
Round 3. Join yarn B to any 2ch sp and ch1, [1dc, 3ch, 1dc] into the same sp, 3ch, *[1dc, 3ch, 1dc] into the next 2ch sp, 3ch, repeat from * twice more and join with a sl st into first dc. Break off yarn B.
 
 
 
Round 4. Join yarn C to any 3ch corner sp, 3ch (counts as 1st tr), [2tr, 3ch, 3tr] into same sp, 1ch, 3tr into next 3ch sp 1ch, *[3tr, 3ch, 3tr] into the next 3ch corner sp, 1ch, 3tr into the next 3ch sp 1ch, repeat from * twice more and join with a sl st into the 3rd ch of the starting 3ch. Break off yarn C.
 
 
 
Round 5. Join yarn B to any 3ch corner sp, 1ch, [1dc, 3ch, 1dc] into the same sp, 3ch, [1dc into the next 1ch sp, 3ch] x2, *[1dc, 3ch, 1dc] into the next 3ch corner sp, 3ch, [1dc into next 1ch sp, 3ch] x2, repeat from * twice more and join with a sl st into the first dc. Break off yarn B.
 
 
 
Round 6. Join yarn D to any 3ch corner sp, 3ch (counts as 1st tr) [2tr, 3ch, 3tr] into the same sp, 1ch, [3tr into the next 3ch sp, 1ch] x3, * [3tr, 3ch, 3tr] into the next 3ch corner sp, 1ch, [3tr into next 3ch sp, 1ch] x3, repeat from * twice more and join with a sl st into 3rd ch of the starting 3ch. Break off yarn D.
 
 
 
Round 7. Join yarn B to any 3ch corner sp, 1ch, [1dc, 3ch, 1dc] into the same sp, 3ch, [1dc into next 1ch sp, 3ch] x4, *[1dc, 3ch, 1dc] into the next 3ch corner sp, 3ch, [1dc into next 1ch sp, 3ch] x4, repeat from * twice more and join with a sl st into the first dc. Break off yarn B.
 
 
 
You have now used your 4 colours and this sets up a colour pattern.
 
Repeat rounds 6 and 7, working through the established colour pattern. The amount of times you repeat your instructions down the side increases by 1 each time. Take a look at the next picture to get an idea. I would also stop every so often and finish in those threads -  believe me, it’s worth doing it now rather than all at the end before joining the sides.
 
 
 
When your square has increased to 17 inches, and you’ve ended with round 7, work the following last round in yarn B.
 
1ch, 1dc in the same sp, work 1 dc in each dc of the previous row and work 3dc into each 3ch sp along the sides of the square, work 5dc into each 3ch corner sp. Join with a sl st into the first dc.
 
If you go a little over the 17 inches mark to end with round 7, that’s fine. It’s more important to end with round 7. You are stopping an inch short, as the cushion cover will stretch and you don’t want the cover too baggy. This last row of dc’s is important to work also, as it gives a steadier base from which to join both sides.
 
 
 
 
 
Break off yarn B and put this square aside while you work the instructions again for the second side.
 
 
Joining the sides together:
 
Make sure all your threads have been finished off.
 
Line up both sides of your cushion, there are no right or wrong sides to this cushion you just decide which you like the look of best. Attach yarn B with a sl st into any dc st.
Ch 1.
 
Insert hook through same dc st and the corresponding dc st on the second cushion cover side and now complete your dc st as normal.
 
 
Continue in this manner for each dc st on both sides joining them up as you go. Work 5dc into the middle dc st of each corner.
 
 
 
When three sides are joined sl in the cushion pad and continue closing the fourth and final side.
 
 
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