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Pumpkins, Monsters and Spooks

Yes it’s that time of year again! Out come the woolly blankets, snuggly jumpers, mittens, hats and leg warmers (I feel the cold acutely!). On the plus side, there is suddenly lots more time for designing new crochet creations now all the summer holidays and general fine weather gallivanting is over.

In celebration of this change of seasons I’ve made a new pattern that I hope you’re all going to like!


So please come along and meet Fred Monster, Gilbert Ghost and Pamela Pumpkin.


I felt inspired to make them due to the need to brighten up my welsh dressers in light of the lack of light – in the form of sunshine – coming through my kitchen windows recently. I hope these three colourful characters will help to put a smile on your face as we head towards the cold, dark, dank and generally very gloomy months ahead. They’ve certainly cheered me up. They were a pleasure to make and the whole design process went without a hitch this time.

It was a case of doodle…


to done…


…in no time at all (well, about a week actually, but that’s pretty good going for me!)

These Halloween characters are a good 16″ tall from tip to toe and are weighted with plastic pellets so they can sit solidly on any shelf, table or chair. If you prefer you can leave out the beads and stuff with fiberfill, or similar, for a kid friendly cuddly toy. I don’t really do ‘scary’ when it comes to Halloween, so if you’re a bit of a softy like me then maybe these will appeal to your inner child!

Now I’d like to tell you a little bit more about each one…


Frightful Fred get’s a bit narky when people refer to him only as Frankenstein’s monster.


It isn’t very good for his self esteem not to have his own identity so he’s claiming back his individuality at last. We discussed what his preferred name might be and ‘Fred’ seemed like a decent, no-nonsense, everyday kind of a name that would be easy to live up to. He’s a down to earth guy at heart, despite his unusual appearance, and would love nothing better than to just fit in with the crowd.


Gilbert is a friendly little chap who really appreciates the ease with which he can blend into the crowds at this time of year.


He loves to gate crash as many Halloween parties as he can find because most people think he’s wearing fancy dress and consequently hardly ever scream and run away when they see him floating into view. Even the fact that he’s apparently floating is often put down as a perceptual error on behalf of the beholder due to the ingestion of large amounts of witches brew or pumpkin punch. Be sure to look over your shoulder when you go Trick or Treating – Gilbert’s always where the action is, and even though he can’t actually eat any candy himself, being a ghost and all, he does love to watch the smiles on the children’s faces as their goodie bags fill up. Gilbert’s pet spider, Spot, accompanies him on all his ethereal adventures.


Pamela is sporting a happy, zig-zaggy sort of smile because she’s been waiting all summer for harvest time and now it’s finally here.


Ever since she was a tiny pip pushed into the warm dark soil back in the spring she couldn’t wait for the Fall when the farmer would visit the patch to pick out which pumpkin would be his best bet to win a prize at this year’s horticultural show. Pretty Pamela was duly presented before the judges in the produce tent and was thrilled to win first place in the Miss Gorgeous Gourd category. She’s now looking forward to a great season showing off her veggie credentials, opening supermarkets and doing lots of charity work.


Now that I have my Halloween head on I’m going to finish sprucing up my kitchen dressers with a few more spooky decorations then I’ll be back to share the photos with you all. I’m being nagged into it you see. Pamela’s become so used to all the attention lately and is insisting that she get’s to be in at least one more blog post!


See you all back here soon!


Blackberries and Raspberries

On the way home from our visit to the Leigh Spinning Mill last weekend, I began another granny square project. It’s a sure fire way to brighten up even the most monotonous stretches of motorway.


I found these two James C. Brett Marble yarns in pink and purple for £1.99 a ball back at the beginning of the summer, so I snapped up three of each and stashed them away until I could find a use for them.


 What a heavenly combination, just like raspberries and blackberries, perfect for an autumnal project.


Blackberries are particularly abundant around here right now. I’ll be having a picking spree soon and baking apple and blackberry pies until everyone is heartily sick of them. An autumn ritual that can’t be dispensed with! On a slightly more unhealthy note these colours also match up perfectly to one of my favourite childhood sweet treats – Raspberry and Blackberry Domes. Anyone else remember these? They look so realistic at first glance.


What a shame they don’t count towards your five-a-day fruit and veg quota. I could happily eat a bucketful of these in one go!


Motorway journeys are seldom plain sailing these days and it doesn’t take long until we get stuck in loads of traffic, but on the plus side a pile of fruity squares begins to stack up nicely as I while away the snail-pace miles. They’re proving to be just as addictive as the last batch I made. This project might turn into a big one!


It feels good to have a change from crocheting shawls. Three in a row from the same pattern is enough for anybody, I’m sure. I had a lot of fun making them though and the pattern was a doddle. Here are the finished ones I made for myself. I’ve had to move my mannekin into the bathroom due to the sheer lack of space in my overcrowded studio, but I think it looks quite nice in there now I’ve got used to it. My crochet projects are stealthily taking over the entire house so it’s only fair that the bathroom should have its fair share too!


I’ve just got the edging to finish on the third shawl and a heap of tassels to attach. This one will probably end up as a Christmas gift. I’ve started the process of thinking about who is going to get what this year. I’ve bought my wrapping paper and Christmas cards already. (Well, it is October, there’s no time to lose!)

This is the shawl I started on my seaside holiday in August and it looks like the scales on a mermaid’s tail (or a fish, of course, if you’re the more down to earth type). Those beautiful shimmering greens catch the light so prettily. I hope the recipient I have in mind is going to like it as much as I do. You can find Mimi Alelis’ free shawl pattern at


By following just the first 8 lines I also made a pretty scarf. I used a Rowan yarn by Kaffe Fassett. It’s made of pure lambswool and has hardly any twist to it at all so you have to be quite careful as you work because it can break quite easily. Strictly no yanking or losing your temper with this one! Once it’s taken on a knitted or crocheted structure it’s very sturdy though, so I should be getting a lot of wear out of this as the weather gets colder.


Here’s a close up of the yarn I used (shade 431).


Because this was bargain bucket yarn and they had it in blue too (shade 432), that’s now also sitting in my stash baskets  waiting for its moment to shine.


Initially they were bought because they’re pure wool, which I knew would felt really well. My original intention was to make some felted slippers or little crocheted tote bags. I’m still looking forward to getting on with that when I’ve got some extra time.

For now though, I’m well and truly stuck into my next big spare-time project. I’ve got a plan, of sorts, and everything is packed up in a handy basket ready to follow me around for the next few weeks, or maybe months.


I’d forgotten quite how relaxing it is to make the humble granny square. It will be lovely to get back to basics and crochet away the darker evenings with these berry bursts of scrumptious delight.


There are plenty of new amigurumi designs to be working on during daylight hours so something a little less mentally taxing will tick all the boxes for the cosy wind-down evenings.


As long as I get the taxing versus relaxing life balance right, harmony will rule. So here’s looking forward to a happy, hooky, bristling with berries, amigurumi by day, granny squares by night kind of autumn ahead.


Alpacas and Spinning

I’ve just finished the book version of Alicia the Alpaca so it’s been another exciting week with another project satisfyingly ticked off the to-do list.


She now has a little blanket to wear because it can get very cold in the Peruvian Andes. Her blanket comes complete with panniers so she can go shopping at the local market and have somewhere to stash her bargain buys.

It was lots of fun playing around with different colour schemes and combinations and I managed to use up some of my smaller scraps of leftover yarn.


(This pattern will be appearing in Zoomigurumi 5, coming out around the beginning of next year).

I’ve gone a bit crazy about this alpaca and have ended up making eight so far. everytime I see a new colour in this fluffy yarn I get the urge to make another one!


I think I’ll be able to open a fully stocked alpaca farm at this rate. Maybe I’ll end up with so much spare fleece that I’ll never have to buy any more yarn. Although I’ll have to learn to spin first. A skill which has so far eluded me despite acquiring a beautiful spinning wheel a couple of years ago. I really must get around to getting it up and running so I can get some practice in with it. I had a few goes when I first bought it and managed to spin a bit of lumpy, bumpy, bit too twisty yarn and then the string came unwound and the spindle kept flying off and I eventually gave up through sheer frustration. I really do want to give spinning another go though as it would be so useful to add that to my repertoire of textile skills while also providing me with the perfect excuse for owning a herd of real life alpacas. What would the cats think to that I wonder?!

As we’re on the subject of spinning it seems as good a time as any to mention our trip up north to visit relatives on Saturday as we made a visit to the Leigh Spinners Mill in Lancashire to see the UK’s largest unrestored steam engine. Now, happily being brought back to its former working glory by a team of enthusiastic volunteers.


It really is a beautiful building and while some of it is still in use making carpets and synthetic turf a lot of the main structure is lying empty. The plan is to eventually do it all up and balance community led projects with commercial and business lets. I’d love to have a workshop in a building like that. There’d be plenty of room to store my gargantuan yarn stash! Ah well, I’ll be having to make do with squeezing everything into my home studio for the foreseeable future, but one can dream. At least I have to limit my yarn buying due to space constraints, which is probably a good thing or who knows where my yarn habit would end?!

Here’s the main engine room as it looked on Saturday. Everyone was busy, mainly scrubbing at rust and rubbing grease on things as far as I could tell, but I’m sure it’s actually much more complicated than that. I’m no expert on these things so I won’t go waffling on about the mechanics and uses. You can visit the Leigh Spinners Mill website for more details on the history and future plans for this impressive 1920’s cotton mill. They’re sure to have their facts right over there!


Having a nose around the internet to see what I could find out about the place I found some beautiful shots of the engine house taken before the restoration began. The one that really struck me is this image below, taken by Mark and featuring on his wonderfully atmospheric website called Off Limits Photos which showcases his talent for sniffing out the abandoned, derelict and dilapidated buildings and structures of the past. This photo really highlights the amount of restoration work that has gone on already.

That’s an awful lot of pigeon poop to clean up before you can even get started on the fun bit!

On a much less grand scale I’ve got my own spinning related restoration to undertake if I’m going to get anywhere at all with this tricky craft. The string has become hopelessly tangled and the spindles need cleaning off, but I’m thankful I don’t have to scrape a ton of pigeon-poop off it before I start, or worry about getting pistons working or things exploding. A bit of TLC, some pedal power and a bit of expert guidance would probably do the trick here.


It is a fine looking piece of kit and deserves much more respect than it’s currently receiving. I found out that there is an alpaca farm not too far from me. They advertise spinning classes on their website Simply Alpaca. I’m so tempted to have a go. Maybe spinning lessons are what I want for Christmas this year. I probably need to start dropping hints to my family… maybe they’re even reading this ;-) It could make a perfect new challenge for a new year.

Here are some of the yarns they make at Simply Alpaca. All from their own fleeces.


Such gorgeous natural colours and not at all slubby and gnarly like my own attempts. This is the only fragment that remains of my foray into the world of spinning, but it will give you an idea of how much practice I’m going to need!


If I do book a spinning class I might take some of my own herd along to meet the inhabitants. The farm also offers camelid handling courses that could help me keep this lot in check!


Actually, they’re pretty well behaved on the whole. They’re just messy eaters, especially when they’re all fighting over the last of the seasons strawberries.



Looks like no one’s owning up to who spilled the feeding trough. Well, you know what they say – what happens in the herd, stays in the herd. I can’t tell who the guilty culprit is, they all look like butter wouldn’t melt in their mouths!


Last of the Summer Fun

Another busy week has flown past. We’ve indulged in a bit of travelling and some mini breaks to squeeze the last few bits of fun out of the summer while all the boys were still together. This has resulted in plenty of car time for a spot of crocheting and sightseeing all rolled up into one. One of my favorite trips was to Weston-Super-Mare to see Banksy’s Dismaland art exhibition.


As you can see, the weather was just gorgeous so some of the deliberate dismalness was mitigated somewhat!


Here are a few snippets of some of the weird and wonderful stuff going on.

The best £5 I’ve ever spent, value for money and thought provoking. Great fun!

I love to go to Weston for a day trip as it’s the most easily accessible seaside town from where we live, so this just added an extra kick to the day. Fish and chips on the beach and a spot of alpaca making on the way home made for a happy day indeed.


Car time is great for testing patterns or working on repeated elements but not so good for free form designing. Too many balls of yarn, sketchbooks, pens and pencils are required to make it a truly portable element of the creative process. I like to have my entire yarn stash to hand when working on new patterns because I’m really never too sure of exactly what I need as I wing my way along.

The next thing the alpaca needed to finish off her look was a little rug type blanket for her back. So when we were home again I chose my colours in crayon and then found the nearest matching yarn.


Obviously it’s important that Alicia has her say, she’s going to be making a fashion statement with her chosen rug so it has to be just right.


Carlos advises on the correct colours. We’re going for a Peruvian look this time, but the colour palette is very close to the Mexican too, and Carlos has met some of the best dressed alpacas on his travels from Mexico through to South America, so he feels very qualified to give an opinion!



On the next car trip I get to utilise my early birthday present from my oldest son. We had to drive him back to Cardiff for the start of the new term so we had the birthday celebrations a few days early. Being arty himself he knows the value of organising your drawing materials and he knows how I like to keep busy on the hoof.

So this is what I had and I’m made up with my new pencil roll. It’s so handy to have all the colors at a glance. No more rummaging around in a floppy case hoping the right colours will pop up into view!


It also doubles as a very handy lap table when unrolled, but takes up hardly any room when it’s time to pack up. All those rainbow colours are a sight pretty enough to make you smile too. Multi-purpose genius!


Of course a day out is not all about crocheting in the passenger seat! I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s good practice to make yourself get out of the car at the other end and enjoy the scenery for a while, so after safely installing our student son back into his digs we continued a short way around the coast to Penarth where we found a lovely rocky beach with Cardiff shining like some crazy looking industrial holiday camp on the one side…


…Bucolic Barry and the smooth stretch of the open sea on the other side…


…and a pretty pier in the middle.



The ideal spot for a tray of chips as we watch the sun begin to sink.


We have plenty of time to contemplate the smell of the sea, the uplifting gentle September sun on a windless day and the beauty of the dove grey beach pebbles..


A remarkably similar colour theme is going on with today’s alpaca.


A little fluffy pebble of a head is forming nicely on the way back home.


I just can’t stop making these sweet bundles of scrumptiousness at the moment. I think I’m addicted to the comforting, soothing feel of the soft-as-a-cloud fluffy yarns!

Back at home, all these are waiting to meet today’s new addition.


This design is going to be featured in Zoomigurumi 5, available early next year from, and there will be a single release pattern too. I’ve just got to finish off the outfit in all the different colour schemes and pick a favorite for the book. Now I’m back at home I swap crocheting in the car for crocheting in bed for a large part of Sunday.


It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it! I hope you can come back soon to see how it all turns out :-)


Happy Families

The long wait is finally over, and so is all the hard work! The new crochet book from is out at last.


I’ve been very lucky to have been involved in the proofreading of this one and so I’ve had an in depth look at every page of the book and can confidently say it’s a cracker!


Packed full of unique and imaginative designs, you’d have to be very hard hearted indeed not to let a few ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhhs’ out as you flick through the pages. Baby animals are cute alright but when they’re teamed up with their matching parents and various essential baby accessories then that cute factor just goes off the scale!

My Papa Penguin and his baby, Pierre, have made it to the front cover. Papa may look a little startled as he is not only not used to the limelight but he’s also a first time dad, and that takes a bit of getting used to as well!


Time flies – and sometimes penguins do too! I remember getting Papa and Pierre ready for their air mail journey to the publishers in Belgium – quite a few months ago now. Difficult to believe that all that time has passed and the book is finally finished. There is so much work involved to get everything just right, but it’s so much fun too. Joke does a lovely job of the compilation, layout and graphics so the book is really easy on the eye, and the patterns are a doddle to read.

Of course I had to help Papa and Pierre have a good send off. These penguins love a jolly party. It’s a great excuse for a huddle together and to indulge in some high calorie treats to fatten themselves up ready for the winter months.


What better place to have a party than at the local parent and toddler group. They’re certainly used to the noise and mayhem there!

820Penguin Party

Here’s a little peek at all of the other happy families created by designers from all over the world and photographed beautifully by Joost.

Below, from left to right, we’ve got: Rosy the T-Rex and her baby boy (Lia Arjano), Mama, Papa and Baby Bear (Tales of Twisted Fibers), and Mom Tilda and baby Earl armadillo (Patchwork Moose).


Dashy the Beagle and his baby boy (Enna Design), Mama Lulu and Baby Bea the sloths (Mevvsan), Maisie mouse and baby Charly (Erinna Lee).


Little Tim the Fawn and his mommy (Stuff the Body), Mama Octa and her baby octopi (Diceberry Designs), and Butterfly Bree and caterpillar Callin (Zabbez).


Mama Frida and baby Lila (Jamaica Y Tamarinda), Papa Penguin and Baby Pierre (me!), and July the Kangaroo and her baby Jumpy (Kamlin Patterns).


Aren’t they sweet? There sure is a great deal of variety in there, and that’s what I love about all of these books from There’s so many different styles to choose from. They’re like the amigurumi equivalent of a fancy selection box of chocolates from Harrods! I’ve already made the butterfly by Zabbez as part of the pattern testing phase of the book. I made mine in sparkly midnight hues because I love Blue Morpho butterflies.


Presale is on until the 27th September 2015, so if you want to get ahead of the curve and order your copy right now you can do that here. You’ll also get the PDF version to download immediately so you can get crocheting while you wait for the actual book to arrive in the post.

Here’s a final photo of some of the penguins I made during the design/testing/tweaking processes. Now they’re just awaiting a new home. I’m hoping to attend a few local craft shows this year and I think these little fellas might prove popular in the run up to Christmas.


Not that I really want to be thinking about Christmas quite so early. I have a few ideas for this year’s Halloween collection to finalise yet. Oh where did the summer go!

I do love a cosy autumn though so there’s lots to look forward to in the coming months. I think I may have to start on another cosy blanket as the evenings draw in and the weather starts to cool. Well, the summer may be nearly over but I’m definitely looking forward to starting some brand new crochet projects inspired by the changing of the seasons.


The Wicked Wind: A Tale of Endurance on Shell Island

I remember this ditty from when I was little ‘un… I wonder if any of you do too?

The wind, the wind, the wicked wind,
It blows the girl’s skirts high,
But God is just, he blows the dust
Into the wicked wind’s eye.

Kind of sums up our recent foray to the seaside last week, except that us camping girls usually like to wear trousers of some kind for a multitude of practical reasons, not limited entirely to the force of the wind, and the only eyes the dust (actually it was largely sand) got blown into was our own!

Still, we had a jolly time despite the weather. This is the view from our pitch, which was certainly some sort of consolation.


This, however, was the view looking back the other way, so I think you’ll get why I’m also having a bit of a moan.


It’s not that easy getting a good night’s sleep when you’re vacuumed packed onto your air bed like a shrink wrapped supermarket kipper!

The boys had a larger tent to themselves, our trusty old Khyam, which stood the test of the higher end of the Beaufort scale better, but it was still incredibly noisy and cold in there with the wind whipping around and about like a possessed entity. It really was a test of our good humour to keep smiling throughout it all. Especially when Hubby and I had no choice but to pack away all the cooking equipment and take down the awning before it was torn away by natural forces and flung into the sea at 4 am  – in the driving rain, of course. (Well maybe I cried once or twice that night).


The skies were amazing over the week though. All sorts of clouds blew over our heads. It does make you feel very alive when you experience the elements in such a direct way.

Sunsets were pretty awesome…



…and the  moon over the dunes had it’s own kind of beauty.


The mountains around here are always breathtaking. But then I’ve never seen a mountain that wasn’t.


We did have a few snatches of blue sky here and there. I made the most of the best weather that the week had to offer us by indulging in a little crochet therapy on the beach.


In amongst the time spent at Shell Island we had a couple of day trips to other places where the weather was thankfully a little calmer.

A steam train from Porthmadog to Ffestiniog was among the highlights.



We climbed up through the mountains, craning our necks to make the most of the 360 degree views.



Naturally there was plenty of opportunity for a spot of shawl making during the three hour journey there and back.


I love making these shawls because it’s so, so easy to feel where the stitches go so none of the view was missed at all as the extra rows were added, chain by gloriously simple chain. Busy hands, and eyes on the horizon. Perfect!

We found the sweetest reward at the end of the line in Ffestiniog. Be sure to pop in to the Isallt Coffee Shop if you ever visit the town. The owner, Richard, makes the most amazing chocolate brownies, nutty meringues, carrot cake – to name just a few. Washed down with a hot cup of tea, we felt re-vivified in no time. This guy really needs to get himself auditioning for the Great British Bake Off. These cakes are the stuff of legends!

As the next day dawned we decided on a trip to Barmouth for some classic seaside treats in the form of fish and chips, ice cream and donuts. Thankfully my real donut looked nothing like as scary or as unappetising as the one advertising them.


I’ve no idea why he has a black eye but what with the strategic placement of that pole I expect that’s the least of his worries! And why is the hotdog wearing a hard hat? It’s enough to give you indigestion just to look at them.

Now please don’t let anyone tell you that I don’t know how to have a good time. Living it large Las Vegas style? Oh Yeah!


Well you surely would.- wouldn’t you?! We did actually spend a good half hour in here and bulldozed our way through about £5 in 2 pence pieces trying to win a keyring that you’d probably throw away if it leapt out of a Christmas cracker at you. The sense of achievement when it was finally dislodged off it’s mound of coins and plopped into the steel tray at our knees in a shower of tuppences was, well, just weirdly exciting actually! Want to see it? Of course you do!


In fact maybe I’ll be inspired to recreate my very own purple amigurumi hippo in a mortarboard ready for next years proud graduates to treasure!

At this point I think I should probably express my apologies to the Barmouth tourist board. It is actually a most beautiful place, once you get past the concrete front and on to the beach, a fact paid testament to in the postcard on the right. We have had many happy holidays here when the boys were little. This beach is just the best thing ever when the sun is shining – you know, shining like it always used to in the good old days!


Whatever the weather it’s always nice to get back to base camp after a big day out. Time for a quick shower – hot water has never felt so welcome! – and a quick change into comfy PJs, layers of fleeces, fingerless mitts, a beanie hat and and a coat (erm… I thought this was supposed to be summer?). The car was a real boon for escaping the ever howling winds. It’s really rather cosy to be tucked up there. A sea view, a sunset and a bit more crochet time and I’m feeling a warm glow again. I think that’s largely due to the extra layers of clothing, but a general feeling of contentment helps too.


As the sun sets on our last night, and with no sign of the rain clouds from earlier, we had a last big blow out and attempted to burn the four bags of logs we rather over-optimistically bought from the camp shop on the first night. There’s nothing quite like a crackling fire to warm the cockles of your heart, as well as your hands and feet. It was lovely to sit chatting with hubby and the boys about the highs and lows, the trials, tribulations and joys of our escape to the seaside. Playing a game of dodge the sparks when the wind suddenly changes and the flames give you a glancing singe is certain to liven up the fuggiest and tiredest of minds!


Just be very careful when throwing a new log on the fire…


No need for fancy pyrotechnics around here to keep us entertained!

After packing up the tent on the final morning we headed off to the sand dunes to say our goodbyes to this wild and windy land. A spot of crochet kept me occupied.


The boys employed some of that undiminishable energy that comes so easily to the young and ran like crazy around the dunes. Good preparation for being cooped up in the car for the next 3 hours.


I preferred to take a few last looks at the wildlife. So pleased to note that pixies live up here too, and not just in damp, dark forests. (Everyone knows that pixies turn into toadstools as soon as you try and look at them, right?)


I had to get a snap of this gorgeous sea holly too. There’s so much beauty around if you take the time to see it.


That’s why these little holidays are so valuable, despite the hard work involved and the often less than perfect weather. It’s just so good to break the routine and take the time to smell the roses, or the ozone, or the sea holly or whatever comes your way.

A quick stop at a lichen covered rock to give my half finished shawl the seaside photoshoot treatment. It looks so at home here, with its colours echoing the stormy sea and its fishing net like structure. Note how it’s weighted down by a rock to stop it flying off! Very fitting that the yarn is called Silkystones.



On a philosophical level I reflect that all good things come to an end, and my comfy feather bed is singing a siren’s song to me across the airwaves from the relatively sheltered haven of the landlocked Midlands. I think I’m ready at this point to kiss the sea goodbye and sleep a deep sleep under a nestling duvet surrounded by four solid brick walls. But I’m oh so looking forward to coming back again and challenging the elements the very next time I get the chance!


DIY Chair Cushion Pads


I’ve had a few requests for the pattern for my zipless recycled cloth chair pads so after a bit of photo gathering and note making I’m happy to say that I am, at last, ready to share with you all exactly how to make a cheap and cheerful bottom hugger of your own.


First you’ll need some balls of clarn (cloth yarn). It’s very easy to make, have a look at my previous post – Ripping Yarns for more info and tips on how to upcycle your own from old bed sheets and duvet covers.

Here’s me in action, ripping and rolling my way through a double duvet cover that’s seen better days.


If you can do this part outdoors then all the better, as it does create quite a bit of dust as you tear through the fibres but it’s much quicker than cutting the strips with scissors and your strips will always follow a uniformly straight line down the grain of the cloth. I also really like the raggy edges as they add a bit of texture and shabby chicness to a project.


For these seat pads I used an 18″ round, feather filled inner (from Dunelm) so this pattern will be for that size of pad, but if you have a different size pad just crochet more or less rounds until it fits.


I like to make my clarn covers slightly smaller than the actual cushion, so that the finished seat pad is nice and puffy, and won’t flatten out too much. Think more macaroon than pancake!


For this particular pattern I made my clarn strips approx 2 cm wide, – or three quarters of an inch if you’re not into the whole metric thing.


So, clarn at the ready, you’ll also need a size N (10 mm) crochet hook, a large yarn needle, and if you’re not changing colour every round you will want to mark the ends of your rounds with a stitch marker. If you don’t have a stitch marker then a paperclip or safety pin will do the job just as well. This is my armoury of stitch markers. As you can see I have everything form a dinky jewelry clip to a chunky bag clip and all manner of things raided from the stationery drawer. I’m happy to grab whatever is to hand.


On rounds where you do change colours introduce the new colour when there are two loops of the old colour on the hook, then make a slip stitch instead of a sc for the first stitch of the new colour. The slip stitch will give you less of a ‘step’ between the colours because it is shorter in height than a sc. (See below, figures a d). After step d is completed carry on making sc until the end of the round. Make an extra sc in the slip stitch you made at the beginning of the round. This extra sc will help to compensate for the shortness of the slip stitch and will give a much neater finish.


If you’re changing colours every row or two you can carry the unused colour up the back of the work to save keep cutting and rejoining. You can see the arced line of colour changes at the back of the piece below.


If you’re using lots of different colours or your stripes are quite thick then cut the clarn at the colour change, tie them together and crochet over the ends as you go.

With 2 cm wide cloth strips and a 10 mm hook I found the instructions below made a perfect fit for my 18″ cushion pad but you can add or subtract rows if your cushion is a different size. If you need to make the cushion bigger just keep increasing by six stitches on each round until you reach the required size.

The Pattern (Written in US terms, US sc = UK dc)
Make 2 pieces.
With your chosen colour and a 10 mm hook make 2 ch.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each of next 6 st. (12 sts)
Rnd 3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. (18 sts)
Rnd 4: [sc in each of next 2 st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. (24 sts)
Rnd 5: [sc in each of next 3 st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. (30 sts)
Rnd 6: [sc in each of next 4 st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. (36 sts)
Rnd 7: [sc in each of next 5 st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. (42 sts)
Rnd 8: [sc in each of next 6 st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. (48 sts)
Rnd 9: [sc in each of next 7 st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. (54 sts)
Rnd 10: [sc in each of next 8 st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. (60 sts)
Rnd 11: [sc in each of next 9 st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. (66 sts)
Rnd 12: [sc in each of next 10 st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. (72 sts)
Rnd 13: [sc in each of next 11 st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. (78 sts)
Rnd 14: [sc in each of next 12 st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. (84 sts)
Rnd 15: [sc in each of next 13 st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. (90 sts)
Rnd 16: [sc in each of next 14 st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. (96 sts)
Rnd 17: sc in each st around. (96 sts)
Fasten off. Weave in the yarn end.

You can make the front and the back in the same colours or vary them for a reversible seat pad with a different look for each side to suit your mood. Or, if you have a lot of clarn in a colour you don’t really like you can make the back in this and save your favorite colours for the top.

Here’s the first finished piece. You can see it’s slightly smaller than the pad. Perfect for a puffy looking cushion.


To join the pieces, hold them together with wrong sides facing.


Insert your hook through both layers of any sc from Rnd 17. Leaving a tail of around 12″ at the beginning, pull up a loop of clarn and make 1 ch.


Rnd 18: Making sure the next stitches go through both the top and the back of the cover, sc in same stitch as join, sc in each of the next 78 st only.
(You will now have an opening of 18 stitches that you haven’t crocheted together).


Sc in each of the next 18 st in the top layer only, Slst to the first st of Rnd 18 (a), turn work and make 1 ch (b) sc in each of the next 18st in the bottom layer only (c), Slst to the next st (d).


Fasten off, leaving a 12″ tail at the end. You will now have a 12″ tail either side of the opening.


Insert your cushion pad into the cover. Cut a 36″ strip of clarn the same colour as you used for the final round. Make sure this strip has no turning tags on it. You’ll need a good strong strip that won’t rip apart as you sew.


Thread the strip onto a large yarn needle and leaving a 12″ tail at the beginning, sew a line of running stitches in and out of both layers of the final 18 sts from Rnd 18.


Tie the clarn ends in a bow for a decorative finish, or you could poke them into the cushion to hide them.


If this is intended as a seat pad for a wooden chair then use the two sets of 12″ strips to tie the seat pad to the back spokes so you won’t be slip sliding away.


When you need to wash the cover simply untie the bows and pull out the strip of clarn you used to close the seam. You can now remove your cushion and fling the cover in the washing machine. Keep the strip to hand for sewing it together again once it’s all clean and fresh.

There’s a couple of cheeky apes getting down and cosy on mine already.


One word of caution, crocheting with thick clarn can be quite tiring on the hands. Holding your crochet hook more like  a bread knife than a pencil will help, but make sure you take lots of breaks if you’re feeling the strain. You can always try to persuade a friendly neighborhood cat to help you out with a few rounds.


To be honest, I haven’t had much success with that yet, I just get this steely look, but maybe you’re much more persuasive than I am!


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