Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The colorful world of pincushions

When I started searching the web for crochet inspiration a few months ago, I quickly became a huge fan of Rachel from Clever Cheshire Cats. Have you checked out her blog yet? Everything she crochets is simply beautiful! My favorites are her little pin cushions and I wanted to make one of them when I first saw them. So, inspired by Rachel and with my own ideas for a round pattern and some decorative embellishment (damn, I love buttons), this is what I've made:

For the stuffing I sew a little cushion and fill it with batting. This is the part I don’t like, because I’m not good at sewing, but this way I know the stuffing won’t pop out through the holes. I work the two sides of the pincushion separately, then I crochet them together (half way through I slip the little sewn cushion in) and in the end I add the petals.

If you take a closer look at the pictures, you’ll see that the pattern vary a little, but I think by now I’ve settled on the pattern I like best.

I also played around with different sizes and shapes, like squares or even a hexagon, but the big round ones are definitely my favorites.

They are so quick and easy to make, and I love working with the colorful Catania yarn. By the way: today I've received an e-mail that my yarn is finally shipped! While waiting for the yarn I’ve already weaved in the ends from the finished squares, so with a clear conscience I can start the next stage of “Mission Baby Blanket”, soon. Hooray!

Looking forward to your next visit here in K-town,



  1. Oh do I love these - could you give us some general ideas on how to make one?? I am so poor at making something without directions or a pattern - terrible I know!

  2. Thank you Debi and annemarie for your comments! I wanted to reply earlier but couldn't post a message here the whole day. Yes, I think I could try to write my first ever pattern/tutorial. If anyone else is interested, please let me know!

  3. Those are FaNtAsTiC. =) =) =)

    What yarn did you use? I just bought some Rowan Glace in a bunch of bright colors that need a project. =)

  4. Oh so pretty. We would be interested in the pattern for the round one too!

  5. Hi Erin, thanks for your nice comment! :)
    For most of my projects I use Catania by Schachenmayer. It comes in so many gorgeous colors and it's wonderful to work with. It's best for hook size 2.5mm - 3.5mm. I use the 2.5mm hook.

    Thank you, Pine Needle Valley! So the pattern/tutorial is on my to-do list :) Check back, please!


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