Monday, October 8, 2012

A New Pillow and a Flat Join

 How is October going for everyone so far? I am loving it. It has been cold here since last week and I am so glad. Time to finish my cardigan I think.
 I made this granny ripple blanket this year and had lots of yarn leftover from the project. I didn't know what to do with it and made a few squares, just to see what I could come up with. The squares were small and only had four rounds. There were a pile of them. I also have a few pillow forms in my stash of craft things. I have wanted to make a pillow to go with this blanket for months. Yesterday I sat down and made this.
I added two rounds to all the squares and made three more. I only had 15. Six rounds made the squares large enough that they would make a patchwork and fit the pillow form perfectly. I sewed the squares together. That was alright for a small project like a pillow but it had me thinking that there had to be a better way. The join as you go method looked funny to me with this particular pattern and I don't like the bump or raised ridge that comes with slip stitching or single crocheting them together. I messed around for a while and figured out how to make a flat join. I am amazed that my mind somehow put this together.
It is a perfectly flat join and looks nice as the rim of the pillow.
No bump in the middle. I am sure I am not the first person to come up with this, but it is the way I will join certain kinds of squares from now on. No sewing.
I am going to write  a tutorial for this when I get home from work. I need help taking the pictures. I can't seem to photograph myself crocheting. Lol.
 This blanket and pillow will go in the den in the basement, once we buy the couch. For now it is keeping me warm and cosy while I crochet or read in the evenings. I love the feel and weight of it. It is the only blanket I have made with dk yarn. I am going to make a few more.

 I hope everyone has a great Monday! I have to go get ready for work now. Talk to everyone soon. :)


  1. Hello Kashi
    Like yourself I don't like the raised join when joining square either. It does look fine on some work but not all. I shall be on the look out for your tutorial as I think that join you have used is very neat. I am prefer to crochet squares together rather than stitching them. It seems as if I am cheating if I sew them together. I know that's silly because both are done by hand but there you are its just one of those things LOL!
    I love that blanket, a great combination of colours and your cushion goes with it fine.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

  2. What a gorgeous cushion! You hooked that up so fast too.
    I love October, the leaves start to turn browns and reds and the air is so crisp.

  3. It looks fantastic. I can't wait to see the tutorial. Have a wonderful week. Hugs xoxox

  4. I'll look forward to seeing the tutorial on that join Kashi, it looks great, and so does the cushion, Judy x

  5. Oh yes please, I'd love a tutorial for that one. But until then I've got an award for you:

  6. Your cushion is looking wonderful Kashi! I can´t wait to see your tutorial!
    Have a great day! xxBarbina

  7. Your cushion is absoloutely gorgeous, how lovely to have a matching cushion to go with the blanket. Have a good week. Deb x

  8. Wow, blanket and cushion are matching perfectly, wonderful colors, too! Can't wait to see how you made this nice joining :-)

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    Have a nice day! xxx Nata

  10. Your Crochet hook is constantly smoking! Thanks for the Blog Comment and please don't worry about the parcel...I will love it and let you know when it arrives...US post cannot be much worse than the 'Royal Fail' whoops I meant mail! xxx

  11. Your granny ripple blanket is beautiful and the pillow goes very well with it! :) I haven't tried granny ripples but have made an iPad cover with simple ripple stitch pattern. If interested, pls check at