This is a really quick and easy method of making effective granny square cushions, so with 'Granny Square Day' coming up next month I thought I would put together an easy tutorial whilst I made them!
Pattern in UK Terminology
Hook - 5.5mm
For the cushion I used a cake of self striping yarn in aran weight that was from Aldi.
The cake contained 200g of yarn and was just about enough to make the granny square to the required size.
For the joining I used a gold yarn from my stash in DK weight.
You can use either the same yarn as the body or a lovely contrasting or clashing colour which gives it a great finishing effect
You can use any yarn for this project, provided you make it to the recommended size and of course swap up or down the hook size as required.
My cushion insert measures 40cm x 40cm (16" x 16")
For this cushion cover I will be making 1 giant granny square to the required size. The corners are then folded into the centre to create a square shaped cover.
Make a Magic Ring
Round 1- Ch3 (counts as a st throughout pattern), 2 tr, *ch2, 3 tr, repeat from * twice more, ch2, join with a sl st in the in 3rd ch of beginning ch3 (12 sts, 4 ch2 sps)
Round 2 - Sl st into next 2 sts and then into ch2 sp, (ch3, 2 tr, ch2, 3 tr) into ch2 sp, *skip next 3 sts and (3tr, ch2, 3tr) into next ch2 sp, repeat from * twice more, join with a sl st in the in 3rd ch of beginning ch3 (24 sts, 4 ch2 sps)
Round 3 - Sl st into next 2 sts and then into ch2 sp, (ch3, 2 tr, ch2, 3 tr) into ch 2 sp, *skip next 3 sts and work 3 tr into next sp between the 2 groups of 3 tr sts on previous round, work (3tr, ch2, 3tr) into next ch2 sp, repeat from * twice more, work 3 tr into next sp between the 2 groups of 3 tr sts on previous round, join with a sl st in the in 3rd ch of beginning ch3 (36 sts, 4 ch2 sps)
Round 4 Onwards - Continue to repeat Round 3, adding additional 3 tr groups along the sides, increasing as you go, until your granny square is at its required size.
As a guide your granny square needs to be 50% larger than your cushion, for example my cushion cover was 40cm x 40cm, I worked my square to a total of 20 rounds and this measured 60cm x 60cm and was enough to cover my size cushion.
Therefore, if your cushion is 20cm x 20cm, your granny square needs to be 30cm x 30cm, if your cushion is 30cm x 30cm, your granny square needs to be 45cm x 45cm and so on.
Lay your cushion over to check that it is the right size and that the granny square will wrap around ok
Fasten off and weave in ends
Lay the granny square flat and fold the corners in to meet at the centre.
Using the photo as a guide and taking one side, join your yarn to the corner you have just made, ensuring you join through both sides of yarn. So for my granny square, as I worked it in 20 round, the join will be 10 round in from the edge.
Work ch1, and then a dc stitch through the top of each st on both sides, joining together
Work the dc sts to the end, working 2 dc in each corner sp, then turn and work down the next side so you have completed one side, as per the picture, giving a letter shape.
Fasten off and weave in ends. Plump the cushions to ensure the correct shape and the insert is well placed
I would love to see your designs if you have used different types of yarn! If you do make these, please remember to tag me on Instagram!
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