Ripple Cushion

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Ripple Cushion

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You will need

5 or 6 x 50g balls of DK yarn

4mm hook

(I used King Cole Merino Blend and 5 balls was

just about enough)

 

 

This cushion is made using an envelope back, so three pieces of crochet are made and joined together – one for the front and two for the back.

 

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This is worked in a ripple stitch-

The ripple stitch is made using a pattern of increases and decreases. To increase make two trebles into the same stitch. To decrease treble two stitches together (tr2tog) – yarn over hook insert through first stitch, yarn over hook pull through (3 loops on hook) yoh,  pull through 2 loops leaving 2 loops on hook, yoh insert through next stitch, yoh pull through (4 loops on hook), yoh pull through 2 loops, yoh pull through the last 3. In this way two stitches are decreased into one.

 

To make front of cushion-

Make a foundation chain the length of your project but it must be a multiple of 14 + 3. For a 42cm square cushion I made a foundation chain of 59. Stretch your chain slightly when measuring as the wool will stretch.

Row 1    tr into 4th chain from the hook, tr into each of next 4 stitches, * tr2tog across next two stitches, repeat tr2tog across the following 2 stitches, tr into each of next 4 stitches, 2 tr into next st, 2 tr into following st, tr into each of next 4 stitches** Repeat from * to ** until there is 1 ch left make 2 tr into this ch.

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Decrease across two stitches

 

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Increase by making two trebles in same space

 

NB you should have ended row 1 with two decreases followed by 6 trebles in total.

Row 2    Chain 3 to turn, tr into base of ch3, tr into each of next 4 stitches * tr2tog across next two stitches, repeat tr2tog across following 2 stitches, tr into each of next 4 stitches, 2 tr into next st, 2 tr into following st, tr into each of next 4 stitches** Repeat from * to ** make 2 tr into 3rd of 3 chain.

Make first tr in base of 3 ch

 

Row 3    Change colour, chain 3 to turn, tr into base of ch3, tr into each of next 4 stitches * tr2tog across next two stitches, repeat tr2tog across following 2 stitches, tr into each of next 4 stitches, 2 tr into next st, 2 tr into following st, tr into each of next 4 stitches** Repeat from * to ** make 2 tr into 3rd of 3 chain.

Row 4    Chain 3 to turn, tr into base of ch3, tr into each of next 4 stitches * tr2tog across next two stitches, repeat tr2tog across following 2 stitches, tr into each of next 4 stitches, 2 tr into next st, 2 tr into following st, tr into each of next 4 stitches** Repeat from * to ** make 2 tr into 3rd of 3 chain.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until work is the size of the front of your cushion. For a 42cm x 42 cm cushion I did 28 rows in total (14 stripes).

To make back of cushion-

You will make two pieces

Piece One

Make a foundation chain the same length as for front.

Follow pattern as for front making 12 rows in total.

Piece Two

Make a foundation chain the same length as for front.

Follow pattern as for front making 20 rows in total.

 

You now have three pieces:

 

Next you need to add edging at the top and bottom (blue in my pic) to make the wavy edges straighter.

 

 

You need to look at the shape of your wave – you will put trebles into the stitches at the bottom of the wave (the valley) , htr as you come up the sides and dcs at the top/ peak of the wave.

Starting along the top you need to make 2 tr into first stitch, 2 tr, * 2 htr, 3 dc, 2 htr, 7 tr, ** repeat from * to ** until you are 6 stitches from the end then 2 htr, 4 tr into last 6 stitches.

For the bottom of the cushion you will need to start with 3 dc, so the pattern will be

2 dc into first stitch, 1 dc, 2 htr, 7 tr, *2htr, 3dc, 2 htr, 7 tr** repeat from * to ** until 5 stitches form the end, the do 2 htr, 1 dc and 2 dc into same stitch.

Make this edging on the top and bottom of the front of the cushion, the top of piece one and bottom of piece two, leaving the ripply edge where piece one and two will meet in an envelope.

Weave in ends and iron into shape.

Pin the three pieces together, wrong sides facing and overlapping pieces one and two.

Join by making dc stitches around the edges, through all pieces. I put 5 dc in total into each strips (two rows). To make a nice edge you can dc round twice.

IMG_2494Sew three buttons onto piece two at the bottoms of the valleys so that the peaks of the hills of the wave of piece one can be used to do it up!!!

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