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Here's goes. I'm going to attempt to explain how I crochet the backs onto my cushions. It's actually very easy (in theory). If you and I sat down now together, I could explain and show you and I'm sure we'd have it cracked in jiffy. But, can I explain it well enough with words and pictures? I guess we'll see...
But here's the US terms below in green so you can translate and then everyone can follow along:
ss - Slip Stitch (Slip Stitch)
ch - Chain (Chain)
dc - Double Crochet (Single Crochet)
tr - Treble Crochet (Double Crochet)
dtr - Double Treble Crochet (Treble Crochet)
I always use the same weight of yarn and hook size as I used for making the front of the cushion.
To start with, I'm going to show you how to crochet a back onto a standard, traditional granny square. Once you have the idea of what to do, you can use the same method to make a back on pretty much any crochet cushion. Although, sometimes some alterations are required... but we'll come to that later, in part 2.
Jump to Part 2 - Making the Cushion Back Fit
Let's start with our granny square.
1. Once we get going, we'll be working with the wrong side on the granny square facing us. But to start with, it's easier if you have the right side of the granny square facing you and we're going to start the crochet in the top right corner (Where the black arrow is). So attach your yarn in that corner and then chain 2.
5. Then we need to attach the top of this row to the granny square. So, make a slip stitch into the middle treble of the first cluster on the left hand side of the granny square. (The corners will kind of scrunch up a bit at this stage but you'll be able to straighten them out in a bit...)
7. We need to attach the row to the side of the square. This time make a slip stitch into the space between the first and second set of clusters.
14. Once we reach the end of the row again we're ready to make another slip stitch.
15. And, as with the beginning of the row, we make the slip stitch into the middle treble of the next cluster along the side, like this.
17. Once you get to the other end, ss into the next space between the trebles to complete the row.
20. The next thing to do is to make the other part of the back. This part will overlap slightly so that we have a nice big opening for the cushion and space to add buttons. I'm just going to show you how I make the overlapping part. So just follow the start of the tutorial again on the other end of the granny square for the other half of the cushion back and crochet up till you meet the point you got to first time. That's where I've got to in the photo above. (I'm using a different colour, but that's just so you can see nice and clearly.)
28. All we need to finish now is the buttons. You can see how the crochet offers some nice, ready made holes that we can use for buttons. All I do is space out my buttons on the underneath layer of the overlap and sew them on where I want them.
29. Then just push them through whichever part of the top layer that lines up the best. I like this bit, I can't go wrong lining my holes and my buttons up!
Ok, I know that sounds really long winded and a lot of work, but once you've got the hang of it, I promise, it's really not. It just takes a lot of photos and writing to explain!
I really, really hope that it all makes sense, I do want you to be able to do this. So, as always, if you do get stuck, or have a question, please just ask and I'll do my best to help you out.
I'm also working on a second part to this tutorial, because although I've covered how to crochet onto a standard granny square, it can take a little bit of jiggery pokery to get it to fit depending on what you use as a 'front'. So, as this post is quite, quite long enough, that will have to follow shortly.
Happy crocheting everyone!
Part Two of the Crochet Cushion Back Tutorial is here
Why not come and share your creations with us in Cherry Heart's Cozy Corner, my Ravelry group. It's a great place to go if you've got any questions too!