Putting a slant on it

Do you remember, way back in October when I was umming and ahhing over my choices of blanket squares?  Well, around that time, I was also working on a rather tip top  little crochet pattern, which looks a little, or rather, a lot like this...

I can't remember now exactly where I first saw this diagonal stitch.  It might have been here on Vanessa's excellent blog, Coco Rose Diaries.  Or maybe here, on another Vanessa's (different Vanessa!) excellent blog, Do You Mind if I Knit?  Beautiful right?

One thing I do recall at least, is where I found an excellent 'how to' for these slanting crochet stitches.  Mam'zelle Flo provides an excellent tutorial on her site.  When I looked I was able to follow the wonderful pictures and diagrams on the french tutorial with no problems, but I notice clever Mam'zelle Flo has now very kindly added an english version to make us English Speakers' lives even easier.

I decided to go for a cushion, which is my usual solution to the whole ' I really like this pattern but don't want to make a whole blanket' problem.

So I went to my stash of Baby Cashmerino and had myself some pleasurable hooky time dipping in and selecting colours at random.  Here's what I ended up with.  What do you think?

I also used my new favourite method of backing the cushion, which is to just crochet away directly onto the front I've just made.  I used it for my Elmer cushion too and it's so much quicker and easier than me working up the effort to sew a back.  With the added advantage of being able to use some lovely mismatched buttons from my button jars!

That blue one at the bottom is my absolute favourite.  I love that button and have been waiting for the right time to use it.  This natty cushion I have deemed to be worthy of the 'favourite blue button'.  Although, it's a shame I can't see it all the time I suppose.

I've decided that the new cushion can live on my bed for now.  I quite like the look of it sitting together with my Bouquet of Granny Love cushion that I made earlier in the year.

Yes, a very happy sight to see, I hope you agree?

Such a happy sight in fact, I've been much more eager to make my bed properly in the morning, just so I can set those two atop of it and grin at them!

What's been making you grin this week?

S x


  1. Both cushions are pretty - you put the colors together very well. :)

  2. I love the patterns and color in both pillows. So pretty!

  3. Ooooh I love your cushion. That stitch is one I've been wanting to try so thanks for the link :0)
    Your colours are so pretty and the backing is lovely too.....just beautiful !!
    Jacquie x

  4. Hi, I'm new to your blog. I love the cushion, i've never seen a pattern like that before, i love the effect of the diagonals. Just reading through some of your older posts and i have to say the rainbow birthday cake you made is FAB! My eldest has requested one for her next birthday already! Take care, K xx

  5. Ooh, I love them both. Great work.

  6. Beautiful! Lovely pattern and lovely yarn, here in Holland it is hard to get (the debbie bliss) which is a shame.

    What made me grin is that I almost finished my first mitten! I have never worked with DPN needles before and I am pretty pleased with the outcome :-).

  7. Both look lovely together. I am wondering how you crochet onto the front to make a back. I don't suppose you could give a little photo tutorial could you? I really like your thinking. x

  8. Oooh very pretty... I love it. They make a lovely combination.

  9. Both of your cushions are beautiful. I'm trying very hard not to increase my stash with some Debbie Bliss yarn and you are not helping showing these beautiful cushions!

  10. Ahh both very gorgeous cushions.. I have been pondering that diagonal stitch myself... do you think it would be painful to make a whole blanket in it?? :)x

  11. Oooooh love it! I love the diagonal stripe.....and like you, fancied making a cushion in it as the thought of a blanket was too much. I've had a cushion staring patiently at me for a while, but I can't see anything happening to it until the New Year! So I'll settle for staring at your lovliness!

    Have a fab day!



  12. Love the cushions! Lovely bright colors and such a neat stitch.

  13. That looks very nice indeed! I will put up the link on our Afrikaans Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/onshekel

  14. I love your color combo. Beautiful job!

  15. Your cushions are both beautiful sat there together. Funny, I was looking at a diagonal corner to corner blanket this week on ravelry.....one for next year maybe when I work thru my mahoosive Christmas list!

    Your buttons look very lovely in their mis-matchness too!

  16. It's gorgeous! Glad my little tutorial helped :)
    Have a lovely day!

  17. This is so pretty. It's perfect as a cushion.

  18. This is gorgeous! My project for the Christmas holidays, when I might finally have some time, is to learn to crochet better. I'm not fond of Granny Squares so having a crack at something like this would be ideal. Thank you so much for the link to the pattern, I just hope I can get mine to look as good as yours :D

  19. It's gorgeous! Well done! :-)

  20. I've officially added this cushion to my wish list and will endevour to make as soon as I have finished everything else I'm working on! The colours you have used are so perfect and complement the flower cushion well. I really enjoy your blog, thank you for sharing. x


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