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How to crochet a Rainbow Cushion – Free pattern

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This tutorial will explain how to make the super squishy rainbow cushion (you can find the avocado pattern here).

Stitches:

This tutorial is written in UK terms and uses the following stitches (stitch tutorials can be found in my crochet stitch guide):

Slip stitch, ss: Insert hook, yarn over and pull through both loops.

Double crochet, dc (US single crochet): insert hook, yarn over, pull though space, yarn over again and pull through both loops on the hook.

Half treble crochet, htr (US half double crochet): Yarn over hook, insert into stitch, yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook.

Treble crochet, tr (US double crochet): Yarn over hook, insert into stitch, yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook, yarn over again and pull through both remaining loops.

Increase Treble crochet, inc2tr (US double crochet): Work two treble crochets into the same stitch.

Tools

For this tutorial I will use:

Optional Items:

Pattern Notes:

The cushion is crocheted as a flat circle and then folded in half to give the final semi-circle rainbow shape. In this pattern, the chains at the start of each round are not counted as a stitch. See the schematic below for the colour order of the cushion.

Making the flat circle

Colour 1: Plain White

Round 1: Make a magic ring, ch 1 and crochet 6dc into the ring, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (6 sts).

Round 2: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2htr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (see image below – first stitch marked with the red clip) (12 sts).

Round 3: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2htr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (24 sts).

Round 4: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2tr, tr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (36 sts).

Change to Dusty Lilac (243)

Changing to a new yarn colour

See images below for how to change to the next colour. When changing colours, I like to secure the new yarn by tying this to the tail of the previous colour.

  1. When completing the ss on the round before the new colour, insert the hook as normal into the top of the first stitch.
  2. Instead of using the current colour to finish off the round, pull through the new colour. This creates a seamless colour change to the new yarn.
  3. Continue working in the new yarn colour.

Round 5: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2tr, 2 tr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (48 sts).

Round 6: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2tr, 3 tr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (60 sts).

Change to Dusty Rose

Round 7: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2tr, 4 tr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (72 sts).

Round 8: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2tr, 5 tr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (84 sts).

Change to Washed Teal

Round 9: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2tr, 6 tr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (96 sts).

Round 10: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2tr, 7 tr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (108 sts).

Change to Pistachio Green

Round 11: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2tr, 8 tr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (120 sts).

Round 12: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2tr, 9 tr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (132 sts).

Change to Peach Orange

Round 13: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2tr, 10 tr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (144 sts).

Round 14: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2tr, 11 tr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (156 sts).

Change to Daffodil Yellow

Round 15: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2tr, 12 tr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (168 sts).

Round 16: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2tr, 13 tr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (180 sts).

Change to Bubblegum Pink

Round 17: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2tr, 14 tr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (192 sts).

Round 18: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2tr, 15 tr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (204 sts).

Rainbow Circle – it was so big I couldn’t fit it on my table!

Change to Plain White

Round 19: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2tr, 16 tr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (216 sts).

Round 20: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2tr, 17 tr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch to finish round (228 sts).

Round 21: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) (inc2tr, 18 tr) 6 times, ss to top of first stitch. Ch 1 and tie off leaving a long length of yarn (we will use this to seal up the cushion) (240 sts).

Optional Step:

As an optional step, before closing up the rainbow cushion, I like to add a lining. This is to make sure no stuffing spills out through the crocheted cushion.

Any plain white fabric will do for this step, this could be an old pillowcase/bedsheet or some fabric from the craft store just make sure it is large enough to cover the cushion. To measure the piece of fabric needed for the lining, I suggest the following:

  1. Attach a pen or pencil to a length of string – make sure this is longer than the radius of your crocheted circle.
  2. Cut the string so its length matches the radius of circle.
  3. Fold your piece of white fabric in half and pin the sides together securely.
  4. While holding the string at the middle of the folded side, trace out a semi-circle with the attached pen/pencil.
  5. Use your fabric scissors to cut out the semi-circle. Unfold and lay flat over the wrong side of your crocheted circle.
  6. Pin all around to secure the fabric to the circle.
  7. Finally, sew all around to attach the fabric to your crocheted circle. This can be done either by hand or machine – However, I find it easier to do by hand as this allows me to hide the thread in between the crochet stitches and also prevent any fabric bunching caused by my sewing machine.

Stuffing and closing the cushion:

  1. Fold the circle in half along the line of chains from each row (see image below).
  2. Use the length of yarn left over from round 21 to double crochet the two sides together – pause approximately 15cm from the end and fill with stuffing. Finish double crocheting the two sides together and tie off.

And there we have our finished rainbow cushion!

I’d love to see your creations! You can share them with me on Instagram @scrumblescrafts or by using the hashtag #scrumblescrafts.

Do you have another tutorial you’d like to see? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

Sophie

This pattern is the property of Scrumbles Crafts, you may not copy, share, reproduce or sell the pattern itself. ©Copyright ScrumblesCrafts 2019

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