Modwen Cushion

The Modwen Cushion adds stylish and modern look to your living room or bedroom. This plaid like stitch pattern seems intricate but is surprisingly easy to crochet. Once you make a cushion or two, why not crochet a matching throw to give your favourite spot at home the extra cosy factor?

The Cushion is made in Stylecraft Special Chunky acrylic yarn that is available in a great colour palette, so you can match it to your home décor. Moreover, this high-quality yarn is machine washable; the perfect option to keep your make pristine for long.

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Skills required

Chain, Tunisian crochet technique (alternating forward and backward passes), Tunisian simple stitch (tss), Tunisian slip 1 (tsl 1), changing colours on return pass, Tunisian simple stitch bind off, blocking, locking mattress stitch, adding a zip.

Skill level

Finished measurements

The final cushion measurements (blocked):

41 cm x 41 cm (approx. 16 x 16 in)

Materials and tools

Stylecraft Special Chunky (100% Acrylic, | Bulky | 100 g (3.5 oz) = 144 m (157 yds)), Cream (#1005) (A) 2 skeins, Pale Rose (#1080) (B) 1 skein, Denim (#1302) (C) 1 skein

Tunisian crochet hook size 7 mm with cable (at least 40 cm (16 in)) or size to obtain the gauge

43 x 43 cm (17 x 17 in) pillow form

35.5 cm (14 in) zip

Thread matching A

Sewing needle

Tapestry needle

Scissors

You can get your crochet supplies here.

Gauge

Blocked Gauge:

13 sts x 8 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in) over st pattern

Stitch guide

Tunisian crochet stitches are worked in forward and return pass from right to left, with the number of sts (lps) increasing on the hook during the FP and decreasing during the RP.

Return pass is worked in the same way for all sts (rows of sts) used in this project as follows:  1 ch, *yrh, draw through 2 lps on hook, rep from * until 1 lp on hook.

Edge stitches:

Right edge stitch- This is the first st and is not usually worked into because there is one lp on the hook left after completing the RP of the previous row. This one lp corresponds to the first st of the new row.

Left edge stitch- This st is referred to in the pattern as the End Stitch (ES) and is crocheted as follows: Rotate the end of the fabric towards yourself, insert the hook under both bars (left and right) of the last st, yrh and pul.

  • First row of Tunisian crochet: Insert the hook in the back bump of second ch from hook, yrh and pul across. Standard return pass.
  • Tunisian simple stitch: Insert the hook from right to left under front vertical bar of the next st, yrh and pul. Standard return pass.
  • Tunisian slip 1: Insert hook from right to left under front vertical bar of the next st.

Tunisian simple stitch bind off: Insert hook from right to left under front vertical bar of the next st, yrh, pul and pull through the loop that is on the hook. One loop remains on the hook.

Changing colours on return pass: The new colour is added when completing the RP and 2 lps are left on the hook. Yrh with the new colour and draw through 2 loops (1 loop on hook).

Abbreviations:   
ch- chain  yrh- yarn round the hook  
st(s)- stitch(es)  pul- pull up a loop  
lp(s)- loop(s)  FP- forward pass  
tss- Tunisian simple stitch  RP- return pass  
tsl 1- Tunisian slip 1approx.- approximately  
ES- End stitchrep- repeat  
RS- right side   
  

Notes

The Modwen Cushion is worked flat, RS facing from right to left and assembled using the Locking Mattress.

The colours are alternated as follows: 2 rows in A, followed by 2 rows in B, 2 rows in A and 2 rows in C.

The stitch count refers to the number of lps on hook on FP.

Instructions

Cushion cover (make 2)

With A, chain 54.

Row 1 FP: Insert the hook in the back bump of second ch from hook, yrh and pul across. 54 lps on hook.

Row 1 RP and all other RPs: Standard RP.

Row 2 FP: Tss across to last st, ES.

Row 2 RP: Standard RP to last 2 lps on hook, change to B, yrh and draw through 2 lps.

Row 3 FP: *Tsl 1, tss; rep from * to last st, ES.

Row 3 RP: Standard RP to last 2 lps on hook, change to A, yrh and draw through 2 lps.

Row 4 FP: *Tss, tsl 1; rep from * to last st, ES.

Row 4 RP: Standard RP to last 2 lps on hook, change to B, yrh and draw through 2 lps.

Row 5: Rep Row 3.

Row 6 FP: Rep Row 4.

Row 6 RP: Standard RP to last 2 lps on hook, change to C, yrh and draw through 2 lps.

Row 7: Rep Row 3.

Row 8: Rep Row 6.

Row 9: Rep Row 3.

Row 10: Rep Row 4.

Rows 11-50: Rep Rows 3-10.

Rows 51-57: Rep Rows 3-9.

Row 58 FP: *Tss, tsl 1; rep from * to last st, ES.

Row 58 RP: Standard RP.

Row 59: Tss across to last st, ES.

Row 59 RP: Standard RP.

Row 60: Bind off. 

Fasten off.  

Finishing

Weave in ends and block to final measurements.

Place both pieces RS together flat. Join both sides (left and right), top edge and 2.5 cm (1 in) of bottom edge on both sides using Locking Mattress Stitch. Sew zip into the 35. 5 cm (14 in) opening at the bottom edge. Insert pillow form.

Special techniques

Locking Mattress Stitch

  1. Place the pieces RS down with edges aligned side by side. Stitches will be worked through the bottom lps of each edge.
  2. Start the seam by inserting the needle from left to right through the first stitches of both panels at the bottom.
  3. Move one stitch up on the right side, insert the needle from right to left and continue to the first stitch on the left side (the one already worked into).
  4. Move one stitch up on the left side, insert the needle from left to right and continue to the last stitch worked into on the right side.   
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to end.
  6. Weave in ends.

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Further resources

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Did you enjoy the Modwen cushion pattern? Why not try my other home decor patterns:

Honey Peaks Throw

Textured Bobble Throw

Marks In The Snow Throw

Ahavah Baby Blanket

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