Aren't these sweet? You could use them in so many cute ways beyond pin cushions of course! Like a sweet baby mobile for starters, or a sachet filled with something sweet smelling?
Those of you who are paying attention can now discern that I've got a bit of a crocheting bug lately. (Nothing major yet, just a few small projects here and there, though I'm dreaming of something really big and recycled, and if it comes to reality, of course you'll be amongst the first to know!)
Projects like these pin cushions are what make crocheting a great craft to learn if you don't already know how! I just loved how they turned out, and when I stuck the pins in the middle it was one of those ooh and aahh moments! And they're pretty quick to whip up, so you could even make a whole bunch of them for a great party favor for a crafty get together!
You can find the original pattern on bhg.com here, but I've rewritten it for you without the standard crochet abbreviations, and added my two cents!
Crocheted Flower Pin Cushion
Gauge and hook size or type of yarn really don't matter with this project. Just make sure to choose a hook size such that your crocheting is tight— gaping holes and stuffing don't go well together!
Mix and match colors as you see fit. Make a solid flower, or one with a different colored center, or one side solid and the other side two colored!
To start chain 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 single crochet in 2nd chain from hook, mark beginning of round with stitch marker.
Rnd 2: Work 2 single crochet in each single crochet around - for a total of 12 single crochet.
Rnd 3: Work 2 single crochet in each single crochet around - for a total of 24 single crochet.
Rnd 4: Single crochet in each single crochet around.
Rnd 5: *Single crochet in next single crochet, 2 single crochet in next single crochet; repeat from * around - for a total of 36 single crochet. Fasten off.
Rnd 1: Place centers on top of one another, with wrongs sides facing in. Line up the stitches and with color of your choice, join the 2 centers with a round of single crochet worked through both thicknesses. Stuff with fiberfill or the recycled stuffing of your choice before completing round and closing hole. There should be a total of 36 stitches around. (I actually use clean stockings and tights that have seen better days as stuffing! Just don't use dark blue or black as a stuffing for a light colored yarn as the stuffing will show!)
Rnd 2: *Skip next stitch, 5 double crochet in next stitch, skip next stitch, slip stitch in next st; rep from * around - for a total of 9 petals; fasten off. Weave in loose ends.
You did it! Now just imagine, with some thick rope you could use this same pattern to make an adorable little area rug, really! I'm always dreaming of crocheting with rope, just haven't gotten to it yet, maybe because I just don't have a good source of rope in my neck of the woods? But if you do, go for it! And be sure to fill me in on the details!