Some time ago, in a flurry of excitement, I had a most colorful idea to re-cover a tired looking hassock with crochet!!
Bright colors, circles, surrounded by crisp white…yes, this would be perfect!
I hook and hook, round and round.
My youngest daughter, who likes to sit in the chair next to me and chat while I crochet, asks:
“What are you making?”
I relish telling her my grand idea.
“Why are you doing THAT mom? Don’t you know, with all that white, it’s just gonna get dirty?” said with her best middle school voice tinged with sarcasm.
Humph! Pish Posh! So what? I like it and that’s that.
But these things have a way of getting under the skin, or rattling around in one’s brain. And eventually, I begin to agree that all that white under lots of feet would indeed sully the bright color and require lots of washing.
What then could this become? I’ve already sewn the squares into enough to cover the top of the hassock.
Another idea…hmmm…will it work?
Ahhh….YES! it will! Just one more row of these Circly Squares to make a bigger square large enough for covering the European square-shaped pillows on our bed! No more yucky brown shams leftover from another bedding set. This will be perfect with the quilt my mom made so many years ago and which I have just recently quilted to be able to use!!
I will have a proper reveal of the crocheted shams when all is done! I’m so excited about this change in direction!
But now, I have to figure out something for the old hassock. Definitely crochet. Darker colors. Hmmm… Any ideas??
**If you’re interested, here’s how I’m making my Circly Squares (US Crochet terms):
Using Worsted Weight Yarn and a size H hook, begin with a Magic Loop center and ch-3.
Rnd 1: Work 14dc into the Magic Loop. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. Pull the end of the Loop to snug all dc into the center.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st. 2dc in each dc around. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (28 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st. 1dc in next dc. *2dc in next dc, 1dc in next dc. Rep from * around. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (42 dc)
Rnd 4: Change color. Ch 2, hdc in next 2 dc, *(dc in next 2 dc; 2tr, ch 2, 2 tr in next dc (corner made); dc in next 2 dc.) Hdc in next 5 dc*. Rep ( ) once. Hdc in next 6 dc. Rep from * to * once. Dc in next 2 dc. 2tr, ch 2, 2tr in next dc, dc in next 2 dc. Hdc in next 3 dc. Join with a sl st to beg ch-2. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Note: This creates a slightly rectangle-square: it has 5 hdc on two opposite sides and 6hdc on the other opposite sides. Of course, the ch-2 functions as a hdc stitch, just like the ch-3 functions as a dc stitch. The only trick with this is that you have to orient the “squares” in the very same direction when sewing them together so that the stitch count lines up.
Clear as mud, right? 😉