A long time coming

Those of you who have been with me for a while may remember me beginning work on covering my sofa with crochet (apparently, that was July 2014). I started well – I made a cover using a different design for each of the five large cushions that we lean on:

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phase 1 completed a long time ago

Next I planned to make a large rectangular piece to go over the seat cushions. The colours were the same, but this was stripy. I started, but I got really fed up with the very long rows and work ground to a halt. I also started to wonder whether it was the most sensible way to cover the seat cushions – would it move about to much when in use?. Boredom combined with uncertainty does not lead to finished projects and so it remained a work in progress.

When the beginning of this year arrived, however, I decided that I wanted to shift some of my unfinished projects – either I was going to complete them or they were going to go. So, once the woolly hug and a charity blanket were completed, the sofa cover was next on the list. I braced myself for long, dull rows, but actually it wasn’t too bad. On further consideration, I decided that the seat cushions would each need separate covers, but the stripy piece could cover the back of the sofa. So I crocheted on and finally reached a size that seemed suitable. I edged it with a single row of double crochet and here it is:

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those rows are SO long

Initially I was going to make some gussets for the sides, but actually it works really well (at least for the time being) as a simple throw. Of course, once the fancy cushions are in place, you can’t see much of the stripes, but I know they are there!

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stripes peeking out

So far all the work has been done using double knitting wool, but I’m going to progress on to something a little thicker now. Fortunately, New Lanark, who make the wool, do the same colours in aran weight and that’s what I plan to use for the seat cushion covers and the pieces to go over the arms… I probably need a sort of pelmet for the front too. This project is not over by a long way, but at least there aren’t any bits languishing around the house unfinished now.

Funnily enough, I’m not the only one celebrating the end of a long-incomplete piece of work… The Twisted Yarn seems to be in the same position today. Anyone else managed a recent big finish?

 

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  1. That is a massive project – you are a glutton for punishment (or crochet) but it is looking lovely. Look forward to seeing the seat cushions when they are done.

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    • I think I might do them following the central square for Sophie to begin with. We are going to New Lanark later in the year so I may leave buying the wool until them… although I really should support Jude at Red Apple Yarn in Lampeter.

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  2. Well done with the stripy throw. We may well get things done over the next few days. We did manage 3 hours gardening today, but then the wind got up and it turned bitter. Have cancelled tomorrows work.

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  3. That really is an epic piece of crochet, and such a lot of work for something that’s not on triumphant view all the time. Are the seat cushions going to be stripy too, or will you do giant granny squares? I’m slowly approaching the end of Bonnard quilting, the last 10 rows. That’ll be a big celebration, I’m sure.

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    • I bet Bonnard is going to be a stunner.
      I thought that I might use the central square from the Sophie pattern as the basis for the seat cushion covers, although it will need to be adapted a little since they aren’t completely square, but I can sort that out with a couple of extra rows slotted in somewhere to elongate the shape a little.

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      • It sounds lovely, but be careful not to make them so beautiful you don’t want to sit on them! Also, is the Sophie pattern flat enough for the heavier yarn not to be bumpy under-bum?

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  4. I’m really happy to see this has progressed – onwards!! 😀 PS I think it looks fabulous!!

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  5. Loving the colour scheme and particularly like the granny square cushion.

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  6. I remember those. I thought they were quite beautiful at the time. I thought you left it at that. I only pop in on occasion so I thought I missed the rest. Glad you got it to the stage you are happy with. I hate having unfinished things hanging over my head too.

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  7. Oooh you’ve inspired me – thank you! I was given a small red sofa and I’m crocheting a blue and cream blanket for it, but it’s going to need more than that and I was struggling for ideas.

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  8. This is going to look great and will be a truly unique sofa.

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  9. Yoh. When you go big, you REALLY go big !!!

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