Everything looks better in rainbow, as Sue Pinner’s pattern for a crocheted blanket and matching bolster cushion with bobble stitch proves. Sue has created her crochet blanket and cushion with a rainbow of colours between grey yarn, but you can adjust the design to suit any yarn colours.
A fun, modern crochet blanket you can make in your favourite colours
Materials list included with recommended yarns and hook size based on what Sue used for her design
Tips on working with the crochet bobble stitch and creating the blanket and matching bolster cushion
Australian/UK crochet terms
Abbreviations list included for crochet stitches used in the pattern
Step-by-step photographs demonstrate the first six rounds of the crochet blanket to help get you started
Detailed instructions for creating your crochet blanket and cushion are included, from how to begin the project to filling your cushion with the insert
Includes Sue’s tips on yarn and blanket edging
A great project for beginner crocheters looking to try out different crochet stitches in the one project
Where do you live and work? I ‘live’ and work in a large dent in my cosy sofa, in my large, light-filled conservatory in my home of six years in the medieval town of Shrewsbury in the county of Shropshire, close to the Welsh Border.
What’s your family structure? Wonderful partner of 11 years, a son who moved in a couple of years ago, son’s girlfriend, who's here half of the week, too, and four fur babies.
How and when did you start crocheting? First serious crochet sessions in the early '60s, big gaps with a dabble here and there over the years then really seriously in 2009, and I haven't stopped since.
What would you do without this craft? Just can’t possibly think about doing without this craft. I am a total addict.
Do you have a regular daily routine for your designing and crafting? First thing I do in the morning - hook and scissors around my neck, cuppa and dive into the yarns.
Do you cherish the time you spend in your workroom/studio? Love my cosy sofa overlooking the garden. I have everything I need around me on the shelves and the coffee table in front of me.
What would you like to change about your workspace? I have a large conservatory workspace. The light is fabulous but I’d love to double the height of the room - make it into a two-storey area with a mezzanine floor for more storage and table space. Oh, and with a huge sample wall space, so I could see all the current ideas at the same time and with a wood-burner stove so it’s usable in the three winter months.
What is it that you love most about crocheting? All the textures and colours, and that I can take it with me anywhere.
How many different crafts do you do? Now, mostly crochet, some paper and fabric flower-making, especially at Christmas time, a little embroidery, and occasionally I’ll make a cushion or two.
What’s your favourite – and why? Crochet by far, because there are so many creative variations - modern or vintage, textured or plain, colourful or natural and combinations of some or all of them. And it’s portable - it goes everywhere with me.