Free Scheepjes Catona Pattern for NatCroMo

It's National Crochet Month! I'm so happy to be a participant on the Crochetville NatCroMo Blog Tour. In celebration, I would like to share with you a free crochet pattern I showed off last week here using one of my favorite yarns ever--Scheepjes *Catona. I hope you enjoy it! I named it:

Crisscross Catona Cushion Cover

Crisscross Catona Cushion Cover (free crochet pattern) by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

  • D (3.25mm) hook
  • 14" (35cm) square pillow insert
  • 6 buttons (approx. 7/8"/2.2cm)
  • Yarn -- *Scheepjes Catona (100% Mercerized Cotton); one 25g ball of each color, two additional 50g balls of #242 (14 balls total/approx 700 yds)
    • #128
    • #172
    • #179
    • #212
    • #240
    • #242
    • #258
    • #391
    • #392
    • #395
    • #396
    • #399
Stitch abbreviations: (US Terms)
  • sc = single crochet
  • sk = skip
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • rep = repeat
  • sp(s) = space(s)
  • ch = chain
  • RS = right side
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • BLO = back loop only
  • FLO = front loop only
Special Stitch:
  • picot--ch 3, sl st in first ch
Gauge: 9 hdc X 8 rows = 2" 

Dimensions: 13.5" square with .5" negative ease

Note: Ch 1 at the beginning of a row or round does not count as a stitch.

Front Cushion Cover: Make one of each color (12 total)
Ch 16
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn --15 sc
Row 2: ch 1, sc in first st, (ch 1, sk 1, sc in next) rep across, turn --8 sc, 7 ch-1 sps
Row 3: ch 1, sk first sc, sc in ch-1 sp, (ch 1, sk sc, sc in next ch-1 sp) rep across through last ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in top of last sc, turn --8 sc, 7 ch-1 sps
Rep Row 3 until piece measures 13 inches high, fasten off and weave ends

After all 12 pieces are made, weave them (I did it randomly with no particular order--or you can follow the color pattern I used in the picture) and pin or fasten together at the ends using those nifty little mini alligator clips--you know, the ones that look like this:

Holding Yarn Tails with wee alligator clips -- tip by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Front Cover Border: Note--You'll be working in the round with the RS facing throughout and through both thicknesses.
Rnd 1:  With #242, join with sl st in any corner, ch 1, *(3 sc in corner sp, work 48 sc evenly along side across (approx 8 sc/strip); rep from * on other 3 sides, join with sl st to first sc --50 sc each side + corner sts
Rnds 2 - 3: ch 1, sc in same st as joining and each st along sides, placing 3 sc in each corner, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off, weave ends --54 sc each side after Rnd 3 + corner sts

Back Cushion Cover: 
  • Bottom Placket:
Row 1: With #242, ch 55, working in back bump of ch, hdc in each ch across, turn --54 hdc
Row 2: ch 1, working in FLO across, hdc in first st and each st across, turn
Row 3: ch 1, working in BLO across, hdc in first st and each st across, turn
Rows 4-30: Rep Rows 2-3 until piece measures 9 in high, ending on Row 2 rep, fasten off, weave ends
  • Top Placket (Buttonholes):
Rows 1-29: Complete as for Bottom Placket, ending on Row 3 rep 
Row 30: ch 1, working in FLO across, hdc in first st and next 3, ch 1, sk 1, *hdc in next 8, ch 1, sk 1; rep from * 4 mores times, hdc in last 4, turn
Row 31: ch 1, working in BLO across, hdc in first st and each st across, turn
Row 32: ch 1, sc in first, sc in next, picot, sk next, sc in next, *picot, sk next, sc in next; rep from * across, fasten off, weave ends --26 picots

Assembly: Holding wrong sides of front and both back covers together with top placket over bottom and using #242 with tapestry needle, whipstitch together through BLO.

Crisscross Catona Cushion Cover Assembly--free crochet pattern from Felted Button

Notice that the needle is inserted only through the back loops on both the front and back covers--always being inserted in the same direction. Down the rough sides of the back plackets simply pick a loop at the edge.

Crisscross Catona Cushion Cover Assembly--free crochet pattern from Felted Button

Be mindful that where the front and back plackets overlap in the center you will be working through three layers of fabric--so make certain to "catch" all three.

Crisscross Catona Cushion Cover free crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Attach buttons, insert your pillow form and put your pillow somewhere pretty!

I hope you like this fun cover! I know that I do. It's found a happy place in my living room. Now I'm tempted to make several more since it's a perfect project for on-the-go and the Catona comes in sooo many gorgeous colors!

Crisscross Catona Cushion Cover free crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

This pattern has not been tested, so if you find any errors, please let me know! And please share any projects on Ravelry here

Thanks for stopping by and joining in the fun on this NatCroMo Blog Tour. You can also follow along on their Facebook page here.

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And if you happened to miss my most recent pattern you can find the Parrotlet's Flight Blanket pattern in my shop here.

Parrotlet's Flight Blanket by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

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Crisscross Catona Cushion Cover Revealed

Last week I shared a sneak peek of what I was working on with the brilliant Scheepjes *Catona. You can see that post here. But today let me reveal what I made with those colorful little yarny balls.

Crisscross Catona Cushion Cover (free pattern) by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

I'm calling it Crisscross Catona Cushion Cover. (Now that's an alliteration, huh?!)


Can't Stay Away from Catona

Since becoming a Scheepjes blogger and having the chance to work with their wide range of yarns (including the new "secret" ones--shhhh), one of my favorite go-to cottons is Scheepjes *Catona. You can read more about my thoughts on this yarn here. But, to be brief--it has the most amazing color range, a lovely sheen, crisp stitch definition, affordable pricing, and a soft hand. Can it get any better than that? 

Take a peek at some projects I've made using this fabulously colorful mercerized cotton:


Crochet Pattern: Parrotlet's Flight Blanket

My hook has been flying lately! Want yours to take flight, too? Here's my newest blanket design ready for your hook...

Parrotlet's Flight Blanket crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

I've named it Parrotlet's Flight Blanket because the fabulous colors were inspired by my son's Pacific Parrotlet, Elend. Let me introduce you.


Free Border Pattern from Every Which Way Crochet

If you read my review of the new book by Edie Eckman (Every Which Way Crochet Borders), you'll know that I love it! If you missed it, read more about it here. I'm also able to share with you a FREE pattern from the book!! Nifty, huh?

Every Which Way Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman

Remember, each of the 139 patterns in the book is unique and includes a color photograph, written instructions, a crochet symbol chart, and explanations of any special stitches right there on the page. Here's a really cool one right from the book...

Every Which Way Crochet Borders: Book Review

Edie Eckman has just released a new book called Every Which Way Crochet Borders, and I'm thrilled to review it and to participate in her blog tour.

Every Which Way Crochet Borders (Review by Susan Carlson of Felted Button)

Lucky me--I've got my hands on this really amazing book. I'm not just saying it's amazing because they gifted it to me. Let me tell you why I love it.


Felted Button Temperature Blanket CAL 2017

One of the best parts about this crochet designing gig is the people. Yes, people. I have met literally thousands of folks around the globe with whom I share a common love of yarn, hooks, creating, and color! So, with the new year approaching, I thought of a way to connect better with you and decided to conduct a temperature blanket CAL throughout next year!

Here are a few details that hopefully answer questions you might have about how to participate...

1. What is a CAL? 
CAL stands for Crochet-A-Long and is a fun and interactive way to be working on a common project at the same time with other like-minded folk. I have set up a Facebook group where we can chat about yarn, colors and pattern choices, share projects/progress, and talk about the weather. Why weather, you ask? See #2.

2. What is a temperature blanket?
Typically a temperature blanket is worked in varying colors of yarn depending on the daily temperature (high, low, average, both...) of where you live. You can choose the color range and temperature ranges for each color depending on your climate. If you are in the US there is a good site to see temperature ranges by state/city here.  If you want lots of color make your ranges small--if you want just a few, make your ranges bigger. (I'm thinking that because of the temperature range in my neck of the woods and because I love lots of colors, I'll probably have 5 degree increments which give me about 18 colors.) You do what works for you. Bust that stash and have fun! By the end of the year--or whenever you want to finish--a unique and "story-telling" blanket.

3. How do I join?
You can use any Felted Button blanket pattern (free or premium, your choice). Since I'm a bit obsessed with blankets, you have a LOT to choose from. You can browse in my Ravelry shop here. You should also join the Facebook Felted Button Temperature Blanket CAL group here. Just click "Join" and when approved read the group rules posted in the Files section at the top of the page. You might also want to read through the feed for any info that might help you.

Above is just a tiny sampling of Felted Button blanket designs. Some of these would not be ideal for the CAL, but some would be fab! (We'll talk more about this later.) 


Wanna Meet Me?

Other than my profile picture or my brief description on my blog or Ravelry profile, you may have no idea who is actually behind Felted Button and all of these colorful crochet patterns. Wanna "meet" me?

Recently, I've had the opportunity to be interviewed by A Little Brighter Podcast. They interview regular people like me about their hobbies and how those hobbies have impacted their lives. Well, mine certainly has impacted my life, and I share a bit about just how that has happened on the podcast.
A Little Brighter Podcast--Interview with Susan Carlson of Felted Button (Colorful Crochet Patterns)
You can listen to the full episode just by clicking here. (Nothing fancy required.)

If, after listening, you still have questions for me, feel free to stop by my Facebook page and ask away!

And you can listen to previous episodes of this fabulously fun podcast here or on iTunes.
This online crochet community has been such a beautiful thing! Thank you for being a part of it and sharing your knowledge, creativity, enthusiasm and support! 

Susan Carlson of Felted Button Colorful Crochet Patterns


Another Way to Avoid the Turning Chain Hole

You may remember this post from a while ago...

3 options for avoiding those holes on dc-turns by Felted Button

In it, I show 3 ways to work turns for a dc (US terms) when working in rows that helps reduce the gap rather than working a chain 3. The 3 ideas work for me--my favorite being the third--made by stacking two sc's on top of each other. You can see all 3 methods and which one is your favorite here.

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