In this article I am going to let you know how to crochet a red rose cushion cover.
I have a confession to make. I love a Project.
I love a project so much that, in that sentence just there, I gave it a capital P.
I get major kicks out of taking on tasks, big or small.
Regardless of whether or not they turn out to have been a good idea.
Or I really have enough time to do them.
The Living Room Saga
At home projects lately have mostly related to an attempt at interior design. My living room was drab and dreary, and I decided to cheer it up.
This perhaps ill-planned journey began with wallpapering.
Actually it was fairly, with a bit of common sense and no knowledge whatsoever, I had a neat wall with lined up patterns.
With just one teeny, tiny, flaw…
Did you know that rolls of wallpaper have batch numbers, just like rolls of yarn do? Because of the different colourings in dye batches? I didn’t.
I currently have a single patterned wallpapered wall, in two quite different shades.
Next time I might just stick to painting.
Decorative crochet items
Fortunately, the rest of my projects for the living room have been crochet based.
Which is a relief to my family, as it is something I actually know how to do.
An aspect of this is that I am making a unique set of cushions for my sofas. Themed only around the tie-in colour red.
I have previously put up my pattern for a simple striped cushion. This red rose cushion cover was my next step.
Crochet Cushion Cover Equipment
For this pattern you will need a size E /3.5mm hook, a size I / 5.5mm hook, at least three stitch markers (preferably one locking, two slip through!) and your thinnest yarn needle.
You will also need two tones of red yarn. Approximately 500g of one and 100g of another. I used a chunky double knit variety.
You will also need to buy yourself a square cushion inner pad, with dimensions of 18″ x 18″.
How to Crochet a Red Rose Cushion Cover
The main cushion cover is nice and simple to crochet, and a great basis for beginners for that reason.
The main crochet cushion cover
Using your larger selection of yarn and the 5.5mm hook.
Row 1 – Begin by making a chain of 65 stitches.
Row 2 – *Missing the first stitch from the hook, make a double crochet (US) once into each stitch of the row. At the end of the row chain two
Row 3 to 84 – Repeat from *
Put a locking stitch marker into the last stitch of the final row and set this piece aside for a moment
How to Crochet a Rose
The crochet rose pattern requires your smaller quantity of yarn and the 3.5mm hook.
You will need to make approximately twenty roses to get the look shown that I have gone for in the cushion cover pictured.
I have full instructions for making a rose embellishment in this post, but here is a brief summary for these of you who just need a quick reminder.
Row 1 – Make a chain of 49 stitches
Row 2 – Single crochet (US) into the second stitch from the hook, and once into each remaining stitch in the row. At the end of the row, chain one.
Row 3 – *Single crochet into the first stitch, double crochet (US) four times into the second stitch, single crochet into the third, slip stitch into the fourth. Repeat from * until the end of the row. Leave a long tail when you cut off the yarn at the end.
Finishing off – Take your long string of petals, and fold the first one almost in half. Then wrap the rest of the petals around it. With your yarn needle, sew the petals in place in this spiral rose shape.
Joining crochet roses together
Take your main cover piece and fold it around your cushion pad. Using two stitch markers, attach it in place at the back.
Turn over the cushion so that the front portion you wish to be displayed is showing. Lay your crochet roses randomly but with fairly even spacing on this side.
Carefully reach under the layer of cover and with a smaller size of crochet hook, pull the loose ends of the rose yarn tails through. Knot them into position.
Be very gentle as you do this so as not to knock the rest of the roses off whilst you are tying one on. You will need to concentrate to do this, so it’s best to wait until the kids are in bed for this bit.
(Don’t do what I did and leave it out for a while whilst you carry out some chores either. My cat had a jolly time playing with the flowers and I had to do it all again when I got back into the room!)
When all of the rose embellishments are fastened in their desired locations, remove the cover from the pad temporarily and turn it inside out.
Sewing and crocheting inside out
You can now secure the roses firmly by sewing them in. Only do so through the centre portion of the back of each rose, so that it does not sit flush and uncomfortably against the material when you are finished. They should be fairly free and loose, like a flower on a stalk would be.
When you have done this for every flower, keeping the cover inside out, single crochet together the width of the cushion along the seem that you attached with stitch markers earlier.
Now turn your cover the right way out and insert the cushion pad again
Finishing Off your Crochet Cushion Cover
To finish off your red rose cushion, make sure all of the loose ends of yarn are inside.
Take one open corner of the cushion.
Put your hook through both sides of the corner and stitch them together with a slip stitch, then chain three.
Double crochet once into each stitch, pulling together the sides as you go along.
Slip stitch and tie off at the end when it is closed, pulling the loose end into the body of the cushion cover to hide it.
Repeat for the other open side. You will find that this is more fiddly as you will have less space to work. It will help if you push the body of the cushion between your legs and hold it with your thighs while you work!
This may be a simple pattern but it is a time consuming one due to the size of the cover and the repetitive nature of the flowers.
I recommend doing it in several small sessions or using soft grip hooks to help ease your fingers through.
I am really happy with the outcome of this project, and I hope that you will be too! Having a nice new cushion and something a bit different to brighten up your living room.