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Crochet Pattern: Two Cushions, One Heart

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My best friend Ann is getting married! So naturally, when thinking about a wedding gift for her and her husband-to-be, something crocheted was at the top of my list 🙂

I decided to make a pair of cushions for their home. On one cushion, there is half a heart, with the corresponding half on the other cushion. Side-by-side they form a full heart.

In terms of colours, I wanted to choose something classic and neutral that would tie in easily with their existing décor. And since monochrome palettes are always on trend, I went for off-white and black. The off-white yarn does have some flecks of black and brown through it which give it a little more texture I think.

The Other Side

On the other side of each cushion I decided to crochet the first initial of the bride and groom.

You could do whatever you like here – plain, stripes, plaid, chevrons, the possibilities are endless.

For my ‘A’ and ‘R’ I kind of free-styled it.

However! If you don’t want to do this and you would like to crochet a monogram, I highly recommend visiting Two Little Birds on Etsy. She has patterns for the entire alphabet plus some other gorgeous text-based pillows. Honestly, every time I visit her shop I just want to make everything she has available!

Tutorial

This pattern uses the tapestry crochet technique. It sounds and looks complicated but it really isn’t! For this cushion, I used only one stitch from top to bottom: (UK) Double Crochet/(US) Single Crochet. The only tricky tasks are the colour changes and keeping an eye on the graph. But once you get the technique down it’s a piece of cake. So, it’s a great project for a beginner but with a professional looking outcome!

Tatsiana at Lilla Bjorn Crochet has a fantastic, easy-to-follow tutorial for doing the colour changes in tapestry crochet.

Graphs

For the heart halves, I created my graphs using www.stitchfiddle.com. (Scroll down to see the graphs I used)

I give my pattern and graphs for the heart shapes below, and as mentioned above you are free to choose what you want to do on the other side.

Finished measurements (for one cushion)

17” x 17” or 43 cm x 43 cm

I deliberately made the cushions a little bit under 18” so that when I used an 18” insert the cushions would be nice and plump. No one wants a pancake cushion 🙂

Gauge

4”x4” (10cm x 10cm) is 15 stitches and 18 rows in sc.

Supplies (for one cushion)
  • 5mm/H/8 crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends and sewing
  • 18” x 18″/45 cm x 45 cm cushion insert

Heart Graphs

Left Side of Heart Graph
Right Side of Heart Graph

Go to Pattern (US Terms)

Go to Pattern (UK Terms)


Pattern (US Terms)

Half Heart (Left Side)

Row 1: Using Colour A, Ch 65. 1 SC in second chain from hook, and then 1 SC in each of the remaining chains (64 stitches).

Row 2-6: 1 SC in each stitch across (64 stitches).

Row 7-33: Follow the graph for the Left Heart Half using Colour B. Each square on the graph is 1 SC and is worked from right to left. So for this half you will be making your colour change on the first stitch of Row 7.

Row 34-80: Using Colour A, SC in each stitch across (64 stitches).

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Half Heart (Right Side)

Row 1: Using Colour A, Ch 65. 1 SC in second chain from hook, and then 1 SC in each of the remaining chains (64 stitches).

Row 2-6: 1 SC in each stitch across (64 stitches).

Row 7-33: Follow the graph for the Right Heart Half using Colour B. Each square on the graph is 1 SC and is worked from right to left. So for this half you will be making your colour change on the last stitch of Row 7.

Row 34-80: Using Colour A, SC in each stitch across (64 stitches).

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Go to Finishing


Pattern (UK Terms)

Half Heart (Left Side)

Row 1: Using Colour A, Ch 65. 1 DC in second chain from hook, and then 1 DC in each of the remaining chains (64 stitches).

Row 2-6: 1 DC in each stitch across (64 stitches).

Row 7-33: Follow the graph for the Left Heart Half using Colour B. Each square on the graph is 1 DC and is worked from right to left. So for this half you will be making your colour change on the first stitch of Row 7.

Row 34-80: Using Colour A, DC in each stitch across (64 stitches).

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Half Heart (Right Side)

Row 1: Using Colour A, Ch 65. 1 DC in second chain from hook, and then 1 DC in each of the remaining chains (64 stitches).

Row 2-6: 1 SC in each stitch across (64 stitches).

Row 7-33: Follow the graph for the Right Heart Half using Colour B. Each square on the graph is 1 DC and is worked from right to left. So for this half you will be making your colour change on the last stitch of Row 7.

Row 34-80: Using Colour A, DC in each stitch across (64 stitches).

Fasten off and weave in ends.


Finishing

To finish, place 1 letter side on top of one half heart side (right sides facing). Make sure that one of the sides is not upside-down – ask me how I know!?

With your tapestry needle and Colour A, start in the bottom right corner. Sew up the right side, across the top and down the left side. (I used the back stitch as gives a more sturdy finish, but a whip stitch would be fine here too). Leave a long tail for finishing later.

Turn the cushion cover inside out and insert the padding. Whipstitch the opening using the tail. Secure with a couple of extra stitches and hide the yarn inside the cushion.

Alternatively, if you have a sewing machine and are so inclined you can add a zip instead of sewing the final edge.

Stand back and admire your creation!


I am thrilled with how they turned out and I really hope the newlyweds will love them too.

I would love to hear what you all have made as wedding gifts for friends and family. Leave a comment or tag me on Instagram (@nedandmimi) or Facebook (@nedandmimi) to share your projects and ideas!

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2 Comments

  • Alex | You Should Craft

    This is such a cute idea! I have a couple weddings to go to this summer and was considering crocheting a blanket or pillows with their wedding date or initials. The heart haves are perfect for the other side!
    Thanks for sharing!

    I came over from the Hookin’ on Hump Day party.

    • Sarah

      Thank you Alex! I was in the same boat, I knew I would do something with their initials but didn’t know what to do on the other side. (I just checked out your blog – I am definitely going to make the Leprechaun Hat Beer Cozy for St. Patrick’s Day next year! (I’m Irish :-))

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