With this wonderful collection of 50 knit and crochet pincushion patterns, you can create a myriad different types in all shapes and sizes, from charming traditional pillows with elegant florals to textured motifs, and chunky cabled cushions. Useful, decorative, and making great gifts for your fellow crafters, there's something for everyone, whatever your skill level. Organized into knit and crochet sections, each pattern comes with clear written instructions and ideas for assembling. Charts are given where needed for clarity, along with plans for more complex 3D designs, and suggestions for yarn and colour choices. Whether you opt for a classic style or something more unusual, you will find great individual patterns in gorgeous colours to brighten any craft room or sewing kit.
Cat Thomas is a trained textile artist who has taught Art and Design for a most of her career. She now produces her own knit and crochet designs selling under the name of Baban Cat on sites such as Etsy and Folksy. Cat also shares her crafting experiences via her blog at http://babancat.blogspot.co.uk/
Prelims (5pp) Introduction (2pp) CHAPTER ONE / BEFORE YOU BEGIN (16pp) * The materials and equipment needed: yarns, knitting needles, crochet hooks, suitable stuffing, and materials for making casings. * List of crochet symbols. * Explanation of knit and crochet abbreviations. * Methods of blocking and joining finished motifs. * Methods of stuffing finished pieces to give structure and a nice firm cushion. * Stitch guide. CHAPTER TWO / PICK A PINCUSHION (20pp) Here you'll find all the projects together for ease of browsing and finding one you like-simple pincushions, using tension squares or practice stitches to make a stuffed pad with basic adornment, or more extravagant floral motifs with edgings and borders, all in charming, colorful yarns to inspire. There are also chunky cables and textures, personalized pincushions in filet crochet, and knits with Swiss darned embellishments. CHAPTER THREE / PATTERNS AND CONSTRUCTION (80pp) Patterns and charts for all pincushions and suggestions for adapting them. These are flagged by skill level in separate knit and crochet sections. Each pattern gives suggestions for yarns. Plans are included for more complex 3D designs. Charts are shown where needed for clarity. USEFUL INFORMATION (2pp) Abbreviations and key to symbols used in charts. RESOURCES, Index & CREDITS (3pp) Resource list for all yarns, materials, and stuffing used.