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Stool makeover

I have been thinking to give this old stool a new life for a while.

I found it in the rental apartment I am living right now. It was in the bathroom used as soap and bath products holder. But I saw a great potential in it and with a nice covering piece, I transformed it in a comfy stool for my living room space.

This idea was actually born because of me and Valerio fighting for the chair we usually use as stool, everytime we are on the sofa watching a movie. He is always so reluctant to share his raising legs pleasure that I created one mine personal !!

To make this stool cover, I used two balls of T-shirt yarn, in a bright white color and my 12 mm crochet hook.

The pattern I made up is very simple. It is worked in round, increasing the stitches until it is needed to cover the stool circumference and then, working few rounds with no increases for the edgind.

To begin, just make 6 sc into a magic loop

round 1 : ch2, 2 sc into eact stitch below (12 sts)

round 2 : ch2, *2 sc into the very first st below, 1 sc into the next stitch*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the round (18 sts).

round 3 : ch2, *2 sc into the very first st below, 1 sc into the next 2 sts*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round (24 sts)

round 4 : ch2, *2 sc into the very first st below, 1 sc into the next 3 sts*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round (30 sts)

round 5 : ch2, *2 sc into the very first st below, 1 sc into the next 4 sts*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round (36 sts)

round 6 : ch2, *2 sc into the very first st below, 1 sc into the next 5 sts*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round (42 sts)

round 7 : ch2, *2 sc into the very first st below, 1 sc into the next 6 sts*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round (48 sts)

To begin the edge we are going to ch2 and then make 1 sc into the very next stitch below. Now point your hook into the next stitch of the previous round and make another single crochet.

Repeat until the end of the round, then slip stitch into the second chain we made at the beginning.

For round 2, chain 2, then point your hook into the very next stitch of your previous round and make 1 sc, then point your hook into your last round and make 1sc into the next stitch below. Repeat until the end of the round and until you have 4 rounds in total.

To attach the cover on my stool, I cut 4 strands of t-shirt yarn of about 50cm each. I folded them in half and inserted them into 4 stitches of the very last edging round.

Here is a close up of how I simply inserted the strands under the last round stitches.

I am so proud of how this project came out.  Now, I can’t wait for the evening to come and sit on my sofa, watching a movie and relaxing my legs on the stool I created myself. I am actually so jealous of it that I don’t share it with anybody not even with Valerio!! It is a super easy and quick project to make, also perfect for summer considering  it uses T-shirt yarn. I hope you too like this pattern, I can’t wait to see your own version and in the meantime I wish you happy summer time and happy crochet!! Byeee

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Granny squares pillow

Spring is blooming everywhere around. Cherry trees are showing their beautiful, delicate pink flowers while fragrant roses decorate and perfume all gardens. Strawberries, apricots, peaches are making their first appearance after the cold, monochrome winter and it feels like all nature around revives. I wanted to bring this general rebirth also in my home, making something that cozes the environment and brings color and brightness at the same time. This is how my granny pillow came out. Don’t you think that the yellow color in the pattern resembles some little, cute daffodils?

While I was working on it, I realized it was my first time with a granny pattern. Before that, I have only read some posts about this technique and how it may be a bit annoying joining all the squares at the end. Well, considering that I only made 12 of them, I handled the stress 🙂 !!With the season changing, it also changed the texture of the material I used. For this project, I went for  Katia  Monaco Yarn in the shade 16 (yellow color) and 25 (light grey color), and a 3.5 mm hook. This yarn is perfect for spring/summer projects !

Here is the pattern I followed for my granny squares. I found it on the internet and just to give it more personality, I added one round and decided to create a contrast by making the first one in a different and brighter color than the others.

My pillow form measured about 50×30 cm and for it I liked the idea of a case with two different faces, one with the granny pattern and the other in a simple, bright yellow double crochet pattern.

For the ‘granny face’, I made 12 squares. Once you have done them, it is time to join them  togheter. You’ll see that the front face and the back face of your granny square look different.

To start joining them, put your squares front face to front face and single crochet along one side.

When you unfold the two squares, this is the look you are going to see.

Repeat this procedure until you have three strands of 4 squares each.

Now put two strands front face to front face and single crochet along one side. Repeat the same procedure with the last strand and that’s it! You have done your front pillow face.

To start making the back face, let’s attach the yellow yarn on the last row of the grannies and single crochet in each stitch below.

At the end of your first row, make 3 single crochet and turn your work. Double crochet in each stitch below. Repeat this pattern until you are able to cover all the back face of your pillow. In my case that was done after 26 rows.

Then I joined the two short sides of my pillow case together , while on the third size I sewed a zipper, since I thought this can be more convenient all the times I feel to wash the case, instead of unstitch it.

As you can see, to complete the look and give my pillow a nice oriental touch, I applied tassels at the corners. Don’t they look so cute!!!

I used my pillow to decorate this cute bench, with shoes storage underneath, I have right in the entry way of my apartment. I wanted to create a cozy corner to welcome everyone who is coming inside my home and also a comfy place where I can wear my shoes before leaving the house. I feel enthusiastic about how it came out!  

I hope you guys like this pattern and let me know if you too think that pillows and cushions give a cozy look to spaces and make them more warm and homey. Also let me know if are familiar with granny projects or this pattern will be your first time with this technique too. I can’t wait to see your version of this pattern and how you will use it to decorate your place. See you to the next post…bye !!!

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