Friday, 6 May 2011

Tree of Life

I hinted at it on Wednesday, so without further ado I present this week's finished object - my Tree of Life cushion!

Pattern: Tree of Life Afghan (crochet) from Lion Brand
Yarn: James C Brett Top Value DK in pale yellow (100g)
Hook: 4mm

I decided to make a cushion to go alongside the round baby blanket I'd already made from this yarn for my friend's baby, as the blanket (when finished) was slightly underwhelming. I've been eyeing up the Tree of Life pattern for a while, because the overall effect of the afghan is simply stunning, although all the versions I'd seen of it on Ravelry had been knit. So when I discovered a crochet version, I knew I had to make it.

I opted to use only the tree chart, and to make up two individual panels of just one repeat, which I could then crochet together to form a cushion cover. The first side took me a little while, as I found it was very tricky to follow only the chart or the written instructions. The middle sections, where there are lots of branches crossing each other is particularly intense; you have to keep your wits about you to keep track of stitch count, to work out which stitches to crochet into to get the post stitches to lean in the right direction. By the time I got to the second panel, I was crocheting like a pro, so whizzed through side two in record time.

Rather than use toy stuffing, like I'd used in the Elephant pillow, I thought this one would work better with an actual pillow inside. Unfortunately, the tree chart doesn't come out exactly square, so finding one to fit was a bit of a challenge! After a fair bit of searching on Tuesday afternoon, John Lewis came to the rescue as I managed to find a soft, squishy, machine washable pillow that could be made to fit. My panels came out 10" x 10.5" (approx), but the smallest pillow I could find was 30cm square, which is almost 12". Luckily, it's a very malleable pillow, so I managed to squeeze it in.

I only made some minor modifications to the chart. Instead of working into a foundation chain, I just did 48 foundation single crochet, so I'd have a neater edge for crocheting together at the end. To prevent the panels from getting too tall, I left off the final two rows of the chart (rows 54 and 55) and replaced with a row of plain single crochet. When I finished the second panel, I didn't fasten off, and just moved straight into joining the panels WS together with a round of single crochet through both panels, doing one sc in each stitch on the top and bottom, and two sc in the ends of the rows down the long sides.

So there you go. I'm very pleased with the cushion, I'm sure it will be well received.

I don't have any suitable bushes for artful draping of blankets over, sorry
I even dug out some ribbon to tie them up neatly ready to go to their new home.

To see what else has been finished this week, check out the linkup over at Tami's blog.


  1. Wow, that's a really cute gift set. Good job!

  2. I'm so in love with that tree cushion, it came out marvellously and looks great alongside the blanket. I"m so glad you managed to find a cushion that fit, especially a machine washable one, which is an awesome feature. (...And even moreso for a baby gift, I'd imagine.)

    Also, thank you for enlightening me that little armoured bugs are called "woodlice" in the UK!

  3. Excellent work! They go very well together, too.

  4. It looks fantastic, am sure the recipient will love it

  5. Beautiful and you have inspired me..!!!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous, what a beautiful set! They'll be a treasured gift.

  7. xxxmckingbirdxx7 May 2011 at 16:33

    What a pretty set. I love them together. I bet the family will love them.

  8. So sweet! I am sure baby and MOm will love it.

  9. OMG, What an amazing set! They look beautiful together and I adore that pillow! I want one for myself. LOL

  10. Susan Flockhart24 May 2011 at 19:58

    Very nice!  One day I'd like to make that cushion myself.  
    (I do love tree-related knitting!)


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