For those of you who follow my Instagram and Facebook page you may have seen photos of this crochet stool cover which I completed at the weekend. This blog gives me the opportunity to give you more details about it…
This is the stool before…
It came from Ikea and we’ve had it for at least 15 years. The original cover is looking quite old and tired. I have previously sewed a red fleece cover but even that was starting to look drab. So of course I thought a crochet cover was needed!
I took some photographs of poppies by the sea back in June and shared them in a blog post…
I was so inspired by the colours and ordered ‘Mixtape’ yarn in red, green and blue from ‘Wool and the Gang’…
This yarn is upcycled in Turkey from t-shirt scraps – such a great concept.
I used a 12mm hook and started making the top using ‘granny’ trebles, increasing every other round. When it was the right size for the top of the stool I completed two rounds in double crochet. Then I continued without increasing until…
…I ran out of yarn!!
So what to do? I only needed a little more yarn but it seemed such a waste to buy a whole lot of new yarn for just a couple of rounds. Well, I did have some left over Hoooked Zpagetti t-shirt yarn, but it was in white!
I decided to go for it and I’m actually pleased I did. I think the white gives it a fresh, modern edge and if it wasn’t for running out of yarn, I may not have considered finishing with a white border.
So running out of yarn isn’t always so bad- and that all important stash of yarn and saved leftovers are so useful. You never know when you might need them!
Happy Crocheting Everyone 🙂
Lovely crochet cover. Am I understanding it correctly that you didn’t shape it at all. My husband has rescued a ratty stool which is crying out for a bit of crochet. Do you mind giving me the dimensions of your stool so I could have a go. Thanks so much for sharing. And I love your poppy inspiration.
Thanks Cathy. The stool is 49 cm / 19 inches across. I just made the circle top by increasing on every other round until it was the right size, then kept going without any increasing so it went straight down. I’m hoping to be able to write patterns at some point soon so it will be easier for me to share! Hope that helps 🙂
Many thanks. The Mr said he would love a crochet cover providing I don’t grizzle if he puts his feet on it.
That’s funny! Go for it 🙂
This is great! How much did all the yarn cost?
I bought three ‘Mixtape Yarn’ from Wool and the Gang https://www.woolandthegang.com/product/mixtape-yarn/yarn-and-wool/V302456677
It’s £7.95 per ball so it was about £24 in total. It’s pretty thick yarn so crochets up super quick. 🙂
Haven’t played with t-shirt yarn yet, but on my wish list is a rug! Great work C.C.<3
Thanks so much. I love t-shirt yarn as it crochets up so quick- however, it is heavy and hard going on the hands 🙂
Another lovely project. I particularly like how you took inspiration from your surroundings. I need to start doing that more. I’m crocheting a rug at the moment using a scratchy DK doubled up and it is making a surprisingly durable mat. Too many projects on the go at the moment though!
Thanks Alida. I’ve just managed to get my amount of projects on the go to just a few! Your mat sounds great- I always love the practical uses for crochet 🙂
I always say running out of yarn (and not wanting to buy more) makes us more creative!
Absolutely Yolanda! That’s certainly what happened with me this time!:)
Looks great! The white trim looks very polished👍.
Thanks so much – yes, I’m pleased with the unintentional white edge. I’ve never been so pleased that I ran out of yarn! 🙂
Love how it turned out!
Thanks so much! 🙂