Crochet Pattern: Granny at the Pictures motif and pincushion

Crochet pincushion free tutorial granny square

I love playing around making up new versions of crochet granny squares – it’s so satisfying. Maybe one day I will have the focus and concentration to make a lovely granny square blanket, but in the mean time I am quite happy to use my little squares for quickly finished projects like this crochet pincushion is constructed from a little padded cushion of fabric or felt, sandwiched between to crochet granny squares, joined with a single crochet seam. I got the inspiration from Lacy Crochet, which has a pattern for the cutest little lacy crochet and linen pincushions.  My version is bigger, and quicker to make (lace is beautiful but slooooow). The Granny at the Pictures square is my own design (which you are very welcome to use for other granny square projects) too.

You can use any yarn with an appropriate hook to make smaller or larger versions and adjust the rest of the pattern where you need to.  I used a dk yarn and a 4mm crochet hook for this pincushion, which is about 4″x4″ (10cm x 10cm).

Stitch abbreviations

ch chain
ch sp chain space
dc double crochet
sc single crochet
ss slip stitch
yo yarn over

 

 

 

 

 

 

Granny at the Pictures Granny Square:

Stitch instructions

Starting popcorn: chain 3, make 2 dc in same stitch as slip stitch. Take loop of hook, insert hook in to top stitch of ch 3 and through the loop you’ve just dropped, yo and pull through 2 loops on the hook.

Standard popcorn: 3dc in same stitch, remove hook from loop, insert, from front to back into first dc of popcorn and through the dropped loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on the hook

Start with a magic circle (also known as a sliding ring).

1) Make 8 sc in the ring then tighten the ring  and join circle with a ss.

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1st round of stitches completed & joined with a ss.

2) Make starting popcorn, *chain 3; make popcorn; repeat from * 6 times; ch 3; join to top of starting popcorn with ss. Make ss into next 3ch sp.

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Step 1 of starting popcorn
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Arrows show when you need to put your hook to make the starting popcorn.
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Stitches on the hook ready to complete the starting popcorn.
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Completed starting popcorn
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Arrow shows where you’re going to make the 2nd popcorn.
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Arrows show where you need to put your hook to make the 2nd popcorn.
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Completed 2nd round.

3) Chain 3, 2 dc in 3 ch sp, *ch 3, 3 dc in next 3 ch sp, 1 ch, 3 dc in next 3 ch sp, repeat from *2 times, then make 3 ch, 3 dc in next 3 ch sp, 1 ch, then join to top of first ch 3 (at beginning of round 3); ss to next 3 ch sp.

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The beginning of row 3.
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The end of row 3, showing where you need to make slip stitches to move to the next 3 ch sp
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The blue Vs show the slip stitches

4) 3 ch, 2 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc in same 2 ch sp; *1 ch, 3 dc in next ch sp; 1 ch; 3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc in next 2 ch sp, repeat from *twice then ch 1, 3 dc in next ch sp, 1 ch, join with ss to top stitch of 3 ch at beginning of row.

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Starting row 4 – now it looks like a square!
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The completed square

5) Fasten off and weave in ends.

Just Your Ordinary Granny (With a Twist:

Start with a magic circle (also known as a sliding ring).

1) Make 12 sc in the ring then tighten the ring  and join circle with a ss.

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The start of the first row – not your usual granny.

2) Ch 3, 2 dc in next 2 sc, *ch 3, 1 dc in next 3 sc, repeat from * twice, then ch 3 and join with ss to top of ch 3 at beginning of round; ss to next 3 ch sp.

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The completed 2nd row – from here on, you’re back with the granny you know and love.

3) Ch 3, 2 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc in same 3 ch sp; *1 ch, 3 dc, 2 ch,3 dc in next 3 ch sp; repeat from *twice; 1 ch, join with ss to top of ch 3 at beginning of round, ss to next 2 ch sp.

4) Ch 3, 2 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc in same 2 ch sp; *1 ch, 3 dc in next 1 ch sp, 1ch, 3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc in next 2 ch sp; repeat from * twice, then ch 1, 3 dc in next ch sp, ch 1, join round with ss.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Your 2 squares will be slightly different sizes – there’s no need to worry about this!

Fabric cushion:

The easy bit! Cut 2 pieces of cotton or felt fabric the same size as your completed top granny square.

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Pretty fabric!

Put right sides together and machine stitch round the edges, leave a 1.5″ space in one of the sides for turning. Trim the seams and cut diagonally across the corners, close to the stitching, to reduce bulk.

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Gap left for turning and corners and seams trimmed.

Turn your cushion pad right side out. Stuff very firmly with toy stuffing and then sew up the turning hole – you don’t need to worry about being neat here.

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Sewing up the turning hole.

Assembling the cushion:

Put the 2 crochet squares wrong sides together, lining up the spaces and corners on two of the outer rows and with the Granny at the Pictures square facing you. Put your hook through 1 dc in the top square, and the corresponding dc in the bottom square, pull through a loop, make a chain stitch then make a single crochet in the same place.

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Joining the 2 squares.

Continue round, joining the squares together using a sc seam, spacing stitches regularly round the square, and making sure you have enough stitches at the corner spaces (I used 3).

When you have crocheted about 3/4 of the seam, pop your cushion pad inside and complete the crochet seam to enclose it.

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The finishing stages..

Join the single crochet round with a slip stich then fasten off and weave in the ends. And you’re all done!

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33 thoughts on “Crochet Pattern: Granny at the Pictures motif and pincushion

  1. I am pretty new at crochetting and I am decent at free lancing but reading patterns gets me confused. (I am from the U.S. so that might explain some) Any help with this?… How do I popcorn stitch…

  2. I have only one pincushion, but I found this pattern and I’m going to attempt to do some hand stitching and to make this for a swap partner. And then maybe one for myself! 🙂 Thanks for posting all of your hard work writing this pattern and tutorial!

  3. What a pretty pin-cushion! The tutorial photos are so clear that I’m sure anyone with a little crochet know-how could make this. I have one pincushion that I use but I have made more to either give away or sell.
    Teresa x

  4. Hi Ali, that is a lovely wee pin cushion. I have one pincushion, if you can even call it that. It’s the spongey bit on top of a plastic tub of pins. It’s functional but ghastly!

  5. I think I have about six, including the one stitched to the inside of the lid of my sewing box… then again I might have fewer – I keep losing them and having to make another! (or I fall in love with another design and have to make that to add to what is rapidly becoming a collection)

  6. I have two picushions, one ha-uge one and one smaller one that I won in a giveaway a couple of years ago. I keep pinning (no pun intended ;-)) ideas on pinterest for a wrist pin cushion but have yet to actually make one. Sigh.

    anyway, my wee crafty corner is just begging for another 🙂 x

  7. I have just one lonely pin cushion – only just started sewing so I haven’t got much kit yet! I think you pin cushion is gorgeous and would love to win it – fingers crossed!

  8. Have just realised I don’t actually own any pincushions (I have a ‘pinwheel’ and a ‘pin/needle case’ but not an actual cushion. I tend to ‘pin’ my jeans leg instead (the jeans bit, not my leg!) so I think I may have to have an attempt at this – the inner bit will be easy but my crocheting skills are somewhat lacking. x

  9. I think I might go for a double whammy: I’d love to win this pincushion but I will also make one for my mum.
    In total I have four pincushions but I’m sure I could fit a fifth one in…

  10. Thats really great I alas only have 2 pin cushions oh and the iron board table. I keep meaning to make one and then find something else to finish!

  11. I have 2 pinchusions that I use and several others that are floating around my house. My gavorite is a round one with little men who look like sumo wreslers all around it. It is very brightly colored and very old. I think someone bought it as a present for my grandmother from a trip overseas.

    I crochet and knit but cannot follow a pattern for the life of me but I like the little flower in the center. So, I am going to walk through your tutorial and see what I can do. I am excited about the giveaway.

  12. Very cute pincushion! I actually do not have a pin cushion. I vividly remember my mom’s tho’ when I was a kid – a sad clear hexagon pin box with a super pathetic piece of rubbush foam on top. I did not inherit this from her when she died and alas, I am yet to get my own!!

  13. I still haven’t learned to crochet but this tutorial makes it look easy! I have a gorgeous pincushion given to me by a friend that I use every day, an Anna Maria Horner pincushion caddy which was a b***** to make but is very handy…..and about 15 fruit pincushions that I’ll be selling at my craft fairs this year. I’d love one of these though!

  14. Well I can manage the fabric part but I’m not sure about the crocheting!!
    I have about 5 pincushions and I use them all!

  15. Ohhh, now I need to learn how to crochet, and I haven’t even mastered the art of knitting yet!!! Humm, plate piled high, don’t you think? Love the tutorial, crochet part is too technical for me, as I have NEVER even attempted crocheting yet! But the photos are great, and I get the general idea! I have at least 5 pin cushions that I can list off the top of my head, but I suspect I have more….

  16. I have about five. A teapot pincushion that was a gift, a handmade one made in the Armish community, a dohnut pincushion I made, a foundation pieced one I made, and a tomato one I was given. I would love a crochet one but I don’t know how to make it myself! So cute!

  17. I have 7 at last count. One magnetic which I keep by my machine, 2 tea-cups which were gifts, one padded swan pincushion which I made after receiving the teacups, 1 cross stitched one which I made and 2 chinese round pincushions with little chinamen around the outer edge.
    One more would even things up!
    Sue

  18. I only have one that is attached to the inside of my sewing box!! So new to this crafting business that I can only dream of being able to make this!!!

  19. This is so pretty! I don’t know how to crochet, boohoo. I’d love to win this. I *only* have 2 pincushions right now.

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