Sunday 8 January 2012

Hot & Cold Pillows

Happy New Year everyone!

It occured to me recently that I haven't made a plain old granny square since I was crocheting with my Nanna as a girl, so in need of a quick fix I decided to make a granny pillow.  I enthusiastically produced 16 squares, deciding to sew them together instead of join as I go, as I prefer the flat and solid effect for a pillow front.

Lovely, I thought...  I wonder what others have made on ravelry...?  I think I'll just have a look...  ...  ...

Oooooo... Summer Garden Granny Square... I like that, and my sneaky enthusiasm abandoned all thoughts of a plain old granny pillow and forced me to make summer garden granny squares instead!  Not in a totally haphazard way however... no, I wanted to put some planning into the colour selection beforehand, and I decided to separate my colours into 'hot' and 'cold' colours.

I decided to make the squares in cold colours, including charcoal and white, and then use hot colours to frame them afterwards.  And the result was -

I put the pillow together in the same was as my Groovy Granny Pillow, but I edged it with reverse single crochet, or crab stitch.  Mum has taken such I shine to it that it now lives with her...

Not content with this, my urges then forced me to try again, this time using hot colours for the circles, cold colours for turning the circles into squares, and then finishing off with hot colours again to frame everything. 

Overall I am really pleased by how they have turned out, and I may well try some more, reversing the hot and cold colour combinations.

Away from crochet I start a new job next Monday, near to Stranraer in Scotland, so I move up there on Thursday...  I hope that I settle there; the location is certainly picturesque and I'll be living very near to a gorgeous loch.  I'll post pics when I'm settled.

In the meantime, happy crafting!


  1. lovely pillow! and good luck with your new job!

  2. I just love all that colour going on!
    Hugs Georgie

  3. I can't decide which is my favourite... they are both great!

  4. OOH, love both the cushions!

  5. beautiful cushions love them both.

  6. AY!!!!que colores más bonitos,es muy rechulo.

  7. Very nice pillows and beautiful colors.Love them all.Granny patterns always gorgeous !

  8. Every time I stop by your blog, I always say, "Oh, My!". The colors are gorgeous and everything is just beautiful. I love both your pillows!

  9. Good luck to you dear Karen!! Both pillows are gorgeous and the finitions are jsut perfect!
    B-U-T-ful!! love it!!

  10. Dear Karen,

    I found your blog today and now i am a follower of your blog. You make a wonderful crochetwork and I love all your colorful works here. Thank you so much that share your work here!
    I wish you a colourful 2012 and send you many Greetings,

  11. oh my!!!! When I complete what I am working on this just has to be my next WIP. So adore your colour selection! What yarn and colours did you use for the garden pillow x

  12. O what A nice pillows you made. They are very nice with all those colours. Many thanks to let us enjoy your work.

  13. Good luck with your new job and welcome to Scotland!

  14. I just spotted your gorgeous cushion on i-crochet! Absolutely stunning!!

  15. I love the way you thought out your colors. The results are beutiful!

  16. Stranraer? We spend our first holiday there. (Two Germans with 2 little children thinking about moving to Scotland :))
    It was lovely! And now we live at Loch Ness.
    Greetings from there

    P.S. lovely blog!

  17. So nice and adorable those pillows. When I see them I also wanted to start one. But unfortenley we have already so much pillows.

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