It's Day 6 of the Stylecraft Blogstars Garden Party and today it's my turn! I'm really excited to share my Macaron cushions with you! My idea of a garden party includes lots of delicious treats like dainty sandwiches with the crusts cut off, strawberries and cream and plenty of yummy cakes and biscuits. Mr JK loved meringues so I decided to create a cushion in his honour. I chose some of the colours of macarons that you see in those expensive patisseries and just looking at them makes my mouth water!
Initially I only designed a knitted cushion, but then thought it would be nice if there was a crocheted version too. The cushion uses 7 shades of Stylecraft Special DK yarn in Buttermilk, Lincoln, Vintage Peach, Duck Egg, Powder Pink, Pistachio and Parma Violet. I love how those colours look together; it fills my heart with joy.
Both cushions are worked in the round and have buttons to close them so you can remove the covers for easy washing. Although the pattern has been written to fit an 18" cushion pad, it is very easy to adapt it to fit a circular cushion pad of any size. I've actually started making some smaller ones which I will share with you very soon. I need lots of cushions to go on my new garden furniture. I really don't think that you can have too many!
The wonderful team at Stylecraft Yarns have done an absolutely amazing photoshoot showing off all the designs that have been created by some of the Stylecraft Blogstars. I've been sharing some of those photos with you each day of the Garden Party. When I first saw the photos and all the gorgeous flowers on the table, I decided to add some extras to the pattern so you can embellish your cushion with flowers and leaves. There is also an option to add a picot edging to the cushion and I'm doing that on the cushions I'm working on at the moment.
The Macaron cushion pattern is available from my Ravelry designer page here for £4. If you use the code 'gardenparty', this will give you a 50p discount until the end of May. If you aren't able to use Ravelry, please email me at 'josiekitten at gmail dot com' and I will do my best to help you out. All the proceeds from the sale of this pattern (like all my paid for patterns) will be donated to my fundraising page Fibre4Fibres which is raising money for Myositis UK. If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you'll know that I was diagnosed with myositis back in 2018 and it's had a massive impact on my life.
Stylecraft are giving away the yarn to make this project for one lucky person and a friend. Check out Stylecraft on Facebook and Instagram to find out how to enter.
Next up on the Garden Party are Michelle and Anne who are Crochet Between Worlds, and they have designed something really gorgeous. You'll be able to find out more this Sunday 22nd May.
I do hope you like my pattern and are enjoying coming along to our Garden Party! It would be really lovely to see your cushions so please do share your photos on social media and tag me in. xxx