An Irish Crochet Pincushion

The crochet stitches used in the previous projects, combined with treble crochet, are used to make this Irish Crochet pincushion, which is approximately 10 inches across. It requires care, since it is a little tricky to keep track of where you are in the pattern. If you lose your place and make a mistake, you can correct it only by ripping it out and reworking that section.

Irish crochet is an adaptation of Venetian rose-point lace developed by Irishwomen during the potato famine of the 1840s as a means of earning money. The rose motif of the pincushion on this page is one of the traditional favorites. It is made with a size-9 hook and ecru crochet cotton No. 20.

To make the pincushion, crochet the cover, following instructions below; then ready the pincushion. You will need: a handful of polyester filler; a 12-inch square of fuchsia felt; 1/2 yard of 1-inch-wide fuchsia grosgrain ribbon; a 7 1/2-by-2-inch circle of foamed plastic; white glue; straight pins; scissors.

Mound the surface of the foam circle with 1-inch-deep polyester filler. Drape the felt over the padded foam; then pin in place. Cut away excess felt. Pin the ribbon around the bottom edge with half the ribbon’s width up the side and the other half underneath. A few inches at a time, unpin the ribbon; apply glue to the wrong side; pin ribbon back in place. Let the glue dry; remove pins. Position finished crochet cover over the padded, feltcovered foamed plastic and sew in place with tiny running stitches.





Size: Approximately 10 inches.
Materials: 1 (300-yard) ball mercerized crochet cotton No. 20.
Steel crochet hook size 9.





Irish Crochet Pincushion Cover:
Starting at center, ch 6. Join with sl st to form the ring.
Rnd l: Ch 6, dc in ring, * ch 3, dc in ring; repeat from * 3 times more, ch 3, join with sl st to 3rd
ch of ch-6.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, * work 2 dc, 5 tr and 2 dc in next sp, sc in next dc; repeat from * around. Join (6 petals made).
Rnd 3: * Ch 6, sc in next sc in back of petal; repeat from * around. Join.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, * work 2 dc, 7 tr, 2 dc over next ch-6, sc in next sc; repeat from * around. Join (6 petals made).
Rnd 5: Ch 10, sl st in 5th ch from hook for picot, ch 7, sl st in 5th ch from hook for picot, ch 2, sc
in center st of next petal, * (ch 7, sl st in 5th ch from hook for picot) twice, ch 2, dc in sc between petals, (ch 7, sl st in 5th ch from hook for picot) twice, ch 2, sc in center of next petal; repeat from * 4 times (ch 7, sl st in 5th ch from hook for picot) twice, ch 2 (double picot loop made). Join to 3rd ch of starting chain.
Rnd 6: * Ch 7, sc between picots of next loop, ch 7, sc in next sc, ch 7, sc between picots of next loop, ch 7, sc in next dc; repeat from * around. Join.
Rnd 7: Sl st to center of next loop, * ch 7, sc in next loop; repeat from * around. Join.
Rnd 8: Repeat Rnd 7.
Rnd 9:Work 1 sc, 7 dc and 1 sc in next loop (shell made), ch 1, work 1 sc, 7 dc and 1 sc in next loop; (make double picot loop, sc in next loop) twice, make double picot loop; repeat from * around. Join.
Rnd 10: Sl st to center of shell, * ch 7, sc in center of next shell, (ch 7, sc between 2 picots of next loop) 3 times, ch 7, sc in center of next shell; repeat from * around. Join.
Rnd 11: * Work 1 sc, 7 dc and 1 sc in next loop, (make double picot loop, sc in next loop) 4 times,
make double picot loop; repeat from * around. Join.
Rnd 12: Sl st to center of next shell, * (ch 7, sc between picots of next loop) 5 times, ch 7, sc in center of next shell; repeat from * around. Join.
Rnd 13: * Work 1 sc, 7 dc and 1 sc in next loop, (make double picot loop, sc in next loop) 5 times, work 7 dc and 1 sc in same loop, ch 1; repeat from * around. Join.
Rnd 14: Sl st to center of next shell, (ch 7, sc between picots of next loop) 5 times, ch 7, sc in center of next shell. Continue in this manner around.

For a lacy edge, make 3 double picot sts in one loop (ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch from hook). Then make 2 chains of 5 ch sts in single loop and 3 chains of 5 ch sts in every third loop.





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  1. Shay June 18, 2009

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