For the gin lovers out there here's a useful little make for you to store your pins in. Introducing the 'Gin Cushion'.

It's a fairly easy pattern worked in the round from top to bottom with colour changes. The bottom of the glass, fruit slice and leaf are made individually and sewn on.

You'll need up to 5 different coloured DK yarns for one cushion depending on your gin colour and fruit choice. A small amount of stuffing is also needed.

I used my usual favourite of Garnstudio Drops Muskat cotton yarn in the following colours:

Pink gin glass -

Pink Panther(29)

Light Grey(19)

Coral(40)

Light Orange(51)

Mint(03)

Blue gin glass -

Light Blue(02)

Light Grey(19)

Mint(03)

Light Mint(20) 

They are 50g balls and you will only need a small amount of each.

Tools

3.5mm hook

Scissors

Needle

Gauge

5 rounds of SC = 2.25inches

US terminology

Abbreviations

St- Stitch

MC - Magic Circle

Ch - Chain

SC - Single Crochet

Rep - Repeat

FO - Fasten Off

SS - Slip Stitch

HDC - Half Double Crochet

DC - Double Crochet

FLO - Front Loop Only

BLO - Back Loop Only

INV DEC - Invisible Decrease

SC Inc - Single Crochet Increase

** - these indicate which part you should repeat

() - indicates the number of stitches to be made in a single st

() - at the end of a round - indicates the total number of stitches you should have at the end of that round

Special stitches

SC inc - This is written as (2SC) and just means that 2 SC are placed in the same stitch creating an increase.

Inv Dec - Insert the hook into front loop of the st, yoh, pull through. Rep this in the next st and then yoh and pull through all loops.

Ch 2 picot - Ch 2 and then SS in the 2nd Ch from the hook.

Inv join - On your last st cut the yarn and pull the tail all the way through the top of the last st made. Thread the tail on to a yarn needle. In the top of the next st of the round/row insert the needle under both of the top loops. Now insert your needle in to the top of the last st made (I insert this down into the stitch between the top loops and also behind the back of the st).

Note

I always keep the ends of my colour change on the inside and just knot them tightly together twice. That way you can keep them inside of the glass and not have to weave them in.

When working in the round change colours on the SS join at the end of the round. When working in turning rows change colours on the last yoh before the new colour row. 

Important - Always end each round by joining with a SS to the first SC. The Ch 1 at the beginning of a round does not count as a st. The first SC is to be made in the first st.

Gin and Glass

The following rounds are with the chosen gin colour (Pink Panther/Light Blue):

Round 1: MC, Ch 1, SC 6 in the circle, join (6)

Round 2: Ch 1, (2SC) in each st, join (12)

Round 3: Ch 1, *SC, (2SC)* Rep around, join (18)

Round 4: Ch 1, *(2SC), SC 2* Rep around, join (24)

Round 5: Ch 1, *SC 3, (2SC)* Rep around, join (30)

The following rounds are with the chosen glass colour (Light Grey):

Round 6: Ch 1, SC, *(2SC), SC 4* Rep around ending with SC 3, join (36)

Round 7: In BLO, Ch 1, SC around, join (36)

The following rounds are with the chosen gin colour (Pink Panther/Light Blue):

Rounds 8-9: Ch 1, SC around, join (36)

Round 10: Ch 1, *(2SC), SC 5* Rep around, join (42)

Rounds 11-15: Ch 1, SC around, join (42)

Round 16: Ch 1, *INV DEC, SC 5* Rep around, join (36)

Round 17: Ch 1, SC 3, *INV DEC, SC 4* Rep around ending with SC 1, join (30)

Round 18: Ch 1, *INV DEC, SC 3* Rep around, join (24)

Round 19: Ch 1, *SC 2, INV DEC* Rep around, join (18)

Round 20: Ch 1, *INV DEC, SC* Rep around, join (12)

Add the stuffing

The following rounds are with the chosen glass colour (Light Grey):

Round 21: Ch 1, *SC, INV DEC* Rep around, join (8)

Rounds 22- 28: Ch 1, SC around, join (8)

Round 29: In FLO, Ch 1, *SC, (2SC)* Rep around, join (12)

Round 30: Ch 1, *SC, (2SC)* Rep around, join (18)

Round 31: Ch 1, *(2SC), SC 2* Rep around, join (24)

Round 32: Ch 1, *SC 3, (2SC)* Rep around, join (30)

Round 33: Ch 1, SC, *(2SC), SC 4* Rep around ending with SC 3, join (36)

FO with an invisible join

Stuff the stem of the glass solidly so that it will stand up when the bottom of the glass is attached

Weave in the ends

Bottom of the glass

The following rounds are with your chosen glass colour (Light Grey):

Round 1: MC, Ch 1, SC 6 in the circle, join (6)

Round 2: Ch 1, (2SC) in each st around, join (12)

Rounds 3-6: Rep rounds 30-33 of ‘Gin and Glass’

FO with an invisible join leaving a long tail to attach 

Weave in the end in the centre

Sew this on to the bottom of ‘Gin and Glass’ through both loops of each piece. 

Also sew through both layers around the base of the stem of the glass to help sturdy it.

Fruit Slice

The following rows are with your chosen colour for the inside of the fruit slice (Coral/Light Mint):

Row 1: Ch 2, (3SC) in 2nd Ch from hook, turn (3)

Row 2: Ch 1, (2SC), SC, (2SC), turn (5)

Row 3: Ch 1, (2SC), *SC, (2SC)* Rep once more, do not turn (8)

Ch 1, SC 2 down the side, (2SC) in corner, SC 2 down the other side, Ch 1, join to first SC of row 3 with your chosen outer colour of the fruit slice (6)

The following instructions are with your chosen colour for the outside of the fruit slice (Light Orange/Mint):

Ch 1, (2SC), SC 2, (2SC) x 2, SC 2, (2SC) (12)FO leaving a long tail to attach.

Sew the fruit slice to the top of the gin glass along the seam of ‘Gin and Glass’

Leaf

The following rounds are with your chosen leaf colour (Mint):

Round 1: MC, Ch 1, SC 6 in the circle, join (6)

Round 2: Ch 1, (2SC), (2HDC), (DC, Ch 2 picot, DC), (2HDC), (2SC) x 2, join (12)

FO with an invisible join and attach to the top of the gin glass next to the fruit slice

Weave in ends

Your ‘Gin Cushion’ is ready for pins! 

I hope you've enjoyed making this. Please tag me in your finished makes so I can see your creativeness @thewoollykid. 

Please feel free to sell items made from this pattern but please make sure to credit me as the designer. 

Happy hooking, 

Danielle

The Woolly Kid