Thursday, March 21, 2013

Granny Square Ottoman Cover

 Here is a blog-post version of my Granny Square Ottoman Cover pattern.  You may print a copy of this post.  Click on a photo to enlarge. The pattern is also a free PDF via Ravelry.  You will need the latest version of Adobe to open the PDF.   Please do not sell or redistribute pattern as your own.  Since I sell these shoes, please do not make them for personal profit.
Granny Square Ottoman Cover

I’ve been meaning to post about this for months, but it’s finally happening!  I’m proud of how this turned out, and I think some of you out there might like to create a cover, too.

I found a couple of pictures online of crocheted ottoman covers, but there aren’t a whole lot.  And less with patterns.  In fact, I didn’t find any with a free pattern that was like this.  So, I’ve prepared a pattern for your use.
Hook:  5.0 mm (H) or size to get square dimensions needed
Yarn:  Worsted weight
3-4 skeins of main color (ei: White)
Various colors of yarn (doesn’t take much
Other:  Measuring tape
Yarn needle
Ottoman to cover!

First, you will need to take measurements of the ottoman.  For mine, I divided the measurements by four.  This way I would get 4x4 squares on each side.
If it’s a cube, then it will be easy to figure out how to divide the squares up.  If it’s a rectangle, then maybe you’ll want to do it differently.  Here is what a side of the ottoman would look like:
square division
Divide the dimensions of the ottoman by the number of squares that you would like (ei: my ottoman is 14 inches wide, so I divided that by 4 squares.  Then I get 3.5 inch individual squares).  This measurement is how big you'll want to crochet your squares.

You’ll then want to figure how many colors you’d like to use.  I had eight colors, and with 16 squares per side, that meant using the color twice on each side. 
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Then, multiply the number of each color by 5 so that you get how many overall squares of each color.  In my case, that was 2 (colors per side) by 5 (sides) meant that I needed 10 squares of each color for the entire ottoman.
Okay, so once you’ve figured that all out, you can
Start crocheting!
Note: starting ch counts as dc
For each circle, use a Color.
Rnd 1: Ch 4.  11 dc in first ch.  Sl st to top of first ch.  (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 3.  2 dc in each st. Sl st to top of first ch.  (24 dc)
Switch to White.
Rnd 3: In any st, attach new color and ch 3.  In same st: (1 dc, 1 tr, 2 dc).  *Dc in next 5 sts.  In next st: (2 dc, 1 tr, 2 dc).  Repeat from * 2 more times.   Sl st to top of first ch.  Fasten off.
Make sure the square adds up to the measurement you need (mine was 3.5 inches, if you remember from above)
If this doesn’t add up to the size you need, then you may want to modify a bit.  Add more rows to get a bigger square.  If you need a smaller square, then do Rnd 3 in hdc or sc instead.
Create as many squares as you calculated that you’ll need in each color. 
Next, start sewing!
Arrange the squares according to color as you prefer.  Here’s how I did mine:
DSCN8697   square color arrangement
Sew each square to each other.  I recommend sewing in long lines as follows: Attach squares together in a continuous line running vertically (ei: purple arrows below).  Then close gaps by attaching squares in a continuous line in the horizontal direction (ei: green arrows below).  I only stitched through back loops (second picture below) because it adds a little texture, but you can sew through both loops if you prefer.
square sewing DSCN8702
Complete square sewing each square arrangement for each side of the ottoman (5 sides).
Crochet border!
Attach White in a st on side of square.  Sc around entire border, doing 3 sc in each corner (shown in second picture below).
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Make a cube!
Next, attach each large square to another square to make a cube.  I crocheted each portion together using sc.  If you don’t want the ridges made by sc attachment, then you can sew the sides together.
Start by attaching squares together by crocheting (or sewing) around in a continuous line following pink arrows in first image.  This is done by arranging each of four large squares lining up a side around one large square.  Then attach from each corner down the sides (blue arrows).
cube sewing
Attach White to stitch to bottom of cube line.  Sc crochet in each st around.  Add extra rows if ottoman doesn’t quite reach the floor.  Weave in loose ends.  Pull on your ottoman and admire!

Let me know if there are any mistakes or if anything needs to be clarified.  I’d also love to see your finished projects!

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This pattern is licensed for personal use only.
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  1. I love it! Linking up at Tangled Happy tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial! :)

  2. Found you via Tangled Happy. This is so cool, thanks so much for sharing your pattern. Is it okay if I Pin it to my Crochet Board on Pinterest? Thanks.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I would love for you to pin in on Pinterest. I tried to add a Pin it button to my pictures throughout the blog, but they kept ending up covering the picture (not where I wanted the button!)!

      Thanks for sharing!

  3. Very beautiful, thanks for sharing!