It’s not surprising that the French have many versions of the word kiss. Bisou is one of them and is typically used to signify affection between close friends or romantic partners.
In my old day job, one of my colleagues had a t-shirt which said Bisou Bisou. I always loved that t-shirt and it randomly popped into my head a week or so back, along with the idea of using tapestry crochet to put it on a cushion!
You can download the Bisou Pillow Crochet Pattern from Ravelry, Etsy or Love Crafts Crochet.
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This year, I have set an intention to play more with mixing colours and textures. I’m also working to stash down and use up those half balls I have left over from previous projects.
So when I thought about picking yarns for this project, I realised that this was a great opportunity to get creative.
I like to use cotton for homewears so picked out this stunning The Cotton Wool from We are Knitters (the shade is called Hand Painted Sprinkle, which I love!), which is a light worsted / heavy DK cotton yarn.
I also had some Rico Essentials Super Kid Mohair Loves Silk left (that stuff goes a LONG way!!)from my Be Bold Sweater, so I paired both colours together and worked with it double stranded to create the writing.
Here are the amounts I used:
Main Colour (MC): 250g / 3 balls / 550m of We are Knitters, The Cotton Wool, Hand Painted Sprinkle (100% cotton, 100g balls, 212m)
Contrasting Colour (CC): approx 5g / 50m total (25m of each) Rico Essentials Super Kid Mohair Loves Silk, Lotus and Melon held double stranded (70% mohair, 30% silk, 25g balls, 200m)
It was more of a risk than I usually take, but I’m really pleased with the way it worked out in the end!
I appreciate that you may not have the same yarns hanging around in your stash, but you can use any yarn which meets gauge for this project. Why note have a play at mixing up colours and textures too!!
Not forgetting the most important piece of equipment, I worked this with a 4.5mm crochet hook to ensure I got a nice tight tension
This is a super simple pattern to make. It includes a chart for the tapestry crochet as well as full written instructions.
The majority of the cushion is made in one piece from the top down using (US) single crochet.
The writing uses simple single crochet clusters (these are explained in the pattern!) for the writing. This makes sure it pops out a bit more against the background.
The single piece is folded to create an envelope pillow cover, seamed up the sides and I’ve added a couple of poppers (press studs) into the inside of the cushion for that extra security.
The pattern includes a photo guide to aid the construction section.
The pillow you see here measures 52cm long by 32cm high.
It’s fairly simple to adjust the pattern for different sizes, by working the tapestry crochet chart into a different shaped size and panel.
Download the pattern now from Love Crafts, Etsy or Ravelry
I hope you enjoy working on this pattern. I love it when you share your makes, and you can use #BisouPillow to share on social media if that’s your bag!!
If cushions in general are your thing, you might want to check out some of my other cushion patterns:
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