My fascination with lash yarn started about this time last year. We had gone on a family trip to a yarn store and some brown lash yarn fell into my hands. I knew instantly this way perfect for crocheting hedgehogs. Of course I bought it. However, at the same time I also got a lot of other yarn, which I happily worked on through last Fall. So the Stylecraft Eskimo in Old Gold got stuffed down to the bottom of my stash bag, despite me designing other projects with lash yarn, most notably the fluffy bunny cushion and the snowflake cushion.
The lash yarn languished there for months, until my hand touched something soft and squishy at the bottom of my project bag in July. It coincided with the happy sight of a hedgehog thrashing its way through the undergrowth in our garden. And so inspired, I got to work on designing this fluffy hedgehog cushion, hoping that I would I have it finished for the Autumn, when we see a lot of hedgehog here.
I knew I wanted the crochet pillow cover to have a 3D effect and although the lash yarn really makes it look spikey, I thought the ear needed to stick out just a little extra. That was easily solved by making an amigurumi style ear that is sewn on and just slightly raised above the spikes. Adding the safety eye gave the hog the beady-eyed look that the cute woodland creatures have in real life.
Thanks to the tinsel yarn, the cushion is very tactile – believe me, I just want to stroke it. It would be suited to both a nursery or to add an Autumnal touch to your home décor. There is also a little bit of lash yarn left, so that you can also use it to make this cute Christmas hedgehog bauble.
2 balls 100g Stylecraft Special – Toy
1 ball 100g Stylecraft Special – Parchment
1 ball 50g Stylecraft Eskimo – Old Gold (This is the lash yarn for the spikes)
Scrap of Stylecraft Special – Walnut
4 mm hook
1 x 10.5 Safety eye in green
3 x approx. 2 cm diameter buttons (hedgehog shaped if desired)
Tapestry needle and sharp scissors
Cushion insert 18 inch x 18 inch (approx. 45 x 45 cm)
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