How to piece together granny triangles

Crocheting a granny triangle pillowcase

Crafternoons galore recently, as I have been finishing off a lot of granny square-style pillow case covers. Previously, I created a geometric spiral pillowcase side, which I have now finished off with another side of navy blue.

granny square pillow case crocheted geometric swirl

It is using up a lot of leftover wool also, and I think this fact is obvious when you look at the crazy colours in the granny triangle pillowcase. The pattern can be found here.

The different plys threw off the tension, so corners on the crocheted triangles were wobbly, but I used some double-ended knitting needles and a discarded cornflakes packet to fashion a granny square stretcher.

stretching granny triangles shaping wool

After a night of this I began to tessellate the pieces together. I had a good idea of the size of the pillow case and triangles I would need. I worked out that eight of each different colour twice would cover a lot of the pillow case and I could single stitch crochet these together. Then I could regroup, work out which other coloured borders I would need, how many I would need to complete the case.

So these were both sides, and from there, I could put these pieces two ways.

The option on the left covered more of the pillow, and I thought I needed five more triangles to complete the picture. I was fast running out of wool, but I created some delicate pastel-bordered crocheted triangles, and began stretching them out.

I sewed them on and stitched up the triangles to make a complete piece of fabric, with two long straight edges, and two jagged edges that should fit together like two matching puzzle pieces.

 

And maybe from this, you can see what is missing from the picture on the left, but I sure could not! When I pinned the wool together around the pillow base, one side was great:

work in progress final sewing crochet pillow case

Other side:

finalising DIY pattern crocheted granny triangles

*sad trombone noise*

 

crocheting pillowcase seams together DIY

One last good triangle, a little bit more sewing and weaving in, done and dusted.

Collection complete.

Other textile how-tos:

Granny triangles recipe available on Attic24: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/granny-bunting-triangles.html

Wet-felting natural forms for yarn bombing in A how-to on wet felting

How to re-cover a classically shaped, but tatty pair of pumps in How to Cover Shoes

 

 

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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