Spool of Thread Pincushion

You know you’re in trouble in a blog when you must preface it by saying the photo shows a spool of thread pincushion, not a mushroom pincushion. But really, it is a spool of thread pincushion, an object that strained my photographic abilities to their utmost. It’s actually adorable in person, but you may have to take my word for it–it’s mushroom-like qualities are only revealed on film.

Crocheting this pincushion is part of my ongoing efforts to neaten up my sewing area, and the sheer ridiculousness of this little pincushion is quite endearing.

Materials: 4-ply yarn–small amounts of brown and blue; small amount of polyester fiberfill*; two 2″ can lids**; tapestry needle; size F crochet hook.

* You can also use cotton puffs for the stuffing.

* The original pattern called for 2″ circles of plastic canvas, which I didn’t have. But the lids from a can of tomato paste are exactly 2″, and work perfectly. I taped over the edges of both lids because they were a bit sharp.


Rnd 1: Beginning at bottom with brown, ch 4, sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 1, 10 sc in ring, join with sl st in first sc (10).

Rnd 2: Ch 1, (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) around join as before (15).

Rnd 3: Ch 1, (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) 7 times, sc in last st, join (22).

Rnd 4: Ch 1, (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around, join (33).

Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join.

Rnd 6: Working this rnd in back lps, ch 1 (sc next 2 st tog) 16 times, sc in last st changing to blue yarn (17). Insert 2″ lid.

Rnd 7-16: Sc in each st around, do not join; mark first st of each rnd. At end of rnd 16, ch 15 (for loose thread end). Fasten off.

Rnd 17: Join brown with sc in any st of last rnd, sc in same st, 2 sc in each st around, join. Fasten off. Stuff spool.

For top, repeat rnds 1-5. At end of rnd 5, fasten off. With 2″ lid inside, sew back lps of rnd 5 on top to rnd 17 of spool.

The original pattern came from a copy of Annie’s Crochet Newsletter, July-August 1983.

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