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Overlay Crochet Biscornu Pincushion Pattern

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A biscornu is a small, octagonal, stuffed ornamental pincushion. It is usually made out of Aida cloth or linen, sewn from two square sheets of cloth in such a way that each corner of one square is hemmed to the middle of a side of the opposite square. We’re going to make ours out of two crochet squares instead.


You will be working a variety of stitches around the post and in the front and back loops of previous rounds


The finished biscornu is approximately 15cm /4.5 inches square

Yarn and Notions

Double knitting yarn (light worsted / 8 ply), 10g / 30 meters of each colour

3mm crochet hook

Needle for sewing up

Small amount of stuffing

You will receive instructions in both UK and US crochet terminology with a hand help sheet for where to place the various front loop, back loop and back post stitches.

This pattern has been tech edited and tested within a workshop setting. We are all however human and if you encounter any issues please let me know.

I look forward to seeing your creations.

You will get the following files:
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