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Cushion Conglomeration Caper

This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

The ideas behind this project can be found in more detail in the Conglomerations chapter of Second Thoughts.

CCC was originally a project for, and by, the members of the Woolly Thoughts Yahoo group, as an introduction to using the Woolly Thoughts methods. The plan was for a different member of the group to add each new shape so that there was no predetermined pattern. Some might refer to this as freeform but this was all using very precise geometric shapes. The only angles allowed in the shapes were 45, 90 and 135 degrees.

The original plan broke down as some members wanted to work more quickly than others. I added the remaining shapes myself so that everyone could work at their own speed. The basic instructions for a new shape were revealed every two days but all help and advice files had to be accessed separately so as not to spoil the fun for those working more slowly.

The file available on Ravelry attempts to reproduce those original conditions.

In pages 2 - 5 of this document, shapes 1 and 2 are described in detail; shapes 3 - 22 are listed just as they were given to members. The rest of the document contains detailed help and diagrams for each shape. If you want to make the cushion without help, print only pages 2 - 5.


I eventually turned the front of my cushion into the back of a jacket. It was shear good fortune that I am the same size that I was making my cushion. You could plan to do this and there is a note in the instructions to tell you how.


April 2011
Five years after this pattern was first published someone has pointed out an error. Shape 6 was missing from the original list of shapes. You wouldn’t have noticed this if you went for the easy option of following the detailed instructions.

A new file has now been uploaded.


The pattern is free but we would like you to consider making a donation to Kidney Research UK, where we have set up a page in memory of my parents. For more information, see the Tribute Page on the Woolly Thoughts web site.