I always like to make presents instead of buying them, but Fathers Day managed to sneak up on me this year. I needed to make something for my Dad that would be quick to make, and something he might actually use! My mum had suggested a tissue box cover to hide the tatty looking box that he kept by his armchair, and I was pretty sure I had a pattern for one in a magazine somewhere, but I couldn’t find the damn thing anywhere! So I improvised one, and it turned out pretty well. Dad was pleased I’d made him something, and Mum was happy that the offending box of tissues was now hidden.
I decided to give the design another go, taking notes this time, using the same cheep and cheerful (and very fluffy!) aran weight acrylic I used for my dad’s present. Again, it was pretty good but the yarn wasn’t quite right for the project, and I was running out of what few colours I had. So I turned to my stash of gorgeous Lily Sugar n Cream worsted weight cotton and with a bit of fiddling about I came up with this!
It’s the very first pattern I’ve written with the intention of sharing it, and I’m calling it the Granny Panel Tissue Box Cover. It’s all worked in one piece in the round, and I went from using four or five colours in the original acrylic versions to just one solid colour and one variegated yarn in the pictured cotton versions. There is plenty of scope to play around and use as many different colours as you like, but the colours I used were Hot Blue and Beach Ball Blues for the blue version, and Hot Green and Lava Lamp for the green version (all Lily Sugar n’ Cream cotton).
Granny Panel Tissue Box Cover
I used a box of tissues measuring 23cm x 12cm x 7.5cm but there is a bit of give in the finished cover so don’t worry if the measurements of your box aren’t exactly the same. You could add or subtract rounds to make the cover larger or smaller but try changing your hook size first. It should be obvious by round eight whether you need to make any adjustments to the pattern.
You will need:
EITHER 70g of aran (or worsted) weight cotton yarn (I used Lily Sugar n Cream) OR 50g of aran (or worsted) weight acrylic yarn
Size 5mm crochet hook (US H/8)
Stitches (UK TERMS):
Double crochet foundation cast on (optional)
ch = chain stitch
dc = double crochet
dc2tog = double crochet two together
slst = slip stitch
st = stitch
tr = treble crochet
Round one: Using yarn A (Hot Blue) double crochet foundation cast on 24 stitches and slip stitch to first ch to form loop (OR ch24, slip stitch to first chain, ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 24 dc and slip stitch to first st to close round) [24 stitches]
Round two: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitch) *2 dc in first stitch, dc in second stitch, 2dc in third stitch, dc in next 9 stitches. Repeat from *. Slip stitch to close round [28 stitches]
Round three: Join yarn B (Beach Ball Blues) in second dc of round two (ch3, 2tr, ch1, 3tr) in the same stitch. Skip next stitch (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in following stitch. *skip 2 st 3tr in next st** repeat from * twice. Skip next 2 stitches (3tr, ch1 3tr) in following stitch. Skip one stitch (3tr ch1 3tr) in following stitch. Repeat * to ** 2 times and slip stitch to close round and fasten off. [4 corner groups of 3tr ch1 3tr, and 6 groups of 3tr]
Round four: Slip stitch to 1ch space of first corner (ch3, 2tr, ch1, 3tr) in the same space. 3tr in spaces between the groups of previous round working (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in each 1ch corner space. Slip stitch to close round. [ 4 corner groups each made of of 3tr ch1 3tr, and 10 groups of 3tr].
Round five: Work round in the same way as round four. [4 corner groups of 3tr ch1 3tr, and 14 groups of 3tr].
Round six: Work round in the same way as round four. [4 corner groups of 3tr ch1 3tr, and 18 groups of 3tr].
Round seven: Join yarn A in 1ch space in first corner. Ch1 (doesn’t count as stitch) dc in every stitch, including the 1ch spaces at the corner. Slip stitch to close round. [82 stitches]
FOR THE NEXT FOUR ROUNDS WORK IN THE BACK LOOPS ONLY
Round eight: Ch1 (doesn’t count as stitch) dc in every stitch remembering to work in the back loops only. Slip stitch to close round. [82 stitches]
Round nine: Repeat round eight.
Round ten: dc2tog dc14 dc2tog dc23 dc2tog dc14 dc2tog dc23 [78 stitches]
Round eleven: Join yarn B at any corner, ch3 and work 2 treble crochet into the same stitch. Rather than finding the corner by counting stitches, it is better to judge it by eye, or pinch the corner to find the corner-most stitch and work your first group of stitches into that stitch. *Skip 2 stitches, 3tr into next stitch. Repeat from * all the way around and slip stitch to top of chain. [26 groups of 3tr].
Round twelve: Slip stitch to space between groups of three trebles in previous round, ch3 and 2tr into same space. Work 3tr in each space between the groups of previous round. Slip stitch to top of chain. [26 groups of 3tr].
Round thirteen: Repeat round twelve.
FOR THE NEXT THREE ROUNDS WORK IN THE BACK LOOPS ONLY
Round fourteen: Join yarn A in any stitch. Ch1 (doesn’t count as stitch) dc in every stitch remembering to work in the back loops only. Slip stitch to first dc to close round. [78 stitches].
Round fifteen: Ch1 (doesn’t count as stitch) dc in every stitch remembering to work in the back loops only. Slip stitch to first dc to close round. [78 stitches].
Round sixteen: Repeat round fifteen.
Round seventeen: Slip stitch in every stitch through both loops. [78 stitches]
Optional: Slip stitch around the opening in the top where the tissues are pulled out.
Here is the original cover I made for my dad for Fathers Day.
The Mark II:
And Mark III and Mark IV (final version).
I’ve tried to write this pattern as clearly and concisely as I can, but I’m more used to just jotting down a few brief notes that even I don’t understand when I try to read them back! Please let me know if there are any mistakes or if anything is unclear.
Hope you enjoy it!
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