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I’m sure you saw them – 2017 was DOMINATED by super chunky and arm knit blankets. I used to drool over the Etsy listings for giant merino couch blankets and seriously thought about dropping hundreds of dollars for one. That is, until I saw what those blankets looked like after actually being used. They pilled like crazy and were basically for aesthetic purposes only.
When Ohhio reached out, asking if I’d like to try their newest product, the O-Cushion, I was equal parts excited and skeptical. After doing my research, I totally fell in love with them as a company. Turns out, Ohhio founder Anna Marinenko got the idea for the company after she encountered a giant ball of wool roving but realized she didn’t have needles to match. Thus, her arm knitting empire was born!
Since its inception, Ohhio has expanded to include finished products as well as DIY kits. They’ve also increased their crafts, to now include several crochet projects. The O-Cushion is marketed as a beginner friendly project using their signature Ohhio Braid. The kit comes with all the Ohhio Braid you need for one of three sized cushions, as well as a sewing kit and a very detailed set of instructions.
Kits are available in 5 modern colors, including Blue, Dark Gray, Gray, and the new Milk White. I went with their Pink color for my kit. It’s the most perfect shade of millennial pink that I ever did see!
In addition to their original selection of extra chunky Merino wool roving yarns, makers can now get their hands on Ohhio Braid. It’s some of the most unique fiber I’ve worked with. It’s made up of a cotton tube that’s filled with hollowfiber, a substance that feels like well packed fiber fill. The engineers who came up with this deserve a pat on the back: not only do they solve the problem of pilling blankets, but makers get a finished product that is machine washable and still gorgeous. Read more about the differences between Merino roving and Ohhio Braid on their blog.
I’ll be completely honest, my friends. I was a little intimidated to start my O-Cushion once the fiber arrived in the mail. It felt like one of those Pinterest fail moments ready to happen. You know – you see something awesome on Pinterest and think “I got this!”. But what you really got is a big old mess.
But after a couple false starts, I was on my way. Ohhio wasn’t lying when they said this is a beginner friendly project. The handy instructional manual (which includes 59 photos, but who’s counting?) and the accompanying video made this project a no brainer. They even give you instructions on how to prettify your cushion to make it look just like theirs!
The project starts by creating a base of rings with the Ohhio Braid fiber. This gives the center of the pillow a structured opening and makes it easy to put your arms through for the upcoming single crochet stitches.
Arm crochet works just like it sounds – start with a slip knot on your wrist and work the single crochet stitches just like you would with a hook. It took me a couple tries to get my tension even. I found it helped to pull up a loop with my left hand and place it into my right hand. That way, I could control the height of the loop and get more consistent stitches.
After about 45 minutes, my O-Cushion was all done! Not gonna lie – I was pretty darn proud of myself. It came out just like the images on the website. My first thought was to put it in my desk chair in my studio. It looked great surrounded by all my other yarn. I knew it would give me endless inspiration for some of my own designs.
But that didn’t last long. When you live in a house with cats, you have to run ALL decorating decisions by them. Peanut Butter literally dragged the O-Cushion out of my chair and put it on the floor for himself. I kind of wanted it back, but how could I say no to that face??!!
Ohhio as a company and brand has grown a lot since their successful Kickstarter campaign 3 years ago. They’ve expanded their product line but kept their focus narrow. They believe in minimalist design, pure craftsmanship, and an enjoyable maker experience. Their team of 20 leaves no stone unturned when it comes to creating a quality experience.
Alongside their store, Ohhio has a wealth of knowledge on their blog. I found some information about how to care for my O-Cushion and even something to do with my leftover fiber. SCORE!
If you want to try your hand (wink wink) at making an O-Cushion yourself, Ohhio makes it super easy. I could even see buying a few kits for a fun girls’ night in or a crafty birthday party. Find out more about the O-Cushion here or shop all of Ohhio’s products in their shop.