Over the Christmas break I dug out the book. Called Simple Crochet by Erika Knight, it really did have some nice things in it to make.
I thought I'd try and make the circular cushion on the cover:
It took a me a few goes to get the hang of it.
Once I was happy with the square I started on the cushion. It is made up of 2 circles that are 40 cm in diameter, joined at the edges by a row of crochet. On those days where it was too hot to go outside I worked away on my circles. Eventually I got them both done:
Now all I need is a round cushion insert so I can complete the project. That has proved pretty tricky to find so I think I'll end up having to make one. Oh well, it'll get done...........eventually.