Sweater-Style Pillows

These three crocheted pillows will add cozy style to your living room.


A clutch of soft-to-the-touch pillows make an inviting statement to any room. Curl up with these cuddly pillows all winter long. They're quick and easy to make, so you might even want to make extras to give as gifts. Beyond the neutral colors shown, these pillows look great in any combination of three colors to complement any room.

What You Need:
  • 1 ball chunky-weight yarn (153 yards per ball) in each of three colors, noted in instructions as A, B, C
  • Size 10-1/2 K (6.5mm) aluminum crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 18-inch square pillow form
  • Yarn needle
Gauge

In sc, 10 sts and 10 rows = 4 inches/10cm. PLEASE TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

Instructions:

PILLOW FRONT Center Diamond (measures 9 inches square) Using Color A, ch. 24.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across -- 23 sts; turn. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn. Repeat Row 2 to 9 inches from beginning. Fasten off.

Join color B with a sl st in any corner. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same st, work 21 hdc evenly spaced to next corner. (3 hdc in next corner, work 21 hdc evenly spaced to next corner) 3 times, join with a sl st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2. Fasten off.

FIRST CORNER TRIANGLE Beginning at the right edge of any side, skip first 2 hdc of corner 3-hdc-group. With the RS facing, join color C with a sl st in next hdc. Ch 1, sc in same st as joining and in each of next 23 sts -- 24 sc; turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc2tog, sc in each sc across to last 3 sts, sc3tog, sc in last st -- 22 sts; turn. Repeat Row 2, until 4 sts rem. Next Row: (sc2tog) twice. On the next row, sc2tog and fasten off.

SECOND CORNER TRIANGLE With the RS facing, join color C with a sl st in first hdc to left of First Corner Triangle. Complete as for First Triangle.

THIRD AND FOURTH CORNER TRIANGLES Complete as for Second Corner Triangle.

BORDER With the RS facing, join color B with a sl st in any color C corner. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same st, work 25 hdc evenly spaced to next corner. (3 hdc in next corner, work 25 hdc evenly spaced to next corner) 3 times. Join with sl st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2. Fasten off.

Rnd 1: With the RS facing, join color A with a sl st in any corner. Ch 1, working 3 sc in each corner, sc in each sc around; join. Rnds 2 - 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, working 3 sc in each corner; join. After Rnd 4, fasten off.

Geometric Pillow Back

Center Square With color A, ch 18.

Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across -- 17 sc; turn. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn. Repeat Row 2 to 7 -- from beg. Fasten off.

BORDER With the RS facing, join color B with a sl st in any corner. Ch 1, 3 sc in same sc as joining. *Work 15 sc along side and 3 sc in corner; rep from * around ending by working 15 sc on last side; join.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same sc as join; working 3 sc in each corner, sc in each sc around; join. Rnds 3 - 10: Rep Rnd 2. Fasten off after Rnd 10. Rnd 11: With the RS facing, join color C with a sl st in any corner. Ch 1, 3 sc in same sc as joining. Sc in each sc around, working 3 sc in each corner; join. Rnds 12 - 14: Ch 1, sc in each sc around working 3 sc in each corner; join. After Rnd 14, fasten off.

FINISHING Holding RS tog, sew through back lps on 3 side seams. Turn pillow top RS out, insert pillow form and sew hem side.

You'll Need:

1 skein homespun-weight yarn (185 yards per skein) in each of three colors, noted in instructions as A, B, C

Size 10-1/2/K (6.5 mm) aluminum crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

16-inch square pillow form

Yarn needle

Gauge

In Body pattern, 10 sts and 10 rows = 4 inches/10cm. PLEASE TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

Body Pattern Instructions

HOW TO MAKE THE BOBBLE STITCH: Keeping last lp of each dc on hook, make 5 dc in next st; yo and draw through all 6 lps on hook, ch 1.

BODY PATTERN (a multiple of 10 sts + 2 sts; a rep of 8 rows) Row 1: With A, ch 1, hdc in each st across; turn. Row 2: With A, rep Row 1, changing to color B in last st; turn. Row 3 (WS): With B, ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, bobble in next st, sc in next 9 sts, bobble in next st, sc in 9 sts changing to A in last st; turn. Rows 4 - 6: Rep Row 1, changing to color C in last st of Row 6. Row 7: With C, ch 1, sc in first 8 sc, bobble 1 next sc, sc in next 9 sts, bobble in next st, sc in 3 sts changing to A in last st; turn. Row 8: With A, rep Row 1. Rep rows 1 - 8 for Body Pattern.

Notes: Pillow Front is made in 2 sections and then jointed together. To change color at the end of an hdc row, with present color yo and draw up an lp in last st, complete the hdc with next color.

Pillow Front

First Section With color A, ch 23. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across -- 22 sts; turn. Work Body Pattern until piece measures 16 inches from beg. ending with Row 2 or Row 6. Fasten off.

Second Section With color B, ch 40, Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across -- 39 sts; turn. Row 1: With B. ch 1, hdc in each st across; turn. Row 2: Rep Row 1, changing to A in last st. Row 3 (WS): With A, ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, bobble in next st; *sc in next 9 sts, bobble in next st; rep from * across, ending sc in last 4 sts changing to B. Rows 4 - 6: With B, rep Row 1, changing to C in last st of Row 6. Row 7: With C, ch 1, sc in each of first 9 sts; *bobble in next st, sc in next 9 sts; rep from * across changing to B in last st; turn. Row 8: With B, ch 1, hdc in each st across; turn. Rep rows 1 - 8 until piece measures 7 inches from beg, ending with Row 3 or Row 7. Fasten off.

Pillow Back Instructions

With color C, ch 40. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across -- 39 sts; turn. Row 2: Ch 1, hdc in each hdc across; turn. Rep Row 1 to 16 inches from beg. Fasten off.

Finishing

Holding fronts with RS tog so that the longest portion of Section 2 Is next to the widest portion of Section 1. Sew the front sections together, as pictured. Holding RS of front and back together, sew through back lps along 3 sides to join. Turn RS out. Insert pillow form and sew hem side.

You'll Need:
Enlarge Image The striped pillow, set on its corner at the front, is a good choice for beginners.

1 ball worsted-weight yarn (197 yards per ball) in each of three colors, noted in instructions as A, B, C

Size 10 J (6mm) aluminum crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

12-inch square pillow form

Yarn needle

Gauge

In Body Pattern, 13 sts and 16 rows = 4 inches/10 cm. PLEASE TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

Special Abbreviations

Ssc1 (spike single crochet): Insert hook below next st and 1 row down, draw up to lp to height of current row and complete the sc. Ssc2: Insert hook below next st and 2 rows down, draw up a lp to height of current row and complete the sc. Ssc3: Insert hook below next st and 3 rows down, draw up to lp to height of current row and complete the sc. Ssc4: Insert hook below next st and 4 rows down, draw up to lp to height of current row and complete the sc. Ssc5: Insert hook below next st and 5 rows down, draw up a lp to height of current row and complete the sc.

Note: To change color at the end of a sc row, draw up a lp in last st with present color then complete the sc with the next color. Cut and join colors as necessary

Instructions:

With color A, ch 40. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, changing to color B in last st -- 39 sts; turn. Make identical pieces for front and back of pillow.

Row 1 (RS): With color A, ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn. Row 2: Rep Row 1, changing to color B in last st. Rows 3 - 4: With C, rep rows 1 - 2, changing to color A in last st of Row 4. Rows 5 - 6: With B, rep rows 1 - 2, changing to A in last st of Row 6. Row 7: With B, ch 1, sc in first 2 sc; *Ssc1, Ssc2, Ssc3, Ssc4, Ssc5, sc in next sc; rep from * across ending sc in last sc; turn. Row 8 - 10: With A, ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn. (In last sc on Row 10, change to color B.)

Rep rows 1 - 10 for 3 times more; then rep rows 1 - 7 again. Fasten off.

FINISHING Holding RS tog, sew through back lps of 3 sides. Turn pillow top RS out. Insert pillow form and sew rem side.

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