Pillow

Jan 3, 2006
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by Annette Petavy

Introduction

PillowEvery pregnant woman in this world should have her own little pillow to carry around or keep on the sofa for quick (or extensive) naps – you’re just so tired when your pregnant.

Thinking about it, expecting fathers need one too. Both parents would be wise to "stock up" on sleep. There will be so little of that once the baby arrives.

Materials List

  • Yarn: Phildar Coton Micro Fibres. 129 m/141 yds per 50 g/1,76 oz ball. 50% cotton, 50% acrylic.
    3 balls each of Ecru (color A below) and Lin (color B below)
    If substituting yarn, choose one that is easily washable.
  • Hook: I used a 3mm hook, which is between a C-2 and a D-3 US hook.
  • Zipper
  • Pillow form or fill
  • Needle

Finished Size

40x40 cms/15 ¾ x 15 ¾ inches

Gauge

26 stitches and 25 rows in single crochet = 10 cms/4 inches

Notes

The pattern uses US terminology
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch

About the design: The front part of this cushion cover is loosely based on the classical quilt pattern known as "Log Cabin". You make a square in the center and then crochet strips around it. When I made it, it felt like some kind of structured free-form (if you can imagine free-form in a single type of yarn and only two colors) – I even wondered whether I should make a formal pattern of it or not. I finally decided to tell you exactly what I did, though, even though your own choices could give an equally good, or better, result.

Should you choose to follow the "pattern table" below, don’t worry too much about achieving exactly the same number of stitches as I did. I’d even advise you to try to get a bit below my numbers on strips 18 and 20. Ahem. But a good blocking should straighten everything out, as it did for me.

Notes

  • In order to tell the right side from the wrong, and the "top" from the "bottom", I fastened a safety pin on the right side of the fabric, with the closure oriented towards the "top" according to the schematic.
  • Each strip will be fastened off at the end, with the new strip begun with a sl st in the upper right corner.
  • All strips should start on the "right" side, except where indicated.
  • Work over ends as you work each strip.

Special stitches used:

Name

Explanation

Griddle stitch

sc, dc, sc, dc… and so on. On second and following rows, dc in sc and sc in dc.

Crumpled griddle stitch

Like Griddle stitch, but on second and following rows, dc in dc and sc in sc.

Back and front loop single crochet

Over an even number of stitches: sc in front loop only, sc in back loop only, sc in front loop only, sc in back loop only… All rows are worked in the same way.

Crunch stitch

Slip stitch, hdc, slip stitch, hdc… and so on. On second and following rows, hdc in slip stitch and slip stitch in hdc.

This schematic shows how the front of the pillow is constructed:

The Pattern

Pattern

Front of pillow

Strip number

Colour

Type of stitch

Number of stitches (and see comments above)

Number of rows

1

A

Single crochet

20

24

2

B

Griddle stitch

20

4

3

A

Single crochet in back loop only. Start first row on the wrong side

28

6

4

B

Crumpled griddle stitch

25

4

5

A

Single crochet in front loop only

31

6

6

A

Back and front loop single crochet

32

6

7

B

Single crochet

38

6

8

A

Single crochet in back loop only. Start first row on the wrong side

38

6

9

B

First one row of single crochet. Then Crunch stitch.

43

8
(1 row sc, 7 rows Crunch stitch)

10

B

Single crochet in front loop only

45

6

11

A

Griddle stitch

49

6

12

B

Back and front loop single crochet

50

6

13

A

Single crochet

55

7

14

A

Crumpled griddle stitch

57

5

15

B

Single crochet in back loop only. Start first row on the wrong side

60

8

16

A

Single crochet in front loop only

63

8

17

B

Griddle stitch

68

6

18

B

Single crochet

74

8

19

A

First one row of single crochet. Then Crunch stitch.

76

8
(1 row sc, 7 rows Crunch stitch)

20

B

Crumpled griddle stitch

77

6

21

A

Single crochet in back loop only. Start first row on the wrong side

82

8

22

A

Single crochet

89

3

23

B

Single crochet

85

3

24

A

Single crochet

89

3

25

B

Single crochet

88

3

Back of pillow

pillow piecesBack piece 1: Chain 82 in A. Work single crochet back and forth until you’ve finished the ball of yarn. Work 4 rows in B. Continue in A until the piece measures 22 cms/8 2/3 inches.

Back piece 2: Chain 82 in B. Work single crochet back and forth until you’ve finished the ball of yarn. Work 4 rows in A. Continue in B until the piece measures 20 cms/8 inches.

Back piece 1 will overlap back piece 2 a little in order to hide the zipper (and prevent it from scratching the sofa – or your cheek!).

Sew in zipper. Open zipper.

Place back and front right sides facing, and back stitch all the way round.

Turn the right side out, and admire your work.

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Comments

Michelle wrote
on Aug 20, 2006 9:21 AM

Hi Annette,

Fantastic work with the pillow and I totally agree with you that every pregnant woman should have one, I am pregnant my self and I can tell you how uncomfortable it is to seat in parks, or even in a friends house.

I am just starting crochet my self and so far I am finding a bit difficult, my project is to make a bably blanket for my child. I have ordered all the material and can not wait to start. I been reading and look for tips so if you have any for me, please send..

Thanks for putting your work and explain how was done.

Take care,

Michelle

Sin wrote
on Dec 5, 2006 11:11 AM

I absolutely ADORE this pattern!

kelliejo1963 wrote
on Jun 27, 2008 2:09 AM

hey annette, this is a very nice pillow. I've seen blankets crocheted and quilts like this. I'm going to try one for my daughter, shes expecting in october, and she naps non-stop with or w/o a pretty pillow. Since finding out about her baby I've been looking at every pattern for babies I can find,now its time to make something just for mom-to-be!! Thanks kellie b.