I wanted to use this yarn and couldn't think of a project. But I found a pillow form laying around that I hadn't gotten around to using - so I made this pillow! I love the color changes on the yarn - and I love that Diamond Stitch!
2 Skeins Universal Yarn, Inc., Deluxe Chunky LP, 100% Wool, Color 01
13" x 13" Pillow Form
Size "K" Crochet Hook
Scrap coordinating yarn (for lace tie)
13" x 13"
3 ½ sc + 4 Rows = 1" (worked over sc)
The Diamond Stitch used in this pillow looks hard - but once you have worked a few repeats, you'll see how it's done and you'll soon be working without referring to the pattern notes.
To work a Front Post Treble Crochet (abbreviated FPtr): YO twice, insert hook from front to back around post of sc indicated, YO and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), (YO and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times.
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn (37 ch)
Row 2 and 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn
Row 4 (Right Side): sc in first 2 sc, work FPtr around post of first sc on third row below, skip next 4 sc on third row below, work FPtr around post of next sc on third row below, * skip next 2 sc from last sc made, sc in next 4 sc, work FPtr around next sc on third row below, skip next 4 sc on third row below, work FPtr around next sc on third row below, repeat from * across to last 5 sc, skip next 2 sc from last sc made, sc in last 3 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 5 - 7: sc in each sc across
Row 8: work FPtr around third sc on third row below, skip first sc, sc in next 4 sc, * work FPtr around next sc on third row below, skip next 4 sc on third row below, work FPtr around next sc on third row below, skip next 2 sc from last sc made, sc in next 4 sc; repeat from * across to last 2 sc, work FPtr around next sc on third row below, skip next sc from last sc made, sc in last sc.
Rows 9 - 11: sc in each sc across
Repeat Rows 4 -11 for Diamond Stitch Pattern.
Work until piece measures 27 ½" from beginning. I used a slip stitch to seam the beginning chain edge to the edge just finished. (I also ran out of the chunky yarn at this point. So I switched to Noro Silk Garden, #208, which happened to coordinate with the project yarn. Any yarn you have on hand that coordinates will work fine.)
Seam one side of pillow using coordinating scrap yarn and also using the slip stitch method.
For Lace Tie:
I didn't really want to mess with buttons on this, so I crocheted a chain about 30" long and used it to lace it down the sides of the remaining unseamed side. And tied a little bow at the bottom. That way, I can unlace it and hand-wash the pillow cover when needed. I folded the lace tie in half, with the open ends toward the bottom of the pillow, and the folded loop at the top of the pillow. With a yarn needle, I threaded one lace tie through the edge stitches all the way down, then I threaded the remaining tie on the opposite stitches all the way down. Cinch it tight and tie a bow!
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