Pretty In Pink Pillow
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The Pretty In Pink Pillow is a study in texture! As many of you know, I’m a fan of textured crochet and recently came into possession of a wonderful book full of textures created with post stitches. The book is published by Leisure Arts and is named 99 Crochet Post Stitches by Darla Sims. I couldn’t wait to try some of the featured stitch combinations from this lovely book! You can see my book review and a giveaway HERE.
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I chose two and decided they’d be perfect for a reversible throw pillow. The lighter pink is a simple yet elegant hourglass cable. This cable design would be perfect for so many different projects, but I have my thoughts toward a bulky sweater ;). The darker pink side is named chisel stitch and is a nice variation on a basketweave stitch. I love how this pillow turned out and can’t wait to try more stitch patterns from this book.
I made this beauty with Red Heart Soft Essentials.
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Size: Approximately 12” square – Size is easily adjustable.
Red Heart Soft Essentials Bulky Weight Yarn (131 yards per skein):
- Color 1 (peony) – 1 skein
- Color 2 (misty rose) – 1 skein
Gauge: Gauge is not critical for this project, but I got approximately 12 sts x 9 rows in 4”
Abbreviations (US Terms):
BP: back post
dc: double crochet
FP: front post
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
- Written in US Standard terms.
- Beginning ch1 does not count as stitch.
- Stitch count in ( ) at end of the Row/Round
- Weave ends as you work.
I made this pillow with two different stitches, one on either side and then joined the two pieces to make it reversible – one look on the front, another on the back. I filled the pillow with a pre-made 12” poly fill pillow form. I made my pillow joined on all 4 sides, but you could add buttons or a zipper to one edge if you prefer, for laundering ease.
Changing size: I made the pillow 12” square but the sizing is easy to change. Adjust the beginning chain using the stitch multiple for a wider or narrower piece and adjust the row repeat for the length. Row repeats are written in Red for easy identification.
Side 1 – Chisel Stitch – work in Color 1
Stitch Multiple = 4 + 5 chains
Row 1: Ch33, dc in 4th ch from hook (skipped chs count as dc) and each ch to end. (31 stitches throughout)
Rows 2 (Front Side Row): Ch3 (counts as dc here and throughout), turn, FPdc around next dc, [dc next 3 dc, FPdc around next dc], repeat to last dc, dc in last dc.
Row 3: Ch3, turn, BPdc around next post st, [FPdc around next 3 dc, BPdc around next post st], repeat to last dc, dc in last dc.
Row 4: Ch3, turn, dc in next 2 sts, [FPdc around next post st, dc next 3 sts], repeat to end.
Row 5: Ch3, turn, FPdc around each of the next 2 dc, BPdc around next post st, [FPdc around each of next 3 dc, BPdc around next post st], repeat across to last 3 dc, FPdc around each of next 2 dc, dc in last dc.
Row 6: Ch3, turn, FPdc around next post st, [dc next 3 sts, FPdc around next post st], repeat across to last dc, dc in last dc.
Rows 7 to 14: Repeat Rows 3 to 6 two times
Rows 15 to 17: Repeat Rows 3 to 5 one time
Row 18: Ch3, turn, dc in each st to end.
Round 1: Ch1, turn to work into sides of rows, [3sc in corner, work 29 sc evenly to last st before next corner], repeat to end. Join with sl st to first st. (128)
Round 2: Sl st into corner, ch1, [3sc in corner, sc in each st to next corner], repeat to end. Join with sl st to first st. (136)
Round 3: Sl st into corner, ch1, [3sc in corner, sc in each st to next corner], repeat to end. Join with sl st to first st. Fasten off. (144)
Side 2 – Hourglass Cable – work in Color 2
Stitch Multiple = 6 +3 chains
Row 1 (Right Side row): Ch33, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining chs. (32 stitches throughout)
Row 2: Ch1, turn, sc in each st to end.
Row 3: Ch1, turn, sc in first 3 sc, FPdc around sc one row BELOW each of the next 2 sc, [sc next 4 sc, FPdc around sc one row BELOW each of next 2 sc], repeat to last 3 sc, sc in last 3 sc.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5: Ch1, turn, sc in first sc, FPdc around first FPdc 2 rows BELOW, sc in next 4 sc, [FPdc around each of next 2 FPdc 2 rows BELOW, sc next 4 sc], repeat to last 2 sc, FPdc around next FPdc 2 rows BELOW, sc in last sc.
Rows 6 to 9: Repeat Rows 4 and 5 twice.
Row 10: Repeat Row 2.
Row 11: Ch1, turn, sc in first 3 sc, FPdc around each of first 2 FPdc 2 rows BELOW, [sc in next 4 sc, FPdc around each of next 2 FPdc 2 rows BELOW], repeat to last 3 sc, sc in last 3 sc.
Rows 12 to 15: Repeat Rows 10 and 11 twice.
Rows 16 to 39: Repeat Rows 4 to 15 two times.
Row 40: Repeat Row 2.
Border: Ch1, turn, [3sc in corner, sc in each st to next corner, 3sc in corner, working into side of rows 33 sc evenly to last st before next corner], repeat to end. Join with sl st to first st. Fasten off. (144)
Put two sides together, with wrong sides facing, match stitches (I find it easier to use stitch markers to join the corners together and), with yarn color to match the side that is facing you, join two pieces together in any corner, working through both thicknesses, sl st around 3 sides of the pillow. Slip pillow form inside, continue to sl st closed to end. Fasten off.
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