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Planned Pooling Throw Pillow
This throw pillow was an experiment. I was playing with the planned pooling techniques in Marly Bird’s new book, Yarn Pooling Made Easy by Marly Bird published by Leisure Arts, and I wanted to practice the technique. I used the basic techniques in the book in conjunction with the patterns offered as a guide and came up with this combo. I don’t have a pattern so much as a recipe for this one, so here goes…..
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Size: 12″ square
Red Heart Super Saver Variegated Yarn in colorway Icelandic, 1 ball
Red Super Saver Yarn in three coordinating colors (I had this leftover from another project but think I used about 100 yards total)
1 1/2″ Buttons (3)
A few straight pins (optional)
Gauge: I followed the Planned Pooling Technique and kept the same basic tension for the side stripes.
Abbreviations (US Terms):
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
Crab Stitch = Reverse single crochet – work sc in next st working in opposite direction of how your normally crochet.
- Pattern written in US terms
- Weave ends as you work
Step 1: Argyle Side
To start I made the argyle side of the pillow. For this I used Marly’s video resources, specifically The Best Crochet Planned Pooling Tutorial. I kept following the technique until my piece was about 15″ long.
Step 2: Plain Side Band
Row 1: I used my yarn leftovers from another project to create the plain and striped sides on either side of the pillow. With right side facing you, join yarn in corner to work along sides of rows from the argyle section, ch1, sc in each st to end making sure to have an odd number of stitches.
Repeat Row 1 until you have crocheted a band 1″ wide. Fasten off.
Step 3: Striped Side Band
You can make the rows in any colors you choose and stripe them however you like, but if you want to duplicate my look, here’s what I did:
- 2 Rows in Color 1
- 4 Rows in Color 2
- 2 Rows in Color 3
- 2 Rows in Color 1
- 2 Rows in Color 3
- The remaining rows to achieve size in Color 2.
Row 1: With right side facing you, join yarn in corner on opposite side of argyle section, ch1, sc evenly to end making sure to have the same number of stitches as for the Plain Side Bar.
Row 2: Ch1, turn, sc in same st, [ch1, skip 1, sc in next st], repeat between [ ] to end.
Row 3: Ch1, turn, sc in first st, [sc around ch1 space, ch1, skip next sc], repeat between [ ] until there is 1 ch space and 1 sc left, sc in ch1 space and and last st.
Row 4: Ch1, turn, sc in same st, [ch1, skip 1, sc in next ch1 space], repeat between [ ] to end.
Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until piece is 11.75″ wide.
Last Row: Ch1, turn, sc in each ch1 space and sc to end. Fasten off.
Step 4: Inside Top Band
Row 1: To finish off the inside top band (short side of your rectangle), with right side facing, join yarn in corner, ch1, sc evenly across the Side Bands you made in Steps 2 and 3 and the top of the Argyle section made in Step 1.
Row 2: Ch1, turn, sc in each st to end. Fasten off.
Step 5: Outside Button Band
Row 1: With right side facing, join yarn in opposite short side, ch1, sc evenly across to end, making sure you have the same number of stitches as Inside Top Band you made in Step 4.
Rows 2 and 3: Ch1, turn, sc in each st to end.
Now you’ll have to do a little math, but don’t worry, it’s easy! Take the total number of stitches from Row 1, subtract 23 sts and then take the result and divide it by 2, this will be the number of sts you will fill in the blank in Row 4 below. Example: In my pillow I had 43 stitches in Row 1, I subtract 23 and that leaves me 20. Divide the 20 by 2 and that equals 10. This is the number of stitches I fill in the red line below.
Row 4 (buttonhole row): Ch1, turn, sc in first 4 sts, [ch5, skip 5, sc ______ sts] 2 times, ch5, skip 5, sc last 4 sts.
Rpw 5: Ch1, turn, sc in each sc and ch space to end.
Last Row: Reverse single crochet (crab stitch) in each st to end. Fasten off.
Now let’s get this put together!
- I recommend blocking before you do.
- Lay rectangle flat with right side facing down.
- Measure 11″ from each side of Inside Top Band and fold on this line (be sure you have the same number of sts from the fold to the end on both sides. Pin in place.
- Join yarn in corner at fold, sl st sides together, working through both thicknesses at once toward Top Band. Fasten off.
- Join yarn on opposite side at Top Band and sl st working toward fold. Fasten off.
- Insert the pillow form and fold the top of the pillow over the Top Band, mark the buttons.
- Sew buttons at marks.
Voila, you are done!
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