I have been making progress with converting our loft into a living space. I wanted to add some "crochet" related decor. I purchased a set of cheap throw pillows for $15 in grey and thought a yellow or gold would look awesome with it! I love the combination of yellow and grey. I wanted the pillow cover to be simple and I also wanted to see the grey through the stitches. Granny squares are perfect for this It project. It works up super fast and also have enough "holes" so you can see the grey!
For a tutorial on how to make granny squares, please visit my post How to Crochet the Granny Square. This post has a step by step photo tutorial and a video tutorial as well. Please note that for THIS project, I used a "chain 2" in the corners (instead of chain 1).
The number of rounds you'll need to make depends on your tension and how big your pillow is. My throw pillow is 18x18 inches. You will lay it on top of your pillow as you're crocheting the square. My square measured 18" and I crocheted 16 rounds to achieve that size.
Please note, any size yarn and recommended hook (for that yarn) will wok with this project. You're measuring as you go! For the purpose of this pattern, I'm using worsted weight yarn and a 5.5mm hook.
Let's get started!
Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Caron's Golden Yellow)
5.5mm Crochet hook or appropriate size for your yarn
Stitch marker (optional, not necessary) to mark beginning of work
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
sp - space
st(s) - stitch(es)
dc - double crochet
Pattern Notes: The ch3 counts as a double crochet stitch. Double Crochet Clusters refers to the 3 double crochet set.
Pattern: MAKE 2
For a tutorial on how to make granny squares, please visit my post How to Crochet the Granny Square. Please note that I'm using 2 chain stitches in the corners for this pillow cover in my granny square.
Round 1: Start with a magic ring, ch3, 2dc into the magic ring, *ch2, 3dc into ring, Repeat from * 2 more times. Sl st to the beginning ch3. sl st 2 sts and 1 sl st into ch2 space.
Round 2: ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc into the same ch1 sp, *3dc, ch2, 3dc into the next ch1 sp. Repeat from * 2 more times. Sl st to the beginning ch3. sl st 2 sts and 1 sl st into ch2 space.
Round 3: ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc into the same ch2 sp, 3dc into the sp between 2 dc clusters (from previous round) *3dc, ch2, 3dc into the next ch2 sp, 3dc into the sp between 2 dc clusters. Repeat from * 2 more times. Sl st to the beginning ch3. sl st 2 sts and 1 sl st into ch2 space.
Round 4: ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc into the same ch2 sp, 3dc into each sp between 2 dc clusters across *3dc, ch2, 3dc into the next ch2 sp, 3dc into each sp between 2 dc clusters across. Repeat from * 2 more times. Sl st to the beginning ch3. sl st 2 sts and 1 sl st into ch2 space.
Repeat Round 4 until you are happy with the size of your square!
Do NOT fasten off after finishing the 2nd square!!
Start in the ch2 space.
Each corner is (3dc, ch2, 3dc).
3dc cluster across the sides of the square in-between the previous 2 clusters.
Weave in the beginning tail!
With the right side of the work on the outside, line the 2 pieces together. Your yarn should still be attached to your 2nd square.
ch1, sc around 3 sides only. make 2 sc sts in the ch2 spaces in the corners.
Place pillow inside and sc around the 4th side. Fasten off and weave in ends. I decided that I would spot clean this and if I ever really need to wash it, I can just remove the single crochet stitches and seam it again later. You can definitely add a zipper on one side or add buttons for easy removal ;) Maybe next time......
I love the edge of the single crochets around the pillow cover! Now, I have to make another! Enjoy!
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