Diagonal puff stitch gives this 14″ pillow a soft, plush texture, which works well with the heathered tones of the Lion Brand Heartland yarn. When completed, the 3 blocks of color form diagonal striping patterns that are distinctly different on the front and on the back. The construction also makes it easy to take the pillow form out for washing when needed.

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Storm Clouds

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Materials:

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Difficulty:

Intermediate – Diagonal puff stitch (a variation of diagonal box stitch) with no shaping and simple assembly.

Size:

14 inch square

Gauge:

12.5 dc x 6.5 rows = 4″.  Each “box” of the diagonal box stitch should be just under 1 inch.

Abbreviations used:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • puff = puff stitch (see Special Stitch)
  • YO = yarn over
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp(s) = space(s)
  • RS = right side
  • WS = wrong side

Special Stitch:

Puff Stitch (puff): YO, insert hook into specified stitch or space, draw up a loop to the same height as your current row. Repeat this 5 more times in the same stitch or space, for a total of 13 loops. YO and draw through all 13 loops. Finish with a slip stitch to close.

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Instructions:

Color Chart - Storm Clouds - A free crochet pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

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Section 1 (increasing):

Note: In this section, each row will have one more “box” than the previous row. 

Row 1 (WS): With Glacier Bay: ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook, puff in next ch, dc in last ch. (1 box)

Row 2: Ch 6, turn, dc in 4th ch from hook, puff in next ch, dc in next ch, sl st in ch-3 sp from next box, ch 3, (dc, puff, dc) in same sp. (2 boxes)

Rows 3-16: Ch 6, turn, dc in 4th ch from hook, puff in next ch, dc in next ch, *sl st in ch 3 sp from next box, ch 3, (dc, puff, dc) in same sp, repeat from * in each box across. (16 boxes on row 16)

Note: The width of each straight edge should now be approximately 14 inches. 

Section 2 (neither increasing nor decreasing):

Note: In this section, each row will have 16 boxes. This extends the piece to make it a rectangle instead of a square. 

Row 17: Ch 6, turn, dc in 4th ch from hook, puff in next ch, dc in next ch, *sl st in ch 3 sp from next box, ch 3, (dc, puff, dc) in same sp, repeat from * in each box across to last box, sl st in ch 3 sp from last box.

Row 18: Ch 3, turn, *sl st in ch 3 sp from next box, ch 3, (dc, puff, dc) in same sp, repeat from * in each box across, changing to Great Smoky Mountains at the end of the row.

Row 19: With Great Smoky Mountains: Ch 6, turn, dc in 4th ch from hook, puff in next ch, dc in next ch, *sl st in ch 3 sp from next box, ch 3, (dc, puff, dc) in same sp, repeat from * in each box across to last box, sl st in ch 3 sp from last box.

Row 20: Ch 3, turn, *sl st in ch 3 sp from next box, ch 3, (dc, puff, dc) in same sp, repeat from * in each box across.

Rows 21-31:  repeat rows 19 & 20 five times, then repeat row 19 once more.

Row 32: Ch 3, turn, sl st in ch 3 sp from next box, changing to Mount Ranier. With Mount Ranier: Ch 3, (dc, pucc, dc) in same sp, *sl st in ch 3 sp from next box, ch 3, (dc, puff, dc) in same sp, repeat from * in each box across.

Rows 33-38: Repeat rows 19 & 20 three times more. Mark last st on row 38 for edging

Note: Piece should now measure approximately 14 inches x 32 inches 

Section 3 (decreasing):

Note: In this section, each row will have 1 fewer box than the previous row

Rows 39-52: Ch 3, turn, *sl st in ch 3 sp from next box, ch 3, (dc, puff, dc) in same sp, repeat from * in each box across to last box, sl st in ch 3 sp from last box. (2 boxes at the end of row 52)

Row 53: Ch 3, turn, sl st in ch 3 sp from first box, ch 3, (dc, puff, dc) in same sp, sl st in last box. (1 box).

Finishing: Ch 3, turn, sl st in ch 3 sp of adjacent box (corner), fasten off.

Edging:

  • With RS facing, join Mount Rainier with sl st in marked stitch from Row 38.
  • Working across long edge: Ch 3, sk first box, sl st in space before next box (see picture)
sl st between boxes - Storm Clouds - A free crochet pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

Slip stitch between boxes

  • (Ch 3, sk next box, sl st in space before next box) 6 times, change to Great Smoky Mountains.
  • (Ch 3, sk next box, sl st in space before next box) 13 times, change to Glacier Bay
  • (Ch 3, sk next box, sl st in space before next box) 17 times, ch 3, sl st in corner.
  • Continuing across short edge: (Ch 3, sk next box, sl st in space before next box) 15 times, ch 3, sl st in corner, fasten off.

Note: You should now have a ch 3 space over every box around the entire edge. 

Seaming / Finishing:

  • Lay work flat, RS facing, with Mount Rainier on the top as shown below.
  • Count 9 boxes up from the bottom on each side, and fold edge over. Then count 13 boxes down from the top and fold. (see fold lines on color chart). This should leave a square of 16 x 16 boxes on the front. On the back, the top and bottom edges should overlap by 6 boxes. Use stitch markers or safety pins to hold the edges in place. Make sure the ch 3 sps along front and back edges line up.

Folding - Storm Clouds - A free crochet pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

  • Working through all layers, join any color with sl st in corner. Ch 1, 3 sc in each ch sp across, fasten off. Repeat for the other side.
Working through 3 layers - Storm Clouds - A free crochet pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

Working through all layers

  • Weave in all ends, turn pillow right side out and insert pillow form.

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I hope you enjoy the pattern! Special thanks to Alexandra of Eye Love Knots for testing the pattern!

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