Free Pattern – Modular Mitered Pillow

It’s time to get creative – mix them up, or make a matched set! Mitered squares in 2 different color patterns offer a kaleidoscope of possible combinations. Use one of the provided layouts, or make up your own. What will your Modular Mitered Pillow look like? A video tutorial for making the squares is included below!

Modular Mitered Pillow - a free crochet pattern on Stitches n ScrapsThe Modular Mitered Pillow pattern is part of the Christmas in July Crochet-Along. Check out the main Christmas in July CAL post for more information on the event, links to the patterns, and instructions for entering the giveaway!

The sample is shown in Plymouth Homestead yarn (worsted weight, 100% wool), in colors #9 Brick and #3 Brown Heather.


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Modular Mitered Pillow

4-medium

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Materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn
    • 100 yds Red (A)
    • 300 yds Grey/Brown (B)
  • Size J / 6 mm hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Yarn needle
  • 14 inch square pillow form

 

Skill Level:

Intermediate – The stitches are easy, but the yarn management makes it a little more difficult.

Size:

14 inches square.

Gauge:

12 sc x 12 rows = 4 inches. Use pattern as gauge swatch: each small square should measure 3.5 inches after blocking.

Abbreviations used:

(Pattern is written in US terms)

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • sp = space
  • ch sp = chain space
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • RS = right side

Instructions:

(Scroll down for video tutorial on making the squares) 

Note: All the instructions about leaving long tails and working over tails are only so that you can use those tails when doing the edging, rather than joining new bits of yarn (fewer ends). If you find these instructions confusing, ignore them and just join new yarns on the edging where needed. 

Square 1 (Make 8):

With A, ch 2

Row 1 (WS): (Sc, ch 2, sc) in 2nd ch from hook. (2 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sc in last st, changing to B (4 sc)

Leave a 32 inch starting B tail. Cut A, leaving a 32 inch tail.

Row 3: Work over starting B tail on this row only, to carry it to the other side. With B, ch 1, sc in each st across to ch-2 sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sc in each st across. (6 sc)

Rows 4-9: Repeat row 3, but without working over tail. (18 sc)

Edging Rnd (RS):

  • Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across to ch-2 sp, 3 sc in ch-2 sp, sc in each st across to last st, ch 3 in last st. (23 B sc)
  • Working in sides of rows, work 7 sc evenly spaced in B rows, changing to the long tail of A, cut B. (7 B sc)
  • With A, sc in side of next row, 3 sc corner, sc in side of next row, changing to the long tail of B in the last st. (5 A sc)
  • With B, work 7 sc evenly spaced in sides of B rows, 2 sc in same st as start of rnd, join with sl st to first st, fasten off. (9 B sc)

 

Square 1 - Modular Mitered Pillow - a free crochet pattern on Stitches n Scraps

Square 2 (Make 8):

With B, ch 2, leaving a 48 inch starting tail. For the first 7 rounds of this square you will be carrying this tail up one side.

Row 1 (WS): (sc, ch 2, sc) in 2nd ch from hook. (2 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across to ch-2 sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sc in each st across, carrying the long tail of B up in the last st. (4 sc)

Row 3: Ch 1 carrying the long tail of B up with the chain, turn, sc in each st across to ch-2 sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sc in each st across. (6 sc)

Rows 4-7: Repeat rows 2-3 twice more, changing to A at end of row 7. Fasten off B (14 sc)

Leave an 18 inch starting tail of A.

Rows 8-9: With A, ch 1, sc in each st across to ch-2 sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sc in each st across. (18 sc)

Edging Rnd (RS):

  • Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across to ch-2 sp, 3 sc in ch-2 sp, sc in each st across to last st, ch 3 in last st. (23 A sc)
  • Working in sides of rows, sc in side of next row, changing to the long tail of B, cut A. (1 A sc)
  • With B, work 7 sc evenly spaced to corner, 3 sc in corner, work 7 sc evenly spaced in sides of B rows, changing to the long tail of A in the last st. (17 B sc)
  • With A, sc in side of next row, 2 sc in same st as start of rnd, join with sl st to first st, fasten off. (3 A sc)

Square 2 - Modular Mitered Pillow - a free crochet pattern on Stitches n Scraps

Back (Make 2):

With B, ch 12

Row 1 (WS): (Sc, ch 2, sc) in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 10 chs. (12 sc)

Rows 2-29: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across to ch-2 sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sc in each st across. (68 sc)

Edging Rnd (RS):

  • Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across to ch-2 sp, 3 sc in ch-2 sp, sc in each st across to last st, ch 3 in last st. (73 sc)
  • Working in sides of rows, work 38 sc evenly spaced to corner, 3 sc in corner, work 28 sc evenly in sides of rows to corner,  2 sc in same st as start of rnd, join with sl st to first st, fasten off. (71 sc)

back piece - Modular Mitered Pillow - a free crochet pattern on Stitches n Scraps

Assembly:

Front:

Arrange squares as desired. Here are some possible arrangements.

Assembly options - Modular Mitered Pillow - a free crochet pattern on Stitches n Scraps
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With right sides facing, sew squares together using a whipstitch through the wrong side loops only as follows:

  • Wherever two A edges meet, use A for the seam
  • In all other cases (A & B, or 2 B edges), use B for the seam.

 

Weave in all ends on front.

Back:

With right sides together, place back pieces and front piece together, lining up the outside edges. Back pieces should overlap in the middle by 20 edge stitches. On both the front and the back, you should have 40 stitches along each outside edge, plus 1 stitch in each corner. Use stitch markers or scraps of yarn to secure pieces in place temporarily if desired.

front and backs - Modular Mitered Pillow - a free crochet pattern on Stitches n Scraps

Using B, with a whipstitch seam through wrong side loops only, sew through all layers around outside edge of pillow only.

sew through all layers - Modular Mitered Pillow - a free crochet pattern on Stitches n Scraps

Weave in all ends, turn pillow right side out. Insert pillow form through the opening in the back.

 

Video Tutorial:

This tutorial shows how to make both types of squares for the front of the pillow.

 


I hope you enjoy making this pattern. A downloadable pdf of this pattern is also available in my Craftsy store or on Ravelry, for a small fee. The fee for the pdf format is to offset the advertising revenue lost when you print or download the pattern rather than viewing it online.

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