Get cozy with the textured crochet stripes pillow! This quick and easy pattern combines bulky yarn with subtle stripes of alternating texture. With 10 sizes to choose from, you can make matching pillows for your entire home!
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O’Go yarn format
A little while ago, Yarnspirations sent me some Caron Colorama yarn in their new O’Go format. Rather than a skein, it’s a unique coil, held together in a circle by a plastic tie. It unravels easily, and is also easy to pull apart into separate colors.
The yarn itself is the same, bulky weight, Caron Colorama yarn you’re used to. I used the color Wine Time, and I love that there are both bold and subtle color shifts in the skein.
For my pillow, I used a 14 x 14 pillow insert that I had bought years ago. These inserts come in a wide variety of sizes. I’ve written the pattern 10 square sizes, all the way from 12 inches to 30 inches, in 2-inch increments. You can also stuff your pillow with fiberfill instead of an insert. Check out my idea list on Amazon for my favorite pillow inserts and fiberfill products.
You can seam this pillow using any seaming methods you prefer. For my pillow, I chose to use invisible seams for both the top and the sides. For the top, I used a grafting technique. This method joins the last row to the first row so that when you remove the starting chain, it looks like the two rows were crocheted together. Check out my tutorial for grafting crochet end to end.
I sewed the side seam using a mattress stitch technique. I’ll have a tutorial for that out soon as well. In the meantime, here’s a great tutorial from Edie Eckman. You can use a mattress stitch seam for the top edge as well. Here’s a great mattress stitch tutorial from Moogly joining top and bottom edges.
Textured Crochet Stripes Pillow
- Yarn: 1 [1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5]* skeins Caron Colorama 100% acrylic, bulky weight yarn (137 yds / 180 g per skein)
- Hook: Size J-10 / 6 mm hook or size needed to match gauge
- Yarn needle
- Stitch markers or pins (optional – to help with seaming).
*See sizes below. I used 1 skein for the 14-inch pillow sample, but it was pretty close to the entire skein. The 28-inch size will also be close. You may want to have an extra skein handy for those sizes, just in case.
Easy: Easy, repeating stitch pattern worked flat, some seaming.
12 [14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30] inches square. Instructions are written for 12-inch square, with changes for other sizes in [ ].
9 hdc x 8 rows = 4 inches.
(Pattern is written in US terms)
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
- Mattress Stitch Crochet Side Edges (coming soon)
- Grafting Crochet End to End
- Make Better Crochet Seams with Mattress Stitch from Edie Eckman (joining side edges)
- Mattress Stitch Seaming from Moogly (joining top and bottom edges)
Rectangle has no right or wrong side. Finished rectangle should be twice as long as it is wide.
Ch 29 [33, 39, 43, 47, 53, 57, 61, 65, 71] sts (multiple of 2 plus 1)
Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. 28 [32, 38, 42, 46, 52, 56, 60, 64, 70] sts
Rows 2-4: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.
Row 5-8: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, dc in next st, (sc in next st, dc in next st) across.
Work should now measure 12 [14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30] inches wide x 4 inches long.
Row 9-12: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.
Rows 13-16: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, dc in next st, (sc in next st, dc in next st) across.
Repeat rows 9-16 4 [5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13] times more.
Fold rectangle in half to make a square.
Sew any 2 sides together. You may find it helpful to pin your edges in place first with stitch markers or pins.
If your seams are visible, turn pillow right side out so that the seams are on the inside.
For my pillow, I grafted the final row to the first row, creating a seamless tube. I then sewed one side seam with a mattress stitch for side seams. These techniques are both invisible and done on the right side of the work, so there was no need to turn the pillow right side out.
If you are NOT using invisible seams, I recommend sewing the two side edges first so that they match, and then sewing the top edge.
Insert pillow form or stuffing, and sew final seam closed using a mattress stitch seam.
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