This free crochet pattern for a bright pillow cover is a perfect Pocket Time project. With basic stitches and repeating patterns, it’s super quick and easy.
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So it’s finally here. That free crochet pattern that I’ve been talking about in the newsletter is finished!
This is a fun and easy pattern that requires only the most basic crochet skills. If you can work a single crochet stitch, you’ve got this.
If you need an easy crochet project, you’re in the right place! And if you love a gorgeous and luxurious yarn, I’ve got a winner to share with you.
Last spring I made a handy laptop case cover and tried a new-to-me yarn. I was totally hooked! (couldn’t resist that one 🙂 )
I’ve been handling yarn for years, but I never tire of seeing a new one hit the market. I’m that geeky kind that adores browsing yarn. All those textures and colors…
Sometimes a new yarn is just okay. Sometimes I’ll find one I stick with for several projects. And sometimes…
Sometimes I fall in love!
Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn is one I have fallen in love with.
It’s so smooth and easy to work with (absolutely no little lint bunnies flying around), and I adore how it works up into a smooth, gorgeous project with a crisp finished look.
Its texture reminds me of a soft, comfortable t-shirt (72% cotton & 28% nylon) which makes it cozy to work with, but the finished project is sturdier than acrylic or wool yarns and holds the shape of a project beautifully.
And the nemesis of every crocheter – the dreaded tangled yarn – just doesn’t happen with this one.
My only con with it is that as hard as I tried, I couldn’t find the center end of any of the balls – which is really the best end to start with so that the whole ball doesn’t roll and flop as you work.
I was pleasantly surprised though. Even though I worked from the outside, the yarn had a gentle glide off the ball and I had very little rolling and flipping to deal with.
It’s a wonderfully lightweight yarn that makes me want to touch and hold! (I told you I was geeky about yarn.)
So after I made my laptop cover, I decided I’d have to come up with something else so I could get my hands on some more of this stuff.
I mentioned that the only stitch you need to know is a single crochet. The pattern also uses a long single crochet stitch (also called a spike stitch), but it’s really just a variation of a regular single crochet stitch. The difference is that when you insert your hook to begin the stitch, it goes into the stitch below the row you are working on.
This stitch is especially dramatic in projects using different colors and creates that “dripping” stitch effect.
In addition to the yarn, you’ll need a 5.5 mm hook and a 16″ square craft pillow.
FREE Crochet Pattern: Easy Pillow Cover
With Woodberry, chain 51.
Row 1: Skip first chain, then single crochet in remaining stitches across (50 sc on this row and on all rows throughout).
Row 2: Single crochet in each stitch across. Chain 1 and turn on this row and at the end of every remaining row.
Rows 3-10: Work a single crochet in the first stitch, then a long single crochet in the second stitch. Repeat across, alternating between single crochet and long single crochet stitches. On last stitch of row 10, change yarn to Cream.
Rows 11-16: Repeat row 3. On last stitch of row 16, change yarn to Gold.
Rows 17-20: Repeat row 3. On last stitch of row 20, change yarn to Woodberry.
Rows 21-22: Repeat row 3. On last stitch of row 22, change yarn to Gold.
Rows 23-26: Repeat row 3. On last stitch of row 26, change yarn to Cream.
Rows 27-32: Repeat row 3. On last stitch of row 32, change color to Woodberry.
Rows 33-35: Repeat row 3. On last stitch of row 35, change color to Gold.
Rows 36-38: Repeat row 3. On last stitch of row 38, change color to Cream.
Rows 39-40: Repeat row 3. On last stitch of row 40, change color to Gold.
Rows 41-43: Repeat rows 36-38. On last stitch of row 42, change color to Woodberry.
Rows 44-46: Repeat rows 33-35. On last stitch of row 46, change color to Cream.
Rows 47-52: Repeat rows 27-32. On last stitch of row 52, change color to Gold.
Rows 53-56: Repeat rows 23-26. On last stitch of row 56, change color to Woodberry.
Rows 57-58: Repeat rows 21-22. On last stitch of row 58, change color to Gold.
Rows 59-62: Repeat rows 17-20. On last stitch of row 62, change color to Cream.
Rows 63-68: Repeat rows 11-16. On last stitch of row 68, change color to Woodberry.
Rows 69-79: Repeat rows 1-10. On last stitch of row 79, end off.
The cover is made from two identical pieces, then single stitched together.
When you’re ready to put your cover together, stack the two pieces and beginning in bottom corner, single crochet in the side of each stitch on one side of the cover, connecting them. Work 3 single crochet stitches in last stitch at the top, then work a single crochet in each set of stitches across the top, ending with 3 stitches in the last stitch. Repeat the same side stitches down the second side.
Now you have a “pocket” to fit the pillow into.
Once you have the pillow in place and pushed firmly into the top corners, continue with single crochet stitches along the bottom to close. Finish with 3 single crochet stitches in the last stitch. Connect to the beginning stitch with a slip stitch and finish off.
Of course, this is a perfect Pocket Time project. You can easily put it down at any point and pick it up again without having to worry about finding your place since nearly every row is exactly the same.
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