Sometimes you just need to crochet a traditional granny square pillow. I have an easy tutorial today for a crochet cushion cover. I made 16 squares in fun colour combinations, and then attached the crochet piece to the front of a store bought pillow…..easy! No messing around with a fabric insert and zips!
The crochet motif is a very easy pattern of a crochet circle in three rounds, and a final 4th round to square the circle. You have probably already made loads of these, but if you are a beginner, I have included a chart to help. A very basic chart (I am still very much at the practice stage!) but I hope it helps.
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This free crochet pillow pattern is perfect for using up any cotton yarn you have lying about, or just choose 4 favourite colours to make one similiar to mine. I choose Rico Essentials Cotton in blue, green and some bright purple and lilac.
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I love the way the pillow ‘pops’ against the dark sofa!
- Rico Essentials Cotton DK (or any similar DK weight yarn) in four colours
- You can use any DK yarn you wish to achieve a similar effect. Cotton yarn is preferable
- 4mm Crochet Hook
- 16″ x 16″ [40 x 40cm] ready-made pillow
- Yarn needle and strong sewing thread
Finished size 16″ x 16″ [40 x 40cm]
Each square is approx. 3.75″ [9.5cm]
Abbreviations (US crochet terms)
yo – yarn over
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
tr – treble crochet
sc – single crochet
st(s) – stitch(es)
Crab Stitch (or Reverse Single Crochet) – makes a lovely decorative edging. You can find a fab tutorial from HeartHookHome.com HERE
Square (make 16)
Using Yarn A, ch 4, sl st to join into a ring.
Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as first dc, ch 1), (1 dc, ch 1) 11 times into ring, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch4. Fasten off yarn (12dc, 12 ch-1 sp)
Round 2: Using yarn B, join in any ch-1 space from round 1, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc, ch 1 into same space, *2 dc, ch 1 into next ch-1 space; repeat from * around, join with a sl st to top of beg ch 3. Fasten off yarn. (24 dc, 12 ch-1 sp)
Round 3: Using yarn C, join in any ch-1 space from round 2, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc, ch 1 into same space, *3 dc, ch 1 into next ch-1 space; repeat from * around, join with a sl st to top of beg ch 3. Fasten off yarn. (36 dc, 12 ch-1 sp)
Round 4: Using yarn D, join in any ch-1 space from round 3, ch 4 (counts as 1 tr), [1tr, ch3, 2tr] (corner made) into same space, * [4 dc in next ch-1 space] twice **, (2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) in next ch-1 space; repeat from * 2 more times, and from * to ** once. Join with a sl st to top of beg ch 4. Fasten off yarn.
Crochet a total of 16 squares.
Crochet Chart for Square
Sew the squares together to make four rows with four squares in each row
Place right side of each square together and sew using back loops only, for a neat finish.
Block your crochet piece to size. I pinned out the square to measure approx 15.5 x 15.5″ [39 x 39cm] sprayed lightly with water, and left to dry. You could also use a steam iron, moving it an inch or two over your square. If using acrylic yarn, be careful the hot iron does not touch it!
Round 1: With right side facing, and using colour of your choice, join into any corner space. Ch 1 * (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) (corner made), sc in each st across side, making 14sc on top of each square and 1sc in space between squares, to next corner; repeat from * until four corners and four sides have been made. Join with a sl st to beg ch 1 to join. Fasten off yarn.
Round 2 : Join in next yarn in any st, ch 1, sc in each st around pillow, making (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in each corner ch-2 space. Join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off yarn.
Round 3: Join in next yarn in any st, ch 1, sc in each st around pillow, making 3 sc in each corner ch-2 space. Join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off yarn.
Round 4 : Ch 1, skip a st to the right, and make a crab st (see special stitches) into each sc around, ending with a sl st into first crab st made. Fasten off. Weave in all threads. (or you could just make another sc row around the edge)
Remove the pillow insert. Lay your square on one side of your pillow and pin it in place around all sides. Using a strong cotton sewing thread, whip stitch around. Put your insert back in your pillow, fluff it up and enjoy!
You can see pictures of how I attached the front of a previous pillow HERE
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