You will need…
Dk yarn in Dk Grey, Mid Grey, Light Grey, Very Light Grey, White, Yellow.
I used mainly Stylecraft Special dk yarn and a 4mm hook
30 cm x 50 cm pillow pad
As usual this pattern is written using US crochet terminology and standard abbreviations.
Make 4 squares in white as follows:-
1. Ch 4, join with a sl st into a circle.
2. Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), 11 more dc into ring. Join with a sl st into top of ch 2. (12 sts)
3. Ch 2, (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc in each st around, 1 dc into same place as 1st st. Join with a sl st into top of ch 2. (24 sts)
4. Ch 2, (counts as dc), *hdc, 3 sc, hdc, (dc, ch 2, dc) into next st, rep from * twice, hdc, 3 sc, hdc, (dc, ch 2) into same place as 1st st. Join with a sl st into top of ch 2. Fasten off.
Sew the squares together down one side to make one long piece.
With white, join into top right corner ch 2 sp; Ch 2, (counts as dc), *7 dc into each st along the top of 1st square, 1 dc into ch sp, 1 dc into the join of the 2 squares, 1 dc into ch sp, rep from * 2 times more, 7 dc into each st, (dc, ch 2, sc) into corner sp, 7 sc into each st along short side, (sc, ch 2, dc) into corner square – carry on around working dc sts into the long side as before and sc sts into remaining short side as before. Finish by working 1 sc, ch 2 into same place as 1st st and join with a sl st into top of ch 2. Fasten off.
With very light grey join into 1st dc to the left of top right corner ch sp, ch 1, sc into same sp – work around the rectangle, working a sc into the top of every dc or sc of the row below, but not working any sts into the corner spaces, just work 2 ch over the corners. You are not increasing the st count on this round, just framing the rectangle. Join with a sl st into top of 1st sc and fasten off.
Granny Border –
1st Round- With light grey join into top right hand 2 ch sp corner; (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch1) into ch sp, *miss 2 sts, 3 dc, in next st, ch1, miss 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, miss 2 sts, 3 dc in next st, ch 1 rep from * 2 times more, miss 2 sts, 3 dc in next st,, ch 1, miss 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, miss 2 sts, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into ch sp, ch 1, miss 2 sts, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, miss 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, miss 2 sts, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into ch sp, ch 1, *miss 2 sts, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, miss 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, miss 2 sts, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, rep from * 2 times more, miss 2 sts, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, miss 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, miss 2 sts, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into ch sp, ch 1, miss 2 sts, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, miss 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, ch 1, miss 2 sts, join into top of 1st dc.
2nd Round – sl st over top of dc sts into corner ch 2 sp; (3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc) in corner ch sp, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch sp, ch 1, rep from * to corner then work (3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc) ch 1 in corner space and resume working 3 dc into each side ch space. Continue and finish the round.
Repeating 2nd round carry on working 2 rows in mid grey and 5 rows in dark grey. Fasten off.
1. ch 42, dc in 4th ch from hook, then in each chain across (40 sts)
2. Work 34 more rows of dc
3. Button band – work 5 rows of sc. Fasten off.
4. ch 41, starting in second ch from hook sc across all sts. (4osts)
5. Sc 1 more row.
6. Button hole row – sc 5, *miss 2 sts, ch 2, sc5; rep from * to end
7. Work 2 more more rows in sc.
8. Work 8 more rows in dc.
9. Fasten off. Sew on 5 buttons to button band.
To Make Up the Pillow
With wrong sides together pin the front and back pieces together.
Sew the front to back, sewing through the back loop only of each side st of the front piece. (I didn’t want to add a border to this pillow, but if you did want to add one you could then easily join your yarn and work a border in the remaining front loops of the pillow front.)
Now the fun part! You have a pillow with a nice empty frame at the front ready for whatever decoration you fancy. You may have 4 beautiful decorative buttons that would look amazing sewn into the center of each square, or how about sewing 4 crocheted flowers?
However in this case we’re adding some beautiful yellow sunshine. The suns are adapted from a previous pattern, stepping stones, so to make each stone –
To make a stepping stone use some bright yellow yarn and follow the instructions below –
1. Make a magic/adjustable ring/circle.
2. Ch 4 (counts as 1st tr), 11 tr into ring. Join with a sl st to top of ch 4 & fasten off leaving a very long tail to sew the stone to your motif. Tighten the ring and fasten off.
To join your stepping stone to a motif –
1.The stones are sewn by sewing the back loops of each st –
2. to the top of the 1st dc row of your motif –
3. So bring your thread through the back loop of the next st, and then take a stitch around the loop at the top of a dc on the motif.
4. Carry on around the stone joining via the back loops to the motif at the top of the dc sts.
5. When you get all around the stone take your thread to the back but don’t fasten off…
fasten off securely.
Because the stones are joined by the back loops and they are slightly bigger than the dc sts below, they sit proud of the motif and the un-sewn front loops of the stones frame them nicely.
6. Bring the thread back up between 2 dcs on the second row –
7. Sew over and under alternate dcs around to frame your sun with some shine! To finish return yellow yarn to the back and fasten off securely.