• Tuesday , 26 September 2017

Sunshine Pillow

Project Details

Project Description

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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.

Instructions

Front

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.

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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.

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Back

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.

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To Make Up the Pillow

With wrong sides together pin the front and back pieces together.

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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.)

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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?

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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.

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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.

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To join your stepping stone to a motif –

1.The stones are sewn by sewing the back loops of each st –

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2. to the top of the 1st dc row of your motif –

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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.

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4. Carry on around the stone joining via the back loops to the motif at the top of the dc sts.

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5. When you get all around the stone take your thread to the back but don’t fasten off… fasten off securely.

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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 –

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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.

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