My husband and I were looking for some accent pillows for our living room, when I saw the pattern for these pillows (pictured above copied from the pattern) on Facebook from Red heart. I knew they would be perfect and were just what I was looking for. I am including a link for those of you who would like to join me in crocheting them. (Introduction)
The skill level is intermediate, so I thought they would be perfect to have a “Crochet Along with Me” while I was crocheting them. It is a perfect project to take everyone thru with me step by step; especially focusing on “How to Read” a pattern. If you missed our earlier post on how to read patterns you might want to start by reviewing it first. ( How to Read a Pattern)
We are going to start by crocheting the backside of the Subtle Texture pillow, the first one listed on the pattern. First lets review the abbreviations you will need to know:
Single crochet = sc
half double crochet = hdc
double crochet = dc
chain stitch = ch
A,B,C = refers to the color of yarn you will be using
yarn over = yo
Repeat whatever follows the * as indicated = *
Work directions in brackets the number of times specified = [ ]
The finished measurement for the pillows will be 18 by 18 inches and the gauge is listed for the front of the pillow. If you read through your pattern you might have noticed that there is no gauge listed for the back side of the pillow. So I used the hook they recommended and crocheted three rows of single crochet and then measured it to make sure it measured 18 inches. You could do the same to help ensure you have the right gauge. If your gauge is incorrect then do the following. If it is to small then rip it out and go to a larger hook, if it is too large then rip it out and crochet it over using a smaller hook. I was lucky, the J hook worked good for me.
Now I am going to take you through each row. First I am going to write it in crochet abbreviations and in long hand under it. This should help with those of you who would like to improve your reading skills with crocheting patterns. The explanations will be in bold. I know the front side is really easy, but as you proceed the patterns for the pillows do get harder as we proceed with each one. Since we are mostly dealing with basic stitches of the single crochet and chain stitches this week, I am going to focus mainly on how to read the pattern. I am using the Red Heart soft in the color Wine.
Back (worked the same for all 3 pillows fronts)
With A or B or C, ch 53
With either color Wine, Toast or Leaf you will want to crochet 53 chains.
Row 1: (Right Side): Sc in 2ch ch from hook and in each ch across; turn – 52 sc. (pictured above)
The first row you crochet will be the right side. After I crochet the first row I usually make the right side with a stitch mark so that I know my right side from the wrong side. You will want to single crochet in the second chain from hook and in each chain across to the last stitch. Then turn or flip your work.
Note: This is what is called your base row.
Note: Remember that the first slip knot and the loop on the hook does not count as a chain stitch.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn (pictured above)
Chain one, single crochet in first stitch and in each single crochet across. Then flip your work.
You will want to repeat row 2 until your fabric measures 17 1/2 inches in height. Remember in width it should be measured 18 inches. Once you reach these dimensions you will want to cut your yarn, leaving around 6 inches for a tail. Then using your hook, draw the tail through the last remaining loop on your hook. Then put your hook down and pull gentle on the tail to help lock it into place.
Button Hold Band
Crochet 53 chains with the same color that you used above.
Row 1: (Right Side) Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn – 52 sc. (pictured above)
You will want to single crochet in the second chain from hook and in each chain across to the last stitch. Then turn or flip your work.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn. (pictured above)
Chain one, single crochet in first stitch and in each single crochet across. Then turn or flip your work.
Note: The first two rows were the same as above, on row 3 the directions are different we are going to crochet five button holes.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first 3 sc, * ch 2, skip next 2 sc, sc in next 9 sc; repeat from * to the last 5 sc; ch 2, skip next 2 sc, sc in last 3 sc; turn. (pictured above)
Chain 1, single crochet in first three single crochets, repeat the following sequence of stitches until you only have 5 stitches left. Chain 2 and then skip the next 2 single crotchet’s. Single crochet in the next 9 single crochet. For the last five stitches you will want to chain 2 first and then skip the next two single crochet’s and finally single crochet in the last 3 single crochet. Then turn or flip your work.
Note: The chain 2 you crochet will be your button holes. In the pattern they are referred to as spaces; you should have 5 spaces all together. Before we go any farther I would like to explain what a crochet space is. When the pattern tells you to crochet in the space, you do not insert the hook into a stitch but in the space indicated. A space can be anything from a chain 1 to 100 or a space that a combination of stitches can form.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first 3 sc, 2 sc in next ch-2 space; * sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in next ch-2 space; repeat from * to last 3 sc; sc in last 3 sc; turn. (pictured above)
Chain 1, single crochet in the first 3 single crotchet’s. Then you should come to the chain 2 from the row below, you will want to crochet 2 single crochet’s in that space. Repeat the following sequence of stitches until you only have 3 stitches left. Single crochet in the next 9 single crochet’s and then crochet 2 single crochet’s in the chain 2 space. When you come to the last 3 stitches, you will single crochet in the last 3 stitches.Then turn or flip your work.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. Fasten off. (pictured above)
Chain 1 and then single crochet in each single crochet across. Then you will want to cut your yarn, leaving around 6 inches for a tail. Then using your hook, draw the tail through the last remaining loop on your hook. Then put your hook down and pull gentle on the tail to help lock it into place.
You now have the back side of your first pillow, I will have the front side instructions posted in two weeks. If you are new to crocheting I hope this helped you in understanding how to read a pattern. With each pillow the reading will be a little more complicated so your reading should improve dramatically by the time we are finished. Thanks for coming along with me on this new adventure. I am so excited about adding these new pillows to my living room.
Until next week, keep those hooks flying.