With the end of January I am horrified to say I only completed one project, The Subtle Texture Pillow. This has not been one of my better months for crocheting. I am usually very good when I am in a routine, but when something happens to get me off course, it usually takes me a few weeks to get motivated enough to get back on track. It took most of January, but I believe everything is back to normal.
This week we will be reading through the pattern for the Subtle Texture pillow by Red Heart. For all you late comers, I am attaching the links for the previous posts relating to this project. (Introduction – Back Side of Pillows) I am going to crochet all three pillows over the course of the next few months and thought it would be a good opportunity to explain the pattern in detail in order to help people who are inexperienced with reading crochet patterns. The first set of instructions will be in crochet language, then in bold print I will explain everything in long hand. So grab your yarn and hook and lets tackle this together. I started with the easiest of the three patterns so in this way we can work our way up to the harder ones.
Before you begin this project with me, it would be wise to be familiar with the slip stitch (Slip Stitch), chain stitch (The Chain Stitch), single crochet (Single Crochet), half double (Half Double Crochet) and double crochet (Double Crochet). These are all basic stitches and out of them we will be creating this beautiful pillow.
The Subtle Texture Pillow Tutorial
In the last tutorial we completed the back side of pillow number one. This week we will be crocheting the front side. The pattern called for a K hook and 3 balls of Red Heart Soft “Wine” color yarn.
The first thing we are going to do is make a swatch of fabric (approximately 4” x 4”) to help determine if the gauge is correct with the size hook we are using. I know what you are thinking, why take the time to do this? You do not want to find out on row ten or eleven that the front side of your pillow is too small for your 18 inch pillow. I have never had anyone say they regreted taking the time to crochet a swatch. Take a deep breath and lets gets started.
The first thing you want to know is what the gauge is. The gauge for this project is 12 stitches = 4 inches for across and when you measure 4 inches vertical – you should have 8 rows.
The first step is to chain 14 stitches.
Step 1: The pattern reads (sc, hdc, dc) in second chain from hook. (You will crochet a single crochet, half double crochet and a double crochet in the second chain from the hook) (pictured above)
Step 2: skip next 2 ch (we now skip the next two chains) (pictured above)
Step 3: * (sc, hdc, dc) in next ch, (Crochet a single crochet, half double crochet and a double crochet in the next chain) (pictured above)
Step 4: skip next 2 ch; (skip the next two stitches) (pictured above) repeat from * to last ch; sc in last ch; Turn (Repeat the instructions from the * to the last chain stitch and you will want to single crochet in the last stitch.) Then turn or flip your work and began the second row. (pictured above)
Step 1: Ch 1 (Chain one.) (pictured above)
Step 2: (sc, hdc, dc) in next ch, (Crochet a single crochet, half double crochet and a double crochet in the first stitch) (pictured above)
Step 3: skip next dc and hdc, (skip next double crochet and half double crochet of the pervious row) (pictured above)
Step 4: * (sc, hdc, dc) in next sc, (Crochet a single crochet, half double crochet and a double crochet in the single crochet of the pervious row) (pictured above)
Step 5: skip next dc and hdd: (skip next double crochet and half double crochet of the pervious row) repeat from * to last st; sc in last sc; turn. (Repeat pattern from the * to reach the last stitch and single crochet in the last stitch. Then turn or flip your work) (pictured above)
Repeat row 2 for 8 more rows. Now take a ruler and see if you have the correct gauge which is The 12 stitches = 4 inches for across and when you measure 4 inches vertical you should have 8 rows. (pictured above)
If your gauge comes out corret, then just rip out your swatch and lets begin to crochet your pillow front. If you have too few stitches per inch (for examples you have 10 stitches instead of 12) then you will want to switch to a smaller hook size. If you have many stitches per inch ( for example 14 stitches instead of 12) then you will want to switch to a larger hook size. You will want to take the time to make another swatch until you have the correct hook to obtain the correct gauge.
Now that we all have the correct gauge lets get started.
Once you have a chain of 54 you will want to repeat the same steps we did above except you will want to continue crocheting rows until your piece measure 18 inches by 17 1/2 inches. Once you have worked your piece to this size then fasten it off.
To fasten it off; when you have finished working your last stitch 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.
Now lets look at the pattern and put our pillow together.
With wrong sides together, place Back over Front. Place Buttonhold Band over the back, lining up top and sides edges. Pin layers in place.
With Front facing and working through Front and tip edge of button Band only, join yarn and work single crochet in each stitch across to corner, 3 single crochet in corner; now work through Front, side edges of Button band and Back, single crochet evenly around next 3 sides, working 3 single crochets in corners; join with a slip stitch in first single crochet. Fasten off.
I have included a link to a video demonstrating this to make it a little easier to understand. (How to Crochet Two Edges Together)
Now sew on the buttons to the top of the back making sure to match up with the button holes. Insert your form pillow and button the back closed.
Congratulations, you just completed the first of your three pillows. Now go and place it in a place to help motivate you to do the next pillow and relax. Next month we will be crocheting the Waffle Weave pillow. You will need the K hook again and three balls of Red Heart soft Toast yarn.
If you are planing on crocheting the next two pillows with me, remember that all the backs are crocheted the same. For the next two pillows I will only being doing tutorials on the fronts.
Feel free to post a picture of your completed project on Crochet with Passion Facebook page (link is to the top on the left) I would love to see your pillows, or any other projects you have been working on.
Until next week, keep those hooks flying.