The idea to make this pillow popped into my head when I was debating if I'm going to bring all of my yarn with me when I move. I'm graduating from Grinnell College in just a couple of weeks (!!!) and moving to San Diego, and I don't know if I'm going to have enough room in my car to bring all of my yarn. My yarn stash is huge! At the same time I wanted to make something special for my first real apartment. I'm sharing the apartment with my boyfriend Ben, so I decided to make one side of the pillow his favorite color - blue, like the ocean - and the other side my favorite color - red, like the sunset. Super cheesy I know, but I still love it :-)
I'm sure I'm not the only one who could use a stash buster right now, so I'm sharing the pattern with all of you!
You will need...
- 14"x14" Pillow
- Tapestry Needle
- Lots of scrap yarn!
Making the squares
You'll be making 50 little squares, 25 for each side. Here's how:
Begin your square by making a magic ring.
Chain three (this is your first substitute double crochet stitch), and then double crochet 11 more times into the magic ring. Close the magic ring so that there is no space in the center. Slip stitch into the third chain of the first stitch.
Next row: Chain 3 (as your first stitch) then double crochet into the same space. Continue to double crochet into each space twice. Slip stitch into the second chain on the first stitch to close.
Next row - squaring your circle: Chain 3 (as your first stitch) then double crochet into the same space twice (this is your first corner). Double crochet into the next 5 spaces. *Double crochet into the same space 3 times. Double crochet into the next 5 spaces.* Repeat the directions within the ** twice. Slip stitch into the second chain on the first stitch to close.
Joining your squares
Your pillow will be a 5 squares wide and 5 squares long. First you will sew the squares into strips, then you'll sew the strips together! When I was finished making all of my squares I laid them out and played around with the arrangement so that no squares of the same color were touching each other, but the order is still pretty random.
Cut a length of scrap yarn about two or three times the length of a square (it doesn't matter what color it is because the stitch is invisible, but I used blue for the blue side and red for the red side). With the wrong sides facing join the bottom corners of two squares by inserting your tapestry needle through the two back loops of the corner stitch on the right square, then the two back loops of the corner stitch on the left square, and back through the the same loops again on the right square to secure.
Note: every time you insert the needle into the two back loops, insert the tapestry needle so that the point is facing the center between the two squares - so when you're on the right square insert the needle this way <------, and when you're on the left square insert the needle this way ---->.
Step 1: Insert your needle into the two back loops on the next stitch of the left square
Step 2: Insert your needle into the two back loops on the next stitch of the right square
Repeat the last two steps until you've worked up the entire square, ending on the corner stitch of both squares. Pull the yarn tight every inch or so and it will become completely invisible!
Here's what the wrong side looks like:
And here's what the right side looks like:
Once you've made 5 strips of 5 squares each, begin sewing the strips together in the same manner. Weave in all those pesky ends and do the same thing for the other side of the pillow!
Making it all come together
Alright it's finally time to make this pillow come alive! Cut a 4 foot length of scrap yarn and begin sewing the two sides together at any corner using the same method you did for the squares. Once you've sewn together three sides, insert the pillow into the case and make sure all the corners are filled! Continue to sew together the last side - this can be a little tricky but just stretch the sides and you should have enough room. Once you reach the last corner, secure the end by going back into the same loops a couple of times, then weave in the last end as best you can on the inside of the pillow.