I had a lot of yarn leftover from a small throw blanket I made earlier this year. It’s been sitting in a basket for months, waiting for me to come up for some use for it. This past weekend, I thought I would try to make kind of a kitty cave with a soft pillow to lay on. I almost had enough yarn too, but sadly, I ran out. So, I decided to turn the giant lemon I was just handed into lemonade and made a cute pillow instead.
I don’t think the kitties minded too much anyway since I put the pillow in their favorite window seat. See the Blue kitty reluctantly modeling for me?
Here’re the directions if any of ya’ll want to make your own pillow. It really is a pretty simple weekend project.
I used “I Love This Yarn!” brand yarns. It’s super soft, and the kitties love anything I make with it. You’ll also need a size H/8-5.00MM crochet hook and a tapestry needle to sew all the ends in when you’re done. Oh, and a pillow, either store bought or handmade.
First, make a magic circle, then single crochet (SC) into the circle 10 times. Pull to tighten and close with a slip stitch (SLST). NOTE: if you would rather, you can make 5 chains (CH) and SLST into the first chain to close to create your circle instead of making a magic circle.
CH 2. This will count as your 1st double crochet (DC). Make 1 DC in the first stitch, then DC 2 times in all remaining stitches. SLST into the first DC to close. This should give you 20 DC.
CH 2. This will count as your 1st DC. *DC 2 in the next stitch. DC 1 in the next stitch. Repeat from * until you reach the end. SLST to close. This should give you 30 DC.
CH 2. This will count as your 1st DC. DC 1 in the next stitch. *DC 2 in the next stitch and DC 1 in the next 2 stitches. Repeat from * until you reach the end SLST to close. This should give you 40 DC.
CH 2. This will count as your 1st DC. DC 1 in the next 2 stitches. *DC 2 in the next stitch and DC 1 in the next 3 stitches. Repeat from * until you reach the end, SLST to close. This should give you 50 DC.
Do you see the pattern yet? Each line you will increase the number of single DC until you reach the desired width of the circle you want. Example, to get 60 DC, I will increase from 3 to 4 single DC stitches before making 2 DC in one stitch. Pretty easy huh? For my pillow, I kept going until I had 200 DC. This was the size of one side of my pillow.
You will need to make two circles, one for the front of your pillow and one for the back. If you’re using more than one color, you can change out your yarn at the beginning of any new line. Create any pattern you like. I only had three colors, so I kept it pretty simple. Dark on the backside with the light color as a border. Kind of a bullseye look on the front using the light and medium tone colors. I made sure to have light colors on the edge of each, so the border would look nice.
Anyway, here’s how to put the pillow together and do the border:
Line up your pillow pieces, and SC the edges together. When you get it halfway together, insert the pillow and continue with your SC stitches until the pillow is completely sewn together. SLST to close. My pillow pieces ended with 200 DC, so my SC count was 200 too.
CH 2 and DC 1 in all stitches, SLST to close. You should still have 200 DC.
Skip the first two stitches, and make 4 DC, CH 2, 4 DC in the next stitch. Skip two stitches and SLST into the next. Repeat until you reach the end. SLST in the beginning stitch to close.
Last but not least, use your tapestry needle to sew all the strings into your pillow so they are hidden and your pillow won’t unravel. Ta-da! You now have a super cute pillow, or in my case, cat bed.
Until next time, happy creating ya’ll!
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