It’s Day 2 of the 30 Days of Cozy! Today, we have a home decor design that you’re going to love!
Are you ready to make your own?
❁ PATTERN DOWNLOADS
There are several ways you can access the pattern for this lovely Building Blocks Pillow:
- Follow along with the free pattern, below.
- Purchase the premium pattern which includes instructions for both the Building Blocks Pillow and a Building Blocks Throw on Ravelry.
Yarn: 3 x 50g balls Sirdar Harrap Tweed DK (or any DK yarn to achieve gauge) Shade in photos: Hepworth
Yarn type and yardage: DK or lightweight worsted 510yds
Other weight yarns can be used but will result in a different sized pillow cover.
❁ STITCHES/ABBREVIATIONS USED
- CH: chain
- SC: single crochet
- HDC: half-double crochet
- SS: slip stitch
- ST(S): stitch(es)
- RS: right side
- JAYG: join as you go
- BPDC: back post double crochet
- FPDC: front post double crochet
- FPHDC: front post half double crochet
- FHDC: foundation half double crochet
❁ PATTERN NOTES
- Skill Level: Adventurous Beginner: Foundation Chain, back and front post stitches, join as you go. Modifications are given for simpler methods for those who have not learned the foundation chain or jayg joining method.
- US Terminology
- Gauge: 16 stitches x 12 rows = 4” square
- Stitch used for gauge: half double crochet with 4mm hook
- No matter your skill level, I always suggest that you read through the pattern from beginning to end before beginning your work just to be sure you don’t have any questions that might cause frustration in the midst of your project.
- This pattern uses US crochet terms
- Numbers in brackets at the end of a row indicate the number of stitches in that row. They only are given at the start and where the stitch count changes
- Turning chains do not count as stitches
- Instructions written between *asterisks* should be repeated the number of times indicated.
- Unless otherwise indicated stitches should be worked in consecutive stitches
- The pattern is worked using a foundation row in a multiple of 12 plus 1sts
- The pattern is worked in two identical pieces from the bottom up which are then joined together using the single crochet join as you go method
❁ TECHNIQUES USED
Foundation Half Double Crochet (fhdc): Ch 3, yo, insert hook into 3rd chain from hook, yo and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). *Yo and pull through 1 loop (this creates the base stitch of the next fhdc). Yo and pull through all 3 loops. To start the next st, yo and insert the hook into the v of the base stitch, yo and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook)*. Repeat from * for the required number of st.
Modification: This technique can be replaced with making a chain of the number of stitches plus 2, working an hdc in the 3rd chain from the hook and across to achieve the required number of stitches.
You can find tutorials and read more about foundation rows here.
Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc): Yo, insert hook behind the post of the stitch from the row below (from front to back, so the post is in front of the hook), yo pull up a loop, *yo, pull through two loops* twice The post will pull towards you as you work to create the cable effect.
Front Post Half Double Crochet (fphdc): Yo, insert hook behind the post of the stitch from the row below (from front to back, so the post is in front of the hook), yo pull up a loop, yo, pull through all three loops. The post will pull towards you as you work to create the cable effect.
Back Post Double Crochet (bpdc): Yo, working from the back of the fabric, insert hook in front of the post of the stitch from the row below (from back to front, so the post is at the back of the hook), yo pull up a loop, *yo, pull through two loops* twice.
Join As You Go (jayg): You will join the two pieces using the single crochet join as you go method. Place the two pieces together right side out and work a single crochet through the front piece, inserting the hook into the back piece before the last yarn over and pulling through all 3 loops to finish the stitch.
Modification: If you are not familiar with jayg, work a row of single crochets around each piece and stitch together using a tapestry needle. See finishing section for more detailed instructions.
❁ THE BUILDING BLOCKS PILLOW CROCHET PATTERN
With 4mm hook
ROW 1: (RS): Work 61fhdc (61 sts)
ROW 2: Ch2 (does not count as stitch here or throughout), turn, 1fphdc in next 61 sts
ROW 3: Ch2, turn, 1hdc in next 6 sts, *1fpdc, 1hdc in next 11 sts,* 4 times, 1fpdc, 1hdc in next 6 sts
ROW 4: Ch2, turn, 1hdc in next 6 sts, *1bpdc, 1hdc in next 11 sts*, 4 times, 1bpdc, 1hdc in next 6 sts
ROW: Rep row 3
ROW 6: Rep row 4
ROW 7: Rep row 3
ROW 8: Rep row 2
ROW 9: Ch2, turn, *1fpdc in first st, 1hdc in next 11 sts*, 5 times, 1fpdc in last st
ROW 10: Ch2, turn, *1bpdc in first st, 1hdc in next 11 sts*, 5 times, 1bpdc in last st
ROW 11: Rep row 9
ROW 12: Rep row 10
ROW 13: Rep row 9
ROW 14: Rep row 2
ROW 15- 50: Rep Rows 3-14
ROW 51: Ch2, turn, 1hdc in next 61 sts
You may wish to block your pieces to ensure they are of equal size, that the cabling is straight and you have a clean and neat brick effect.
Place two pieces with RS facing outwards, join using jayg single crochet along the top, working 3 sts in the corner, down the side, working approximately 3 sts for each 2 rows, work 3 sts in the corner, join along the bottom, work 3 sts into the corner, insert cushion pad without fastening off, continue joining the final side with the cushion pad inside, work 2 sts in final corner and join with ss to the first sc.
Using Single Crochet and Tapestry Needle
With RS facing you, work a row of sc around the square piece, working 1sc in each st along the top and bottom, 3 sts in each corner and approx 3 sc for each two rows along the sides. Make sure you have the same number of sts on each piece.
Using a tapestry needle, stitch together the two pieces with RS facing around 3 sides, insert the cushion pad and sew up the final side
Fasten off, sew in ends
Enjoy your pillow!
❁ ONCE YOUR PROJECT IS FINISHED
I know you’re going to love making the Building Blocks Pillow and I so look forward to seeing your finished product.
- Be sure to share photos on social media using the hashtags #30DaysofCozy and #hookmehappy so we can all see your project and give you all-the-hearts. 💖💖💖
I can’t wait to see your creations!
Until then, stay cozy and keep on yarning. ♥
❁ ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Dora has been crocheting since 2012 and set up Dora Does in 2017 to start publishing her patterns and as a place to blog about crochet and the benefits that creativity can have on well-being and personal growth.
Based from her home in Cambridge, UK, Dora designs contemporary homeware patterns and practical, modern garments and accessories that makers are proud to wear. All with an added hint of whimsy and joy, and a flash of color here and there. Her aim is to dispel the myth that only advanced crocheters can make their own wardrobe. Crochet wearables are for everyone and Dora wants to help crocheters build the confidence to start that journey.
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