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Monday, November 29, 2010

October 2002 Group Project Pillow

October 2002 Group Project Pillow@2003 By N.L. Banks


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Materials list:
1 bag stuffing (one that is washable)
2 pieces of material, washable, 14 1/2 x 14 1/2 square (or if you don't have a sewing machine, just buy a 14 square pillow form. I like to make mine because I can stuff it fuller than the store ones.)

G crochet hook

Yarn, different colors, textures, like regular yarn, rug yarn, chenille (if it's too thin, use two stands held together) thick & thin yarn, etc. If you use a variegated yarn, make sure you have other colors to use also. Just make sure it can be used with a G hook.

If you are new to crocheting and don't know how to change colors, just use one color of yarn, it will be easier for you this way.

What you will learn:
We're going to first make a pillow, sew it together, and stuff it. Then make a sampler cover for it. You'll learn the difference between Clusters, Bobbles, and Popcorns. And maybe a few other stitches too, and get a pillow out of it for what ever you that you've chosen your colors for.

Step one Making the Pillow
1 Zic-Zac around outer edge of each piece.

2 Sew around three sides, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

3 Sew the last side, leaving the center 6 to 8 inches opening for stuffing.

4 Turn the pillow right side out, (I iron the 1/2 seam down so that it is easier to sew shut.)

5 Stuff pillow, be sure an put stuffing into each corner. Stuff really full, makes a nicer pillow.

Now for the sample.

Row 1 With main color yarn, ch. 45, 1 dc in 2 ch from hook and in each ch across row, work 5 dc in last chain, now working on other side of beginning chain, 1 dc in each chain across row,
work 5 dc in last chain. Join with slip stitch, ch 3. Do not turn, will we be working in rounds.

Row 2: Now we'll do some Bobbles. Work 4 more dc in same place, leaving the last loop of each dc on hook, (you should have 5 loops on hook), yo,draw through all the loops on the hook, ch 1. SEE you just made a bobblestitch. Now * Skip one dc, 5dc in next dc (leave last loop of each dc on hook (you should have 5 loops on hook, yo, draw through all the loops on the hook), ch 1, *. Repeat from * to * around, do 1 pop corn in EACH of the three end dc's,(the two ends of the pillow) join with slip stitch to top of beginning chain 3. Fasten off, attach 2 color here.

NOTE: I'm using brown as my main color, for a textured (2 color) I'm using Lionbrand's Homespun. You can also use a variegated color for round 3.

Round 3, ch 1, sc in each ch and top of Bobble, join with slip stitch to beginning ch 1.

Round 4 & 5 sc around, fasten off, attach 3rd color. ch 3.

Round 6. Dc in each sc around. Ch 3.

Round 7 Here we are going to do some Back Posts stitches, they leave a ridge on front side of the fabric that is really different, so let's get started.

Back Post Stitch (BPS) yo, insert hook from back to front and to back again around the vertical post of stitch (DC) below, yo (three loops on hook) and draw thread through two loops on hook, yo, draw through two loops on hook. One loop remains. Bps completed. Repeat around.
NOTE: Do you see how the top of the stitch sort of lays on it's side and forms a ridge?

Round 8 & 9 repeat round 7. Fasten off, attach 4th color.

Round 10 ch 1, sc around.

Round 11 On this row, you'll learn what a Cluster Stitch is. Ch 3, work a dc into each of the next 2 sc leaving the last loop of each dc on the hook, yo and draw through all four loops on hook.
Cluster made. * ch 1, cluster stitch over next 3 sc, repeat from* around. Join with slip stitch to top of ch 3, ch 3.

NOTE: you can have clusters made of 3,4, or even 5 stitches.

Round 12 Now we are doing to do a reverse Cluster. Or upside down cluster. * In the top of the next cluster, do 3 dc, repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch to top of ch 3. ch 1.

Round 13, sc around. Join with Slip Stitch Fasten off. Attach a variegated here.

Round 14 ch 3, 1 dc in each sc around. Join with Slip Stitch.

Round 15 Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join with Slip Stitch, Fasten off. Attach main color.

Round 16 Now we'll do more Bobbles. Work 4 more dc in same place, leaving the last loop of each dc on hook, (you should have 5 loops on hook), yo, draw through all the loops on the hook, ch 1. Now * Skip one dc, 5 dc in next dc (leave last loop of each dc on hook (you should have 5 loops on hook, yo, draw through all the loops on the hook), ch 1, *. Repeat from * to * around, join with slip stitch to top of beginning chain 3. Ch 3.

Round 17 Work 4 more dc in same place, leaving the last loop of each dc on hook, (you should have 5 loops on hook), yo, draw through all the loops on the hook, ch 1. Here things will be a bit different, * Skip one Bobble, work 1 Bobble stitch in next ch 1 space, ch 1 *. Repeat from * to * around, join with slip stitch to top of beginning chain 3. Fasten off main color, attach 2 color and Ch 3.

Round 18 ch 1, sc in each ch and top of Bobble, join with slip stitch to beginning ch 1.

Round 19 ch 1, sc around. Fasten off, attach 3rd color again, ch 3.

Round 20 Dc in each sc around, join with slip stitch to beginning ch 3.

Round 21 NOTE: On row 7 we did back posts, this time we'll do front post stitches (FPS), you'll see the difference between the two. FPS can also be used for ribbing.

Front Post Stitch: Working in front row just make, yo, insert hook from front to back and front again around the vertical post of stitch below, yo (three loops on hook) and draw thread through two loops on hook, yo, draw through two loops on hook. One loop remains. Fps completed. Repeat across row, join with slip stitch to beginning ch 3. Ch 3.

Round 22 yo, insert hook from front to back and front again around the vertical post of stitch below, yo (three loops on hook) and draw thread through two loops on hook, yo, draw through two loops on hook. One loop remains, repeat across row. Fasten off, join 4th color. ch 1

Round 23 Sc around, ch 3.

Round 24 Now we'll do some popcorns, in same place work 4 dc, take the hook out of the working loop and insert it into the top of the first dc made, fron front to back, now pick up the working loop and draw this through th close the popcorn, ch 1, * 1 dc in each of the next 2 sc, ch 1, 5 dc in next sc, take the hook out of the working loop and insert it into the top of the first dc made, fron front to back, now pick up the working loop and dreaw this through th close the popcorn, ch 1* repeat from * to * around, join with slip stitch to top of beginning ch, ch 1.

Round 25 1 sc in each dc and top of each popcorn, fasten off, attach 5th color. Ch 3.

Round 26 1dc in each sc around, ch 3.

Round 27 & 28 1 dc in each dc around, fasten off, attach 4th color, ch 1.

Round 29 sc in each dc around, ch ch 3.

Round 30 Now for some puff stitches. * skip 1 sc, yo, insert the hook in next sc, yo, and draw up a loop, (three loops on the hook), repeat this step twice more, inserting the hook into the same stitch each time, (7 loops on hook), yo, and draw through all the loops on the hook, ch 1,* repeat from * to * around. Join with slip stitch, ch 1.

NOTE: pull up the loops the same level as the chain 3 at beginning of row.

Round 31 sc around, fasten off, attach main color, ch 3.

Now we'll start the last part of the pillow cover, closing it.

Round 32, first try pillow cover on pillow, if it gaps out at the sides, then on this round, do four or five evenly spaced decreases. 1dc in each sc around, (remember the decreases if you need them. )

Round 33, same as round 33, fasten off main, attach another color here, any that you've used already in your pillow will do, slip the pillow form into the cover sc 1, sc around, and do some decreases if you need more to close the pillow.

NOTE: depending on the size of the form you've made or purchased, you can remove one row of dc, or add more rows of sc, to make it fit the form you have.

Round 34, sc around. Ch 1

Round 35. Slip stitch across the top of the pillow to close, fasten off. Weave in the last thread.

Well now, I hope you enjoyed this group project. You have learned about Front & Back Post stitches, Bobbles, Popcorns, and Clusters. Let me know how you did with this project.



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Trellis Stitch

May 2004 Stitch of the Month Trellis Stitch



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make a chain the length desired divisible by 6 +1

For sample, ch 19. If you want to make an chair or sofa arm cover, use acrylic yarn, an H hook, ch 37, and work to desired length. You could also make a dishcloth out of this same pattern stitch, use cotton yarn, a G hook, and ch 25, work pattern stitch until square. Then do an edging around it.

1 row: 4 d c in the 4th from hook, skip 2 sts, 1 sc in next st., * ch 3, skip 2 sts, 5dc in next st, skip 2 sts, 1sc in next st. Repeat from * to end of row, turn ch 3, turn.

2nd row: 4 dc in sc previous row, * 1 sc in ch 3 space, ch 3, 5 dc in sc. Repeat from * ending row with a 1 sc in last dc of previous row.

Repeat row 2 for pattern,

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