This beginner friendly crochet pattern is made with Lion Brand Mandala yarn, which is perfect for creating an interesting chevron because you don’t have to cut the yarn or weave in many ends. Better yet, the yarn is tripled to create quicker color changes for an absolutely stunning project. Showcase the entire color range of one yarn cake on each side of your crochet pillow.
Skill Level: Easy
Size: Approx. 15” x 13.5” to fit a 16” square pillow form.
Gauge: 14 sts and 8 rows = 4” [10 cm]
Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala (100% Acrylic; 590 yards [540 meters]/150 grams): 217 Genie (2 balls)
Hooks: US size K/10.5 (6.5 mm)
Notions: Tapestry needle, 16” square pillow form
Extended hdc: Yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull up a lp, pull through the first lp on hook, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook.
Foundation half double crochet (Fhdc): *Ch 3, yo, insert hook into first ch, yo, pull up a lp (3 lps on hook), yo, pull through first lp on hook to create the first ch st (optional: pinch this stitch between the thumb and forefinger of your non-hook hand to hold it open and make it easier to work into; it is the space below the first and 2nd lps on the hook), yo, pull through all 3 lps on the hook to complete the first foundation hdc st, yo, insert hook into the ch st you were pinching to begin the second foundation hdc; rep from * to complete the required number of fhdc.
The pillow is crocheted with three strands of yarn using a chaining technique to pull the yarn from the cake.
Row 1: Fdhc 49 (can be any multiple of 12 + 1). Alternatively, ch 51, hdc into 3rd ch from hook until end, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn (49 hdc).
Row 3: Ch 2, tr in same st, *(2 dc, 2 hdc, sc, sl st, sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr); rep from * to end, turn (This creates 5 peaks and 4 valleys). Updated 1/6/2021
Row 4: Ch 2 (count as a st), hdc in same, *(hdc in next 4 sts, sc3tog, hdc in next 4 sts, 3 hdc in next); rep from * to end, ending with only 2 hdc in the top of the tr, turn.
Rows 5-25: Ch 2, hdc in same, *(hdc in next 4 sts, sc3tog, hdc in next 4 sts, 3 hdc in next); rep from * to end, ending with only 2 hdc in the top of the beg ch-2, turn.
Row 26: Sl st into st below lp on hook, *(sc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, tr in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next st, sl st in next st); rep from * to end, placing last sl st in the top of the beg ch-2, turn.
Row 27: Ch 2, extended hdc in same, extended hdc in each st across, ending with an extended hdc in the top of the beg ch2.
Repeat pattern to make a second side. Fasten off.
Place the wrong sides of the pillow facing each other. Using one strand of yarn, sew or sl st together around 3 of the edges. Turn right side out, insert the pillow form and sew or sl st the edge closed.
Weave in ends.