Heathered Spikes Pillow

This pillow is inspired by beautiful and bold woven kilim rugs. The wonderful linen stitch gives it a lovely texture, the stripes make it modern and fitting for a variety of spaces, and the thick wool makes it cozy, inviting and stylish. It works up fairly quickly with super bulky yarn and an easy stitch pattern.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Approximately 13 inches x 11 inches after seaming (can vary with gauge)

Gauge: 11 stitches and 9 rows = 4″ (10 cm)

Materials

Yarn:

Super Bulky Weight Yarn Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (80% acrylic, 20% wool; 106 yards [97 meters]/170 grams): #147 Eggplant (MC, 2 skeins), #154 Grey Marble (CC, 1 skein)
Hook: US size J/10 (6.0 mm) hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: 1 12″ x 12″ pillow insert

Pattern Notes

This pillow is worked in two pieces and seamed.  It is completed using a repeating series of single crochet and chain stitches.

Pattern

Front Panel

With MC, chain 31.
Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in the next st.* Repeat across until just before final stitch. Sc in the last st., chain 1 and turn.
Row 2: Sc in 1st sc (2nd st. from hook), *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in the next st .* Repeat from * to * across row until final stitch. Sc in the last sc, drawing up the (CC) Grey Marble yarn to make a color change for next row, chain 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc in 1st sc (2nd st. from hook), *ch1, sk next sc, sc in the next st.* Repeat from * to * across row until final stitch. Sc in the last sc, chain 1, turn.
Row 4: Repeat row 3, changing colors to (MC) as you finish final stitch of row.
Row 5: Repeat row 3.
Row 6: Repeat row 3, changing color to (CC) as you finish final stitch of row.
Rows 7-13: Repeat row 3.
Row 14: Repeat row 3. Change color to (MC) as you finish final stitch of row.
Rows 15-16: Repeat row 3.
Row 17: Repeat row 3. Change to (CC) as you finish final stitch of row.
Rows 18-24: Repeat row 3.
Row 25: Repeat row 3. Change to (MC) as you finish final stitch of row.
Row 26: Repeat row 3.
Row 27: Repeat row 3. Change to (CC) as you finish final stitch of row.
Row 28: Repeat row 3.
Row 29: Repeat row 3. Change to (MC) as you finish final stitch of row.
Rows 30-31: Repeat row 3. Tie off, and weave in all ends.

Back Panel

With (MC) Eggplant, chain 31.
Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, ch 1., skip next st, sc in the next st. Repeat across until just before last stitch. Sc in the last st. Chain 1 and turn.
Row 2: Sc in 1st sc (2nd st from hook), * ch. 1, sk next sc, sc in the next st*. Repeat from * to * across row until final stitch. Sc in the last sc.
Row 3-31: Repeat row 2. Tie off, and weave in all ends.

Seaming and Assembly

Line up both panels with right sides together (the fabric is reversible so either side is fine). Along the sides that contain grey (top and bottom of stripes), attach (MC) yarn, and slip stitch seam across each side separately. Tie off and weave in ends.
Turn pillow cover right side out.
Attach yarn to corner of one open side, and single crochet seam up the length of side. Tie off, and weave in ends.
Place 12″x12″ pillow insert evenly inside of pillow cover.  Be sure to fill the corners well with the insert.
Attach yarn to corner, and single crochet seam final side closed. Tie off and weave in ends. yarn ball

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