Crochet Pattern: L Square Pillow

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5 Tips for Getting Your Teen Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment with CollegeCovered.com by Underground Crafter with free crochet pattern for L Square Pillow Besides having survived college myself and working as a Resident Assistant while I was a student, since graduating many moons ago, I’ve worked in higher education for about a decade in student services, academic affairs, and as a professor. That’s why I’m so excited today to share my five tips for helping you to get your teen ready to live in a dorm room or off-campus apartment, along with a quick crochet pattern for the L Square Pillow, a decorative project you can use to add a touch of handmade to your teen’s dorm room.

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If you have a high school senior at home applying to college, you’re reading this at the perfect time. You have almost a year to prepare her or him (and yourself!) for the big “move in” day. To get you started, here are my five tips.

5 Tips for Getting Your Teen Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment

1: Pack light.

It will be tempting to pack tons of stuff from your room at home — but don’t. Most dorm rooms are pretty small and even if you’ll be living in a larger, off-campus apartment, packing, unpacking, and moving can take up a lot of time and money that would be better used for studying or campus activities. Spend the next few months thinking about what’s really essential and paring down what you plan to bring.

2: Personalize.

Dorms can be a bit dull, and there may be times when your teen will feel homesick, so be sure to pack what s/he will need to make a room feel like a new home. Use your teen’s favorite colors for sheets or an area rug. Instead of buying everything new, pack some of your teen’s favorite decorations from home. (This will also help you save some money that your teen can use for books and other expenses.) If your teen is crafty, be sure to remind her or him to bring some handmade projects, like the L Square Pillow, to add a personal touch to the room. You can find more ways to Make the Dorm Room Yours here. 5 Tips for Getting Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment with CollegeCovered.com by Underground Crafter with free crochet pattern for the L Square Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver yarn using a Fairfield Crafter's Choice 12" x 12" Pillow

3: Don’t forget the memories.

Okay, I know I said to pack light but if your teen brings things with sentimental value, you can help s/he can find some emotional (as well as physical) comfort in his or her room after a long night of studying. Remind your teen to collect pictures and playlists from friends so s/he can have a bit of nostalgia when necessary. If you know your teen won’t want to announce that s/he’s missing home to the world, think ahead. Collect bits of old jeans from close friends and sew up a set of DIY Denim Pocket Pillows. Your teen will be able to think back on fun times and the new roommate will be none the wiser. 5 Tips for Getting Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment with CollegeCovered.com by Underground Crafter You can find more tips in 5 Ways to Stay Close To Your Best Friend Before Leaving for College.

4: Be gentle to the walls.

Most dorms and rental apartments do not want you to damage the walls with nails or by painting. Pack removable vinyl decor or hang lightweight posters and pictures with adhesive putty. Crochet bunting is another lightweight (and easy to pack) project that can add a lot of color without damaging dorm walls.

5: Start teaching your teen how to live on her/his own.

If you’ve never done your own laundry or can’t cook to save your life, there’s still time to figure these things out. Talk to your parents, grandparents, or guardians about letting you take on more responsibility at home or teaching you how to prepare your favorite dinner. Not only will knowing how to take care of yourself make college life easier, it’s also a great way to make friends! Trust me, if you cook a homemade dinner in the common area or help a floor mate with laundry, you will be a hero(ine). (And, if your parents aren’t ready to let go, just email them the link to How to Encourage Independence in a College-Bound Graduate.)

If you make your own L Square Pillow, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies.  Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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L Square Pillow

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

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Finished Size

  • 12” (30.5 cm) square.

Materials

Gauge

  • Square in pattern = 4” (10 cm) square. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used In This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd – Round
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * + Repeat instructions following asterisk/plus sign as indicated.
  • () Instructions within parenthesis are worked into indicated stitch or space.
  • [] Repeat instructions in brackets as indicated.

Pattern Note

Pattern Instructions L Square (Make 11 starting with CA and make 10 starting with CB)

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L Square (starting with CA).

  • With first color, ch 4, sk 3 ch, join with sl st to next ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), 2 dc in ring, [ch 2, 3 dc in ring] 3 times, ch 1, sc (counts as ch-1 sp, here and throughout) to top of ch 3 to join. (12 sts + 4 ch-2 sp)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same sp, [*dc in next 3 sts,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp] 3 times, rep from * to ** once, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, sc to top of ch 3 to join. (28 sts + 4 ch-2 sp)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same sp, +[*dc in next 7 sts,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp], rep from * to **, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp++ changing to second color in final yo of last dc, ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, rep from + to ++, ch 2, sl st to top of ch 3 to join. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming.
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L Square (starting with CB).

Assemble front panel

  • With right sides facing and using yarn tail, follow assembly diagram to join squares on back with slip stitch seam (see Pattern Note) starting in ch before dc and ending in ch after dc on every square.

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  • Join rows together in same manner following assembly diagram.

Assemble back panels

  • Join back panels in the same manner as front panel following assembly diagram.

5 Tips for Getting Your Teen Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment with CollegeCovered.com by Underground Crafter Assemble pillow

  • Position front panel with right side up.

5 Tips for Getting Your Teen Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment with CollegeCovered.com by Underground Crafter

  • Position both back panels over front panel, with center rows overlapping.

5 Tips for Getting Your Teen Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment with CollegeCovered.com by Underground Crafter

  • Join yarn with sl st to any corner ch-2 sp. With right sides facing, join front and back panels with slip stitch seam (see Pattern Note) starting in ch before dc and ending in ch after dc on every square and working through all 3 layers at overlapping rows.

5 Tips for Getting Your Teen Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment with CollegeCovered.com by Underground Crafter   Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
  • Turn pillowcase right side out.

5 Tips for Getting Your Teen Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment with CollegeCovered.com by Underground Crafter

  • Insert pillow form into pillowcase.
  • Enjoy your new pillow!

5 Tips for Getting Your Teen Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment with CollegeCovered.com by Underground Crafter

© 2017 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/11/09/crochet-pattern-l-square-pillow-with-collegecoveredcom. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

If you make your own L Square Pillow, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies.  Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

Add the L Square Pillow to your Ravelry favorites or queue. Underground Crafter on RavelryIf you want an easy print format, you can buy an ad-free PDF version on Craftsy. Underground Crafter on Craftsy

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