Crochet Moon Pillow Pattern: Sleepy Crescent Moon

The Sleepy Crescent Moon is a crochet moon pillow pattern that you can use as a neck pillow during road trips, or as a decorative pillow for a nursery. The sleepy eyelid is perfect for welcoming gentle dreams.

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I’ve mentioned many times before that I Like Crochet is my favorite digital crochet magazine. And, yes, I might be biased because I’ve had almost two dozens patterns published in its various issues, but I don’t think so!

Photo © I Like Crochet.

Last year, the editors were looking for a moon travel pillow, and here’s what I came up with. I used Red Heart Soft yarn because I wanted something that wouldn’t be itchy against the neck.

Photo © I Like Crochet.

My favorite detail is the embroidered eyelid. I only did mine on one side, but of course it would be reversible if you embroidered both sides so I’ve included enough yardage in the yarn requirements for you to do that if you’d like. If you’re new to embroidery, or your skills are rusty, I’ve linked up a video tutorial to help you out.

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Sleepy Crescent Moon

Crochet Moon Pillow Pattern by Underground Crafter

This waxing crescent moon pillow is perfect for catching some ZZZs during your next trip, or to use as décor in a nursery. This pattern was originally published in I Like Crochet.

Finished Size

  • Approximately 14” (35.5 cm) tall x 5” (13 cm) wide before stuffing.

Materials

  • Red Heart Soft yarn (100% acrylic, 5 oz/141 g, 256 yd/234 m) – 1 skein each in 4601 Off White (CA) and 9518 Teal (CB), or approximately 200 yd (183 m) in CA and 5 yd (4.5 m) in CB in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size F-5/3.75 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Fairfield World Poly-Fil Premium Fiber Fill – 20 ounce bag.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Stitch markers.

Gauge

  • 20 sc = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not required for this pattern. Stitches should be small so fiber filling doesn’t show.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together (decrease) – [Insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop] twice, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook. Whistle and Ivy has a helpful video tutorial for this stitch here.
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

Pattern Instructions

Back Panel

  • With CA and beginning at center, ch 46.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next 45 ch. (45 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc in each of first 3 sts, sc in each st across to last 3 sts, 2 sc in each of last 3 sts. (51 sts)
  • Row 3: Rep Row 2. (57 sts)
  • Row 4: Rep Row 2. (63 sts)
  • Row 5: Rep Row 2. (69 sts)
  • Row 6: Rep Row 2. (75 sts)
  • Row 7: Rep Row 2. (81 sts)
  • Row 8: Rep Row 2. (87 sts)
  • Row 9: Rep Row 2. (93 sts)
  • Row 10: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 68 sts, sl st in next st, sk 24 sts. (69 sts)
  • Row 11: Turn, sl st in first st, sc in next 45 sts, sl st in next st, sk 22 sts.(47 sts)
  • Row 12: Turn, sl st in each of first 2 sts, sc in next 43 sts, sl st in next st, sk next st. (46 sts)
  • Row 13: Turn, sl st in each of first 2 sts, sc in next 42 sts, sl st in next st, sk next st. (45 sts)
  • Row 14: Turn, sl st in each of first 2 sts, sc in next 41 sts, sl st in next st, sk next st. (44 sts)
  • Row 15: Turn, sl st in each of first 3 sts, sc in next 38 sts, sl st in next st, sk 2 sts. (42 sts)
  • Row 16: Turn, sl st in each of first 3 sts, sc in next 34 sts, sl st in next st, sk 3 sts. (38 sts)
  • Row 17: Turn, sl st in each of first 3 sts, sc in next 31 sts, sl st in next st, sk 3 sts. (35 sts)
  • Row 18: Turn, sl st in each of first 3 sts, sc in next 28 sts, sl st in next st, sk 3 sts. (32 sts)
  • Row 19: Turn, sl st in each of first 3 sts, sc in next 25 sts, sl st in next st, sk 3 sts. (29 sts)
  • Row 20: Turn, sl st in each of first 3 sts, sc in next 21 sts, sl st in next 2 sts, sk 3 sts. (26 sts)
  • Row 21: Turn, sl st in each of first 3 sts, sc in next 18 sts, sl st in next 2 sts, sk 3 sts. (23 sts)
  • Row 22: Turn, sl st in each of first 3 sts, sc in next 15 sts, sl st in next 2 sts, sk 3 sts. (20 sts)

Edging

  • Rnd 1: Turn, sc in first 20 sts, turn to work along side of rows, [sc in side of next row, sc in next 3 sts across row] 3 times, [sc in side of next row, sc in next st across row] twice, sc in side of next row, sc in next 22 sts across row, turn to work along shaped edges, sc in side of each of next 5 rows, [sc2tog in side of next 2 rows] twice, sc in side of next row, turn to work along unworked side of foundation chain. Sc in next 45 sts across row, turn to work along shaped edges, sc in side of next row, [sc2tog in side of next 2 rows] twice, sc in side of next 5 rows, turn to work along top rows, sc in next 23 sts, [sc in side of next row, sc in next 3 sts across row] 4 times, place marker.
  • Rnd 2: Sc in each st around to marker, move up marker, sl st to join. Fasten off.

Front Panel

  • Rep as for Back Panel but do not fasten off.

Sleepy Eye with Eyelashes

  • Thread yarn needle with CB. Embroider sleepy eye with eyelashes with backstitch (see Pattern Notes) on Front Panel.
  • Fasten off and weave in ends on wrong side of Front Panel.

Assembly and Finishing

  • Place Front Panel right side up on top of Back Panel so stitch markers are in same position. Lining up stitches and joining by working through both layers, sc in next 58 sts, 3 sc in corner point, sc in next 8 sts around the edge, stuff corner with fiber filling, sc in next 53 sts, 3 sc in corner point, sc in next 10 stitches, stuff corner with fiber filling, sc in next 24 sts, continuing to stuff as you seam the project together every few rows. Join with sl st to first st.
  • Fasten off.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of pillow.
© 2019, 2020 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: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2020/04/17/crochet-moon-pillow-sleepy-crescent-moon/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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