Jennifer from Chain 8 Designs is here to day to share a fun bobble crochet pillow pattern, the Lots of Love Heart Pillow. This makes a wonderful gift for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or a housewarming, and, of course, you can also make it to keep for you!
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About Chain 8 Designs
Hi, I’m Jennifer from Chain 8 Designs. While crochet is my passion, I love anything creative. I’m an equal opportunity crafter…knitting, sewing, jewelry making, painting, furniture refinishing, you name it and I’ve tried it at least once. While I enjoy crocheting just about anything, home decor is my absolute favorite, pillows especially. At one time I wanted to be an interior designer so I think this is why I love making things for the home so much. When I’m not being crafty (which isn’t often lol), I love spending time with my husband and daughter. We love to go camping on the Oregon Coast and explore all over the Pacific Northwest.
Lots of Love Heart Pillow
Crochet Pillow Pattern by Chain 8 Designs
- 542 Yards of Worsted Weight Yarn in Grey – I used 3 skeins in WeCrochet Mighty Stitch in 26820 Silver
- 135 Yards of Worsted Weight Yarn in White – I used 1 skein in WeCrochet Mighty Stitch in 26807 White
- 220 Yards of Worsted Weight Yarn in Red – I used 2 skeins in WeCrochet Mighty Stitch in 26815 Serrano
- Size H Hook [5.00 mm]
- (5) 3/4” to 7/8” Buttons in Color of Your Choice
- 18” x 18” (46 cm x 46 cm ) Pillow Form
- Yarn Needle
- Stitch Markers
- Sewing Needle and Thread to Match Buttons [optional]
Abbreviations in US Terms
- BO = Bobble
- CH = Chain
- SC = Single Crochet
- SL st= Slip Stitch
- SK = Skip Stitch
- SSCF = Seamless Single Crochet [see tutorial below]
- YO = Yarn Over
- 17 Single Crochet x 20 Rows = 4″ x 4″ (10 cm x 10 cm)
- Approximately 17.5” (44.5 cm) x 17.25″ (44 cm)
Notes Before You Begin
- The front cover is made using a combination of single crochets and bobble stitches. If you have never worked with the bobble stitch before or need a refresher, please read my Bobble Stitch Tutorial.
- Please read each section carefully. There are notes and suggestions to help you along the way.
- Make sure to complete the gauge swatch before you begin. Not everyone’s tension is the same and not all worsted weight yarn is created equal, and both can impact the overall size of your finished project.
- We will be using a five (5) double crochet bobble.
- Each white and red square on the chart represents one (1) completed bobble and the grey squares are ALL single crochets.
- The chart is worked from bottom to top and right to left. Start at 1/1 in the bottom right-hand corner.
- At the end of each row, you will CH 1 and turn. If the next row starts with a different color than the previous row ended with, finish the last stitch, and then pull your new color through. The new color will function as your CH 1, then turn, and continue.
- To keep a nice and tidy backside, I carried the grey background color throughout. For the hearts and argyle lines, I used separate yarn for each line and heart. To start I had 6 bobbins of white, 3 of red, and my full skein of grey. A cheap and easy way to make bobbins is to cut 4”x4” squares of foam core board and wrap your yarn around it. Cut a slit in the board to secure your yarn as you turn your work.
- For those that are not familiar with working from a bobble chart, I will walk you through a few rows to help get you started.
- Each row will have a part one (single crochet row) and a part two (bobble stitch row) i.e., Row 1/1 and Row 1/2. Once you have Row 1/1 and Row 1/2 done, you will have completed Row 1 of the chart and so on.
- [G] = Grey
- [W] = White
- [R] = Red
Front Cover Pattern
- CH 71 [with Grey]
- Row 1/1: [G] SC x4; [W] SC x2; [G] SC x10; [W] SC x2; [G] SC x10; [W] SC x2; [G] SC x10; [W] SC x2; [G] SC x10; [W] SC x2; [G] SC x4; CH 1; turn (70)
- Row 1/2: [G]SC x4; [W] BO x1; [G] SC x10; [W] BO x1; [G] SC x10; [W] BO x1; [G] SC x10; [W] BO x1; [G] SC x10; [W] BO x1; [G] SC x10; [W] BO x1; [G] SC x4; CH 1; turn (70)
- Row 2/1: [G] SC x2; [W] SC x2; [G] SC x6; [R] SC x2; [G] SC x 6; [W] SC x2; [G] SC x6; [W] SC x2; [G] SC x6; [R] SC x2; [G] SC x6; [W] SC x2; [G] SC x6; [W] SC x2; [G] SC x6; [R] SC x2; [G] SC x6; [W] SC x2; [G] SC x2; CH 1; turn (70)
- Row 2/2: [G] SC x2; [W] BO x1; [G] SC x6; [R] BO x1; [G] SC x6; [W] BO x1; [G] SC x6; [W] BO x1; [G] SC x6; [R] BO x1; [G] SC x6; [W] BO x1; [G] SC x6; [W] BO x1; [G] SC x6; [R] BO x1; [G] SC x6; [W] BO x1; [G] SC x2; switch to [W]; turn (70)
- Row 3/1: [W] SC x2; [G] SC x6; [R] SC x6; [G] SC x6; [W] SC x2; [G] SC x2; [W] SC x2; [G] SC x6; [R] SC x6; [G] SC x6; [W] SC x2; [G] SC x2; [W] SC x2; [G] SC x6; [R] SC x6; [G] SC x6; [W] SC x2; CH 1; turn (70)
- Row 3/2: [W] BO x1; [G] SC x6; [R] BO x3; [G] SC x6; [W] BO x1; [G] SC x2; [W] BO x1; [G] SC x6; [R] BO x3; [G] SC x6; [W] BO x1; [G] SC x2; [W] BO x1; [G] SC x6; [R] BO x3; [G] SC x6; [W] BO x1; change to [G]; turn (70)
- Continue to follow the chart until complete. Fasten off after the last stitch and weave in ends.
- The finished measurement should be approximately 17″ (43 cm) x 16.75” (42.5 cm).
LARGE BACK PIECE
The large back piece is the main back cover and will have buttonholes at the bottom. The finished measurement is approximately 17” (43 cm) x 16.75” (42.5 cm).
- CH 71
- Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook; SC next 69; CH 1; turn (70)
- Row 2: SC all; CH 1; turn (70)
- Repeat Row 2 until your back piece measures 0.5” (1.5 cm) shorter than the Front Cover.
- Buttonhole Row: SC 10: [*CH 2; SK 2; SC 10]; repeat [*] 4 more times: CH 1; turn (70)
- Finishing Row: SC all; fasten off; weave in ends
SMALL BACK PIECE
The small back piece is what we will be attaching the buttons to. The finished measurement is approximately 17” (43 cm) x 2” (5 cm).
- CH 71
- Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook; SC next 69; CH 1; turn (70)
- Row 2-9: SC all; CH 1; turn (70)
- Row 10: SC all; fasten off; weave in ends (70)
- To assemble the pillow, we will be running two rows of red SC around the outside edge of the pillow.
- We will be putting three (3) SC in each corner. As there are no real corner stitches, the corner stitches (on the first row) will be the first and last stitches of the top and bottom edges. To make it easier to find the corner stitches on the second row, place a stitch marker on the second corner SCs on the first row. This will take the guesswork out of what stitch to put your three SC stitches on the second row.
ATTACHING THE SMALL BACK PIECE
- Begin by laying the front cover face down and aligning the small back piece along the bottom edge. You can place stitch markers to hold it in place.
- Flip the cover back over so the front of the front cover is facing you.
- Insert your hook in the first stitch of the right-hand corner (going through both the front cover and small back piece) and pull up a loop, YO, and pull through the loop; SC 2 into the same stitch space [1st and 2ND corner stitches].
- Continue to SC along the bottom edge until you reach the last stitch where you will place one (1) SC. You should now have 71 SC.
- Leave the yarn attached and move to the Attaching the Large Back Piece section.
ATTACHING THE LARGE BACK PIECE
- Flip the cover back over so the front cover is face down.
- Lay the large back piece over the front cover (making sure the buttonholes are at the bottom.)
- Place either stitch markers or scrap pieces of yarn around the edge to keep the piece in place.
- Flip the cover back over so the front cover is facing up.
- SC into the same space as the last SC from attaching the small back piece (going through the front cover, small back piece, and large back piece.) Now place one more SC in the same stitch space. This will complete the three (3) SC for this corner.
- Next, SC 73 stitches up the side. [Make sure for the section where the side of the small back piece is, you are crocheting through only the front cover and large back piece. Not crocheting the small back piece at the sides will aid in attaching the buttons.]
- Place 3 SC in the first stitch of the top edge, then continue to SC 68 stitches across the top until you reach the last stitch, where you will place the 3 SC for that corner.
- SC 73 stitches down the other side.
- Place one more SC in the same space as the very first SC. This is the third SC for this corner. You should now have 293 SC.
- SL st to the very first SC, CH 1, and SC 2 into the same stitch space.
- Continue to SC around the whole edge of the pillow. Make sure to put 3 SC in each of the second corner SC stitches from the previous row.
- Once you have completed the last stitch, SSCF to the first SC. This will create a third faux SC for this corner. Weave in ends.
ATTACHING THE BUTTONS
- Lay the cover face down and smooth the cover out so that the bottom edge aligns with the bottom edge of the front cover/small back piece.
- Insert the non-hook end of your hook or yarn needle into the center of the middle buttonhole.
- Without removing the hook, lift the large back piece. This will show you where you will place the first button.
- Attach the button.
- Repeat Steps 3-5 until you have attached all five buttons.
- Once your cover is complete, the last step is to insert your pillow form and close the buttons.
- While the pillow looks great by itself, you can also add tassels or pom poms for a little extra pizazz.