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Parallel Pillow

09.Jan.19 / Kirsten Ballering

This pillow will make a wonderful addition to your home decor. The combination of popcorn stitches and ombre colours make for a modern and playful pillow. The rhythmic pattern is a joy to work on as the pillow grows row by row. This will be a pattern that you can’t get enough of!

The pattern for the Parallel Pillow is also available as a print-friendly, styled and advertisement free PDF in the Haak maar Raak shop.

Materials

Scheepjes Sugar Rush (100% mercerised cotton, 50g/280m
  • Colour A: 130 Old lace x 2 balls
  • Colour B: 414 Salmon x 2 balls
  • Colour C: 252 Watermelon x 2 balls
  • Colour D: 390 Poppy Rose x 2 balls
  • Colour E: 192 Scarlet x 2 balls

Other

  • A 40 x 65cm (16 x 26in) pillow pad
  • 4 3cm (1¼in) buttons

Retailers for this yarn

You can purchase this yarn at your local Scheepjes retailer. If there’s no retailer nearby, have a look at the following webshops:

Crochet hook

3.0mm (US size 2/C).

Measurements

The pillowcase fits an inner pillow pad of 40 x 65cm (16 x 26in).

Gauge/Tension

20 sts and 16 rows in half double crochet to 10 x 10cm (4 x 4in) using 3.0mm hook and two strands of yarn.

Notes

  • Use yarn double stranded throughout.
  • When changing colour, do not work the 1ch at the end of the last row of the first colour. Join new colour with ss.
  • The pattern repeat consists of 18 rows. Each colour section consists of 20 rows (10 popcorn rows).
  • An easy way to remember how much hdc you need to work before the first popcorn is to look at the row number. Row 5 has 5 hdc before the first popcorn, Row 9 has 9 hdc before the first popcorn and so on.

Abbreviations

  • ch: chain
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • popc: popcorn stitch (work 6 double crochet in next st, remove hook, re-insert hook from front to back through first double crochet, pick up loop of 6th double crochet again and pull through loop on hook)
  • RS: right side
  • ss: slip stitch
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • WS: wrong side

Repeat formats

  • (…) once/twice/3x Crochet the instructions between brackets the total number of times indicated.
  • […] Indicates the amount of stitches at the end of a row or round.

Crochet pattern

Short back panel

With two strands of Colour A, ch80, turn.

Row 1 (RS) 1hdc in 2nd ch from hook, 1hdc in each ch to end, ch1, turn. [79 hdc]

Row 2 and every WS row Hdc to end, ch1, turn.

Row 3 3hdc, popc, (17hdc, popc) 4 times, 3hdc, ch1, turn. [5 popc, 74 hdc]

Row 5 5hdc, popc, (17hdc, popc) 3 times, 19hdc, ch1, turn. [4 popc, 75 hdc]

Row 7 7hdc, popc, (17hdc, popc) 3 times, 17hdc, ch1, turn.

Row 9 9hdc, popc, (17hdc, popc) 3 times, 15hdc, ch1, turn.

Row 11 11hdc, popc, (17hdc, popc) 3 times, 13hdc, ch1, turn.

Row 13 13hdc, popc, (17hsc, popc) 3 times, 11hdc, ch1, turn.

Row 15 15hdc, popc, (17hdc, popc) 3 times, 9hdc, ch1, turn.

Row 17 17hdc, popc, (17hdc, popc) 3 times, 7hdc, ch1, turn.

Row 19 19hdc, popc, (17hdc, popc) 3 times, 5hdc, ch1, turn.

Row 20 Hdc to end, ch1, turn. Rows 3 to 20 form pattern and are repeated.

Continue in pattern as set for two more rows. Fasten off Colour A.

Join Colour B with ss at start of next row (pattern Row 5) work 20 rows in pattern. Fasten off Colour B.

Join Colour C with ss at start of next row (pattern Row 7) work 20 rows in pattern. Fasten off Colour C.

Joining Colour D with ss at start of next row (pattern Row 9) work 20 rows in pattern. Fasten off Colour D.

Join Colour E with ss at start of next row (pattern Row 11) work 20 rows in pattern.

Next row Hdc to end. Fasten off.

Short back panel

With two strands of Colour A, ch80, turn.

Row 1 (RS) 1hdc in 2nd ch from hook, 1hdc in each ch to end, ch1, turn. [79 hdc]

Rows 2-21 Hdc to end, ch1, turn.

Row 22 Hdc to end. Fasten off Colour A.

Row 23 Join Colour B with ss, hdc to end, ch1, turn.

Rows 24-34 Hdc to end, ch1, turn.

Row 35 Hdc to end. Cut yarn and fasten off.

Long back panel

With two strands of Colour B, ch80.

Row 1 (RS) 1hdc in 2nd ch from hook, 1hdc in each ch to end, ch1, turn. [79 hdc]

Rows 2-9 Hdc to end, ch1, turn.

Row 10 Hdc to end, cut yarn and fasten off Colour B.

Row 11 Join Colour C with ss, hdc to end, ch1, turn.

Rows 12-29 Hdc to end, ch1, turn.

Row 30 Hdc to end, cut yarn and fasten off Colour C.

Row 31 Join Colour D with ss, hdc to end, ch1, turn.

Rows 32-49 Hdc to end, ch1, turn.

Row 50 Hdc to end, cut yarn, fasten off Colour D.

Row 51 Join E with ss, hdc to end, ch1, turn.

Rows 53-70 Hdc to end, ch1, turn.

Row 71 Hdc to end, cut yarn and fasten off.

Button loops (make 4)

With Colour B, ch15, cut yarn leaving a 10cm (4in) tail to fasten loops to cover.

Finishing and joining

Block each panel to following sizes:

  • Front textured panel: 40 x 65cm (16 x 26in)
  • Short back panel: 40 x 22cm (16 x 9in)
  • Long back panel: 40 x 45cm (16x 18in)

Place short panel and textured front panel with wrong sides together. You’ll be working in the top of the stitches and in the sides of the rows.

Start on bottom side in Row 22 (last row of Colour A). Working through all loops of both panels, Join Colour A with ss, 1hdc in each of next 22 rows, 3hdc in corner beginning ch, 1hdc in each of next 77 sts, 3hdc in corner beginning ch, 1hdc in each of next 22 rows, change to Colour B, 1hdc in each of next 10 rows.

Place long panel in between short and front panels. The next 3 hdc will be worked through all loops from all panels (the short back panel is on top). After last of 3 sts in last rows of short panel have been worked, crochet 1hdc in each of next 7 rows of long panel and front panel, change to Colour C, 1hdc in each of next 20 rows, change to Colour D, 1hdc in each of next 20 rows, change to Colour E, 1hdc in each of next 21 rows, 3hdc in corner st, 1hdc in each of next 77 sts, 3hdc in corner st, 1hdc in each of next 21 rows, change to Colour D, 1hdc in each of next 20 rows, change to Colour C, 1hdc in each of next 20 rows, change to Colour B, 1hdc in each of next 7 rows.

Place short panel on top of long panel, and work next 3 hdc through all loops from all panels, 1hdc in each of next 10 rows of short panel and front panel, join with ss to first hdc.

Using Colour C, sew 4 buttons at equal distance on edge of short panel. Fasten button loops at corresponding distances on long panel. Weave in all ends.

Diagram

Diagram 1
Diagram 2

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