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Walk This Way Pillow

25.May.21 / Kirsten Ballering

No matter which way you’re going, the rhythmical popcorn pattern on the Walk this Way pillow will soothe your mind and keep your hands busy.

Gentle stripes on the background create an interesting cushion that will be an eye-catcher in every room. The pattern is easy to follow and suitable for advanced beginners.

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

Materials

Scheepjes Merino Soft (50% Merino wool, 25% microfiber, 25% acrylic, 50g/105m)
  • Colour A: 636 Carney x 2 balls
  • Colour B: 634 Copley x 2 balls
  • Colour C: 639 Monet x 2 balls
  • Colour D: 653 Ernst x 2 balls
  • Colour E: 628 Botticelli x 2 balls
  • Colour F: 603 Michelangelo x 2 balls

Other materials

  • 50 x 50 inner pillow (19.75 x 19.75in)
  • Button 3cm diameter x5

Shop the yarn!

You can find Merino Soft at Scheepjes retailers, such as:

Crochet hook

4mm (US Size G/6).

Measurements

Cover fits a 50 x 50cm pillow (19.75 x 19.75in).

Gauge/tension

16.5 hdc x 14 rows measure 10 x 10cm on a 4mm hook.

Notes

You'll be working this pillow in parts. First, you crochet and border the Front. Next, you crochet two separate back pieces. These backpieces are positioned on top of each other to create the button flap and crocheted together with a border round. Finally, you crochet both Back and Front together with a final border.

Abbreviations

  • cc: colour change: Always happens in the st before change as follows: work st up to final yarn over in old colour, yarn over in new colour and pull through. This way, you have a finished stitch in the old colour and a loop on your hook in the new colour
  • ch: chain
  • ch-sp(s): chain space(s)
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • popc: popcorn: 6 double crochet in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook from front to back through first st, pick up loop again, pull through loop on hook to close popcorn
  • RS: right side
  • sc: single crochet
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • WS: wrong side

Repeat formats

  • *….; rep from * once/twice/3x Crochet the instructions after * and then repeat that section a further number of times as indicated.
  • (…) 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.
 

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Crochet pattern

Pillow Front

With Colour A, ch76.

Row 1 (RS) Starting in second ch from hook, 75hdc, ch1, turn. [75 hdc]

Row 2 (WS) 75hdc, ch1, turn. [75 hdc]

Rows 3-8 Repeat Row 2.

Row 9 9hdc, 1popc, 55hdc, 1popc, 9 hdc, ch1, turn. [73 hdc, 2 popcorns]

Row 10 Repeat Row 2, cut yarn, turn.

Row 11 Join Colour B with a ss in first st, ch1 (doesn’t count as st throughout), 9hdc, 1popc, 1hdc, 1popc, 51hdc, 1popc, 1hdc, 1popc, 9hdc, ch1, turn. [71 hdc, 4 popcorns]

From here on, every even row is a Row 2 repeat, and will not be written out in the pattern unless instructions differ.

Row 13 9hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 2 times, 1popc, 47hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 2 times, 1popc, 9hdc, ch1, turn. [69 hdc, 6 popcorns]

Row 15 9hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 3 times, 1popc, 43hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 3 times, 1popc, 9hdc, ch1, turn. [67 hdc, 8 popcorns]

Row 17 9hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 4 times, 1popc, 39hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 4 times, 1popc, 9hdc, ch1, turn. [65 hdc, 10 popcorns]

Row 19 9hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 5 times, 1popc, 35hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 5 times, 1popc, 9hdc, ch1, turn. [63 hdc, 12 popcorns]

Row 20 Repeat Row 2, cut yarn, turn.

Row 21 Join Colour C with a ss in first st, ch1, 9hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 6 times, 1popc, 31hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 6 times, 1popc, 9hdc, ch1, turn. [61 hdc, 14 popcorns]

Row 23 9hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 7 times, 1popc, 27hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 7 times, 1popc, 9hdc, ch1, turn. [59 hdc, 16 popcorns]

Row 25 9hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 8 times, 1popc, 23hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 8 times, 1popc, 9hdc, ch1, turn. [57 hdc, 18 popcorns]

Row 27 11hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 8 times, 1popc, 19hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 8 times, 1popc, 11hdc, ch1, turn. [57 hdc, 18 popcorns]

Row 29 13hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 8 times, 1popc, 15hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 8 times, 1popc, 13hdc, ch1, turn. [57 hdc, 18 popcorns]

Row 30 Repeat Row 2, cut yarn, turn.

Row 31 Join Colour D with a ss in first st, ch1, 11hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 8 times, 1popc, 11hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 8 times, 1popc, 15hdc, ch1, turn. [57 hdc, 18 popcorns]

Row 33 17hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 8 times, 1popc, 17hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 8 times, 1popc, 17hdc, ch1, turn. [57 hdc, 18 popcorns]

Row 35 19hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 8 times, 1popc, 3hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 8 times, 1popc, 19hdc, ch1, turn. [57 hdc, 18 popcorns]

Row 37 21hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 16 times, 1popc, 21hdc, ch1, turn. [58 hdc, 17 popcorns]

Row 39 23hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 14 times, 1popc, 23hdc, ch1, turn. [60 hdc, 15 popcorns]

Row 40 Repeat Row 2, cut yarn, turn.

Row 41 Join Colour E with a ss in first st, ch1, 25hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 12 times, 1popc, 253hdc, ch1, turn. [62 hdc, 13 popcorns]

Row 43 27hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 10 times, 1popc, 27hdc, ch1, turn. [64 hdc, 11 popcorns]

Row 45 29hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 8 times, 1popc, 29hdc, ch1, turn. [66 hdc, 9 popcorns]

Row 47 31hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 6 times, 1popc, 31hdc, ch1, turn. [68 hdc, 7 popcorns]

Row 49 33hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 4 times, 1popc, 33hdc, ch1, turn. [70 hdc, 5 popcorns]

Row 50 Repeat Row 2, cut yarn, turn.

Row 51 Join Colour F with a ss in first st, ch1, 35hdc, (1popc, 1hdc) 2 times, 1popc, 35hdc, ch1, turn. [72 hdc, 3 popcorns]

Row 53 37hdc, 1popc, 37hdc, ch1, turn. [74 hdc, 1 popcorn]

Rows 54-60 Repeat Row 2, cut yarn.

Weave in all ends.

Front Border

Please note: you’ll be working this round in the same colour as the underlying stitches. Refer to the row you’re crocheting in to see to which colour you’re changing.

Front border round (RS) Join Colour F with a ss in the right side of Row 51 (first row in Colour F). Ch1, (1hdc in each of next 2 row-ends, 2hdc in next row-end) 3 times, 1hdc in last row-end, ch1, rotate work 90 degrees.

1hdc in each st across Row 50, ch1, *(1hdc in each of next 2 row-ends, 2hdc in next row-end) 3 times, 1hdc in last row-end, cc; repeat from * another 5 times, 1hdc in last row-end, 1hdc in first ch, ch1, rotate work 90 degrees.

1hdc in each ch across beginning-ch, ch1, rotate work 90 degrees.

*(1hdc in each of next 2 row-ends, 2hdc in next row-end) 3 times, 1 hdc in last row-end, cc: repeat from * another 4 times, omitting last cc. Join with ss to first st, fasten off. [75 hdc on top and bottom sides, 96 hdc on left and right side, 4 ch-1 sps]

Block cover to 48 x 48cm (19 x 19in).

Back (Small part)

With Colour A, ch76.

Row 1 (RS) Starting in second ch from hook, 75hdc, ch2, turn. [75 hdc]

Row 2 (WS) 75hdc, ch2, turn.

Rows 3-9 Repeat Row 2.

Row 10 75hdc, cut yarn, turn.

Row 11 Join Colour B with a ss in first hdc, ch2 (doesn’t count as st), 1hdc in st at base of chain, 74hdc, ch2, turn. [75 hdc]

Rows 12-19 75hdc, ch2, turn.

Row 20 75hdc, cut yarn.

Weave in ends.

Back (Large part)

Rows 1-8 With Colour B, repeat Rows 1-8 from Small part.

Row 9 (buttonhole row) 9hdc, (ch5, skip 5 sts, 8hdc) 4 times, ch5, skip 5 sts, 9 hdc, ch2, turn. [50 hdc, 5 ch-5 sps]

Row 10 1hdc in each ch and st, cut yarn, turn. [75 hdc]

Row 11-20 Repeat Row 11-20 from Small part with Colour C.

Row 21-30 Repeat Row 11-20 from Small part with Colour D.

Row 31-40 Repeat Row 11-20 from Small part with Colour E.

Row 41-50 Repeat Row 11-20 from Small part with Colour F.

Weave in ends.

Back Border

Place Large part on top of Small part and make sure only sections of Colour B overlap. Repeat Front border starting in Row 41 of Large part. When you reach cc to Colour B, make sure to crochet through stitches of both edges of Small and Large part. This creates one solid Back piece. Block to size as for Front border. Sew buttons on Small Part aligning with buttonholes on Large part. [75 hdc on top and bottom sides, 96 hdc on left and right side,4 ch-1 sps]

Assembly

Please note: you’ll be working this round in the same colour as the underlying stitches. Refer to the row you’re crocheting in to see to which colour you’re changing.

Place covers with WS together. With Front cover towards you, join Colour A with ss in colour change from A to B on left side of pillow. Ch1, 1sc in same st, 1sc in each st towards corner, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in corner space, 1sc in each st to next corner, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in corner space, *1sc in each st to colour change, cc; repeat from * another 4 times, cc, 1sc in each st to corner space, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in corner space, 1sc in each st to next corner, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in corner space, *1sc in each st to colour change, cc; repeat from * another 4 times, joining with ss in first st on last colour change. [77 sc on top and bottom sides, 98 sc on left and right side,4 ch-2 sps]

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Photo credit: Inside Crochet Magazine

Adjusting the size of the pillow

If you want to change the size of the pillow, it’s best to add or remove entire rows and stitches of hdc instead of changing the actual popcorn pattern to avoid complicated changes. Make sure to keep a row of hdc in between popcorn rows.

If you really want to change the popcorn pattern and make the chevron bigger, I would suggest using the crochet diagram to draw out where you want to add (or delete) popcorns and work from those drawn instructions.

Diagram

Pillow Crochet diagram

Diagram 1

Key (US terms)

Diagram 2

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