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The Sun Shine Patio Pillow is a bright pop of color perfect to prepare your out door living areas for the coming BBQ’s and family get togethers. This free crochet pattern has a simple design and is worked in the round. This project works up quickly and easily and is great for beginners. The Sun Shine Patio Pillow uses very few stitches and when worked with a large hook those stitches really give this pillow character.
This pattern is such a fun one to work up. You will be using a large crochet hook to create loose stitches that will be stretched over your pillow form to create a really unique open stitch look. I decided to use the Waistcoat stitch for this pillow to give it a faux knit look. There is no joining or turning. You will create two side panels and crochet them together with single crochets. No sewing is involved.
For this pillow I decided to use Yarnspiration’s new Bernat Maker Outdoor. This yarn has such a soft feel and a lot of nice stretch. When this cover is stretched over a patio pillow it opens up the stitches and really makes them stand out. Let’s Get Started!
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Sunshine Patio Pillow Crochet Pattern
1 Skein Bernat Maker Outdoor
Size Q Crochet Hook
Large yarn Needle
Cheap Patio Pillow (I grabbed on for $5 at Walmart)
Stitches and Abbreviations
WC – Waistcoat Stitch
SC- Single Crochet
SLST – Slip Stich
CH – Chain
MC – Magic Circle or Magic Ring
Waistcoat Stitch – The waistcoat stitch is just a modified Single crochet stitch. Instead of inserting your hook under the top ‘v’ of the stitch to pull up a loop, you will insert your hook between the two post of the single crochet. I created a quick photo tutorial to help explain this.
Normally you would insert your hook and pull up a loop for a single crochet where the teal dot is in image 1. For a waistcoat stitch you insert your hook in between the two vertical post of the previous stitch where the red dot is in image 1 and pull up a loop. Then yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook and you have completed a waistcoat stitch. Now you are ready to start your pillow.
Sunshine Patio Pillow Pattern
Note: We will be working in a continuous square.
Pillow Side (Make 2)
SC 4 into a MC Place a Stitch marker into the first SC. Move the stitch marker to the first SC or WC of each row to keep track of the first stitch.
Round 1: (WC, CH, WC) into each SC.
Round 2-16: WC in the first ST and move your stitch marker to the new first ST *WC in each ST until you reach the CH space. (SC, CH, SC in the CH space)* Repeat from *to* a total of 4 times. WC in each ST until you reach your stitch marker.
After reaching the 16th row. SLST to the next ST and finish off.
You will notice that due to working in a continuous square that your stitches will lean to one side. You can fix this a little once you have it on the pillow but not completely.
Next, line up your two sides and count your stitches in between each chain space. I had on side with one extra stitch on each panel.
We will be SC the two sides together. I chose to SC instead of WC because I thought the change of ST looked more interesting. SLST to a corner, CH 1 and begin making SCs down one side working through both pieces. When you reach the corner (SC, CH, SC) in the CH spaces. Repeat this for 3 sides of the pillow then stuff your work with your cheap patio pillow. Work down the last side, (SC, CH, SC) in the last corner and SLST to your first SC. Fasten off and weave end all your ends.
Now your pillow is complete. Make a few more and you will have a bright and cheerful patio!
Let me know how you like this free crochet pattern. If you have any questions leave a comment below and I will try and help the best I can. I hope you decide to make a Sunshine Patio Pillow or two of your own. If you do, I would LOVE to see a photo! If you share it on social media be sure to tag me @windingroadcrochet or #windingroadcrochet.
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