I will be one incredibly happy gal when our stuff finally catches up to us here in Georgia! I must confess that I despise writing blog posts on my phone! Silly me forgot to keep the laptop away from the movers during the great pack-out so away it went 😭. I do however enjoy the excessive use of emojis phone posting can bring 😜.
Ok, rant over. Time for some cuddly pillow talk! I really wanted to make something for the house, and throw pillows, even when we don’t have our couch yet, are always appealing to me. Can never have enough I say! Bring me all the pillows! Pillow fort!!!
The Cascading Hearts Pillow looks more difficult than it is, promise! It is worked in double crochet only and you will just need to pay attention to your counts. It’s also extremely simple to change its size! So while this pattern is for a 12×16 inch pillow, you can easily make it large or smaller for what you want!
Stick with me here, I am about to math-splain, ha! Here’s the breakdown; the heart alone is worked over 13 stitches, then + 4 to give the hearts a break in between. 13+4=17. This creates columns of 4 stitches between each heart with 2 stitches on each end of your rows. I wanted a little extra on the ends of the rows so I just added another 4 stitches to my final chain, 2 for each side.
Now 17 is the multiple you want to use to make it as wide as you want your starting chain to be, and then add 2 ch at the end for the turn. You’ll want to multiply 17 by how many hearts you want to make. Playing around with hook size here also helps when trying to fit things like pillows 👍
So for this 12×16 pillow, 13+4= 17. 17×4( hearts) = 68.
68+2(turning chain) +4(extra end stitches)= 74 as my starting chain.
I hope that was easy enough to follow! Math is not my forte for sure but is a necessary evil in crochet. I am always available to answer any questions you may have 😊
- Hooks- 4mm and 5mm
- Yarn- Lionbrand Mandala in Chimera, #3 light weight, 590yd/540m (you won’t be using the whole cake for this size)
- 12×16 pillow form/insert, I found mine at Walmart. Any major craft store or amazon will have them.
- Tapestry needle
Patter is worked in rows, 2 panels are made and stitched together. Chain 2 does not count as dc, and dc are always worked around the ch spaces.
With 4mm hook
Row 1: Ch 74, dc in 3rd ch from hook, 72 dc, ch 2, turn
Row 2: 72 dc, ch 2, turn
Row 3: 10 dc, ch 1, skip 1 st, * 16 dc, ch 1, skip 1, repeat from * 2 more times, 10 dc, ch 2, turn
Row 4: 8 dc, ch 1, skip 1, 3 dc, ch 1, skip 1, * 12 dc, ch 1, skip 1, 3dc, ch1, skip 1, repeat from * 2 more times, 8 dc, ch 2, turn
Row 5: 6 dc, ch 1, skip 1, 7 dc, ch 1, skip 1, * 8 dc, ch 1, skip 1, 7dc, ch 1, skip 1, repeat from * 2 more times, 6 dc, ch 2, turn
Row 6: 4 dc, ch 1, skip 1, 11 dc, ch 1, skip 1, * 4 dc, ch 1, skip 1, 11 dc, ch 1, skip 1, repeat from * two more times, 4 dc, ch 2, turn
The bottom V of the hearts should be forming, with each ch space being moved over by one on each side.
Row 7: Repeat row 6
Row 8: 4 dc, ch 1, skip 1, 5 dc, ch 1, skip 1, 5 dc, ch 1, skip 1, *4 dc, ch 1, skip 1, 5 dc, ch 1, skip 1, 5 dc, ch 1, skip 1, repeat from * 2 more times, 4 dc, ch 2, turn
Row 8 creates the space for the top of the heart to “dip”
Row 9: 6 dc, ch 2, skip 4, (2 dc, hdc, 2 dc) in ch 1 space, ch 2, skip 4, * 8 dc, ch 2, skip 4, (2 dc, hdc, 2 dc) in ch 1 space, ch 2, skip 4, repeat from * 2 more times, 6 dc , ch 2, turn
Rows 10 & 11: 72 dc, ch 2, turn
Repeat rows 3-11 twice more, do not fasten off. Switch to a 5mm hook and single crochet evenly around all sides with 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc in each corner. A good rule to follow when working down the sides of dc rows is to place 2 dc into the side of each dc. Fasten off and weave in ends.
With your two panels made, place them directly on top of each other and attach yarn with a slip stitch, ch1, sc, into any stitch. Sc around 3 sides with 1 sc, ch1, 1 sc in each corner. Insert your pillow form and then finish single crocheting up the last side. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Now grab some coffee, or hot chocolate, a loved one / fur-baby, and snuggle up with this cozy lovely pillow! I’d love to see what you create with this pattern! Use #waywardcatcreations on Facebook or Instagram to share 😊
I am still new to pattern writing and if there are any areas you may need help with please feel free to contact me by email, comments, Facebook or Instagram! ❤️ Lauren