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NEEDED: ½ Skein of Red (worsted weight yarn, 7oz.)
1 ½ Skein of Black (worsted weight yarn, 7oz.)
Hooks Needed: Size H (8-5.00mm)
Size F (5-3.75mm) or embroidery needle
Change the colors completely. (have fun with it)
Just designate one color for main color and one for color of the symbol.
In this pattern: Used Black as the main color for the pillow and Red for the symbol color.
Back Panel: (plain black) or (plain red)
60 rows of single crochet
Instructions for Front Panel:
You will be working with two strands at once. This will make your color changes easier and smoother.
option: You can however, keep changing color and let the strings hang on the back side then tie them up when closing the pillow. )
Working with two strands in this manner will allow you to use this panel in other things, such as a blanket square, etc…
Basically, you will be crocheting over one color (your underlying color) with your main color. (top color)
When adding the color at the beginning:
Before working your first row you will add the second color. You will do this by pulling a long tail through the chain one loop and just letting it hang there. You will be crocheting over top of that color. Just guide it along the stitches working your stitch right over the added color. (I know seems like a waste but it does make it easier to switch back and forth colors)
When Changing Colors:
If your on the main color and you want to switch to the underlying color. You will do this on your last stitch before the color change.
There will be two loops on your hook.
1st- pull any of the excess of underlying color that may be showing through the stitches.
(do this by pulling both ends of that color tightly, they will magically disappear into the stitches)
2nd- Pull your top color over towards you, holding it with your thumb of your hooking hand.
Then pull the underlying color through the two loops on the hook. Then continue your new color. (makes a smoother and nicer transition) Working your new color over the older color.
When Switching Back to (Main Color) :
Follow the steps above but instead of pulling the color towards you drop it completely (or hold it behind your work) and just pull your main color through the last two loops. Then continue working over the dropped color as before. (This will prevent the tangling of the yarn.)
Just do as you were doing and pull the excess as you go, hiding it under your stitches.
Row 1--single crochet in the second chain from hook, single across in each, chain one turn
add underlying color:
Row 2 & 3- single black in each. (red underlying color)
Row 4-29 black, three red, 28 black, chain one turn
Row 5-28 black, 4 red, 28 black, chain one turn
Row 6-28 black, three red, 29 black, chain one turn
Row 7-29 black, 4 red, 27 black, chain one turn
Row 8-27 black, 4 red, 29 black, chain one turn
Row 9-29 black, 5 red, seven black, three red, 16 black, chain one turn
Row 43-16 black, 18 red, six black, nine red, 11 black, chain one turn
Row 44-11 black, eight red, 22 black, three red, 16 black, chain one turn
Row 45-16 black, three red, 22 black, seven red, 12 black, chain one turn
Row 46-13 black, seven red, 20 black, three red, 17 black, chain one turn
Row 47-17 black, 4 red, 19 black, six red, 14 black, chain one turn
Row 48-15 black, six red, 16 black, six red, 17 black, chain one turn
Row 49-17 black, 27 red, 16 black, chain one turn
Row 50-16 black, 27 red, 17 black, chain one turn
Row 51-17 black, 28 red, 15 black, chain one turn
Row 52 thru 60---61 black, chain one turn
If you are going to use an embroidery needle to sew the two panels together.
Finish off. Sew panels together, leave enough room to turn right-side out when finished. Stuff and close up the opening.
Cut only your underlying color. Tuck them inside of pillow
Lay the two panels flat. One on top of the other, as you would see the finished look. (with the correct sides outward, facing you.)
With your ‘F’ Hook, slip stitch completely around over the top and down around the sides leaving small opening for the stuffing. Once it is stuffed firmly for your liking. Continue with the slip stitch to close the pillow tightly.
You can add a fancy edging, there are hundreds of edging that you would like (or not) on the internet available. In this pattern I left the edgings off.