Make this trendy ruffle pillow as an accessory to your couch that also provides great lumbar support. The brighter the color, the better!
Approximately 12" x 16"
Two (2) skeins Red Heart Designer Sport yarn in Celadon
Size E crochet hook
12" x 16" pillow form
Ch - chain
Dc - double crochet
St(s) - stitch(es)
Sc - single crochet
Crochet Pillow Front:
Row 1: skip first 3 ch (counts as first dc) 1 dc in fourth ch from hook, *ch 2, skip 2 sts, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * until the end. Each 2 dc set is referred to as a post. (21 posts).
Row 2: turn, ch 3, 4 dc down one side of the first post, ch 1, 5 dc up the other side of the same post, ch 1, *skip the next post cluster, 5 dc down one side of the next post, ch 1, 5 dc up the other side of the same post, ch 1.* Repeat from * to * until the last post, 1 sc on top of last post.
Row 3: turn, ch 3, 1 dc on top of first sc, ch 2, 2 dc in the first crocodile stitch (in the middle of the post, between the 2 dc's), *ch 2, 2 dc on top of the next post made in Row 1 and including the ch 1 between the crocodile clusters of the previous row, ch 2, 2 dc on top of the next crocodile stitch.* Repeat from * to * until the end.
Row 4: turn, ch 2, sc on top of the first post, ch 1, *5 dc down one side of the next post, ch 1, 5 dc up the other side of the same post, ch 1, skip the next post.* Repeat from * to * until the last post, 1 sc on top of the last skipped post.
Row 5: turn, ch 2, 1 dc into sc of previous row, *ch 2, 2 dc on top of the next crocodile stitch, ch 2, 2 dc on top of the next post made in Row 3 and including the ch 1 between the crocodile clusters of the previous row.* Repeat from * to * until the last sc of the previous row, 2 dc in last sc.
Repeat Rows 2-5 nine (9) more times (ten times total), Repeat Row 2. Piece should measure 12 inches. If you need to do more or less repeats, be sure to end on an even row.
Thanks to Ginger for posting this helpful picture tutorial on the crocodile stitch.
Be sure your piece stays in the same rectangular shape as you work the rows. It can be tricky to keep the piece even as your work the ends of each row, especially when alternating between ending on a crocodile stitch and ending on a skipped post stitch. Just be consistent and the piece will be even in the end.
Crochet Pillow Back:
Row 1: skip first 2 ch, 1 dc in each ch across (56 dc's total).
Row 2: turn, ch 2, 1 dc in each dc across.
Repeat Row 2 until piece measures 12 inches.
Using a sewing needle and the same color yarn as the pillow and holding the wrong side of the front and back panels together, sew along three of the edges.
When a crocodile stitch is the last stitch on the end of a row, be sure to sew into the middle of the post so one half of the crocodile stitch hangs off of the end to make frills.
Turn the pillow right side facing out and insert the pillow form, being sure to push the corners all the way in. Sew along the last edge, knot at the end, and hide the yarn end.
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