Granny's Perky Pillow
Well...I did it! I made my granny square pillow. The final frontier will be a zig zag afghan incorporating colors from the first and second pillow to pull it all together. I only had to tear it apart 5 times. Yes, that's five times, people! I was so determined that I persevered. I love how the center looks like a shamrock!
Love these colors!
No, not perfect, but not too bad for a first attempt!
Tools and materials! Love The Crochet Dude!
This is one giant granny square made with Loops and Threads Charisma bulky yarn in fuchsia, electric blue and grass. There are nine rows graduating from center. I used an L-11 Crochet Dude for Boye crochet needle. I started with 6 chain stitches followed by a slip stitch. From there it was the classic pattern of segments of three double crochet stitches worked in the center of your chain stitched circle. The first granny square segment is 12 double crochet. The next segment is worked between each group of three stitches in the first. You will make 24 double crochet stitches. To form a square, you need to add two chain stitches between each group of three stitches in the corners and one chain stitch between your corner groups. So it's 3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc, 1 ch, 3 dc, 2 ch, 3dc, 1 ch, 3dc, 2ch, 3dc, 1 ch, 3ch, 2 ch, 3 ch, 1 ch ending with a slip stitch as you start your next row. As you move from center, the next rows of double crochet are formed around the chain stitches between your groups of double crochet and of course the number of segments keeps expanding. As you change colors, the little yarn ends are threaded back into the back of the design using a large tapestry needle. I made one row of double crochet in pink around the finished square. The back is 25 rows of double crochet that needs to be as wide as the front. Make sure to add two chain stitches at the end of each row as you work the back. Then stitch it all together with the tapestry needle and pink yarn. Don't forget to make the back of the pillow facing outward, so it's in the opposite direction of the front because you're making an envelope for the pillow form.
And that about covers it!