Step 1: Step One, Gather Supplies
- Yarn bobbins
- Afghan, or Tunisian crochet hook
- Dark green yarn (worsted weight, but I used Redheart acrylic)
- Bright yellow yarn (worsted weight, but I used Redheart acrylic)
- Poly fill, or Fiber fill. Something to stuff your pillow with
Step 2: Learn to Make a Simple Tunisian Pattern
We are going to make a simple 10x10 swatch using a cross design. The image of the cross is going to be our pattern. You may want to print it out, so you can mark off each line as it is completed.
Here is a youtube video I created on how to follow the pattern.
The pattern has 10 boxes, horizontally, so let's begin by chaining 10 stitches.Insert your hook into the closest stitch to our hook, yarn over and pull through.Repeat in the next stitch. Do this in every stitch until you have 10 loops on your hook.
Each row of the pattern requires two crochet passes. The forward pass and the return pass. We just completed the forward pass, now let's do the return pass.
For the first stitch coming back, yarn over and pull through ONE loop only.For the remainder of this pass, yarn over and pull through two stitches. Repeat until the end of the row. That completes row one, now repeat for the remainder of the rows in the pattern.
When you come to a different color box in the chart, you have to change yarn colors. Just simply loop the new yarn over the hook and pull through.
Once you are finished with your last row, it is time to bind off. Insert your hook through the first stitch in the forward pass, yarn over and pull through as you have been the entire time. You will now have two loops on your hook. slip the left most stitch through the right most stitch. This is called a slip stitch. Do this for the remainder of the stitches in the row, cut your yarn and you are done!
I know this can sound daunting by just reading instructions. Please watch the youtube video for a better understanding.
Step 3: Now for the Real Deal!
Now it's time to apply the skill we learned in step two. Even though this pattern is much larger, the concept is exactly the same. Don't get intimidated.
- Chain 61 stitches because there are 61 columns in our pattern
Insert your hook into the closest stitch to your hook, yarn over and pull through.
Repeat in the next stitch. Do this in every stitch until you have 61 loops on your hook.
- For the first stitch coming back, yarn over and pull through ONE loop only.
- For the remainder of the pass, yarn over and pull through two stitches. Repeat until the end of the row.
Step 4: Backside of the Pillow
You may want to get creative here and put another pattern on the other side, maybe the same thing, maybe something different.
When you are done, you should have the two panels of the pillow, the front and the back.
Time to sew them together....
Step 5: Sew the Panels Together
- place the two pieces back sides together
- Using a large needle and matching color yarn as thread, sew the squares together.
- Insert the needle through the first loop on each panel and pull through.
- Repeat this for each stitch around all for sides
- When you have about 2 inches left to sew, stop there and add the fiber fill.
- Stuff as firm or as soft as you want, then finish off your sewing.
Step 6: Border Around the Edges
If you have any questions about this, I will be more than happy to answer any that I can. Good luck!