Introduction: Legend of Zelda, Triforce Pillow

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In this instructable, I will show you how to make a Legend of Zelda, Triforce throw pillow using Tunisian crochet.

Step 1: Step One, Gather Supplies

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For this project, you will need the following supplies and materials:

Supplies:
  • Yarn bobbins
  • Scissors
  • Afghan, or Tunisian crochet hook

Materials:
  • 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

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Tunisian can be tricky to learn, especially if you are not familiar with crochet.  If you have never done Tunisian, let's start with a simple project to learn the basics.  This is going to be an easy 10x10 grid pattern to get you started.  Once you have this, we can move on to more complex projects, such as this Triforce pillow.

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!

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Print out the pattern shown in this step.  If the picture is not detailed enough for you, you can download the original excel file here.

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.
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 the 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 get to the yellow squares, remember to change color the way we learned in step 2.

Step 4: Backside of the Pillow

For the backside of the pillow, I just made it the same size, (61 columns by 41 rows), using solid green.

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

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We are going to use a very basic whip stitch to join the front and back panels.  For this example, I will use two granny squares to illustrate.  They are much smaller in size and they do not curl up the way Tunisian projects do.  This will make it easier for you to see the process.
  • 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
Don't forget the stuffing!
  • 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.
Nearly done.....

Step 6: Border Around the Edges

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To give your pillow a nice finished look, use a regular crochet hook and just do a single crochet in gold yarn all the way around.  You may want to do two rounds, it's your preference.

If you have any questions about this, I will be more than happy to answer any that I can.  Good luck!

Comments

leopoldoghost (author)2016-12-15

That is a royal crest, or Wingcrest, not a Triforce.

great instructable btw

jgreenp made it! (author)2015-02-20

Very first time very crocheting, your video was very helpful! I was not sure how to do the border but regardless my girlfriend loved it :)

ShannonP22 (author)jgreenp2016-01-25

Great job! What did you do on the back?

Loki-sama made it! (author)2015-12-25

Thanks for the awesome tutorial! I've been into crochet for years but never tried tunesian crochet, I never would have guessed I would love it so much!

And just in time for an awesome x-mas gift :D

ShannonP22 (author)Loki-sama2016-01-25

Great job! Love the triforce on the other side. ☺

ShannonP22 (author)Loki-sama2016-01-25

Great job! Love the triforce on the other side. ☺

FGrimness (author)2015-10-05

What size tunisian crochet hook?

hannah.shires.3 (author)2015-03-01

I am knitting this pattern rather than crocheting and I was wondering if you had the finished dimensions of the pillow. I am trying to decide between using fiberfill or using a pillow form. Thank you!

RoyanMagic (author)2015-01-14

Good Day, Love the pattern and am interested in making it. I do not want to buy the program but am willing to purchase the pattern. Is there a way of doing this. thank you for time. The video was very informative now I am interested in adding colours to a project, thank you

coolalvaro39 (author)2013-11-29

Dis wiil make her happy

coolalvaro39 (author)2013-11-29

I'm making one of dis to my friend lol

merelsknuffeltjes (author)2013-11-23

Wow, I love this. I'm really going to make this for my boyfriends birthday. But what is the size of the crochet hook you used? And what are the measurements of the finished pillow?

mshannon2 (author)2013-08-08

this is the first time i used this method ,and i love it!! I think its easier than regular crochet, i also like the fact the pattern is different and much easier to read, i was wondering how you made it? did you color each tile on excel till it was right? Im starting college this year and would love to make a pillow with my school logo but i cant figure out how to make the patter on excel.

poofrabbit (author)2012-11-29

Congratulations on being a finalist in the fiber arts contest!! Good luck to you!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-11-13

Fun stuff! I'm going to have to start working on this one!

You know, I've never seen this method before. Do you prefer it to traditional crocheting?

I prefer the finished product, especially for things like scarves because it is much thicker and warmer. And I also like the fact that doing color work comes out so much clearer since each stitch is almost a perfect square. The only downside is that the work curls really bad unless you border it, and it takes twice as long because each row requires two passes as opposed to just one.

That is a really cool method :) I wondered why that one crochet hook in my crochet starter kit had that flat end!

Pseudonym (author)2012-11-15

I really like this technique. It seems like a really good way to form pixel art.
I realise that the gauge doesn't really matter on this project, but I was wondering what size hook you used and how large it has made the final product?

poofrabbit (author)2012-11-13

This rocks plain and simple!

poofrabbit (author)2012-11-13

This rocks plain and simple!

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