Pattern of the Week: Shibori Pillow

These crochet pillows are to “dye” for! You may have tried dyeing your own yarn to create custom colorways, but have you ever tried dyeing crocheted fabric? Interweave Crochet Summer 2018 is your guide, offering step-by-step instructions for easy crochet shibori through Maria O’Keefe’s gorgeous Shibori Pillows.

Shibori is an endlessly creative resist-dyeing technique that creates patterns on fabric by folding, clamping, binding, tying, stitching and gathering, or otherwise compressing your fabric in any way you can think of that will resist dye. Maria O’Keefe will walk you through a few different techniques in the magazine, and you can choose which method you want to try on your own Shibori Pillows.

This project is an irresistible invitation to play around and experiment with shibori dyeing. Crocheted cotton motifs, made from simple white yarn, are transformed using shibori resist techniques with indigo dye. The possibilities are endless, and I can’t wait to discover what kinds of patterning I can create.

The bright contrast of blue against white left from the shibori resists creates a bold, clean look for summer. Dye each motif according to your own tastes for a beautiful pillow—either all the same for unified patterning, as in Maria’s sample, or all different to serve as a testament to your experimentation. You could also vary the color, perhaps choosing to dye all your motifs with a bright shade of coral, or even dyeing each motif a different color for a kaleidoscopic look.

The Shibori Pillows are the perfect canvas for your wildest experimentations. Start stitching those motifs today!

Shibori Pillow

Pattern Details

DESIGNER Maria O’Keefe


FINISHED SIZE About 19½” square.

YARN Knit Picks Simply Cotton Organic Worsted (distributed by Crafts Group LLC) (100% organic cotton; 164 yd [150 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #80 marshmallow, 5 balls.

HOOK Size I/9 (5.5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

NOTIONS Yarn needle; st marker (m); plastic safety pins; 1″ buttons, 4 (sample used bamboo #116579905 from Lyanwood at; sewing thread (navy); 18″ square pillow form; dark navy felt, 5/8 yd.

GAUGE Motif = 6½” square; 8 sts and 7 sps and 16 rows = 4″ in patt (blocked).

“Dye”ing to try crochet shibori?


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