POW: Stars and Stripes Pillow

Happy Fourth of July! I hope you’re all enjoying hot dogs and fireworks and the cold beverage of your choice today. I always love the events that spring up on this holiday, from 5K races to parades to backyard barbecues. I feel like I’m surrounded by patriotic spirit—not to mention red, white, and blue! So when I was looking for a pattern to feature as this week’s Pattern of the Week, I wanted to find something that would suit this festive day. Enter the Stars and Stripes Pillow from Love of Crochet Summer 2017: it has red, white, blue, stars, and stripes! It’s probably the most patriotic pillow EVER.

stars and stripes

Clockwise, from left: The loops on the front of the pillow, pre-weaving; starting to weave the loops; lower loops woven.

Designer Daniela Nii’s stitch pattern for this crocheted pillow looks difficult but is actually fairly simple. (That’s my favorite type of stitch pattern—one that looks complicated enough to impress people but is actually easy to make!) To create the stars on the front, you’ll weave chain loops into star shapes. The pattern includes step-by-step instructions (including photos) for weaving the loops, so you can easily follow along with the steps. The colors for the stripes on the reverse side are carried on the inside of your work, so there aren’t a bunch of ends to weave in when you’re done.

This pillow is obviously very patriotic, but it’s not just for the Fourth of July! These colors work well together any time of year (there’s a reason red, white, and blue are used in so many flags around the world), but if you’re looking for something a little different, try turquoise, white, and yellow, or maybe gray, purple, and blue. Really, the possibilities are endless!

Need to make this pillow for your next Fourth of July celebration? Check out the specs and gather your supplies!

Pattern Details

Finished Size 12″ square.

Yarn Cloudborn Fibers Pima Cotton DK (distributed by Craftsy.com) (100% pima cotton; 231 yd [212 m]/3 1/2 oz [100 g]; CYCA #3): #30-027 ivory (A), #30-001 marine (B), #30-019 pumpkin (C), 1 skein each.

Hook G/6 (4 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions Removable markers, 13; yarn needle; 12″ pillow form; white 12″ zipper; sewing needle and thread.

Gauge 16 sts and 9 rows = 4 1/4″ in edc.

Have a very happy Fourth!


P.S. Don’t need a pillow, but still want to show your patriotic spirit? We’ve got you covered! Love of Crochet Summer 2017 includes a pattern for the Patriotic Waves Lapghan, an afghan with red and white stripes and star motifs on a blue background. Or try the Summer Shores Bag, which features red, white, and blue front post stitches in geometric shapes. Want something wearable? Crochet the Maritime Stripes Shawl in red and white stripes—or go big and try red, white, and blue stripes!

Show Your Pride for Stars and Stripes!


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