Tunisian Keepsake Pocket Pillow

Author

Jennifer Christensen

Introduction

I came up with this while thinking of something for my students to make after my Tunisian stitch workshop coming up this month.

Materials List

Light Worsted/Worsted weight yarn
Size H/8.00mm Tunisian (afghan) hook
Size H/8.00mm Crochet hook
Fiberfill
Scrap yarn for embroidery (optional)

Yarn needle

Finished Size

Approx. 6″x6″, give or take

Gauge

not very important

Notes

Stitches used:
Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS)
Tunisian Cross Stitch (TCS)
Single Crochet (SC)

Reverse Single Crochet (RSC)

Special Stitches:
Cast on:

Chain amount indicated, repeat in each chain across, keeping loops on hook

Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS)-
Forward Pass (FPS): [Insert hook in stitch/post indicated, pull up loop, leave on hook], repeat across.

Backward Pass (BPS): Yarn over, pull through 1 loop on hook, [YO, pull through 2 loops on hook] repeat until 1 loop remains on hook.

Tunisian Cross Stitch (TCS)-
Forward Pass (FPS): [Skip next post, insert hook into next post, YO, pull up loop, insert hook into skipped post, YO, pull up loop], repeat across, keeping all loops on hook, to last post, insert hook into last loop, YO, pull up loop.

Backward Pass (BPS): work same as TSS BP

Bind off:

[Insert hook into post indicated, YO, draw up loop, pull through loop on hook] repeat across until 1 loop remains on hook.

Reverse Single Crochet:

Work the same as single crochet, except working from left to right (if right handed, the opposite if left handed).

The Pattern

Instructions:
Front
Chain 24,

Row 1- Cast on 23 more loops (24 loops), BPS until one loop remains on hook.

Rows 2-4- TCS FP ([skip next post, pull up loop in next post, go back to skipped post, pull up loop] across), until last loop, insert hook in last loop YO, draw up loop, 24 loops on hook, BPS.

Rows 5-17- TCS over next 4 posts, TSS until last 5 posts, TCS in next 4 posts, draw up loop in last post, 23 loops on hook, BPS.

Rows 18-19- TCS FP, until last loop, insert hook in last loop YO, draw up loop, 24 loops on hook, BPS.

Cast off in the TSC pattern. Finish off.

Back
Chain 24,

Row 1- Cast on 23 more loops (24 loops), BP until one loop remains on hook.

Rows 2-19- TCS FP ([skip next post, pull up loop in next post, go back to skipped post, pull up loop] across), until last loop, insert hook in last loop YO, draw up loop, 24 loops on hook, BP.

Cast off in the TSC pattern. Finish off.

Pocket

Ch 9, cast on 8 more loops (9 loops), BPS until one loop remains on hook.

Rows 1-7- TSS, cast off, DONOT finish off.
Row 8- with standard crochet hook, Ch 1, RSC across,
finish off with long tail for sewing.

Weave in short tail.

Finishing:

Rnd 1- With wrong sides together (the back will be slightly smaller than the front, but the stitch count should be the same), working through both pieces, using the standard crochet hook, with the back facing, join yarn in any corner, ch 1, SC in same st as joining, SC evenly around, doing 3 SC in each corner to the 1st SC, 2 SC in same st, join to 1st SC. NOTE: When about half way done on the 4th side, stuff pillow with fiberfill.

Rnd 2- Ch 1, turn, RSC in each SC around, join to 1st RSC, finish off. Weave in ends.

Embroider flower onto pocket, if desired.

Sew pocket onto the middle of the front of the pillow.

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