Colorful Crochet Afghans and Pillows
Here’s a project every crocheter dreams of—a chance to use up your remnants of yarn and try out daring color combinations.
1 motif = 10 by 10 in. (24.5 by 24.5 cm)
Make a pillow cover from the fabric and blind stitch the crocheted part to the front.
Making a Pillow Cover
Note: The sizes are given without seam allowances. Add a seam allowance of 3⁄8 in. (1 cm) on every edge except for
the ones with hems.
For the front, cut a rectangle (or a square) of fabric the same width (a) and height (b) as the pillow.
For the back, cut one rectangle measuring a by (b⁄2) + 5⁄8 in. (1.5 cm) (for the hem). Cut a second rectangle measuring a by (b⁄2) + 13⁄4 in. (4.5 cm)—5⁄8 in. (1.5 cm) for the hem and a little more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) for the overlap between the two pieces.
Make a double hem along the top edge of one of the back pieces (fi rst fold back 1⁄4 in. [6 mm], then fold back another 3⁄8 in. [1 cm]) and sew the hem. Do the same on the other back piece.
Place the front and the back pieces together (with the back pieces overlapping by about 1 in. [2.5 cm] in the middle), with right sides together, and sew all the way around the edge. Turn the cover right side out.
Sew the crocheted piece on the front with blind stitch.
Tip: The bigger the piece, the more important the overlap between the two back pieces is. I recommend you adapt the measurements given here to give more overlap for larger projects.
MAKING THE PROJECTS
For the projects made out of smaller motifs, each motif only requires a small amount of yarn. You can change the yarn colors and the sizes of the projects as you please for different uses.
1. The amounts of yarn required and the fi nished measurements given in each pattern are approximate. Depending on how tightly or loosely you crochet, these may change for your projects.
2. Once you’ve made one motif, compare its size to the size given in the gauge information. If they’re the same size, your project will match the measurements given. If your motif is larger, try working with a smaller hook; if it’s smaller, try a larger hook.
3. Look at the additional skills on page 9 before beginning.