Well I had planned to blog sooner this week but we had a surprise visit from my sister and her family. My little niece and nephew are just too cute, I simply couldn't hold myself to my normal schedule with them around.
The last time we saw them was about a year ago and they were considerably younger. In fact, my nephew wasn't even standing up last time and this time he was stomping around the room following big sister everywhere. And so opinionated! But I suppose an aunt could go on forever about her sweet niblings! (Bet you didn't know that was the term for nieces and nephews collectively)!
I did however finish my pattern for this week. I had to make some changes to the idea based on design and yarn availability so I haven't decided whether I am pleased or not. I suppose I regard it as a good project but not exactly the one I had in mind. I planned to place the heart on the bottom, right corner and embroider wording along the top and side. The pillow was to be in a deep purple, the heart a real pinky-pink with a soft pink felt patch, while the wording would be in a deep red. I ended up finding the fuchsia yarn and a bright red instead but no pinky-pink. So out went the pink heart and deep red wording, and in came a sparkly heart with silver stitches on the outside of the pillow. Not the same, albeit, but not too bad, right?
Aside from straying from the original idea, whatever the reasons, I am so happy to reveal my latest Valentine's piece, the Glitzy Heart Mini Pillow!
This is now my third mini pillow pattern and I have quite fallen in love with them. The first was my Mountain Scenery pillow for Crochet Spot some years ago, and then more recently the Pastel Hearts Mini Pillow (I sell the one pillow in my Etsy store, by the way). I have a couple more in mind, one of which I will be presenting next week if all goes according to plan.
Would you like the pattern to the Glitzy Heart Mini Pillow? Keep reading or purchase my affordable, ad-free pdf of the pattern on Ravelry or Etsy!
Glitzy Heart Mini Pillow
Skill Level easy
Finished Size 10” (25 cm) square
Medium weight yarn (I used With Love in Boysenberry for color A, and Caron Simply Soft Party in Silver Sparkle for color B) – 100 yards of color A and 30 yards of color B
Crochet hook 7/4.50mm
7 hdc = 2’’
4 rows = 2’’
Gauge Swatch: 2’’w x 2’’h (5 cm x 5 cm) ch 9.
Row 1: hdc in third ch from hook and in each ch across: 7 hdc
Row 2 – 4: ch 2, turn, hdc in each hdc across: 7 hdc
Pillow Panel (make 2)
Row 1: with color A, ch 30, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, and in each ch across: 28 hdc
Row 2 – 23: ch 2, turn, hdc in each hdc across: 28 hdc
Designers Preference: I like to work the beginning chain loosely, or even use a larger hook, to ensure the base of the project isn't tighter than the top. The bottom should be generally indistinguishable from the top.
Hold the two panels together with their right sides facing out. This isn't too important since you turn in the pattern, making it hard to tell which is the right and wrong side. In these situations I judge the right side by the direction of the last row made.
Join color A in any stitch and single crochet both panels together, working 3 single crochets in each corner. Leave a few inches open at the end and stuff the pillow with fiberfill. I like a full, overstuffed kind of pillow but with stretchier crochet fabric this can cause a hole-ier look to your pillow, so use your own judgement on how full to stuff it. Be careful to stuff corners specifically. Once pillow is sufficiently stuffed, continue single crocheting to close pillow.
Round 1: with color B, make an adjustable ring, ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 11 dc in ring, sl st in beg ch-3: 12 dc
Round 2: ch 3, turn, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc around, sl st in beg ch-3: 24 dc
Round 3: ch 3, turn, dc in same st, dc in next dc, * 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, repeat from * around, sl st in beg ch-3: 36 dc
Round 4: ch 1, turn, skip next dc, sc in next dc, 2 hdc in next dc, (dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc) twice, dc in next dc, 2 hdc in next dc, sc in next 6 dc, 3 dc in next dc, sc in next 6 dc, 2 hdc in next dc, dc in next dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) twice, 2 hdc in next dc, sc in next dc, skip next dc, sl st in beg ch-1: 47 sts
Round 5: ch 1, turn, skip next st, sl st in next st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, (tr in next 2 sts, 2 tr in next st) twice, dc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 8 sts, 3 hdc in next st, sc in next 8 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, (2 tr in next st, tr in next 2 sts) twice, 2 dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next st, skip next st, sl st in beg ch-1: 57 sts
Attach the heart applique to the center of the pillow by stitching it on with the same color yarn or by applying fabric glue.
Designers Preference: I prefer using fabric glue since the adhesive is so permanent. I use Dritz Unique Stitch and have found it to bond fabrics very well. Read a full review of this product here.
With about one yards length of color B, thread your yarn needle and use a running stitch to add stitch embellishments to the pillow border. I worked the stitches just below the round of single crochet, and at one stitch intervals but covering two stitches at a time. If this sounds too involved then just do what looks good to you.
And that does it! Now you can toss that lovely new pillow onto the living room couch every time Valentine's rolls around and watch friends and family admire your handywork!
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Come back soon to see what other Valentine's projects I have been working on!
This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.