Scrumptious Donut Pillow | Free Crochet Pattern

(You can now purchase your own, inexpensive PDF copy in my shops at GingerPeachyStore on Etsy and Ravelry!)

So soon after starting my fall-oriented crafting I am taking a break to share an unrelated pattern. But that is how it goes sometimes.

Recently I found myself faced with a birthday party and no gift to give. I'm a gift-giving kind of person, it makes me happy, as does being able to make my gifts.

I told myself I would never again cram for a project but guess what? I did. I had two days to design and complete a gift for a cute, opinionated 7-year-old girl. I did it in one.

I saw a popsicle pillow and thought how fun it would be to make some kind of candy pillow with kawaii features. I could have made a project from someone elses pattern, but leave it to me to have to start from scratch.

I sketched out some lollipops, looked at candy on Pinterest, sketched out some more ideas. I thought I had something solid and began gathering yarn. But with only two days to go I didn't have the option of running to the store for yarn. So I tossed out a few ideas.

Saturday morning, the day before the party, I was still browsing Pinterest for a good idea. Sure, the other ideas were not bad, but I just didn't feel good about the design. Do you know how that is? Logically it should work but you just don't have any peace about it?

I came across a donut pattern and began thinking. Sure I had seen other designers make donuts, and I was impressed by Mollie Makes giant donut pattern, but I had never had any reason to make my own. Until now. There was that peace. I thanked the Lord for leading me to a good idea.

Only could I design a donut pillow in less than 12 hours?

I got hung up a few times on the theory of the donut, and referred to a handful of others to see how they handled it, which actually only served to confuse me even more. But after the first few rippings, I latched on to the idea and set to work. (Now that I think about it, it was so self-explanatory, but I guess I was expecting it to be harder.)

12 O'clock that night, while watching Disney's Blackbeards' Ghost, I set aside one finished donut pillow. Satisfied.

It was so much simpler than I thought it would be!

So now I am all too pleased to be able to share with you my very first, and very free, crochet Donut pillow!

Did the little girl like her gift? Read on down for the results!

Scrumptious Donut Pillow

Skill Level Easy

Finished Size 12” (30.5 cm) in circumference

Medium Weight yarn
  Brown: 185 yards
  Pink: 185 yards
  Scraps of assorted colors
Crochet hook K/ 6.50mm
Yarn needle

Gauge not necessary for this project.

Notice! Hold two strands of yarn together throughout pattern.

Donut is worked in two panels and then sewn together.

DONUT PANEL (make 1 in brown and 1 in pink)
Round 1: ch 32, sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 2, hdc in each ch around, sl st in first hdc: 32 hdc
Round 2: ch 2, hdc in each hdc around, sl st in first hdc: 32 hdc
Round 3: ch 2, * 2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next 3 hdc, repeat from * around, sl st in first hdc: 40 hdc
Round 4: ch 2, * 2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next 4 hdc, repeat from * around, sl st in first hdc: 48 hdc
Round 5: ch 2, * 2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next 5 hdc, repeat from * around, sl st in first hdc: 56 hdc
Round 6: ch 2, * 2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next 6 hdc, repeat from * around, sl st in first hdc: 64 hdc
Round 7: ch 2, * 2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next 7 hdc, repeat from * around, sl st in first hdc: 72 hdc
Round 8 – 10: ch 2, hdc in each hdc around, sl st in first hdc: 72 hdc
Finish off.

Take pink panel, the frosting, and sew random stitches in a variety of colors along top to represent sprinkles.

Match wrong sides of donut panels at the center and begin whip-stitching them together with pink yarn. Also with pink, match outside edges and whip-stitch a portion together. Stuff joined portion generously and sew another portion together. Repeat sewing and stuffing until donut is finished.

My sister was kind enough to act as model while I snapped a few hasty shots of the donut before packaging and loading it up.

All in all, I am quite pleased with how it turned out. And what's more, the birthday girl seemed genuinely appreciative, despite the plethora of gifts she received from all the other family members. (Little one's get so spoiled!)

Mission accomplished!

What do you think? Let me know your thoughts, recommendations, or requests in the comments below!

(I have a PDF copy of this pattern available at both my shops on Etsy and Ravelry!)

Be sure to come back next week as I step back into the fall spirit! Speaking of which, have you read my 12 Things I Love About Fall?!

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.

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