Classic Video Game Controller Pillow | Free Crochet Pattern

Classic Video Game Controller Pillow | Free Crochet Pattern

 

(Find a digital copy of this pattern in my stores, Ginger Peachy Store on Ravelry and Etsy!)

 

So when I said I was going to crochet something new, this probably wasn’t what you expected, right?

 

For those nerdy people that remember the classic controller style, let me introduce to you my latest design, the Classic Video Game Controller Pillow!!

 

Now for the letdown: I am not a die-hard video game player. It’s a terrible thing to admit, right? However, you have to give me a hand for admitting it.

 

I didn’t play not because I didn’t want to, but because there was so many others that really, really wanted to and were good at it, that I didn’t bother fighting for it. In the video game world, there are the players and the watchers. The watchers sometimes play but they don’t have any watchers themselves because of how bad they play, get it?

 

Classic Video Game Controller Pillow | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger Peachy

 

Even so, I know a great deal about it from watching. And don’t get me wrong. I played. Just not as much as some. Either way, don’t you just love the classic controller without all the fancy designs and buttons? Sometimes it’s good to get back to the basics. Vintage is always a plus, or haven’t I said that already.

 

I played a little with changing colors and shaping crochet with this design. No, a video game controller isn’t quite my style but I couldn’t resist the challenge. And speaking of challenges, I think my biggest one was shaping the D-pad. Or maybe it was the embroidered embellishments in the center. I had to redo them a couple of times.

 

Frankly, my crowning achievement, or so I thought, was the embroidered words. You know, the one I can’t say without infringing upon copyright laws. Well, I worked around it with a few alien-like characters that look a little like the original. However, as long as you don’t sell your product, you can embroider the actual word.

 

Any of you crocheters feeling nerdy enough to give this a go? Good for you!

 

Classic Video Game Controller Pillow | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger Peachy

 

Classic Video Game Controller Pillow

 

Skill Level Easy

 

Finished Size
8 1/2” wide x 15” long, with 2” gusset

 

Materials
Medium weight yarn in gray, black, and red
Yardage: 350 yards of gray, 150 yards of black, 20 yards of red
Crochet hook H/5.00mm
Fiberfill
Yarn needle

 


 

Gauge
6 sc + 7 rows = 2” square

 

Tip: Have you ever noticed how your foundation chain is tighter than the rest of your crocheting? Try using a size larger crochet hook for all foundation chains to ensure even sides.

 

Color Changing

Instead of carrying the colors along like you do when working tapestry crochet, I recommend dropping the color and picking it back up when you come back around to it. This can become a bit of a problem when you are working with only one skein of gray. You will have two working sections of gray and one working section of black. You can either roll your skein into two equal portions, or do like I did and just wrap a small ball that you think will be enough for the gray on one side of the panel. If you’ve had any experience changing colors, this should be easy for you. If you haven’t, I suggest looking up a few posts or videos on how to do it.

 

PILLOW

Let’s start with the back panel to establish the pattern we’ll use for the front panel. It’s easy-peasy single crochet!

 

Classic Video Game Controller Pillow | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger Peachy

 

Back panel
Row 1: with gray, ch 47, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across: 46 sc
Row 2 – 30: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 46 sc
Finish off

 

 

Front panel
Repeat instructions for back panel, only use two colors: Rows 1 – 2 in gray, Rows 3 – 26 work first two and last two sc in gray and all sc in between in black, Rows 27 – 30 in gray.

 

Use the graph above for color reference for the front panel. The white squares represent gray while the darker squares represent black.

 

Classic Video Game Controller Pillow | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger Peachy

 

Rectangle Button Pad
Row 1: with gray, ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across: 12 sc
Row 2 – 5: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 12 sc
Ch 1, turn, sl st around, working (sl st, ch 1, sl st) in each corner.

 

Embroidering Buttons
Thread your yarn needle with black, find the center of the rectangle and make three stitches per button, spacing them about three stitches apart and leaving about a stitch of space between the border and the button.

 

Classic Video Game Controller Pillow | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger Peachy

 

B and A Buttons
Square (make 2)
Row 1: with gray, ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across: 6 sc
Row 2 – 7: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 6 sc
Ch 1, turn, sl st around, working (sl st, ch 1, sl st) in each corner.

 

Circles (make 2)
Round 1: with red, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring, sl st in first sc: 6 sc
Round 2: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc: 12 sc
Finish off.

 

Thread your yarn needle with red and sew buttons to squares.

 

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D-Pad (or plus sign)
Row 1: with black, ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across: 3 sc
Row 2 – 3: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 3 sc
Finish off.
Row 4: ch 3, sl st across Row 3 in each sc, ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across to last ch: 9 sc
Row 5 – 6: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 9 sc
Row 7: turn, sl st in next 3 sc, (sl st, ch 1, sc) in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, leave remaining sc unworked: 3 sc
Row 8 – 9: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 3 sc
Sc evenly around, working (sc, ch 1, sc) in each outside corner and a sl st in each inside corner. Join gray and sl st in st around.

 

Assembly
Carefully align all buttons and put markers around them to remember positions. Sew on all buttons.

 

If you’ve looked at the actual controller, you will notice that the center embellishments are not centered. The rectangular button pad and gray coloring is a little closer to the D-pad than the B and A buttons.

 

Embellishments
Make gray embellishments in the center with 5 to 6 long stitches placed evenly. Make one below rectangle button pad, and three more above it. Make a short vertical stitch along sides of each separate embellishment. If this sounds confusing, simply refer to the pictures.

 

Classic Video Game Controller Pillow | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger Peachy

 

Gusset
Row 1: with gray, ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across: 6 sc
Row 2 – 144: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 6 sc
Finish off.

 

You may need more or less. I simply guessed at how long to make it and tried it on by wrapping the gusset around the perimeter of the panels. After attaching the gusset to the first panel I saw that I had a few rows too many and pulled a few out to match up with the end. However, if you have too few you will end up with a slightly twisted pillow so try to keep the stitches aligned.

 

Single crochet gusset to top panel with top panel in front. Slip stitch ends of gusset together when you’ve reached the end. Then match up back panel and single crochet it to the gusset. Leave one end open for stuffing.

 

Creating pillow form for Controller pillow

 

Carefully stuff pillow with pieces of fiberfill massaged out flat. Or layer pieces of flat fiberfill in four sections to build up a rough pillow form, working each piece together gently, and then stuff pillow carefully. Single crochet pillow closed.

 

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What do you think of my pillow? This would make a great gift for the video-gamers in your life that can be a little hard to crochet for otherwise, don’t you think?

 

(Find a digital copy of this pattern in my stores, Ginger Peachy Store on Ravelry and Etsy!)

 

Have you made anything from my patterns? I would love to see! Mention me when you share it on social media, @GingerPeachyStore on Instagram, @CompulsivWriter on Twitter, Ginger Peachy on Facebook.

 

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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