Butterfly Pillow Pattern
Complimenting the Butterfly Afghan
Let's take another look at that intriguing post stitch texture again; this time the texture pattern forms the shape of a butterfly. This pillow will make a great companion to your butterfly afghan.
9 oz. white worsted weight yarn
Size G crochet hook
Finished size: 24" wide x 22" high.
Note: At the end of each row, you will chain 2 to turn. (Double crochet rows are normally chain 3 to turn, but post stitches are shorter, since they are worked around the post of the stitch in the previous row; therefore post stitch rows only need a ch 2 to turn.)
Starting chain: ch 87
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook. dc in ea ch across. (84 dc) (This is a wrong side row.)
Row 2: Begin following charts. Follow row 2 of Chart 1 for 22 stitches, then follow row 2 of chart 2 for next 40 stitches, follow row 2 of chart 3 for last 22 stitches.
Rows 3 - 40: Continue following charts in same manner as row 2. Work charts 1 and 3 rows 2 - 11. (Charts 1 and 3 will repeat every 10 rows.)
After all rows on charts are completed: for last row, dc in ea st across. For this row, use a regular double crochet stitch, not a post stitch.
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in ea ch across; ch 3 to turn. (84 dc)
Repeat row 1 until back piece measures same as front.
(optional fabric inner pillow): Cut two pieces of fabric to measure 1/2" wider than finished crocheted pieces. With right sides together, sew along three of the sides, using a 1/2" seam allowance. Turn right side out; stuff with polyester stuffing. Sew fourth side seam, sewing close to edge by machine, or slip stitch by hand.
Finishing crochet row: With wrong sides of crochet pillow together, join yarn in any corner stitch. Working through both thicknesses (to join front and back), 2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc in same corner stitch; then make single crochet stitches, evenly placed, along three sides of the pillow, continuing to work 2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc at each corner. When you have crocheted around three sides, do not end off. At this point insert the fabric inner pillow, if you chose to make one (or fill the crocheted pillow with stuffing now). Working through both thicknesses, single crochet along last edge to close, join with slip stitch in beginning sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Pattern copyright © 1997 Sandi Marshall.
Free for your own personal use only.
Pattern is not to be sold or redistributed in any form. All rights reserved worldwide.
How-to's for the front and back post stitches are found in the 06/07/97 feature.
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