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In 2015, I made a handful of pillows with thread. The strain on my hands was great and I have taken a hiatus from making any for a while. I’ll do a write-up on them later. You can see them on my Facebook page here.

A couple weeks ago one of my very best friends on earth asked me to make her a throw pillow. She’d been teasing me about making her one for quite a while but she finally sent me a picture of something she liked and I decided to go ahead and make it for her.

Now, there are several ways to make a pillow with crochet. I think I have opted for one of the easier methods here.

We knew she wanted an open, lacy-type stitch. Well, with crochet that’s quite easy! But when dealing with pillows and stuffing, that can present a problem. You can’t fill with fiber fill as it would come out too easily. You don’t necessarily want to use a pillow form as it shows white (or black) and the rough edges can be visible. And it doesn’t hurt for the pillow to at least be attractive or a coordinating color since it will be seen through the stitches. After nailing down what colors would do for her decor (she was wanting something in the rustic deep red or dark teal range) and the size she would like (20 inches), I set out to find her pillow.

My experience in decorating my own home and making pillows last year taught me that pillows, especially decorative pillows, can be quite expensive. So my aim in making this for her was to do it as cost-effectively as possible. Rather than hit the craft stores where I was pretty confident in knowing what my options were there, I decided to try a discount home goods store. My first stop was Ross.


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Look what I found! A red pillow for $6.99! That was way cheaper than a plain white pillow form. Score!


Now, if you know anything about shopping at Ross you know that the pink sticker means it was on clearance and that there was likely something wrong with it. And you’d be right. 🙂 It was a velour material and there was a scratch on one side. I sent her a picture of it to confirm she liked the color and that she was okay with it being not perfect (we are covering it, after all), I bought the pillow and went home to work on finding an appropriate stitch with which to cover it.

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I’ve used the V-Shell stitch quite often in the last 5 years. It’s pretty easy to me, I can work it up quickly, and it’s been a great crowd pleaser in my experience. I hope you try one for yourself and that you enjoy making it as much as I did!

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^I had to try it out on my couch!

Regarding the pattern, there isn’t much of one. The basis of this tutorial is making 2 identical, square panels using the V-shell stitch and adding a border of single crochet to each, then sandwiching them together and single crocheting them together. I added an extra pointy corner to the pillow just because but you can leave that off if you prefer a rounded corner and just use a sc-ch1-sc in those chain 1 spaces.


Nina’s Fancy Shell Stitch Pillow

by Regina S Graham

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G/4.5mm hook

Caron Simply Soft in desired color, I used Off White (2 skeins)

20” pillow

Panel, make 2

Ch 72

Row 1: 1 dc in 4th ch from hook {counts as first 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc}, *sk 3, 5 dc in next st, sk 3, [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] in next st*, repeat * 8 times, sk 3, 3 dc in next st (70)

Row 2: turn, ch 4, dc in same st {counts as first 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc}, *5 dc in next ch 1 sp, [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] in 3rd dc of next shell*, repeat * 8 times, 3 dc in ch 4 sp from beginning of previous round (70)

Rows 3-28: repeat row 2

Without breaking yarn, continue to border with single crochet

Border, repeat for each panel:

Worked around all 4 edges of panel

Round 1: Ch 1, rotate panel so left edge is pointing up, you are now working in the edges of rows 1-28, (*2 sc around post of dc, 3 sc around next ch 4 sp*, repeat * 14 times, ch 1, rotate panel so row 1 of panel is facing up and work into other side of foundation chain, 1 sc in same st, 1 sc in each chain across, ch 1, rotate panel so right side is facing up, *3 sc around next ch 4 sp, 2 sc around post of next dc*, repeat * 14 times, ch 1, rotate panel so row 28 is facing up, 2 sc in first ch sp, 1 sc in each remaining st across, ch 1, sl st to 1st sc (284)

You should now have 70 stitches on each of the 4 sides, not counting the chain 1 spaces in each corner

Weave in all ends

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^2 panels made with border

Putting it together:

Line up the two panels making sure stitches are facing up on both.

Attach yarn with a slip stitch to 1st sc on any side, making sure to insert hook into the 1st sc stitch of each panel. You will work through all 4 loops, 2 loops of front panel stitches and 2 loops of back panel stitches.

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^visual of working through all 4 loops of each panel’s stitches

Round 1: ch 1, 1 sc in same st, *1 sc in each st across, [1 sc, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, 1 sc] in next ch 1 sp*, repeat * 3 times, insert pillow between the two panels and repeat * 1 more time, sl st to 1st sc to join

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^this is closing up the 4th side around the pillow

Weave in all ends


If you give this or any of my patterns a go, I’d love to see your work!

Find a problem? Please comment below! I’ll fix it ASAP.

Thanks for visiting and Happy Hooking!








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