If you love the classic granny square stitch, give this pillow cover a try!
Granny squares have been used for generations to make blankets, but these basic stitch motifs can be so much more… Like pillow covers!
Create your own granny square pillow cover using any yarn, and in any size you choose, with this outline of granny square instructions.
Decorating with crochet is something I have a lot of fun doing; I have dream catchers on my walls, baskets for plants and yarn scraps, and table coverings!
When I want to redecorate, covering my throw pillows is a quick and easy way I can repurpose what I have, use up yarn stash, and use crochet in my everyday life.
This pillow cover begins with a few small granny squares. Each one is created individually, then joined to the last one worked with crochet using the JAYGO (join-as-you-go) method for a gorgeous and seamless look!
If you’ve never joined granny squares together with this technique, give it a try; just watch our video to see how you can quickly learn this technique in a few short minutes.
An interesting feature in this pattern is that it can be worked in any square size you choose; make your granny squares larger or smaller to create a pillow cover that fits any size pillow you need!
This Granny Square Pillow Cover is a great design to crochet because:
- You can use yarn you already have on hand!
- Learn how to make a granny square, and try the JAYGO method!
- Repurpose throw pillows you already have on hand!
- You’ll get to practice a lot of crochet skills: Motifs, joined rounds, joining motifs, complex stitch and round repeats, shaping, color placement and changing, finishing techniques & more!
Before you get started…
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Let’s get started!
Pattern Designed By: Salena Baca Crochet. This pattern is copyright protected; it is unlawful to distribute this pattern in any form (free, sale or trade).
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Yarn: Any yarn of choice (Sample made with 4 colors Bulky Weight #5, appx 500 yds).
- Hook that best fits yarn choice
- Yarn needle
- Square pillow form (16” shown)
Size & Gauge: Measure your project as you go for the best fit.
- Ch(s) = chain(s)
- Sc = single crochet
- Dc = double crochet
- St(s) = stitch(es)
- Sl St = slip stitch
Specialty Stitch & Technique Key:
- Video: Adjustable Loop
- Video: Join As You Go (JAYGO): is worked by replacing a chain space with a slip stitch into the connecting square.
- Granny square pillow created in 2 parts: Back (solid), Front (9 squares + border).
- Change color as desired.
- Video: How To Make A Granny Square.
Round 1 (Right Side): Form adjustable loop, Ch 3 (first Dc, here and throughout), work 2 Dc into loop, [Ch 3, 3 Dc] 3 times, Ch 3, Sl St into top of beginning Ch-3 to join – 24 Sts; 12 Dc + 4 Ch-3 spaces
Round 2: Sl St into each of next 2 Dc, Sl St into Ch-3 space, Ch 3, (2 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into same Ch-3 space, Ch 1, [(3 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into next Ch-3 space, Ch 1] 3 times, Sl St into top of beginning Ch-3 to join – 40 Sts; 24 Dc + 4 Ch-3 spaces + 4 Ch-1 spaces
Round 3: Sl St into each of next 2 Dc, Sl St into Ch-3 space, Ch 3, (2 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into same Ch-3 space, Ch 1, (3 Dc, Ch 1) into Ch-1 space, [(3 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into next Ch-3 space, Ch 1, (3 Dc, Ch 1) into Ch-1 space] 3 times, Sl St into top of beginning Ch-3 to join – 56 Sts; 36 Dc + 4 Ch-3 spaces + 8 Ch-1 spaces
Repeat round 3 until your square measures the length of your pillow (adding 12 Dc and 4 Ch-1 spaces per additional round). Note number of rounds completed to obtain desired measurement, fasten off.
Front Square (9 square center)
Follow round 1-2 of Back Square, creating 9 squares total. Beginning with square 2, attach each square with Right Side facing to the last. Join one one side with JAYGO method for: 2nd Ch of Ch-3 corner, Ch-1 space, 2nd Ch of Ch 3 corner ( figure 2).
Sew in all ends from Front Squares, trim excess.
Front Square (border)
Assure Right Side of Front Squares are facing, attach yarn into any unworked ch-3 corner.
Round 1: Ch 3 (first Dc), (2 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into same Ch-3 space, Ch 1. Work around: (3 Dc, Ch 1) into each Ch-1 space and Sl St join, (3 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc, Ch 1) into each Ch-3 space. Sl St into top of beginning Ch-3 to join.
Round 2: Sl St into each of next 2 Dc, Sl St into Ch-3 space, Ch 3, (2 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into same Ch-3 space, Ch 1. Work around: (3 Dc, Ch 1) into each Ch-1 space, (3 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc, Ch 1) into each Ch-3 space. Sl St into top of beginning Ch-3 to join.
Repeat round 2 until you have one less than the number of rounds completed from your Back Square.
With Wrong sides of Squares held together, repeat round 2 replacing each Ch-1 space, and 2nd Ch from Ch-3 space, with JAYGO method into the equal space from Back Square until 1 side left unworked, insert pillow, complete last side. Fasten off.
Sew in all ends, trim excess.
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