Yarn

Bobble Pillow

By  Susie Johns  for  Search Press, ©2014

size: 14"x16"

  • Bobble Pillow
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Materials

  • Wool/cashmere blend mulberry aran (worsted) yarn, 1-3/4 oz. balls, six

Tools

  • Crochet hook, size US H/8
  • Pillow insert, 14”x16”

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler

Abbreviations

ch: chain
dc: double crochet
rep: repeat
sc: single crochet
st(s): stitch(es)
WS: wrong side

  • Gauge
  • 1. 15 sts and 20 rows = 4", measured over rows of single crochet using US H/8 hook.
  • Special Stitch
  • 1. five-double bobble: Wrap yarn over hook and work first double, omitting last stage, to leave two loops on hook. Work second, third, fourth, and fifth doubles in same way; creating six loops on hook. Wrap yarn around hook and draw through six loops to complete bobble. Add chain stitch to secure top of bobble. Bobbles are worked on wrong-side rows and are pushed to front of work. Back of pillow is worked in two halves, with slight overlap, in rows of single crochet.
  • 2. Note: This pillow has been made using blend of 55% merino wool, 33% microfiber, and 12% cashmere, making it soft and luxurious but also very practical. There are 98-1/2 yards in 1-3/4-ounce ball. As this pillow features a thickly textured pattern, it uses a large quantity of yarn compared with pillows of similar size with thinner, flatter fabric. You may substitute another aran (worsted) yarn, but be sure to check gauge or your pillow cover may turn out smaller or larger, in which case you will need different-size pillow insert.
  • Front
  • 1. Foundation chain: With US H/8 hook, make 47 ch.
  • 2. Foundation row: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch to end; turn (46 sts).
  • 3. Row 1 (WS): 1 ch (does not count as a st), 1 sc in 1st 2 sc, (1 sc in next sc, 5-dc bobble in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc) 11 times; turn.
  • 4. Row 2: 1 ch, 1 sc in 1st 2 sc, (1 sc in each of 1st 2 sc, 1 sc in top of bobble, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc) 11 times; turn.
  • 5. Row 3: 1 ch (does not count as a st), 1 sc in each of 1st 5 sc, (5-dc bobble in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc) 10 times, 1 sc in last sc; turn.
  • 6. Row 4: 1 ch, 1 sc in 1st sc, (1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 1 sc in top of bobble) 10 times, 1 sc in each of last 5 sc; turn.
  • 7. Rep Rows 1-4 13 times, then Rows 1 and 2 once more. Cut yarn and fasten off.
  • Back (make two)
  • 1. Foundation chain: With US H/8 hook, make 47 ch.
  • 2. Foundation row: 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc in each ch to end; turn (46 sts).
  • 3. Row 1: 1 ch (does not count as a st), 1 dc in each dc of previous row.
  • 4. Rep Row 1 33 times.
  • 5. Cut yarn and fasten off. (Note: Do not cut yarn after completing second Back piece.)
  • Finishing
  • 1. With right sides out, line up foundation edge of one Back piece with foundation edge of Front piece; pin together. Line up last row of second Back piece with last row of Front; pin together. Pin sides, overlapping two remaining edges of Back pieces. Join Back to Front around all sides with double crochet seam. To form neat, discreet edge, use single crochet seam to join Back and Front pieces together.
  • Tip
  • 1. Bobbles are worked on every wrong-side row, and are offset, so they form a kind of trellis pattern of neat diagonal lines. The pattern of raised bobbles not only looks attractive but it feels lovely to the touch - but bear in mind that a richly-textured crochet stitch pattern like this uses a lot more yarn than a flat fabric.