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Botanica Pillows

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This delightful and refreshing spring motif is a relatively easy design and a good way to try your hand at tapestry crochet. The colors in this design will add warmth to your decor and remind you that spring is just around the corner!

Design by Nanette Seale

Skill Level

Intermediate

Finished Size

Approximately 14 x 14 inches

Materials

  • Red Heart Super Saver medium (worsted) weight yarn (7 oz/364 yds/198g per skein):
    • 2 skeins #385 royal (A)
    • 1 skein each #336 warm brown (B), #661 frosty green (C), #631 light sage (D) and #316 soft white (E)
  • Size H/8/5mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry needle
  • (2) 14 x 14-inch pillow forms

Gauge

4 dc = 1 inch; 2 dc rows = 1 inch

Pillow A

Front

Row 1 (RS): With A, ch 50, dc in 4th ch from hook (beg 3 sk chs count as a dc) and in each rem ch, turn. (48 dc)

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc on this and following rows), dc in each rem dc and in 3rd ch of beg 3 sk chs, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next 24 dc, changing to B in last dc, dc in next 2 dc, changing to A in last dc, dc in next 2 dc, changing to C in last dc, dc in next 8 dc, changing to A in last dc, dc in each rem dc and in 3rd ch of beg ch-3, turn.

Rows 4-28: Follow Chart A. At end of row 28, do not turn.

Edging

Ch 1, 3 sc in first dc-corner made, sc in each dc to turning ch-3, 3 sc in 3rd ch of beg ch-3-corner made. Working across next side in ends of rows in sps formed by edge dc and turning chs, 2 sc in each row. Working across next side in unused lps of beg ch, 3 sc in first lp-corner made, sc in each lp to last lp, 3 sc in last lp-corner made. Working across next side in ends of rows in sps formed by edge dc and beg chs, 2 sc in each row, join with sl st in first sc.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Back

Row 1 (RS): With A, ch 50, dc in 4th ch from hook (beg 3 sk chs count as dc) and in each rem ch, turn. (48 dc)

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc on this and following rows), dc in each rem dc and in 3rd ch of beg 3 sk chs, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in each rem dc and in 3rd ch of beg ch-3, turn.

Rows 4-28: Rep row 3. At end of row 28, do not turn.

Edging

Work same as Edging for Front.

Assembly

With A, sew Front and Back tog along 3 sides. Insert pillow form. Sew rem side.

Pillow B

Front

Row 1 (RS): With A, ch 50, dc in 4th ch from hook (beg 3 sk chs count as dc) and in each rem ch, turn. (48 dc)

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc on this and following rows), dc in each rem dc and in 3rd ch of beg 3 sk chs, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next 7 dc, changing to C in last dc, dc in next 7 dc, changing to A in last dc, dc in next 4 dc, changing to B in last dc, dc in next 2 dc, changing to A in last dc, dc in next 2 dc, changing to D in last dc, dc in next 2 dc, changing to C in last dc, dc in next 3 dc, changing to A in last dc, dc in next 2 dc, changing to C in last dc, dc in next 4 dc, changing to A in last dc, dc in each rem dc and in 3rd ch of beg ch-3, turn.

Rows 4-28: Follow Chart B. At end of row 28, do not turn.

Edging

Work same as Edging for Front of Pillow A.

Back

Work same as Back for Pillow A.

Assembly

Follow Assembly instructions for Pillow A.

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