Saturday, January 12, 2008

Moss Stitch Pillow Cover

Free Pattern: Moss Stitch Pillow Cover
This pillow cover is a match to the "Moss Stitch Afghan" I made, the pattern can be found here.

US #10 needles (long straight needle or circular)
Size I crochet hook
2 skeins Red Heart worsted weight yarn in Aran Fleck (260 yrds or 141 grams per skein)
1 skein Red Heart worsted weight yarn in Black (260 yrds or 141 grams per skein)
1 - 16" X 16" pillow
5 large buttons
Sewing needle and matching thread
Yarn Needle
Safety pins

Finished Measurements:
Approx. 16" wide X 36" long to fit 16" X 16" pillow

Stitch Pattern:
Multiple of 2
Row 1 & 2: *K1, P1* repeat between *'s across
Row 3 & 4: *P1, K1* repeat between *'s across

Cast on 64 stitches using aran fleck yarn and long tail cast on (edges will be hidden by crochet edge in finishing). Knit in stitch pattern until piece measures 34" from cast on edge ending with row 4. Work rows for button holes.

1 - in pattern stitch, k/p 6 stitches, bo 5 stitches, k/p 7, bo 5, k/p 7, bo 5, k/p 7, bo 5, k/p 7, bo 5 , k/p 5
2 - in stitch pattern k/p 5, co 5, k/p 7, co 5, k/p 7, co 5, k/p 7, co 5, k/p7, co 5, k/p 6

Continue working in stitch pattern for 2 more inches, bind off and weave in ends.

Use crochet hook and black yarn to single crochet edge around entire piece, cut yarn. Wrap piece around pillow inside-out and position for sewing seams, use safety pins (or split stitch markers) to hold piece together and remove pillow. Using black yarn and yarn needle sew side edges together,weave in ends and turn right-side-out and insert pillow. Using sewing needle and thread sew buttons in place securely (I stretched mine down a bit to make a mock scalloped edge). Enjoy!

Tips: has great instructions for cast on methods and crochet stitches.

This pattern is free for personal use only. Please do not use for profit unless all proceeds go to charity.