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Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Lodge Pillow

The Lodge Pillow: crochet pillow with knotted straps | She's Got the Notion

Yesterday, I showed you how to make a zippered pillow form. Today, you get to see what I made the pillow form for! I love that this project mixed sewing and crochet.

I have been eyeing knitted blankets lately. The idea of having a big sweater-like throw for the winter seems so nice and cozy. I've seen some great ones at T.J. Maxx and Home Goods for about $30-$40, but couldn't bring myself to buy one. Part my thinking was I could make my own. However, I don't know how to knit and crochet just wouldn't be the same. Plus, yarn for a blanket could easily run nearly as much (or more!) money and hours of my time. So I have yet to get myself a cozy knit blanket until I feel like spending the money or learning to knit.

In the meantime, I still wanted to bring a bit of yarn work into my decor this fall. I found this pattern for the Lodge Pillow in the One-Skein Wonders book that I've been quite addicted to lately. This crochet pillow the perfect solution for now. You can see my review of the pattern on Ravelry. I used Lion Brand Heartland in Grand Canyon for it. It was an impulse buy because I just loved the color. It was my first time working with Heartland yarn and I liked using it so much that I've already bought two more skeins for future projects.

The one alteration of the pattern I did was the finishing. I wanted the cover to be removable, and toyed with the idea of a zipper. Then I realized, I wouldn't be washing it very often because it's mostly a decorative pillow. I might take it off and put in back on only once or twice a year. So I decided instead of sewing the fourth side closed, to slip stitch it closed instead and leaving a long tail. I simply slipped the long tail inside the pillow. It can be fished out when needed, and the slip stitches pulled out. Then it can be removed, washed, and slip stitched back up. Not as quick as a zipper would be, but now I don't have to worry about the zipper showing on the finished pillow. This means there's no "right" side up on the pillow, just a front and back.

The Lodge Pillow: crochet pillow with knotted straps | She's Got the Notion
Slip stitching the final side. My left-handedness is showing...

The Lodge Pillow: crochet pillow with knotted straps | She's Got the Notion
Using a yarn needle, I slipped the tail inside the pillow cover.

The Lodge Pillow: crochet pillow with knotted straps | She's Got the Notion
My new pillow hanging with it's bigger sister, a slip cover I sewed over the summer.

Material's needed to crochet this pillow:

If you sew, you can save money by making your own pillow form. Directions are posted HERE.

I'm completely in love with my new pillow. Now if only it had a super cozy sweater throw to go with it! What do you think of my new pillow? Have you crocheted a pillow before? I'd love to see your finished work! Let me know in the comments. Happy crocheting :).

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