Ahimsa Pillow

P1050082_medium2

Yarn: 1 skein of Knit Picks Simply Cotton worsted weight yarn

Tools and Supplies: 5.5mm crochet hook, fat quarter of cotton fabric, thread, sewing machine, tapestry needle, scissors

Skill Level: Intermediate

Stitches: (ch)chain, (sc)single crochet, (hdc)half-double crochet, (dc)double crochet, (sl st)slip stitch

Make ring: Ch.4, sl st in 1st sl st to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch.3, dc, ch.1, (2dc, ch.1) 3 times. Sl st in top of 1st of ch3.

Rnd 2: Ch.3, dc in nxt dc, (dc, ch.1, dc) in corner ch1 sp. * dc in nxt 2dc (dc, ch.1, dc) in corner ch1 sp. * repeat from * 2 more times. Join with sl st in top of beg. ch3.

Rnd 3: (ch.3, sl st in nxt dc) 2 times. (ch.3, sl st in corner sp) 2 times. *Ch.3, sk nxt dc, sl st in nxt dc. (ch.3, sl st in nxt dc) 2 times, (ch.3, sl st in corner sp) 2 times.* repeat from * 2 more times. Ch.3, sl st in bottom of beg, ch3. (20 ch3 sp).

Rnd 4: Ch.3, 2dc in nxt ch3 sp, ch.1, 2dc in nxt ch3 sp, ch.1, 3dc in nxt ch3 sp, ch.2, 3dc in nxt ch3 sp. *(Ch.1, 2dc in nxt ch3 sp) 3 times, ch.1, 3dc in nxt ch3 sp, ch.2, 3dc in nxt ch3 sp. * repeat from * 2 more times. Ch.1, dc in nxt ch3sp, sl st in top of beg. ch.

Rnd 5: Sc in sp between the beg ch and 1st dc of the previous round. Ch.3, sc in nxt ch1 sp. *sc in nxt 2dc, sc in nxt ch1 sp, sc in nxt 3 dc, (2sc, ch.1, 2sc) in corner ch2 sp, sc in nxt 3dc, sc in nxt ch1 sp, sc in nxt 2dc**sc in nxt ch1 sp, ch.3, sc in nxt ch.1 sp.* repeat from * 3 times ending 3rd repeat at **. Sl st in 1st sc.

Rnd 6: *5dc in ch3 sp, ch.3, sk 4 sc, sc in nxt sc, ch.3, 5dc in nxt ch1 sp, ch.3, sk 4 sc, sc in nxt sc, ch.3* repeat from * 3 times. Slst in 1st dc.

Rnd 7: Ch.1, *sc in nxt 5dc, sk 3ch, 3dc in sc, sk 3ch, sc in nxt 2dc, ch.3, sk nxt dc, sc in nxt 2dc, sk 3ch, 3dc in nxt sc, sk 3ch.* repeat from * 3 more times. Join with sl st in 1st sc.

Rnd 8: Ch.1, sc, ch.3, sk 3 sc, sc in nxt sc, ch. 3, sk 3 sc, sc in nxt sc, ch.2, (2sc, ch.2, 2sc) in corner ch3 sp, ch.2, sk nxt sc, sc in nxt sc. *(Ch.3, sk 3 sc, sc in nxt sc) 3 times, ch. 2, (2sc, ch.2, 2sc) in corner ch2 sp, ch.2, sk nxt sc, sc in nxt sc.* repeat from * 2 more times. Ch.3, join with sl st in 1st sc.

Rnd 9: Ch.1, sc in ch3 sp, ch. 5, sc in nxt ch3 sp, ch. 3, sc in nxt ch2 sp. *Ch.1, (2dc, ch.2, 2dc) in corner ch2 sp, ch.1, sc in nxt ch2 sp, ch.3, sc in nxt ch3 sp ** (ch. 5, sc in nxt ch3 sp) 2 times, ch.3, sc in nxt ch2 sp.* repeat from * 3 times, end 3rd repeat at **. Ch. 5, join with sl st in 1st sc.

Rnd 10: Ch.3, (2dc, ch.1, 3dc) in nxt ch5 sp, ch.1, 3dc in nxt ch3 sp, ch.1, 2dc in nxt ch1 sp, (2dc, ch.2, 2dc) in corner ch2 sp, *2dc in nxt ch1 sp, ch.1, 3dc in nxt ch3 sp. ** (ch.1, 3dc, ch.1, 3dc) in nxt ch5 sp 2 times, ch.1, 3dc in nxt ch3 sp, ch.1, 2dc in nxt ch1 sp (2dc, ch.2, 2dc) in corner ch2 sp. *repeat from * 3 times, end 3rd repeat at **. Ch.1, (3dc, ch.1, 3dc) in nxt ch5 sp. Join with sl st in top of beg. ch.

Rnd 11: Ch.2, hdc in nxt 2dc, ch.1, hdc in nxt 3dc, ch.1, hdc in nxt 3dc, *ch.1, hdc in nxt 4dc, (2dc, ch.2, 2dc) in corner ch2 sp., hdc in nxt 4 dc ** (ch.1, hdc in nxt 3dc) repeat 5 more times* repeat from * 3 times, end 3rd repeat at ** (Ch.1, hdc in nxt 3dc) 3 times. Ch.1, join with sl st in top of beg. ch.

Rnd 12: (Ch.3, sc in nxt ch1 sp) 3 times. *Ch.3, sk 3 hdc, sc in nxt hdc (Ch.3, sc in corner ch2 sp.) 2 times. Ch.3, sk 2dc, sc in nxt hdc ** (Ch.3, sc in nxt ch1 sp) 7 times. * repeat from * 3 times, end 3rd repeat at **. (Ch.3, sc in nxt ch1 sp) 3 times, ch.3, join with sl st in bottom of beg. ch.

Rnd 13: (Ch.3, sc in nxt ch3 sp) 5 times, * (Ch.3, sc in corner ch3 sp) 2 times. ** (Ch.3, sc in nxt ch3 sp.) 10 times * repeat from * 3 times, ending 3rd repeat at **. (Ch.3, sc in nxt 3 ch. sp) 5 times, join with sl st in bottom of beg. ch.

Rnd 14: Ch.1, 2sc in each ch3 sp around and 4 sc in each ch3 corner sp. Join with sl st in 1st sc.

Rnd 15: Ch.1, sc in each sc around and 2sc in each of the 4 sc of the previous round’s corner space. Join with sl st in 1st sc.

Rnd 16: Ch.1, sc in each sc around. Join with sl st in 1st sc.

Finish off. Leave tail for weaving in ends. Weave in ends.

Sewing Instructions

1. Cut two squares of fabric a little larger (about ó inch on each side) than your crocheted square to account for the stretch of the crocheted fabric.

2. If you are using a patterned fabric, make sure the color/pattern side is showing up through your crocheted work. Then line the crocheted square sewing on all four sides. Leave no openings.

3. Then place the second fabric square on top of your crocheted work (right sides together), pin and sew all four sides leaving three to four inches open for stuffing.

4. Turn pillow right side out. Stuff. Whip stitch together the 3-4” opening.

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