Hi guys! After receiving some feedback from different crocheters, I re-designed the Flower Power Pillow (see pictures below). The key elements of the original pillow are still there, like the Puff Stitch Center, and the ridges; but changes have been made to improve the appearance of the pillow. I hope you enjoy the new pattern! This pillow is considered an intermediate level crochet pattern, with step-by-step pictures, and a video tutorial for Rounds 6 and 7. It has been tech edited and pattern tested. Let’s get started! The free pattern is below or you can purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.
What does the Back of the Pillow Look Like?
For those of you wondering what the back of the pillow looks like, it is identical to the front. In the diagram below, you will see the front and back panels. I did mine in two different colours to highlight the different sides.
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- Approximately 250 yards of any bulky weight 5 yarn
- 6.5 mm crochet hook
- Yarn Needle
- Stitch Marker or Safety Pin
- 14” Round Pillow insert
This pattern was originally designed with Lion Brand Color Made Easy, but it has been discontinued. You can still purchase some on Amazon, but it is expensive.
Please see the list of alternative yarn options below. Each yarn has been tested with this pattern, and meets the gauge.
Alternative Yarn Options:
Color Made Easy is great yarn to work with, but it has been discontinued. Here are a few alternative options to help you. Each yarn listed below has been tested with this pattern, and meets the gauge. All yarns are similar in weight and feel to Color Made Easy, but are budget-friendly.
1. We Crochet’s Brava Bulky Weight 5 Bulky (100% Premium Acrylic, 136 yd / 120 m, 3.5 oz / 100 g)
Brava Bulky is a great budget friendly yarn that is similar in weight and feel to Color Made Easy. It’s priced at $2.99/skein, and comes in 29 colour options. I hope you find a colour that you love!
2. Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky Weight 5 Bulky (100% Acrylic, 149 yd / 136 m, 3.5 oz / 100 g)
Paint Box Simply Chunky yarn is another budget friendly yarn option. It is a bit thinner than Color Made Easy, but it meets the gauge and has great stitch definition. This yarn is regularly priced at $3.00/skein, but it is currently on sale for $2.25 (07/22/21). It comes in 50 different colours, so there is something for everyone.
3. Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek Chunky Weight 5 Bulky (100% Low Pill Acrylic, 211 yd / 193 m, 5 oz / 142 g)
Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek is one of my favourite yarns to use because has very low pill, which means that it does not get fuzz and pill after long-term use and washes. It is regularly priced at $4.99/skein, but it goes on sale every other week for $3.49/skein. There are only 12 colour options available, but I hope you find one that speaks to you!
4. Red Heart Soft Essentials Weight 5 Bulky (100% Acrylic, 131 yd / 121 m, 5 oz / 141g)
A great alternative yarn is Red Heart Soft Essentials. This yarn is a bulky weight 5 that is incredibly soft, has a nice sheen to it, and comes in 20 different colours. I used about 12 balls of this yarn in the color way Greyhound to make a last minute blanket for Christmas. The beauty of the Mountain Mama is that it works up quickly, so you can get it done in no time at all. I was able to whip up this blanket in 4 days, and my in-laws loved it!
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You can purchase an INEXPENSIVE Ad-free Printable PDF of this pattern on Etsy HERE or Ravelry HERE. This 9 page PDF is ready to print and use! It includes the complete written pattern, with step-by-step pictures, and a link to the video tutorial for Rounds 6 and 7.
Puff Stitch Photo Tutorial:
YO, and insert the hook in the st.
YO and draw up a loop – there should be 3 loops on the hook.
Rep Step 2, two more times – there should be 7 loops on the hook.
YO and pull through the first 6 loops on the hook – there should be 2 loops remaining on the hook.
YO and pull through the last 2 loops to close the st.
- Ch – chain
- St(s) – stitch(es)
- Sp(s) – space(s)
- YO – yarn over
- Sk – skip
- MR – magic ring
- Sl st – slip stitch
- Sc – single crochet
- Hdc – half double crochet
- Dc – double crochet
- Tc – triple crochet
- Ps – puff stitch
- BLO – back loop only
- Rnd – round
- [ ] – repeat instructions inside the brackets
This crochet circular pillow is designed to fit a 14″ round pillow insert. Checking your measurements and gauge as you crochet is important for this pattern because it has to fit around the pillow insert.
- The circle measures 7″ in diameter after Rnd 5 (from one edge of the pillow to the other).
- The circle measures 8.25″ in diameter after Rnd 7.
- The cirlce measures 10.5″ in diameter after Rnd 9.
- The circle measures 13.5″ in diameter after Rnd 12.
This video tutorial is for Rounds 6 and 7 (the trickiest rounds of the pillow). Rounds 6 and 7 are very similar to Rounds 11 and 12, so I hope this tutorial helps you with the remainder of your pillow cover. Please let me know if you have any questions!
- The beginning ch of each rnd does not count as a st.
- Do NOT turn at the end of rnd.
- As you crochet, make sure to check your measurements using the gauge listed above for Rnd 5, 7, 9 and 12.
- There is a video tutorial for Rnds 6 and 7.
- Making a Magic Ring tutorial.
Front Panel (Make 2):
Make a MR.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, [Ps, Ch 1] 6 times in MR. Join with a sl st. Do NOT turn. (6 Ps + 6 ch-1 sp)
Make a sl st into the ch-1 sp.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, [(Ps, ch 1, Ps, ch 1) in ch-1 sp] 6 times. Join with a sl st. (12 Ps + 12 ch-1sp)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, dc in first st, [(Ps, ch 1, Ps) in ch-1 sp, dc in next st, 2 dc in ch-1 sp, dc in next st] 5 times, (Ps, ch 1, Ps) in last ch-1 sp, dc in next st, 2 dc in last ch-1 sp. Join with a sl st. (12 Ps + 6 ch-1 sp + 24 dc)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, dc in first 2 sts, [(Ps, ch 1, Ps) in ch-1 sp, dc in next 6 sts] 5 times, (Ps, ch 1, Ps) in ch-1 sp, dc in next 4 sts. Join with a sl st. (12 Ps + 6 ch-1 sp + 36 dc)
Rnd 5: Ch 1, [hdc in first 3 sts, hdc in ch-1 sp, hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st] 6 times. Join with a sl st. (60 hdc)
Rnd 6: (See video tutorial) In 3rd loop only, sl st in each st around. Join with a sl st into the 3rd loop of first sl st. (60 sl st)
Tip: Loosely crochet each sl st, so they are easy to work in for Rnd 7.
Rnd 7: (See video tutorial) In 3rd loop only, ch 1, hdc in first 8 sts, [2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 8 sts] 5 times, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in last 6 sts. Join with a sl st. (66 hdc)
Rnd 8: Ch 2, (dc, ch 2, dc) in first st, sk 2 sts, [(dc, ch 2, dc) in next st, sk 2 sts] 21 times. Join with a sl st. (44 dc + 22 ch-2 sp)
Rnd 9: Ch 2, dc in first st, [2 dc in ch-2 sp, dc in next 2 sts] 21 times, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in last st. Join with a sl st. (88 dc)
Rnd 10: Ch 1, hdc in first 15 sts, [2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 15 sts] 4 times, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last 8 sts. Join with a sl st into the 3rd loop of the first hdc. (93 hdc)
Rnd 11: In 3rd loop only, sl st in each st around. Join with a sl st into the 3rd loop of first sl st. (93 sl st)
Tip: Loosely crochet each sl st, so they are easy to work in for Rnd 12.
Rnd 12: In 3rd loop only, ch 2, tc in first 19 sts, [2 tc in next st, tc in next 19 sts] 3 times, 2 tc in next st, tc in last 13 sts. Join with a sl st. (97 tc)
Rnd 13: Ch 1, hdc in first 24 sts, [2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 24 sts] 2 times, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last 22 sts. Join with a sl st. (100 hdc)
Fasten off and leave a long tail (approx. 20”) to sew the pillow panels together.
Repeat this process to make two circles!
Sewing Your Crochet Circular Pillow Together:
To sew the circles together, we will be using a technique called the whip stitch. If you are unfamiliar with this stitch, there is a great tutorial by Wool and the Gang to help you here.
- Place the circles on top of each other, so the right sides are facing outward. Thread the yarn needle with the tail you left (20″), and begin to whip stitch in the BLO of each st around.
- When you have sewn three quarters of the way around the circles, insert the pillow form. Continue to whip stitch around the circles.
- When you have sewn the last pair of stitches together, work the remaining tail through the piece, making a few knots to secure your work.
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