Crochet Striped Moss Stitch Pillow Pattern

How to Crochet the Whimsical Striped Pillow

Hi guys, I hope you are all staying safe and sane during this pandemic. Even in this dark time, I’m grateful that I have crochet to relieve some stress and focus my mind. When I first learned that the borders between the U.S. and Canada would be closed for non-essential travel, I knew that I would not be able to visit my husband – a story for another time. Up until this point, my creative energy was focused on designing pieces for his home, so I never put much effort into making my temporary space my own. Since I’m not going anywhere for the foreseeable future, I decided to make my space a little cozier by designing this striped crochet pillow for my bed – it was also a great way to use up some of my yarn stash!

Two Crochet Pillows and a Purple Hygge Blanket
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About this Striped Crochet Pillow Cover:

  • It is made in two pieces (front and back); sewn together on three sides; and a zipper is placed on the fourth side to make it removable for washing.
  • The front and back panels are identical. Each panel consists of a main colour (gray) separated by stripes of colour (scrap yarn pieces).
  • Each panel is designed using a modified version of the moss stitch. So if you know how to single crochet and chain, then this is a great project for you.
  • This striped crochet pillow cover is designed to fit a 12″ x 20″ pillow form.

What you Will Need for this Project:

  • 2 Skeins of any Weight 4 Medium Yarn (Approximately 650 yards used)
  • Scrap yarn of different colours for the stripes (must be weight 4 medium)
  • *12″ x 20″ Pillow Insert (any sized pillow form can be used)
  • *5.5mm crochet hook
  • *Yarn Needle
  • Scissors
  • *16 – 17″ Zipper
  • Sewing Thread
  • Sewing Needle

My Yarn Choice:

If you like some of the colours in my striped crochet pillow, I’ve included a link to each type of yarn I used.

Main Colour:

  • *Light Gray – 2 Skeins of I Love this Yarn Solids Weight 4 Medium (100% acrylic, 355 yd / 324 m, 198 g / 7 oz)

OR

  • *Light Grey – 2 Skeins of Red Heart Super Saver Weight 4 Medium (100% acrylic, 364 yd / 333 m, 198 g /7 oz)
Flat Lay of a Crochet Striped Pillow

Scrap Yarn Stripes (in order of appearance):

  • A: Bernat Premium Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 360 yd / 329 m, 198 g / 7 oz) – Navy
  • *B: Lion Brand Jeans Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 246yd / 225 m, 100 g / 3.5 oz) -Top Stitch
  • *C: Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 232 yd / 212 m, 142 g / 5 oz) – French Lilac
  • *D: Red Heart Soft Weight 4 Medium (100% acrylic, 256 yd / 234 m, 141 g / 5 oz) -Grape
  • *E: I Love this Yarn Print Weight 4 Medium (100% acrylic, 252 yd / 230 m, 141 g / 5 oz) – Teal Tweed
  • *F: Caron One Pound Weight 4 Medium (100% acrylic, 812 yd / 742 m, 454g / 16 oz) – Denim

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The Moss Stitch – Our Striped Pillow Stitch

The moss stitch (a.k.a. linen, granite or woven stitch – it has so many different names!) is my favourite crochet stitch. There is just something about this stitch that keeps me coming back to it again and again. It’s a true back to basic stitch that uses only a single crochet and chain stitch. If you are unfamiliar with the moss stitch, here is a great tutorial to help you. Usually, the moss stitch is worked in rows, but I worked the stitch in a triangle to achieve the look of arrows. Each panel (front and back) begins as a small triangle that increases with each row; with the use of some decreases, we can turn this triangle into a rectangle.

Construction of the Striped Crochet Pillow:

Below, I’ve included a diagram of each stage of the panel, so that you are not surprised by the shape of your panel as you work through the pattern. Instructions will be provided to show you exactly how to increase and decrease.

1. Each panel starts out as a small triangle, that increases along the three sides shown (center, bottom left, and bottom right).

How to Crochet a Moss Stitch Triangle

2. Eventually, the base of the triangle (a.k.a the width of our rectangular panel) will reach 12″. From this point on, our width will no longer increase, but our length (height of triangle) will continue to increase.

Measurements for a Crochet Triangle

3. Once the height of the triangle (from base to top) measures 20″, we will no longer be increasing.

Crochet a Moss Stitch Triangle into a Rectangle

4. We will start to decrease along both sides of our triangle, until we make a rectangle.

Crochet a Triangle into a Rectangle Diagram

Changing Colour Method:

Creating stripes of colour might look difficult, but I promise that it is easier than you think. Making stripes in this pillow is the exact same as changing colour at the end of a row. Below, I’ve included a photo tutorial of how to change colour throughout your striped crochet pillow.

  • To make stripes, change colour at the end of the row. Example: The first colour change happens in Row 11, so change colour at the end of Row 10, before starting Row 11 with your new colour.  
Changing Colour in Crochet
  • In the last ch-1 space of the row, make a single crochet like normal; but before completing the stitch, by yarning over and drawing through the remaining two loops on your hook, pick up your new colour.
Successful Colour Change in Crochet
  • Pull the new colour (purple) through both loops on your hook to complete the single crochet stitch. Turn your work.
  • Chain 2 to start your next row, and keep crocheting. You’ve changed colours!
Single Crochet Moss Stitch Pattern

Pattern Measurements for this Striped Crochet Pillow:

This pillow cover is designed to fit a 12″ x 20″ pillow form. The front and back panel each measure 12” x 20”.

Moss Stitch Triangle Striped Crochet Pillow Free Pattern
Pictured with the Whimsical Stripes Pillow is the Coziness is a Mood Blanket. You can find the pattern here.

Abbreviations:

  • St(s) – stitch/stitches
  • Ch – chain
  • Sp – space
  • Sk – skip
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Sl st – slip stitch
  • [] – Repeat the instructions inside the brackets according to the number of times indicated after the brackets.
  • Rs – right side 
  • Ws – wrong side

Gauge Swatch (4” x 4”): 

You might be tempted to skip this step, but since the insert has to fit inside of the finished pillow cover, it is important that your gauge is accurate before you start crocheting. The final swatch should measure 4” x 4” unblocked. 

  • Ch 15
  • Row 1: Sc in third ch from hook (the 2 skipped chs count as sc and ch 1), [ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch] to end of row. Turn. (8 sc)
  • Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as a sc and ch 1), sc in first ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp] to end of row. The last stitch should be a sc in the beg ch-2 of Row 1. Turn. (8 sc)
  • Rows 3 – 12: Repeat Row 2.

Colour Chart for the Striped Crochet Pillow:

Here is a chart to help you create a striped colour pattern on your panel. You’ll notice that each stripe of colour usually occurs after working 5 rows in your main colour choice (gray).

Colour Chart for the Whimsical Stripes Pillow

Pattern:

Notes:

  1. To create stripes in the pattern, follow the colour chart above.
  2. The (sc, ch 1, sc) means that you will be working a sc, ch 1, and another sc, all in one stitch. These are only worked in the center and last chain spaces of each row.
  3. The front and back panels are identical, so make 2 front panels.
  4. Odd numbered rows are considered the wrong side, while even numbered rows are considered the right side. 
  5. After Row 1, you will be working each stitch into the chain spaces of the previous row.
  6. The beginning ch 2 counts as a sc and a ch 1. 
  7. When decreasing, along the right and left side of the panel, do not ch 1 between the last two sc of the row.

Front Panel *Make 2:

Ch 7
Row 1 (Ws): Sc in third ch from hook (the 2 skipped chs count as sc and ch 1), [ch 1, sk 1 ch, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch] 2 times. Turn. (3 sc on each side of center ch-1 sp)

Row 1 of the Moss Stitch Triangle Pillow

Row 2 (Rs): Ch 2, sc in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-2 sp. Turn. (4 sc on each side of the center ch-1 sp)

Row 2 of the Moss Stitch Triangle Pattern

Row 3 (Ws): Ch 2, sc in first ch- 1 sp, ch 1, [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] until the center ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch-1 sp, ch 1, [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] until the last ch-sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-2 sp. Turn. (5 sc on each side of the center ch-1 sp)

Tip: You can use a stitch marker (or safety pin) to mark the center ch-1 sp, so that it’s easier to spot in each row.

Rows 4  – 16: Repeat Row 3. 

Row 10 of the Moss Stitch Triangle Pattern

Stitch Count on Each Side of the Center Ch-Sp (Per Row)

Row 4 
Row 5
Row 6
Row 7
Row 8
6 sc
7 sc 
8 sc 
9 sc 
10 sc 
Row 9
Row 10
Row 11
Row 12
Row 13
11 sc 
12 sc 
13 sc 
14 sc 
15 sc 
Row 14
Row 15
Row 16
16 sc 
17 sc 
18 sc


*The triangle should measure approx. 12″ wide! The triangle will no longer increase along the left and right side, but continue to increase length (height) wise. 

Row 17: Ch 2, skip the first ch-1 sp, [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] until the center ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp] until the last ch-sp, sc in ch-2 sp. Do not chain 1 between the last two sc of the row. Turn. (18 sc on each side of the center ch-1 sp)

Moss Stitch Decrease

Row 18: Ch 2, sc in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] until the center ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp] until the last ch-sp, sc in ch-2 sp. Do not chain 1 between the last two sc of the row. Turn. Row 17: Ch 2, skip the first ch-1 sp, [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] until the center ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp] until the last ch-sp, sc in ch-2 sp. Do not chain 1 between the last two sc of the row. Turn. (18 sc on each side of the center ch-1 sp)

Rows 19 – 53: Repeat Row 18.

Progress Picture of the Whimsical Stripes Crochet Pillow Pattern

*The length of the panel should be approx. 19.5 – 19.75″. It will stretch to 20″ once you sew the panels together. We will now start to decrease along the right side of the panel. Do not fasten off.


Right Side of the Panel:

Row 54: Ch 2, sc in first ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp] 15 times, sc in center ch-1 sp. Turn. Do not ch 1 between the last two sc of the row. (18 sc)

Moss Stitch Triangle Peak

Row 55: Ch 2, sc in first ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp] until last ch-sp, sc in ch-2 sp,  Turn. (17 sc

Rows 56 – 67: Repeat Row 55. 

Pattern: Each side of the triangle decreases by 1 single crochet every row.

Stitch Count on Each Side of the Center Ch-Sp (Per Row)

Row 56
Row 57
Row 58
Row 59
Row 60
16 sc 
15 sc
14 sc
13 sc 
12 sc 
Row 61
Row 62
Row 63
Row 64
Row 65
11 sc 
10 sc 
9 sc 
8 sc 
7 sc 
Row 66
Row 67

6 sc 
5 sc 

Decreasing in Crochet to Create a Rectangle

Row 68: Ch 2, sc in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in ch-2 sp. Turn. (4 sc)

Moss Stitch Pillow Corner

Row 69: Ch 2, sc in first ch-1 sp;  sc in ch-2 sp. (3 sc)

Moss Stitch Decrease in the Corner

Row 70: Sl st in ch-2 sp. Fasten off.


Left Side of the Panel:

Row 54: Join yarn in the center ch-1 sp and ch 2, sc in first ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp] 15 times, sc in ch-2 sp.  Turn. Do not chain 1 between the last two single crochet of the row. (18 sc)

Row 55: Ch 2, sc in first ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp] until last ch-sp, sc in ch-2 sp. Turn. (17 sc)

Rows 56 – 67: Repeat Row 55. 

Stitch Count on Each Side of the Center Ch-Sp (Per Row)

Row 56
Row 57
Row 58
Row 59
Row 60
16 sc 
15 sc
14 sc
13 sc 
12 sc 
Row 61
Row 62
Row 63
Row 64
Row 65
11 sc 
10 sc 
9 sc 
8 sc 
7 sc 
Row 66
Row 67

6 sc 
5 sc 

Row 68: Ch 2, sc in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in ch-2 sp.  Turn. (4 sc)

Row 69: Ch 2, sc in first ch-1 sp, sc in ch-2 sp.  Turn. (3 sc

Row 70: Sl st in ch-2 sp. Fasten off.

Fasten off and weave in ends. *Repeat this process to make your back panel.

Sewing Your Panels and Adding a Zipper

This is arguably the worst part of any crochet project, but when it comes to pillows, it’s exciting. You never know how your pillow cover will turn out until you sew the sides together and pop in the insert.

To sew these panels 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.

Wrong Side vs. Right Side:

On the wrong side of the panel, the coloured stripe stitches appear narrow and “pointy” like diamonds. On the right side of the panel, the coloured stripe stitches are fuller and more rectangular in shape.

Seaming Method:

  • Line up your front and back panels, so the right sides are touching, and the wrong sides are facing outward – basically we are sewing our work inside out. This is to hide any wobbly edges and fix the bottom center which juts out a bit, compared to the rest of the rectangle. Thread your yarn needle with a long strand of yarn (approx. 30 – 40″).
Center Jut in the Moss Stitch Triangle Pattern
  • Begin whip stitching along the three sides of your pillow cover.
  • Flip your pillow cover right side out.
  • The next step is to attach the zipper to the fourth side. Place the zipper between the front and back panels panels, making sure that it is centered on both sides (A). You will be sewing one side of the zipper to the front panel and the other side of the zipper to the back panel.
Attaching a Zipper to a Pillow Cover

Sewing the Zipper to the Front Panel:

  • Using thread and a sewing needle, begin whip stitching across the zipper and front panel to sew them together; make sure that the needle moves through both the panel and the zipper (B, C, D, E). When you’ve reached the end of the zipper, make a couple of knots to secure your work.
  • Tip: Try to sew the panel as close to the zipper opening as possible; this will ensure a seamless look.

Sewing the Zipper to the Back Panel:

  • Unzip the zipper before you begin to sew the back panel to the other side of the zipper. Using thread and a sewing needle, begin whip stitching across the zipper and back panel to sew them together; make sure that the needle moves through both the panel and the zipper. When you’ve reached the end of the zipper, make a couple of knots to secure your work (F, G, H, I, J, K).
  • If your zipper is an inch or two shorter than the width of the pillow, use your remaining yarn tail to sew up any gaps on the fourth side with the whip stitch.

Proper Care and Washing Instructions

Here is an easy tutorial to follow for washing crochet pillow cover to maintain their shape, look, and feel!

And You’re Done!

Voila! You have finished your first Whimsical Stripes Pillow. Congratulations! I hope that this pillow brightens up your home, and puts a smile on your face every time you see it. Now, you can cozy up with this pillow, while you work on your next crochet project.

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Disclaimer: You are welcome to sell items that you’ve made from this pattern; however, you are not allowed to use my pictures or sell my pattern as your own (Copyright @ ThisPixieCreates).

Questions?

If you have any trouble throughout the pattern and need some clarification, please feel free to send me a message through the “Contact” section of this website. I would be more than happy to help!

If you liked this pillow project, and want to make another, try the Burst of Sunshine Pillow. It’s a fun, textured project that will brighten up your home, and leave you with a super soft pillow.

Thank you guys so much for following along. I can’t wait to see what you create!

Love, Dayna
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7 thoughts on “How to Crochet the Whimsical Striped Pillow”

    1. Hi Susan. Can’t wait to make this. I’m getting started now. Just wanted to reinforce that the gauge swatch is important. I had to go down to a 4.0 mm hook to get a 4”x4” swatch. My first swatch with the recommended hook was 5”x5” – you must be a tight crocheter, Susan.

      1. Hi Heather,

        Yes, I think I am a tight crocheter – I’m sorry you had to go all the way down to a 4.0 mm. I hope you enjoy the rest of the pattern, and I am so glad you tried the gauge swatch before starting! 🙂

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