Crochet Striped Moss Stitch Pillow Pattern

How to Crochet the Whimsical Stripes 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 throw pillow for my bed – it was also a great way to use up some of my yarn stash!

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About this 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 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
  • 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
  • *18″ Zipper
  • Sewing Thread
  • Sewing Needle

My Yarn Choice:

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

Main Colour:

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 Whimsical Stripes Crochet Pillow Pinterest Pin

The Moss Stitch – Our 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.

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 work.

Changing Colour in Crochet
  • At the end of the row, pretend like you are making your final single crochet stitch. Insert your hook into the space, yarn over and pull up a loop. You should have two loops on your hook. Instead of yarning over and drawing through both loops with the gray yarn, 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:

This pillow cover is designed to fit a 12″ x 20″ pillow form.

  • Front Panel: 12″ x 20″
  • Back Panel: 12″ x 20″
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Pictured with the Whimsical Stripes Pillow is the Coziness is a Mood Blanket. You can find the pattern here.

Abbreviations:

  • St(s) – stitch/stitches
  • Hk – hook
  • Ch – chain
  • Sp – space
  • Sk – skip
  • Sc – single crochet
  • [] – Repeat the instructions inside the brackets according to the number of times indicated after the brackets.

Gauge: Approximately 10 stitches x 15 rows in 4″ x 4″

You might be tempted to skip this step, but since the insert has to fit inside of the pillow cover, it is important that your gauge is accurate before you start crocheting.

  • Ch 19
  • Row 1: Sc in 3rd ch from hk, [ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch] to end of row. Turn.
  • Row 2: Ch 2, sc in 1st ch-1 sp, [ch 1, 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.
  • Row 3 – 15: Repeat Row 2.

Colour Chart:

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 Crochet Striped Pillow Pattern

Pattern:

Notes:

  • If you would like to create stripes in your pattern, follow the colour chart above to keep track of when to change colours.
  • The (sc, ch 1, sc) means that you will be working a single crochet, a chain-1, and another single crochet, all in one stitch. These are only worked in the center and last chain spaces of the row.
  • [] Repeat the instructions inside the brackets according to the number of times indicated after the brackets. Ex. [ch 1, sk 1 st, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch] 2 times, means you will make a chain-1, skip 1 stitch, and make a single crochet, chain-1, and single crochet, all in the next chain. This will be done a total of 2 times before moving onto the next instructions.
  • The front and back panel are identical, so you will be making 2 front panels.
  • After Row 1, you will be working each stitch into the chain spaces of the previous row.
  • The beginning chain 2 counts as a single crochet and a chain 1.

Front Panel *Make 2:

Ch 7
Row 1: Sc in 3rd ch from hk, [ch 1, sk 1 ch, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch] 2 times. Turn. (Stitch Count: 3 sc on each side of the triangle)

Row 1 of the Moss Stitch Triangle Pillow

Row 2: Ch 2, sc in 1st 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. (Stitch Count: 4 sc on each side of the triangle)

Row 2 of the Moss Stitch Triangle Pattern

Row 3: Ch 2, sc in 1st ch- 1 sp; [ch 1, sc in next ch- 1 sp] 2 times; ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch-1 sp; [ch 1, sc in next ch- 1 sp] 2 times; ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-2 sp. Turn. (Stitch Count: 5 sc on each side of the triangle)

Row 4: Ch 2, sc in 1st ch- 1 sp; [ch 1, sc in next ch- 1 sp] 3 times; ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch-1 sp; [ch 1, sc in next ch- 1 sp] 3 times; ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-2 sp. Turn. (Stitch Count: 6 sc on each side of the triangle)

Row 5: Ch 2, sc in 1st ch- 1 sp; [ch 1, sc in next ch- 1 sp] 4 times; ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch-1 sp; [ch 1, sc in next ch- 1 sp] 4 times; ch 1, csc, ch 1, sc) in ch-2 sp. Turn. (Stitch Count: 7 sc on each side of the triangle)

  • Do you see the pattern? Each side of the triangle increases by 1 single crochet every row. You will begin each row by chaining 2 and making a single crochet into the 1st chain-1 space (this counts as a sc, ch 1, sc). Then, you will (ch 1 and sc) in each ch-1 space until you reach the center ch-1 space of the triangle. In the center, you will make a (sc, ch 1, sc). Continue to work a (ch 1 and sc) in each ch-1 space until you reach the last ch-2 space, where you will work a (sc, ch 1, sc).

Row 6 – 18: Continue to repeat the above pattern. (Stitch Count at the end of Row 18: 20 sc on each side of the triangle)

Row 10 of the Moss Stitch Triangle Pattern
  • Your triangle should be 12″ wide. We will no longer be increasing on each side, but we will still be increasing at the center of the triangle.

Row 19: Ch 2, sc in 1st ch- 1 sp; [ch 1, sc in next ch- 1 sp] until you reach the center; ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch-1 sp; [ch 1, sc in next ch- 1 sp] until you reach the last ch- sp; sc in ch-2 sp. Turn. *Do not chain 1 between the last two single crochet of the row. (Stitch Count: 21 sc on one side, 20 sc on the other side of the triangle)

Moss Stitch Decrease

Row 20 – 67: Repeat Row 19.

Progress Picture of the Whimsical Stripes Crochet Pillow Pattern
  • The height of your triangle should be 20″. We will no longer be increasing at the center of the triangle. We will now start to decrease along the left side of the triangle.
  • Do not fasten off.

Left Side of the Triangle (Side with 21 sc):

Row 68: Ch 2, sc in 1st ch- 1 sp; [ch 1, sc in next ch- 1 sp] 18 times; sc in center ch-1 sp; Turn. *Do not chain 1 between the last two single crochet of the row. (Stitch Count: 21 sc)

Moss Stitch Triangle Peak

Row 69: Ch 2, sc in 1st ch- 1 sp; [ch 1, sc in next ch- 1 sp] 17 times; sc in ch-2 sp; Turn. (Stitch Count: 20 sc)

Row 70: Ch 2, sc in 1st ch- 1 sp; [ch 1, sc in next ch- 1 sp] 16 times; sc in ch-2 sp; Turn. (Stitch Count: 19 sc)

Row 71: Ch 2, sc in 1st ch- 1 sp; [ch 1, sc in next ch- 1 sp] 15 times; sc in ch-2 sp; Turn. (Stitch Count: 18 sc)

  • Do you see the pattern? Each side of the triangle decreases by 1 single crochet every row.

Row 72 – 84: Continue to repeat the above pattern. (Stitch Count for Row 84: 5 sc)

Decreasing in Crochet to Create a Rectangle

Row 85: Ch 2, sc in 1st ch- 1 sp; ch 1, sc in next ch- 1 sp; sc in ch-2 sp; Turn. (Stitch Count: 4 sc)

Moss Stitch Pillow Corner

Row 86: Ch 2, sc in 1st ch- 1 sp; sc in ch-2 sp. (Stitch Count: 3 sc)

Moss Stitch Decrease in the Corner

Fasten off.


Right Side of the Triangle (Side with 20 sc):


Row 68: Starting in the center ch- 1 sp, (ch 1, sc); [ch 1, sc in next ch- 1 sp] 17 times; sc in ch- 2 sp; Turn. *Do not chain 1 between the last two single crochet of the row. (Stitch Count: 20 sc)

Row 69: Ch 2, sc in 1st ch- 1 sp; [ch 1, sc in next ch- 1 sp] 16 times; sc in ch-2 sp; Turn. (Stitch Count: 19 sc)

Row 70: Ch 2, sc in 1st ch- 1 sp; [ch 1, sc in next ch- 1 sp] 15 times; sc in ch-2 sp; Turn. (Stitch Count: 18 sc)

  • Do you see the pattern? Each side of the triangle decreases by 1 single crochet every row.

Row 71 – 83: Continue to repeat the above pattern. (Stitch Count for Row 83: 5 sc)

Row 84: Ch 2, sc in 1st ch- 1 sp; ch 1, sc in next ch- 1 sp; sc in ch-2 sp; Turn. (Stitch Count: 4 sc)

Row 85: Ch 2, sc in 1st ch- 1 sp; sc in ch-2 sp; Turn. (Stitch Count: 3 sc).

Row 86: Ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp. (Stitch Count: 2 sc).

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.

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.

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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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!

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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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