How about another free pillow pattern? This one was inspired some IT’S SO FLUFFY yarn, Bernat Baby Blanket. Have you used this stuff? A super bulky acrylic chenille that works up incredibly fast, I had some left over from some Santa Hats I made at the end of last year. It feels like it’s made of clouds, and I couldn’t wait any longer to find another use for it. Everyone who touches it wants to lay their heads on it. So of course…
Rainbow in the Clouds Pillow
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This pattern is designed to fit a 16″ x 16″ square pillow. It works up incredibly fast, thanks to the super bulky yarn! Don’t have enough rainbow colors to do the bobble rows? Do the whole pillow in chunky white yarn and make a little rainbow applique for the corner!
– worsted or aran weight yarn in 5 rainbow colors, small amounts
– Bernat Baby Blanket, white – 1 10.5 oz skein or another super bulky soft white yarn
– one 16″ x 16″ pillow form
– large yarn needle
Special stitch used:
– dc5tog: double crochet 5 together
Using the white yarn and the N hook:
Ch 33 somewhat loosely.
Row 1: Skipping the first chain from the hook, hdc across the row. (32hdc)
Row 2-8: Ch1 and turn. Hdc across. (32hdc)
Break yarn and finish off.
Using the worsted weight rainbow yarns and I hook:
Attach first (darkest/bottom) color with slip stitch to blo of last stitch of the white “cloud” piece.
Row 1: (RS) Working into the blo, ch3 (counts as first dc) and dc into the first stitch. 2 dc into next st, then dc once into following stitch. Work *2 dc in next stitch, then one dc into next stitch* repeating to last two sts. 2dc in next st, then work one dc into last st. (53 dc) Ch1 and turn.
Row 2: (WS) Sc into the first 2 sts, *dc5tog into the next st, sc in the next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * until the end of the row, ending the row with 2 sc (last one in the top of the turning chain). (13 bobbles made)
Row 3: (RS) Change to second stripe color. Ch 3, turn. Dc across row to the end, skipping the turning ch. Ch1, turn.
Row 4: (WS) Sc into the first 4 sts, *dc5tog into the next st, sc in the next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * until the end of the row, ending the row with 1sc in the top of the turning chain. (12 bobbles made)
Row 5: (RS) Change to third stripe color. Ch 3, turn. Dc across row to the end, skipping the turning ch. Ch1, turn.
Row 6: Repeat Row 2.
Row 7: (RS) Change to fourth stripe color. Ch 3, turn. Dc across row to the end, skipping the turning ch. Ch1, turn.
Row 8: Repeat Row 4.
Row 9: (RS) Change to fifth stripe color. Ch 3, turn. Dc across row to the end, skipping the turning ch. Ch1, turn.
Row 10: Repeat Row 2. Break yarn and finish off.
Using the white yarn and N hook:
Row 1: Flip the whole thing over and start working into the bottom – the starting chain of the white part. Join with a slip stitch and ch1, and then hdc across. (32 hdc)
Row 2- 32: Ch1 and turn. Hdc across. (32hdc) Stop when you get about 32 inches total length for the entire piece. Break yarn and weave in ends.
Bring together the ends of your piece, RS together, so the bobbles are facing inward and the rainbow is closest to you with the clouds furthest away. Using about 24 inches of the remaining yarn from row 10, the last (top) color of your rainbow, whip stitch through both loops of the rainbow row and through the blo of the last cloud row. Work evenly across.
Finish off and turn the work RS out again. You should have a tube shape with the rainbow portion “inset” to the clouds.
Determine where you want your rainbow to sit on the pillow – I went for lower than center, but you can put yours wherever you like. This gives you your top and bottom folds, so you can close up the ends.
Using a length of the white yarn, whip stitch one end closed, and then stuff in the pillow form and whip stitch close the other end. Dream of rainbows and unicorns and happier days to come!
This particular pillow is being donated to an online auction for the wonderful Carrie Brown, a loving mama and special needs advocate currently fighting ovarian cancer. I’ll post more information on the auction when I have it, but for now, if any of you are moved to donate to help Carrie and her little boy with the outrageous bills and expenses that come with this fight, please Click Here. Every little bit helps! She needs a rainbow in these cloudy days! Thanks to all who bid!
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