Rainbow in the Clouds Pillow

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…

 White and rainboe colored Rainbow in the Clouds crochet pillow

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!

Yarn:
- 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

Hooks:
-US-N, 9.00mm
-US-I, 5.50mm

Also Needed:
- 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.

Yard stick displaying the measurement of the Rainbow in the Clouds crochet pillow

Assembly:
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.

Sewing the ends of the Rainbow in the Clouds crochet pillow togetherClose up of rainbow inset of the Rainbow in the Clouds crochet pillow

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.

Close up of the first side whipstitch

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!

Carrie Brown headshotThis 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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  1. 4

    Denise says

    Love this & can’t wait to make it. Question, I’m really new to crochet & self taught so I don’t know all the terms… What is blo?

    Thank you!

  2. 8

    Vicki Camm says

    Hi, can you tell me if this pattern is in US or UK stitches.

    I would love to make this Rainbow In The Clouds Pillow but am unsure which stitches to use.

    It looks lovely

    Thanks Vicki

  3. 10

    Jackie says

    I am a little confused with regards to stitch count. Starting my first colour row, I have 32 HDC from the last white row; then ch3 and 1dc in first stitch, 2dc in 2nd stitch, 1dc in the 3rd stitch, etc across to the end, with 2dc in the penultimate stitch and 1 in the final stitch of the row = 49 stitches and not 53!

    • 11

      moogly says

      Shoot, you’re right! Alas, the pillow itself went to charity a while ago, so I can’t reference it. Well, the pattern still works – you’ll have 12 and 11 bobbles in the rows instead of 13 and 12. Otherwise, you can distribute a few extra stitches on the 1dc spaces… Sorry about that!

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