Many of you who follow me on Facebook were very disappointed when the Granny Square Tote won the February Crochet-Along instead of the retro granny square pillow. I have to admit, I was a little sad too because…well, just look at it…it’s a gorgeous design! Okay, okay, I’m done tooting my own horn. Your requests were heard loud and clear and I am very excited to release this surprise crochet-along!
This design is actually quite versatile. It is crocheted using the traditional granny square pattern, but the color combinations are endless. I have chosen to use four different colors which coordinate with the colors here in my studio. Be as creative as you wish when selecting your yarn. I imagine that no matter how many different colors you choose, your pillow will turn out beautifully!
Crochet Pattern by B. Hooked Crochet, Copyright 2015.
Please do not copy, sell or redistribute this pattern without first obtaining my permission. Items produced using this pattern may be sold, however please do not use the photo above.
This pattern is written in US crochet terms
Gather your supplies…
The supplies list for this project is rather short and should cost less than $20 or so. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Worsted weight yarn: approx 400-550 yds (depending on the size pillow you make)
- Size 5.5 mm crochet hook
- Pillow form (I’m using a 12″ square form)
- Darning needle
The Retro Granny Square Pillow consists of four traditional granny squares which are slip stitched together in a non-traditional manner. You may make what ever size pillow suits your need. You will simply crochet enough rounds for your granny square until the measurement of the opposite corners is the size of your pillow form. It is easiest to fold your square in half to form a triangle to get this measurement. For this tutorial, I am working on a 12″ pillow.
I recommend you watch the tutorial to learn how to crochet the granny square if you are new to crochet. However, you pros out there can skip to the second half of the video where I demonstrate how to stitch the squares together. The entire project from start to finish took me approximately 6 hours to complete.
Take these steps…
- Purchase/prepare all suppies
- Watch video to learn to crochet a solid granny square.
- Crochet 4 granny squares to the proper size for your pillow and weave in your ends.
- Optional: block your squares for a perfect shape.
- Crochet your squares together and onto the pillow
- Weave in your ends
This tutorial is also available in a left-handed version. Click here to be directed to the left-handed tutorial on YouTube.
For those of you who wish to follow a diagram, refer to this picture of the traditional granny square. Note that the picture only contains three rounds. You will need to add additional rounds to make your square the proper size to fit your pillow.
Note that if you are following my instructions on the video, I do not chain in between the groups of dc clusters as depicted in the diagram below.