Guest Blogger: Reversible Spike Stitch Pillow Cover

Guest Blogger: Reversible Spike Stitch Pillow Cover 

By Sarah Zimmerman
www.RepeatCrafterMe.com

Hi, I am Sarah Zimmerman, the crochet designer behind the blog Repeat Crafter Me.  It is such a treat to be guest posting here at Yarnspirations!

I got my hands on the new Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn and I am absolutely loving the texture! It’s a tubular yarn that is soft yet sturdy…almost like it was made from jersey sheets. It’s perfect for home décor items like rugs, placemats, coasters, and PILLOWS!  Which is what I’m going to show you today!

This reversible Spike Stitch pillow cover is just that: reversible!  On one side you have decorative jagged stripes that are made by using the spike stitch. The other side is just a simple one color, single crochet stitch with button closure. This allows the cover to be removeable for easy cleaning!

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If you aren’t familiar with spike stitches, don’t let them intimidate you. Essentially they are elongated single crochets. With a basic single crochet you work directly into the stitch below the new row but with a spike stitch you are going to move your hook down and work into the rows below the new row (row 2 or 3). I have included a short video in the tutorial to help clear up any confusion!

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There are so many color options of Bernat Maker Home Dec that you can combine and use for your pillow! See them all HERE. Can’t wait to see how yours turn out!

If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me at RepeatCrafterMe@gmail.com.

Materials:

Bernat Maker Home Dec in Steel Blue, Woodberry, Clay, and Green (?)

Size H Crochet Hook

1.5 inch button

16×16 pillow form

Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations:
SC = Single Crochet

Spike Stitch =  Insert hook 1-4 rows below and make a single crochet  loose enough for the yarn to pull all the way back up. Please refer to video.

Spike Stitch Pillow Cover Side:
With green:
Chain 45, SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down, chain 1, turn
Row 2-4: SC in each stitch, chain 1, turn (44 SC)
At end of row 4 change to blue yarn
Row 5: SC in first, spike stitch one row down, spike stitch 2 rows down, spike stitch 3 rows down, repeat from beginning, chain 1, turn (11 sets of spike stitches)

Row 6-9: SC in each stitch, chain 1, turn (44 SC)

At end of row 9 change to red yarn
Row 10: Same as row 5
Row 11-14: SC in each stitch, chain 1, turn (44 SC)
At end of row 14 change to gray yarn

Row 15: Same as row 5

Row 16-19: SC in each stitch, chain 1, turn (44 SC)

At end of row 19 change to green

Row 20: Same as row 5
Row 21-24: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (44 SC)
At end of row 24 change to blue and repeat pattern 2 more times starting from Row 5.

End with a Row of blue spike stitches.

Fasten off and weave in ends

Pillow cover should be approx. 16×16 inches

 

Simple Single Crochet Pillow Cover Side with Button Closure:

You will make two pieces
Piece 1:

With blue yarn
Chain 45, SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down, chain 1, turn
Row 2-32: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn
Row 33: SC in first 22 stitches, chain 6 and SC back in the same stitch, SC in remaining stitches in row.

Fasten off and weave in ends

 

Piece 2:
Chain 45, SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down, chain 1, turn
Row 2-32: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Lay the two simple SC pieces so they are slightly overlapping on top of the Spike stitch cover. You will now SC the edges together! There will be two parts on either side where you will SC through 3 pieces (where piece 1 and piece 2 overlap)
Sew button below loop closure

Insert pillow form!

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8 Comments

  1. I have tried different size hooks and cannot make a chain of 45 get close to 16″ (to fit a 16″ pillow). With a “L” hook I got a 13″ chain:( What am I doing wrong?

    • Be sure to let the yarn flow, and pull the yarn up around the shaft of the hook – not just around the hook. The size of the hook is determined by the thickness of the shaft. So, pull the yarn onto the hook, let the loop get as big as the shaft, then make the next stitch, keeping the yarn loose and free. If you pull the yarn too tightly, the loop will shrink in size, and your work will be too tight. Good luck to you!

  2. I believe the directions should read:

    Spike Stitch Pillow Cover Side:
    With green:
    Chain 45, SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down, chain 1, turn
    Row 2-4: SC in each stitch, chain 1, turn (44 SC)
    At end of row 4 change to blue yarn
    Row 5: SC in first, spike stitch one row down, spike stitch 2 rows down, spike stitch 3 rows down, repeat from beginning, chain 1, turn (11 sets of spike stitches)
    Row 6-8: SC in each stitch, chain 1, turn (44 SC)
    At end of row 8 change to red yarn
    Row 9: Same as row 5
    Row 10-12: SC in each stitch, chain 1, turn (44 SC)
    At end of row 12 change to gray yarn
    Row 13: Same as row 5
    Row 14-16: SC in each stitch, chain 1, turn (44 SC)
    At end of row 16 change to green
    Row 17: Same as row 5
    Row 18-20: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (44 SC)
    At end of row 20 change to blue and repeat pattern 2 more times starting from Row 5.
    End with a Row of blue spike stitches.
    Fasten off and weave in ends
    Pillow cover should be approx. 16×16 inches
    Simple Single Crochet Pillow Cover Side with Button Closure:
    You will make two pieces
    Piece 1:
    With blue yarn
    Chain 45, SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down, chain 1, turn
    Row 2-32: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn
    Row 33: SC in first 22 stitches, chain 6 and SC back in the same stitch, SC in remaining stitches in row.
    Fasten off and weave in ends
    Piece 2:
    Chain 45, SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down, chain 1, turn
    Row 2-32: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn
    Fasten off and weave in ends.

    Lay the two simple SC pieces so they are slightly overlapping on top of the Spike stitch cover. You will now SC the edges together! There will be two parts on either side where you will SC through 3 pieces (where piece 1 and piece 2 overlap)
    Sew button below loop closure
    Insert pillow form!

  3. Hi there! I had a little trouble with this pattern. My spikes were ending up opposite each other (instead of lined up with each other) because I was on the wrong side at row 10. I looked up the pattern elsewhere and realized that you reverse the spikes depending on which row you’re on. So on row 5, the spike stitch goes 3 rows down, then 2, then 1. I thought I’d bring that to your attention in case anyone else had trouble! Thanks!

  4. There is no Video Tutorial showing on this page…… I have opened this ftom my email today… Pamela

  5. Its a great shame the Video and instructions are hidden it says its PRIVATE.,.,, and its also hidden away in Guest Blog… when people like me have been dedicated to yarnspirations for years can not find it on the website and its has taken me all day to find this pattern on some strange persons instagram page…. I dont think much of yarnspirations after this…. just leave things alone on desigated websites for Gods sake…

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