Sometimes a room just needs a bold pop of color to brighten it up, and if you have a room like that and are in search of a new crochet pattern then have I got the crochet pillow pattern for you! Introducing, the Midsummer Pillow, the latest free crochet pillow pattern here on my blog. This stylish and modern intarsia crochet pillow pattern, uses crochet colorwork to create a unique crochet flower motif that is an ode to classic styles from old English wall paper combined with modern bright colors.
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If you can crochet a square, then you can crochet this pattern! It’s made from two panels that are crocheted separately, and then sewn together. To create the flower motif, you’ll use the intarsia crochet technique where you use yarn bobbins to add in each color. I would place this more on the intermediate level because it uses so many colors, but once you pick it up you’ll be able to do it in no time!
The free pattern below uses the crochet colorwork chart, along with written instructions for the back panel plus assembly. If you want to help make this pattern even easier to crochet, you can find written line by line instructions within the PDF version available in my Etsy and Ravelry stores!
New to Tapestry Crochet and Colorwork?
When I was first learning how to do crochet color work, I often felt so lost having to learn how to do color changes and reading crochet graphs. It can seem so intimidating to learn a new crochet skill! If you’re new to tapestry crochet or color work, then I’ve got just the resource for you.
Here on my blog, I’ve got a two free crochet tutorial for how to do tapestry crochet and intarsia crochet, which are the two most common crochet color work techniques. They’ll walk you through what each technique is, how to read crochet graphs, how to change colors in crochet, and a bunch of other tips I have for color work! You can find them here on my blog at:
– The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet: (This technique is used when you would like to carry your yarn, and the color work is close together.)
– The Beginner’s Guide to Intarsia Crochet: (This technique is used when you don’t want to carry your yarn, and instead would like to use yarn bobbins. I used this for this pattern.)
To make this pillow I used We Crochet’s Brava Worsted yarn. Whenever I need an acrylic yarn, this has been my go to! The biggest factors for when it comes to acrylic yarn are is it soft, affordable, and does it comes in a wide variety of colors. Brava yarn checks all of those boxes! I love it! If you’d rather use another worsted weight yarn, you totally can. Just make sure that you use a crochet hook where you can meet the gauge of this pattern with it.
Midsummer Pattern Set
If you love the midsummer crochet pillow, then you’ll love the matching Midsummer Blanket! Both patterns are now available in the Midsummer Pattern set in my shops. The pattern set comes with the premium paid only Midsummer Blanket, the written line by line instructions for both patterns, and charts for the colorwork. With this pattern set you’ll add a bold pop of color to your home!
Gauge: 4” x 4” square = 13 hdc x 11 rows
Yarn: WeCrochet Brava Worsted (218 yd, 100 g, 100% acrylic) or other worsted weight yarn in 7 colors:
- White = (MC)
- Celestial = (CC1)
- Canary = (CC2)
- Coral = (CC3)
- Tranquil = (CC4)
- Wine = (CC5)
- Denim = (CC6)
Approximate Yarn Yardage:
- MC = 500 yds
- CC1 = 30 yds
- CC2 = 10 yds
- CC3 = 20 yds
- CC4 = 30 yds
- CC5 = 20 yds
- CC6 = 15 yds
- Want written line by line instructions to help make this pattern easier? Get the premium discounted PDF pattern in my Etsy and Ravelry stores!
- This pattern uses US crochet terminology.
- This pattern uses a combination of tapestry (where you carry the yarn) and fair isle crochet (using floats).
- Pattern is made in two panels and then sewn together.
- Pattern is worked from the bottom up.
- Each square on the chart counts as one hdc crochet stitch.
- The chart is read starting in the bottom right corner, and read from right to left then left to right. Each row is read alternating between right to left and left to right.
Free Graph Pattern:
To make the free pattern, download the watermarked pdf version below.
Midsummer Pillow Pattern:
Starting with CC1, ch 56
Row 1: (CC1) starting in the 3rd ch from the hook, sc 54 [54 sts]
Begin using the free downloadable chart above starting in row 2 until you are finished.
Using MC, ch 56
Row 1: starting in the 2nd ch from the hook, hdc 56
Rows 2-44: ch 1, turn, hdc across
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Once both panels are finished, it’s time to assemble them. Start by putting the right sides together of both panels. Choose one side that you would like to leave open to put your pillow form through before sewing it up. Then, seam along the other three edges using your preferred seaming method. I like doing either a sl st seam or the mattress stitch. After the three sides are seamed, turn the pillow case right sides out, and insert your pillow form into the pillow case. Then, using a mattress stitch, seam the last side together with the pillow inside. Fasten off and weave in ends.