Crafty Rainbow Pillow | Free Crochet Pattern

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Hello March! We are getting sooo close to spring! I am ready to warmer weather, outside time and fun spring/summer crochet patterns!

You know what else is in March? St. Patrick’s day!! I have joined up with few other awesome crochet bloggers to bring you a bunch of fun, free, St. Patrick’s Day themed crochet patterns for you guys!!

Here are the links to all the other bloggers who will be participating in the Blog Hop so you can check them down and hoard all the amazing free patterns!!

St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop

3.3.2019 Canan Cabled Headband by Life and Yarn

3.4.2019 Shamrock bracelet by Divine Debris

3.5.2019 Pattern by A Crafty Concept

3.6.2019 The Pufftin Rainbow Rug by Crazy 4 Crochet Momma

3.7.2019 Lucky cozy by Evelyn and Peter

3.8.2019 Pattern by Hooked Hazel

3.10.2019 sleeveless cardi by CoCo Crochet Lee

3.11.2019 Shamrock Kwaii Cuddler by 3amgracedesigns

3.12.2019 Pattern By Hooked Up Crochet

Crafty Rainbow Pillow

I am so excited to be a part of this blog hop and to be sharing this pattern with you guys today! The Crafty Rainbow Pillow is one of my most favorite designs, I love all the different colors!

Pro Tip: This pillow would make a perfect baby shower gift for any rainbow babies in your life!

Other free patterns you may like!
Claire Bun Beanie– Puff stitch beanie in both bun and closed versions
Tunisian Heart Beanie– Beginner friendly tunisian crochet beanie
Crafty Boho Rug– Adjustable circle rug
Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Headband– Lemon peel stitch ear warmer

Finished pillow dimensions: Approximately 12 inches tall and 14 inches at the widest part.

These are the dimentions I got when I used the hook in the pictures which was a Susan Bates G. When I used my Clover Amour G (the hook I used in the video) it was a little smaller.

Here’s what you will need to make your own Crafty Rainbow Pillow!

Materials

G(4mm) size crochet hook

Less than 1oz (mine was 8g) Red Yarn

Less than 1oz (mine was15g) Orange Yarn

Less than 1oz (mine was19g) Yellow Yarn

Less than 1oz (mine was23g) Limelight Yarn

Less than 1oz (mine was 27g) Royal Yarn 

1-2 oz (Mine was 34g) Purple Yarn

2-3oz White Yarn

Polyfill

Tapestry needle

Stitch Key (US Terms) 

SC = Single Crochet

CH = Chain

INC= Increase (Put two stitches in the same space. In this case, it will be two SC stitches.)

SL ST= Slip Stitch

*= To Be Repeated 

Special Stitches

Bobble: *YO, Insert hook into stitch and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops on your hook* Repeat 3 more times. Now you should have 5 loops on your hook. YO and pull through all 5 loops on your hook.

Back Bump: This is where you flip your starting chain over and insert your hook into the “back bump” of the chain and place your stitch there. If you are unfamiliar with this technique I would suggest watching this tutorial below by Fiber Flux on YouTube. You do not have to use this technique, you can just single crochet as you normally would, but I feel like the back bump technique is cleaner.

How to change colors

Work your SC as normal but stop right before finishing the stitch, with 2 loops on your hook. Pick up your next color and Pull it through the 2 loops on your hook, CH 1 and turn. Continue crocheting with your new color. 

Here are some fun color charts all made with I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby

In the video, I made a pillow using the Tropical colors if you want to check that out!

Body: Front Piece 

Red Yarn 

Make a slip knot and CH 11

Row 1: Skip the chain closest to your hook and SC 9 in the “back bump” of the chain. SC 6 in the last chain then SC 9 back down the other side of the starting chain. CH 1, turn. (24)

TIP: If you do not know how to crochet into the back bump of a chain please refer to the  youtube tutorial link provided under special stitches on the first page of this pattern. 

Row 2: SC 9, INC in the next 6 stitches, SC 9. CH 1, turn. (30)

Row 3: *SC 1, BOBBLE* 14 times, SC in last two stitches. Changing yarn to Orange on the last  SC. CH 1, turn. (30) 

TIP: If you are unfamiliar with changing colors, I have posted a video link under “special     stitches” on the first page of this pattern. 

Orange Yarn 

Row 4: SC 9, *INC in the next stitch, SC in the next stitch* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn. (36)

Row 5: SC 36. CH 1, turn. (36)

Row 6: SC 9, *SC in the next 2 stitches, INC in the next stitch* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn. (42)

Row 7: SC 2 *BOBBLE, SC 1* 20 times. Changing yarn to Yellow on the last SC. CH 1, turn.    (42) 

Yellow Yarn 

Row 8: SC 9, *INC in the next stitch, SC in the next 3 stitches* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn. (48)

Row 9: SC 48. CH 1, turn. (48)

Row 10: SC 9, *SC in the next 4 stitches, INC in the next stitch* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn (54)

Row 11: *SC 1, BOBBLE* 26 times,  SC in last two stitches. Changing yarn to Limelight on the last SC. CH 1, turn. (54)   

Limelight Yarn 

Row 12: SC 9, *INC in the next stitch, SC in the next 5 stitches* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn (60)

Row 13: SC 60. CH 1, Turn. (60)

Row 14: SC 9, *SC in the next 6 stitches, INC in the next stitch* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn (66)

Row 15: SC 2 *BOBBLE, SC 1* 32 times. Changing yarn to Royal on the last SC. CH 1, turn. (66)

Royal Yarn 

Row 16: SC 9, *INC in the next stitch, SC in the next 7 stitches* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn (72)

Row 17: SC 72. CH 1, turn. (72)

Row 18: SC 9, *SC in the next 8 stitches, INC in the next stitch* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn (78)

Row 19: *SC 1, BOBBLE* 38 times,  SC in last two stitches. Changing yarn to Purple on the last SC. CH 1, turn. (78)

Purple Yarn

Row 20: SC 9, *INC in the next stitch, SC in the next 9 stitches* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn (84)

Row 21: SC 84. CH 1, Turn. (84)

Row 22: SC 9, *SC in the next 10 stitches, INC in the next stitch* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn (90)

Row 23: SC 2 *BOBBLE, SC 1* 44 times. Tie off (90) 

Body: Back Piece 

The back piece is made exactly like the front piece, except without the bobble stitches. The back piece will most likely be smaller than the front piece since it doesn’t have the bobble stitches, but when you assemble them together it won’t matter.

Since it’s made just like the front piece, I am only going to show a picture after each color. The pdf in my shop has a picture for every step.

Red Yarn 

Make a slip knot and CH 11

Row 1: Skip the chain closest to your hook and SC 9 in the “back bump” of the chain. SC 6 in the last chain then SC 9 back down the other side of the starting chain. CH 1, turn. (24)

TIP: If you do not know how to crochet into the back bump of a chain please refer to the  youtube tutorial link provided under special stitches on the first page of this pattern.  

Row 2: SC 9, INC in the next 6 stitches, SC 9. CH 1, turn. (30)

Row 3: SC 30. Changing yarn to orange on the last SC. CH 1, turn. (30) 

TIP: If you are unfamiliar with changing colors, I have posted a video link under “special stitches” on the first page of this pattern.

Orange Yarn 

Row 4: SC 9, *INC in the next stitch, SC in the next stitch* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn. (36)

Row 5: SC 36. CH 1, turn. (36)

Row 6: SC 9, *SC in the next 2 stitches, INC in the next stitch* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn. (42)

Row 7: SC 42. Changing yarn to yellow on the last SC. CH 1, turn. (42) 

Yellow Yarn 

Row 8: SC 9, *INC in the next stitch, SC in the next 3 stitches* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn. (48)

Row 9: SC 48. CH 1, turn. (48)

Row 10: SC 9, *SC in the next 4 stitches, INC in the next stitch* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn (54)

Row 11: SC 54. Changing yarn to Limelight on the last SC. CH 1, turn. (54)

Limelight Yarn 

Row 12: SC 9, *INC in the next stitch, SC in the next 5 stitches* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn (60)

Row 13: SC 60. CH 1, Turn. (60)

Row 14: SC 9, *SC in the next 6 stitches, INC in the next stitch* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn (66)

Row 15: SC 66. Changing yarn to Royal on the last SC. CH 1, turn. (66)    

Royal Yarn 

Row 16: SC 9, *INC in the next stitch, SC in the next 7 stitches* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn (72)

Row 17: SC 72. CH 1, turn. (72)

Row 18: SC 9, *SC in the next 8 stitches, INC in the next stitch* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn (78)

Row 19: SC 78, Changing yarn to Purple on the last SC. CH 1, turn. (78)   

Purple Yarn 

Row 20: SC 9, *INC in the next stitch, SC in the next 9 stitches* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn (84)

Row 21: SC 84. CH 1, Turn. (84)

Row 22: SC 9, *SC in the next 10 stitches, INC in the next stitch* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn (90)

Row 23: SC 90. Don’t tie off (90) 

Sew in all your tails now. It will be more difficult to do after the front and back pieces are joined.  

Join

Now we need to join the front and back pieces. Set the front piece on top of the back (right sides  facing out) and line up the stitches. 

Put your hook through the first stitch on the front piece and grab your working yarn from the   back piece. 

While going through both the front and back pieces, SC 90 all the way around the pillow, making  sure to keep your stitches lined up. On the last SC change yarn to white.  

Clouds

Row 1: Evenly SC 92 around the opening of your front and back pieces. Join back to the first SC, CH 1 and turn. (92)

TIP: Each section of color should have 4SC across it until you get to red. Red will have 6 SC across it. When you get back to purple it will have 8SC across it, 4 on the front piece and 4   on the back. There should be no need for any increases. 

Row 2: *SC, BOBBLE* around. Join back to the first SC, CH 1 DO NOT TURN (92)

Tip: You may want to use a stitch marker here just to show where row 2 ends, so you   don’t accidentally start crocheting your bobbles in the round.

Row 3: *BOBBLE, SC* around. Join back to the first BOBBLE, CH 1 DO NOT TURN (92) 

Tip: Your bobble stitches should go into a SC stitch from the previous row and vise versa

Row 4: *SC, BOBBLE* around. Join back to the first SC, CH 1DO NOT TURN (92)  

Tip: Your bobble stitches should go into a SC stitch from the previous row and vise versa

Row 5: *BOBBLE, SC* around. Join back to the first BOBBLE, CH 1, Turn.  (92) 

Tip: Your bobble stitches should go into a SC stitch from the previous row and vise versa

Row 6: SC around, Join back to the first SC, CH 1Don’t tie off (92) 

Sew in loose ends now

Stuff your pillow then pinch the cloud opening together so that it closes and SC 46 stitches across (going through the front and back of the pillow at the same time) making sure to line up the front and back pieces of the pillow as you go. You may need to add some more stuffing as   you SC the pillow closed. 

Tie off, sew in your last end and your all finished!! Congratulations you just made an adorable rainbow pillow. Play around with different color combinations and see how pretty all of the colors look together.

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Happy Crocheting
❤️ Ashley

6 thoughts on “Crafty Rainbow Pillow | Free Crochet Pattern

  1. Janet says:

    This cushion is beautiful, I made it for my church Prayer Room, now I have another church member wanting to make one.

  2. Tonie says:

    I’m stuck. The puffs don’t seem to be coming out even on both sides. It’s like their lopsided. One side the puffs go all the way to the bottom & then it’s every other row on the other side. My count is right on. Right number of stitches and the right amount of puffs. HELP!!! Please. What am I doing wrong.

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