Pillow Designs

Create a zodiac pillow to match your bedspread. Wool cushions and pillow designs are easy and inexpensive to create and make beautiful decorations for your soft furnishings. Lounge cushions add a touch of class and may be used to tie your room colors together. A cushion group of different sizes and shapes arranged on a bed is a very attractive touch!

This cushion is one of three pillow designs created to match my crochet-along zodiac blanket. It is the simplest pattern of the group, consisting of two granny squares crocheted together and finished with an edge. This is a great way to use up leftover wool!

If the terminology used in these pillow designs differs from what you're used to, check my equivalency tables for easy conversion.

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Insert for Wool Cushions

Materials: 2 x 30cm [12ins] squares of cream cloth [I used curtain material offcuts], cream sewing thread, fibre fill.

Step 1: With right sides of cream fabric facing each other, machine sew 3.5 sides together.

Step 2: Turn insert cover right side out, and stuff with fibre fill.

Step 3: Fold in edges of opening and machine sew.

First of Zodiac Pillow Designs

Materials: 1 100g ball 8 ply dusty pink, 1 100g ball 8ply cream , 1 100g ball 8ply burgundy yarn, 1 100g ball 8ply white yarn, 5mm crochet hook.

Measurements: Finished pillow design is approximately 32cm [13ins] square. Cushion insert approximately 29cm [11.5ins] square overall.

Tension: First 3 rows – approximately 8cm [3ins] across.

Stitches: Treble, Chain, Slip Stitch.

Crocheted Granny Square - Work 2.

Begin by working 8ch [in cream], join with a ss to form a ring.

1st Round: Work 3ch, 2tr into ring, [2ch. 3tr into ring 2ch] 3 times, ss in 1st of 3ch.

2nd Round: Ss in top of next 2tr and into sp, work 3ch, 2 tr, 2ch, 3tr in corner sp, [2ch, 3tr, 2ch, 3tr] in each corner sp, finishing with 2ch 1ss in 3rd of 1st 3ch. Fasten off.

3rd Round: Join pink in 2ch corner sp. *Work 3ch, 2 tr, 2ch, 3tr in corner sp, **[2ch, 3tr in next 2ch sp] to corner, [2ch, 3tr, 2ch, 3tr] in corner sp. Repeat from * finishing with 2ch, 1ss in 3rd of 1st 3ch.

4th Round: Ss in top of next 2tr and into sp, work as 3rd Round from *. Fasten off.

5th Round: Join white in 2ch corner sp. Work as 4th Round. Fasten off.

6th Round: Join burgundy in 2ch corner sp. Work as 4th Round. Fasten off.

7th Round: Join white in 2ch corner sp. Work as 4th Round. Fasten off.

8th Round: Join pink in 2ch corner sp. Work as 3rd Round.

9th Round: Work as 4th Round. Fasten off.

10th Round: Join cream in 2ch corner sp. Work as 3rd Round.

11th Round: Work as 4th Round. Fasten off.

Complete second granny square.

12th Round: Working through both granny squares with right sides out, join burgundy in 2ch corner sp. Work as 3rd Round from * until 3 sides of cushion are joined.

Place cushion insert inside cushion cover as shown at left. Finish 12th Round. Fasten off.

13th Round: Work as 3rd Round from *. Fasten off.

Instructions for the second of my square pillow designs and my bolster cushion pattern are just a click away!

Like to make more granny square afghans? My free crochet instructions are available for my picnic blanket, Granny Square Rug, Granny Square Afghan, Ripple Afghan, or Afghan Bed Rug.

Granny squares with a plainer center are best for displaying monogram letters, flowers, Christmas motifs, and zodiac signs.

Free patterns for zodiac symbols - Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Sun, and Moon.

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