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Tips on Crocheting the Back of Your Tall ‘n’ Fast Flower Pillow

Pillow Back IMG_2385

Way back in April, I mentioned 3 options for crocheting your pillow back: use the Pillow Front pattern to crochet the back as well or use the Pillow Back pattern to crochet a plain back or one in many colors. If you decide to use the Pillow Front, go on ahead. You know what to do. 🙂

There are several ways to use the Pillow Back pattern to achieve a unique look. Use 1 color, use 2 or 3 or 4 or more. Lay them out in any pattern you like. Here are just a few ideas:

  1. Crochet each round a different color, working in the same sequence or mixing it up. For my back (in the photo at right), I used 5 colors in alternating stripes. Each sequence is varied only slightly (some go blue, pink, purple, green, yellow and some go blue, purple, pink, yellow, green).
  2. Crochet blocks of color. Work 1 round in one color, then work the next 2 rounds in a different color.
  3. Crochet blocks of color that get wider as you work outward. This might look something like this:
    Rnd 1: With A                               Rnds 9-12: With B
    Rnds 2-3: With B                          Rnd 13: With A
    Rnd 4: With A                               Rnds 14-18: With B
    Rnds 5-7: With B                          Rnd 19: With A
    Rnd 8: With A                                Rnd 20: With B

Spiral Back

If you enjoyed making the spiral on the front of the pillow, perhaps you’d like to make a spiral for the back as well.

Special thanks to Sharon Pridmore and Elaine Womack for testing this pattern so that I could share it here with everyone!

Spiral Back

Materials

(A) Approximately 150 yards medium-weight yarn in main color
(B) Approximately 150 yards medium-weight yarn in contrasting color
Size F-5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle or tapestry needle

Instructions

Note: Unlike the pillow front, the back is worked in multiples of 11 so that we end up with the same final stitch count as the front. Most importantly, as you complete Rnd 1, note that you are only working 7 sts into the magic loop.

Rnd 1: Make a magic loop with A. Into the magic loop, sc, hdc, 2 dc. Attach B. Into the magic loop, sc, hdc, 1 dc. Pull the magic loop tight to close. (7) (See these tips on starting a spiral with a magic loop.)

Rnd 2: Continuing with B, 2 dc in next sc and ea of next 3 sts. Remove your hook. (11)

At end of ea rnd, remove your hook and pick up next color to begin next rnd.

Rnd 3: With A, 2 dc in ea st to the end. (22)

Rnd 4: With B, *dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * to the end. (33)

Rnd 5: With A, *dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * to the end. (44)

Rnd 6: With B, *dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * to the end. (55)

Rnd 7: With A, *dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * to the end. (66)

Rnd 8: With B, *dc in next 5 dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * to the end. (77)

Rnd 9: With A, *dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * to the end. (88)

Rnd 10: With B, *dc in next 7 dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * to the end. (99)

Rnd 11: With A, *dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * to the end. (110)

Rnd 12: With B, *dc in next 9 dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * to the end. (121)

Rnd 13: With A, *dc in next 10 dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * to the end. (132)

Rnd 14: With B, *dc in next 11 dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * to the end. (143)

Rnd 15: With A, *dc in next 12 dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * to the end. (154)

Rnd 16: With B, *dc in next 13 dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * to the end. (165)

Rnd 17: With A, *dc in next 14 dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * to the end. (176)

Rnd 18: With B, *dc in next 15 dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * 7 more times, 5 hdc, 5 sc. FO with alternative join method and weave in end.

Rnd 19: With A, *dc in next 16 dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * 2 more times, 5 hdc, 5 sc, join with slst. (187)

 

 

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Join the 2016 Tall ‘n’ Fast Flower Pillow Crochet Along!

Tall n Fast Pillow CAL Announcement April 19-May 31Starting April 19, follow along as we crochet this unique pillow over the course of 6 weeks. The Tall ‘n’ Fast Flower Pillow pattern is just one of 15 super cute crochet patterns you’ll find in Squirrel Picnic’s very own The Big Acorn RaceThe pattern is a lot easier than it looks and extraordinarily entertaining. Each round takes you on an adventure! And I can’t wait to show you the way. 

Each week you’ll receive a pdf newsletter right to your inbox with tips and tricks and detailed tutorial photos to guide you step by step. (Some of these tips and tricks will also be posted to the Big Acorn Race blog each week, so if you’d rather not receive both you can cancel the newsletter at any time by emailing me at squirrelpicnic{at}gmail{dot}com.)

In addition, when you sign up, you’ll be registered to win 1 of 2 yarn-filled prize bags, each containing over 1000 yards of yarn plus crochet-related goodies, which will be given through a random drawing of participants at the end of the 6 weeks. Best of all, you’ll get a personal email from Hodge and Podge, thanking you for your participation.

Sign up by emailing me at squirrelpicnic{at}gmail{dot}com with the words Tall ‘n’ Fast Flower CAL in the subject line. It’s as easy as that!

And now some information to help you decide if this crochet along is right for you…

Schedule

April 5: Pre-CAL: Choosing Yarn and Establishing Gauge

April 19: Week 1: Making the Spiral

April 26: Week 2: Rnds 10-13

May 3: Week 3: Rnds 14-16

May 10: Week 4: Rnds 17-19

May 17: Week 5: The Pillow Back

May 24: Week 6: Assembly and Edging

May 31: Finale: Announcing the Prize Winners and Presenting a Gallery of Pillows by You!

Difficulty

Difficulty rating 2

 

This project is suitable for crocheters who know basic crochet stitches such as the slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet, simple increases, and are comfortable with more complicated stitches such as the double-treble crochet and techniques such as crocheting around the post of a stitch and simple color changes.

Materials & Tools

The Tall ‘n’ Fast Flower Pattern calls for Caron Simply Soft Solids. (Feel free to substitute a yarn of your choice.) The amount you need depends on how you choose to crochet the back of the pillow. In the pattern I give you a few different options for how to crochet the back:

  1. Crochet Rnds 1-18 in green and Rnds 19-20 in purple, or
  2. Use the colors of your choice in any order you choose, or
  3. Repeat the instructions for the front to make a back in the flower pattern as well.

Yarn for 2016 Tall n Fast Flower CAL

1. Pillow Front (in Flower Pattern) + Back in Green and Purple

35 yds medium-weight yarn in yellow
90 yds medium-weight yarn in purple
140 yds medium-weight yarn in green
40 yds medium-weight yarn in pink
30 yds medium-weight yarn in blue
30 yds medium-weight yarn in white

2. Pillow Front (in Flower Pattern) + Back in Colors of Your Choice

To give you even greater customization, you may choose to make the Pillow Front as instructed in the pattern and then make a back using the colors of your choice. Use these yardages as your guide:

To make the Pillow Front you will need approximately:

35 yds medium-weight yarn in yellow
35 yds medium-weight yarn in purple
32 yds medium-weight yarn in green
25 yds medium-weight yarn in pink
+ approximately 15 yds medium-weight yarn in pink for assembly
30 yds medium-weight yarn in blue
15 yds medium-weight yarn in white
+ approximately 15 yds medium-weight yarn in white for the edging

Then choose whatever colors you like for the back, keeping in mind that you will need approximately 172 yards total to crochet the back. This is the method I’ll be doing for the CAL, so I’ll be giving you some pointers on this option when we get to it.

3. Flower Pattern for Front and Back

In the pattern, I also give you the option of using the flower pattern (Pillow Front) to make both the front and the back. If you choose this option, you will need the following approximate amounts of each color in Caron Simply Soft Solids:

70 yds medium-weight yarn in yellow
70 yds medium-weight yarn in purple
64 yds medium-weight yarn in green
50 yds medium-weight yarn in pink
+ approximately 15 yds medium-weight yarn in pink for assembly
60 yds medium-weight yarn in blue
30 yds medium-weight yarn in white
+ approximately 15 yds medium-weight yarn in white for the edging

You’ll also need…

G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle or tapestry needle
14″ round pillow form