Lily of the Valley Pillow (Crochet)

Bring the beauty of spring to your home with this charming, crochet lily of the valley pillow. Use a variety of crochet techniques to create this blooming creation!

Designed by Amber Hirschberg

Amber Hirschberg is a flower-obsessed, colour-enthused, glue gun-addicted crafter extraordinaire. Specializing in crochet and paper flowers, her Etsy shop is filled with bright and colourful designs for brides, weddings, and home décor. Wreaths, bridal bouquets, ring bearer pillows, and flower girl accessories are reimagined and created in the desire that each piece becomes a unique and treasured keepsake.

Over a decade in the bridal industry has fostered a sometimes unhealthy passion for weddings; you should see the collection of bridal magazines. The poor husband. Her dreams are mostly glitter, rainbows, and flowers…while her days are averting carpal tunnel, paper cuts, and glue gun burns. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

 



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Craft Time: varies

Uses Recycled Items: No

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Materials

  • Vanna's Choice® Yarn – White (1 Skein), Fern (1 Skein) and Linen (2 Skeins)
  • Boye® Crochet Hook, Size H/8 (5 mm), I/9 (5.5 mm) and J/10 (6.0 mm)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Poly-fil® Soft Touch Pillow Form, 45.7 cm (18")
  • Fabric – Oatmeal (50.8 cm Square(20"))
  • All Purpose Thread – Cream
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Instructions

Intermediate

Abbreviations and Stitches:

Magic Ring

SS slip stitch

SC single crochet

HDC half double crochet

DC double crochet

DC2TOG double crochet 2 together

Invisible Join

Lily of the Valley bells, in 3 sizes. – make 4 of each.

Small bell - make 4

Round 1: Begin with a magic ring, chain 1. Into magic ring, 7 sc, pull to tighten. Join with ss into first sc.

Round 2: Chain 2, dc in next, ch 1. *dc2tog over next 2 stitches, ch 1*. Repeat from * over remaining stitches for a total of 3 dc2tog groups, (plus initial ch2/dc pair), each separated by a ch 1. Invisible join into the top of the ch 2, pulling your yarn ends down the centre of the bell.

Medium bell - make 4

Round 1: Begin with magic ring, chain 1. Into magic ring, 9 sc, pull to tighten. Join with ss into first sc.

Round 2: Chain 2, dc in next, ch 1. *dc2tog over next 2 stitches, ch 1*. Repeat from * into remaining stitches for a total of 4 dc2tog groups (plus initial ch2/dc pair), each separated by a ch 1. Invisible join into the top of the ch 2, pulling your yarn ends down the centre of the bell.

Large bell - make 4

Round 1: Begin with magic ring, chain 3. Into magic ring, 9 dc, pull to tighten. Join with a ss into top of ch 3.

Round 2: Ch 2, dc into next stitch. *dc2tog over next 2 stitches, ch1*. Repeat from * into remaining stitches for a total of 4 dc2tog groups (plus initial ch2/dc pair), each separated by a ch 1.

Round 3: Into same stitch, *3 hdc, ss into ch 1*. Repeat the 3 hdc shell into the top of each dc2tog, with a ss into each ch 1 space. Fasten off, leaving short tail for finishing.

Leaves - make 4

Vanna's Choice® "Fern" # 171

Crochet Hook I 5.5 mm

Intermediate

Abbreviations and Stitches:

SS slip stitch

SC single crochet

DC double crochet

TR treble crochet (yarn over hook 2 times, insert in ch and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), work off 2 loops at a time).

DTR double treble crochet (yarn over hook 3 times, insert in ch and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), work off 2 loops at a time).

Picot

These large leaves consist of the same 4 stitches, repeated in quarter sections. At the beginning of the working chain, the stitches increase in height (sc to dtr), then decrease in height. The leaf is then worked on opposite side of chain, again increasing then decreasing in height.

You can make this leaf shorter or longer by increasing/decreasing your starting chain, and increasing/decreasing the quantity of post stitches.

Chain 31. Ss into 2nd ch from hook

sc in the first 4 chains

dc in the next 4 chains

tr in the next 4 chains

dtr in the next 5 chains (maximum height reached at midpoint of leaf, now decrease in height)

tr in the next 4 chains

dc in the next 4 chains

sc in the last 4 chains

chain 3, ss into the 3rd ch (picot/tip of leaf made)

Repeat as above down the opposite side of leaf, mirroring each previous stitch. Work over the tail from working chain.

sc in the first 4 chains

dc in the next 4 chains

tr in the next 4 chains

dtr in the next 5 chains

tr in the next 4 chains

dc in the next 4 chains

sc in the last 4 chains

ch 1, and work 1 sc into each stitch (continuing across to first side of leaf), working 3 sc into the leaf tip.

To create the ribbing you see in natural Lily of the Valley leaves, and to keep the tall post stitches from separating, leaving unsightly gaps, we will now ss OVER each post stitch up the leaf to the point, then back down the MIDDLE of the working chain, then up over the other side (ending at the point). Cut yarn with a long tail, slightly longer than triple the length of work. Pull this working yarn to back of leaf, then begin to ss over the posts.

Finish off and cut excess yarn.

The leaves are sewn onto the crochet pillow front with a standard running stitch, up one side of the centre of the leaf and down the other. For more of a dimensional look, leave the tip of the leaf and the sides free to mimic the curling and folding of natural leaves.

Crochet Pillow Front – make 1

2 skeins of Vanna's Choice® "Linen" #099

Crochet Hook J 6.0 mm

Yarn needle

47.8 cm (18") Polyfil 'Soft Touch' pillow form

50.8 cm (20") square of matching fabric (here 100% linen)

Matching thread

Sewing machine

The entire front of this crochet pillow is worked in Linked Double Crochet (LDC). LDC can be worked into any number of stitches, plus 3.

Depending on your tension and yarn used, chain until you reach the desired length (50.8 cm (20") for an 47.8 cm (18") pillow form), plus 3 chains.

Insert hook in 2nd chain from hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. Insert hook in 4th chain from hook, YO and pull up a loop. YO and pull hook through first 2 loops, YO and pull through last 2 loops (just as in standard Double Crochet).

To complete next stitch, put hook down through the horizontal bar of the stem from previous stitch, YO and pull up a loop. Insert hook into next chain, YO and pull up a loop. YO and pull hook through first 2 loops, YO and pull through last 2 loops on hook (just as in standard Double Crochet).

Each Linked Double Crochet is "linked" through the horizontal bar of the post before it, creating a nice solid fabric without the gaps associated with traditional Double Crochet.

LDC across your working chain, ch 3 and turn.

As above, insert hook in 2nd chain from hook, YO and pull up a loop. Insert hook in next stitch, YO and pull up a loop. YO and pull hook through first 2 loops, YO and pull through last 2 loops (just as in standard Double Crochet).

An excellent video tutorial of the Linked Double Crochet can be found on You Tube from Moogly.

When your piece measures 50.8 cm (20") square (or desired size based on your pillow form) finish off and cut yarn.

Iron your desired fabric and pin to the crochet square, right sides faces and matching up edges. Leave bottom of square unpinned and unsewn, as you will turn your squares right side out and sew on your leaves and Lily of the Valley bells.

Sew 3 sides of the square with a 2.5 cm (1") seam allowance, then turn work right side out. (I recommend you feed the fabric through with the crochet square on top of the fabric square, as the crochet could bunch underneath as you sew.)

Using Fern, ss basic curved stem shapes.

Attach Lily of the Valley bells with Fern yarn, with Small bells on the top of stem, increasing in size to Large bells at the bottom the stem.

Sew your leaves in a cluster at base of stems, leaving edges and tips of leaves unsewn to create dimension.

Stuff your pillow case with the Polyfil form, then fold in your fabric and crochet square ends 2.5 cm (1"), sewing to close.