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vanna's choice® spring organic: lily of the valley pillow (crochet)

Crochet a pillow cover with a floral theme.
Crochet a pillow cover with a floral theme.
Difficulty Level :
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

Project Instructions

step 1Use the following abbreviation guide as you work.

Abbreviations:
CH = Chain
YO = Yarn Over
SS = Slip Stitch
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
DC2TOG = Double Crochet 2 Together
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)
LDC = Linked Double Crochet

Stitches:
Magic Ring
Invisible Join
Picot
step 2Lily of the Valley bells: 3 sizes; make 4 of each.

Vanna's Choice® "White" # 100
H Crochet hook 5.00 mm
Yarn needle

Small bell: make 4

Round 1: Begin with a Magic Ring, CH 1, into Magic Ring, 7 SC, pull to tighten. Join with SS into first SC.

Round 2: CH 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 center of the bell.
step 3Medium bell: make 4

Round 1: Begin with Magic Ring, CH 1, into Magic Ring, 9 SC, pull to tighten. Join with SS into first SC.

Round 2: CH 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 center of the bell.
step 4Large bell: make 4

Round 1: Begin with Magic Ring, CH 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.
step 5Leaves: make 4

Vanna's Choice® "Fern"
Crochet Hook I 5.5 mm


Tip:
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.
step 6CH 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
DC in the last 4 chains
CH 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.

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.
step 7Finish off and cut excess yarn.

The leaves are sewn onto the crochet pillow front with a standard running stitch, up one side of the center 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.
step 8Crochet Pillow Front: make 1

2 skeins of Vanna's Choice® "Linen" #099
Crochet Hook J 6.0 mm
Yarn needle
18" Polyfil 'Soft Touch' pillow form
20" square of matching fabric (here 100% linen)
Matching thread
Sewing machine

The entire front of this crochet pillow is worked in 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 (20" for an 18" pillow form), plus 3 chains.
step 9Insert hook in 2nd CH from hook, YO and pull up a loop. Insert hook in 4th CH 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 DC).
step 10To 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 DC).
step 11Each LDC is "linked" through the horizontal bar of the post before it, creating a nice solid fabric without the gaps associated with traditional DC.
step 12LDC across your working chain, CH 3 and turn. As above, insert hook in 2nd CH 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 DC). Tip: An excellent video tutorial of the LDC can be found on You Tube from Moogly.
step 13When your piece measures 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.
step 14Sew 3 sides of the square with a 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.
step 15Attach 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 1", sewing to close.
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