Hello! Popping in today with some crochet décor! I like to change things up every now and then from my usual amigurumi projects; a quick and satisfying project like a throw pillow is usually just the ticket. Enter these Colour-Block Geo Throw pillows!
These beauties are made using the Tunisian Simple Stitch and hue+me yarn, which is a collaboration yarn from Lion Brand and Alexandra Tavel of Two of Wands. The hue+me collection is a bulky size 5 yarn designed to be able to coordinate with any other colour-way in the collection. I can say from personal experience that this yarn collection delivers! You really cannot go wrong with any colour combinations you dream up.
I love that these pillows are coordinating but not identical; it really adds some diversity to my décor. I’m kind of a sucker for geometric prints and designs so it’s no surprise I gravitated toward geometric shapes for these as well. As you will see below, we have a piece of art from a local artist in our living room called a “Wooden Quilt” which is very geometric in nature. These pillows compliment it perfectly, both in colours and shape. I’m so pleased with them!
The Technical Stuff
Each pillow is worked in two flat panels which are then stitched together. As noted, the panels are worked in the Tunisian Simple Stitch, so you will need a Tunisian hook for this project. (They don’t have to be pricey! I got this set from Amazon before I was totally committed to Tunisian and I’m still using them!)
As the name suggests, the Tunisian Simple Stitch is perhaps the easiest stitch to learn so don’t sweat it, even if you’re a Tunisian beginner! This pattern does, however, incorporate colour changes, so, rather than reinvent the wheel, I am going to post a link to Toni’s (from @TLYarnCrafts) Youtube tutorials here for the Tunisian Simple Stitch and for changing colours with the Tunisian Simple Stitch. She is the Tunisian Crochet Queen and I learned these techniques from her videos when I was starting out with Tunisian. Check them out:
Learn how to Change Colours in Tunisian Crochet Here (starting at the 10:20 mark).
If you are not feeling the pillow vibe, you could also use just one panel to make a lovely wall-hanging and you could add some fringe to the bottom, or try adding a wide border to turn it into a squishy rug! Also, you don’t need to use hue+me yarn! The clean, modern lines of this pattern would look lovely in any yarn.
I have included a PDF download of the colour chart below.
Let’s get started! (Or Pin for later!)
This pattern is made in two separate panels worked in flat rows and then joined together.
The finished measurements of the pillow are approximately 16×16″.
Here’s what I used:
- 9mm Tunisian hook (Inexpensive set here);
- Hue+Me Yarn in the following colours (1 skein of each)
- Pack of 2 Throw Pillows Insert – 16 x 16 Inches
- Tapestry needle
Reading this Pattern:
As you will see on the chart, the row numbers are listed on the right-hand side. These will help you keep track of which row you’re on. Remember, one Tunisian row is made up of a forward pass and a backward pass, so the front of the panel will always be facing you i.e. “Row 1” on the chart = one forward and backward pass.
One final note: I only purchased one skein of each colour, so in order to ensure the back panel used the exact same colours as the front panel, I inverted colours ‘A’ and ‘C’, as shown below. Colour ‘B’ stayed in the same position for both panels.
Panel (make 2) with 9mm hook:
Here’s the chart:
Row 1: Ch 36, pull up a loop in each stitch across (forward pass complete), y/o and pull through one loop (this is your ch 1), y/o and pull through 2 loops all the way across until 1 loop remains (backward pass complete) (36 sts).
Then, move up to Row 2 of the chart and continue working up the chart from bottom to top, incorporating your colour changes as you go. Please take a look at the tutorials linked above if you’re unsure.
Here are some of my progress pics!
Once both panels are complete, move on to assembly below.
Step 1: Joining the Panels
Place the two panels RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, matching up all sides (i.e. make sure the triangles all match up).
Starting on the left side at the top, begin attaching the panels together by whip stitching the edges. Complete three sides, changing your yarn colour to match as appropriate so that it doesn’t show through. Leave the top open.
Step 2: Finishing
Turn the panels right side out, as shown above.
Insert one of your 16 x 16 pillow inserts into the now-joined panels and stitch up the top. Tie off and weave in ends.
You’re done! Enjoy!
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