With unlimited design possibilities, ways of seaming squares together, and how easy they are to make, I don’t think crocheted granny squares will ever disappear from the yarn craft world. I wanted to incorporate more knitting and crochet into my home decor this year, so in addition to the bulky knit rug I shared a couple weeks ago, I recently whipped up this pair of granny throw pillows to add some color, texture and classic kitsch to my living room.
While I followed the same repeating color pattern for both of these pillows (ABCB), I used lavender for color B in the first pillow and dark purple for color B in the second. It was really fascinating how much making that small change impacted the look of each pillow. For me, that’s the biggest reason granny square projects are, and will probably always be, popular crochet projects – they’re so easy to customize!
Granny Throw Pillows Pattern
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sl – slip
1 skein each Patons Classic Wool Roving yarn in Plum, Frosted Plum & Aran (3 total skeins)
2 15″ square pillow forms with shams
size J crochet hook
coordinating sewing thread
Use the magic ring method to start.
First round – color A
ch 3, dc 2, ch 3, (dc 3, ch 3), rep from ( to ) twice more, sl to join
Second round – color B
ch 3, dc 2, ch 3, dc 3, ch 3, (dc 3, ch 3, dc 3, ch 2), rep from ( to ) twice more, sl to join
Third round – color C
ch 3, dc 2, ch 3, dc 3, ch 2, dc 3, ch 2, (dc 3, ch 3, dc 3, ch 2, dc 3, ch 2), rep from ( to ) twice more, sl to join
Rounds 4 through 10* – (alternating colors however you like, though I went with ABCB)
first corner: ch 3, dc 2, ch 3, dc 3, ch 2, dc 3, ch 2
subsequent corners: dc 3, ch3, dc 3, ch2
non-corner gaps: dc 3, ch 2 in each gap along the sides
At the end of each round, sl to join.
*Or more or less if you’re working with a different size pillow and/or yarn than I did.
When you’re square reaches 15 by 15 inches, or the size of the front of your throw pillow, break the yarn, draw the tail through, and weave in all ends to finish.
Attaching the square to the pillow
Using a sewing needle and coordinating thread, sew your square to your throw pillow/pillow sham using a running stitch. As you work, try your best to conceal your stitches as you work for a clean finished pillow.