Love Pillow Cover – Free Crochet Pattern
This free crochet pattern for a Love Pillow Cover creates a modern, removable crochet pillow cover, making it a wonderful crochet cushion cover or crochet throw pillow to spruce up your home decor. Or it makes a great crochet Valentine’s Day gift – or a gift for any occasion for anyone you love!
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Love Crochet Pillow Pattern
Looking for a fun, easy, fast, unique crochet gift idea or project that will look great in your home? This Love Pillow Crochet Pattern is an easy to follow, carefully designed pattern that works up quickly and looks fantastic when completed.
Removable Crochet Cushion Cover
It creates a professional-looking, removable cushion cover that fits a pillow insert that is 12″ high x 20″ wide x 6″deep. Because it’s removable, it can be taken off your pillow/cushion/throw and hand-washed.
The only question is whether you keep it to enhance your own home decor or give it as a gift! It’s a terrific crochet gift for Valentine’s Day, as a crochet wedding gift, an anniversary present…truly any occasion for anyone you love!
This Love Pillow crochet pattern is written in English for right-handed crochet using standard US crochet terminology. If you are more familiar with UK terminology, check out my US to UK Conversion Chart.
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Love Crochet Pillow Pattern Details
Easy – Colorwork & Simple Stitches
The pattern creates a pillow/cushion/throw cover that fits over a 12” high x 20” wide x 6” deep pillow insert. The actual final Love Pillow Cover is 13” high x 21.5” wide.
Yarn: Red Heart Comfort (or similar). This yarn is Worsted Weight (4) Medium, 98% acrylic, 12 oz, 340 g.
Colors used (as seen in the photos):
- Main Color (the background and back) = Grey/Silver (1 Skein: 600 yds/548 m)
- Contrast Color (the word “love”) = White/Opal (approx 84 yds/77 m)
Crochet Hook Size: H/8 (5.00 mm) (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Other Materials: scissors, pins, yarn needle, measuring tape
Pillow: one 12” high x 20” wide x 6” deep pillow insert
Optional: large buttons for the back of the pillow cover
4” x 4” = 12 sc and 16 rows.
Need help understanding gauge? Check out my Step by Step Guide to Crochet Gauge.
- ch = chain
- st = stitch
- sts = stitches
- sl st = slip stitch
- sc = single crochet
- dc = double crochet
- A = Main Color: The background and back
- B = Contrast Color: The word “Love”
- RS = Right Side: The front/ outside of the pillow cover
- WS = Wrong Side: The back/inside of the pillow cover
Working with Two Colors
New to colorwork? Read my step-by-step guide: How to Crochet with Two Colors. You’ll be a pro in colorwork in no time!
For this Love Pillow Cover Crochet Pattern, you will add/pick up and use the contrast color only when working on the word “Love” and carry the main color along the back until you are ready to use it again.
Once you get to the main color again, you will drop the contrast color (you don’t carry it to the end of the row). The rows are worked from right to left and then left to right so the contrast color will be right there when you need it again on the next row.
How to Add/Switch Colors:
With the color you are currently working with:
1) Insert hook into the next stitch and yarn over.
2) Still with the current color, pull yarn through stitch (you will have two loops on your hook) but instead of finishing the single crochet stitch…
3) Put the new color on hook
4) Pull through new color, leaving the old color hanging (keep it attached to ball of yarn, don’t cut).
On right side rows, the yarn will hang in the back, behind the work. For wrong side rows, the yarn will hang front of you. Give the previous color a slight tug to keep stitch tight.
Now use the new color until the pattern says to switch back. To switch back, repeat the same steps.
Note: When you complete the color addition/switch, it counts as a stitch with the old color as you are setting up the next stitch with the new color.
Where to Add/Switch Color
When following the chart: always add/ switch color in the second half of the single crochet stitch (when you have two loops on your hook with the old color) BEFORE the chart shows the new color.
When following the written instructions: always add the new color in the second half of the last sc stitch of the current color (when you have two loops on your hook with the old color) BEFORE the written patterns says to use the new color.
When working on the paw print with the contrast color, you will be carrying the main color along the back (the wrong side). These strands of yarn are “floating.” To prevent these pieces of carried yarn from becoming too long, we “catch” them and incorporate them into the back of a stitch every 4-6 stitches.
As you can see in the pic above on the right, the strands are “caught” in the back to prevent them from becoming too long.
Catching Floats on the Right Side:
Insert your hook into the stitch and take the strand of the opposite color and place it on the hook (behind the stitch). Yarn over with the color you are working with and pull through. The opposite color should not have come through but instead be caught in the stitch (hidden from the front of the work). Give the opposite color a little tug.
Catching Floats on the Wrong Side:
Take the strand of yarn you are trying to catch (the opposite color) and put it over the next stitch. Simply place it there (in the middle between your active stitch and the next stitch). Insert your hook into the next stitch. Take that piece of yarn that you just placed and bring it towards you. That puts the yarn in the middle between the yarn on your hook and your new stitch. Single crochet as you normally would. Give the opposite colour a little tug.
Catching Floats Notes:
- The pattern does not indicate when to catch floats. You need to remember to do this every 4-6 stitches.
- There is 1 time when you need to catch the contrast color (normally you catch the main color) to set up the next row. This is indicated in the written instructions and with ^ on the graph.
- Check each “catch” to ensure the opposite colored yarn is not visible from the front.
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- Each row has 66 stitches.
- Chain 1 does not count as a stitch.
- Always start in the 1st st (the st attached to the ch)
- Catch your float every 4-6 stitches.
- Stretch your pillow wide after each row.
- Ensure all strands are always kept on the wrong side of the work.
- Add/switch colors when you have two loops of the old color on the sc stitch BEFORE the new color stitch.
- There is 1 time when you need to catch the contrast color to set up the next row. This is indicated in the written instructions and with ^ on the graph.
- Read the chart from right to left when working on right side rows and left to right when working on the wrong side. The chart is lightly shaded on wrong sides to help you remember. (The written instructions lists everything in the correct order)
How to Follow the Pattern Chart:
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Love Crochet Cushion Cover Pattern
(See below for Pattern Chart)
Start with and use the main color until you are instructed to add the contrast color (on row 17)
Foundation Row: ch 67.
Row 1 (RS): In the 2nd chain from hook, sc into the back ridge loops. (Interweave has a great diagram of where the back ridge loops are here). Sc in each back ridge loop until the end of the row. Ch 1 and turn.
(Work in both loops from now on)
Row 2 (WS): Sc in each stitch across
Give a slight tug and measure your work. If it is longer or shorter than 18.5” (give or take half an inch) start the pattern again with a larger or smaller hook size.
Rows 3 – 16: Sc in each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn.
Measurements (give a slight tug before measuring):
- Length: After Row 4: 19”, Row 6: 20”, Row 8: 20.5”. After Row 14, it should stay at 21”.
- Height: The height should grow about 0.5” every two rows. After Row 16, the height should be 4”.
Note About Colorwork Instructions:
In the next row, you will begin working with two colors.
Every stitch is a single crochet (sc). The pattern does not say to sc because it gets too jumbled with all the back and forth between A (Main Color) and B (Contrast Color). Instead it says something like: A3, B4, which means: using the main color, single crochet for 3 stitches, add the contrast color on the last stitch of the main color and now using the contrast color, single crochet for 4 stitches.
Row 17 (RS): A19, B2, A9, B2, A7, B2, A3, B4, A18. Ch 1 and turn.
What this means: Sc with main color across the next 18 stitches. On the 19th stitch, add the contrast color and sc. Make sure that the hanging yarn is in the back. This now concludes the 19 stitches in the main color.
Sc with the new color for 1 stitch. On the 2nd stitch, switch back to the main color. Make sure that the hanging yarn is in the back. This now concludes the 2 stitches in the contrast color.
Continue in this fashion, following the instructions, across the row. Then chain 1 and turn.
Row 18 (WS): A17, B6, A1, B4, A6, B3, A7, B4, A18* *Note: after about 5 stitches with A, catch B to set up the next row. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 19 (RS): A8, B1, A8, B6, A5, B5, A4, B2, A1, B5, A2, B2, A11, B2, A4. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 20 (WS): A4, B3, A9, B3, A3, B3, A2, B2, A4, B2, A1, B3, A3, B3, A2, B2, A8, B2, A7. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 21 (RS): A6, B3, A6, B3, A4, B2, A3, B2, A2, B2, A3, B2, A3, B2, A4, B3, A8, B3, A5. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 22 (WS): A6, B3, A7, B3, A4, B2, A3, B2, A2, B3, A2, B2, A3, B2, A5, B3, A5, B4, A5. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 23 (RS): A4, B12, A4, B9, A3, B6, A3, B2, A4, B12, A7. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 24 (WS): A7, B13, A3, B2, A3, B6, A4, B9, A4, B11, A4. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 25 (RS): A5, B4, A9, B3, A1, B2, A2, B2, A4, B2, A2, B3, A1, B2, A3, B5, A7, B3, A6. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 26 (WS): A5, B3, A8, B2, A1, B2, A3, B5, A3, B2, A4, B2, A2, B2, A2, B2, A9, B3, A6. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 27 (RS): A7, B2, A9, B1, A3, B2, A2, B2, A4, B2, A4, B3, A3, B2, A2, B2, A9, B3, A4. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 28 (WS): A4, B2, A10, B2, A2, B2, A10, B1, A5, B1, A4, B5, A9, B1, A8. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 29 (RS): A18, B5, A21, B2, A2, B2, A16. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 30 (WS): A16, B2, A2, B2, A23, B2, A19. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 31 (RS): A44, B2, A2, B2, A16. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 32 (WS): A16, B2, A2, B2, A44. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 33 (RS): A44, B2, A1, B2, A17. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 34 (WS): A17, B2, A1, B2, A44. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 35 (RS): A44, B2, A1, B1, A18. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 36 (WS): A18, B4, A44. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 37 (RS): A44, B3, A19. Ch 1 and turn.
Cut B (the contrast color) leaving a 6” tail.
Rows 38 – 50: with A, sc across entire row. Ch 1 and turn. Do not fasten off.
Front Pillow Border: (Ensure you have ch 1 and turned.) Sc in each st across row. At the corner, 3 sc into same corner st. Sc evenly down the side into the gaps created at the end of each row. At the corner, 3 sc into same corner st. Sc into each st across bottom. At corner, 3 sc into same corner st. Sc evenly up the side into the gaps created at the end of each row. (Do not make 3sc in the last corner). Sl st into 1st sc to join.
Fasten off and weave in all loose ends. Weave in the tail of the Contrast Color into only Contrast Color parts and weave in the tail of the Main Color into only Main Color parts.
Love Pillow Cover Crochet Pattern Chart/Graph
Pattern Chart Legend:
- White square = sc with A/Main Color (right side row)
- Light grey square = sc with A/Main Color (wrong side row)
- Black square = sc with B/Contrast Color
- Upwards arrows (^) = Catch the float of B/the contrast color
Back of Love Pillow
Back of Pillow Notes:
- The completed front is Piece A
- All rows for the back have 66 stitches across
- Chain 1 does not count as a stitch
- Always start in the 1st st (the st attached to the ch)
Piece B: Bottom of Back:
With main color, ch 67.
Row 1: In the 2nd ch from hook, sc into the back ridge loops. Sc in each back ridge loop until the end of the row. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 2: Sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.
Repeat for a total of 34 rows (piece should measure approximately 9” tall). *If you want to end on a different row, ensure it’s an even row number.
Piece B Pillow Border: (Ensure you have ch 1 and turned.) Sc in each st across row. At the corner, 3 sc into same corner st. Sc evenly down the side into the gaps created at the end of each row. At the corner, 3 sc into same corner st. Sc into each st across bottom. At corner, 3 sc into same corner st. Sc evenly up the side into the gaps created at the end of each row. (Do not make 3sc in the last corner). Sl st into 1st sc to join.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Piece C: Top of Back:
With main color, ch 67.
Row 1: In the 2nd chain from hook, sc into the back ridge loops. Sc in each back ridge loop until the end of the row. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 2: Sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.
Repeat for a total of 26 rows (piece should measure approximately 6” tall).* On the last row, do not ch 1 and turn. *If you want to end on a different row, ensure it’s an even row number.
Row 27: (Ensure that you did not ch 1 and turn on the last row). Ch 2 and turn. Dc into each st across.
Piece C Pillow Border: Do notturn. Ch 1 and sc into the bottom of the last dc made. Sc evenly down the side into the gaps created at the end of each row. At the corner, 3 sc into same corner st. Sc into each st across bottom. At corner, 3 sc into same corner st. Sc evenly up the side into the gaps created at the end of each row. When back to the row of dc, sc into bottom of ch 2. Sl st into 1st dc to join.
Do not fasten off. (You can use your current yarn to attach all pieces together)
Love Pillow Cover Assembly
Place Piece A (the front) wrong side up, with the word “love” as a mirror image to you. Place Piece B (bottom of back) wrong side down directly over piece A, with the ch side at the bottom. Place Piece C wrong side down directly over Piece A, with the ch side at the top.
Note: piece C will slightly overlap piece B.
Pin the three pieces in place so the stitches all line up. You will be slip stitching the pieces together. When all three pieces overlap, you will insert your hook into the lined up stitches and pull the yarn through all three pieces. When there are just two pieces, insert your hook into the lined up stitches and pull the yarn through the two pieces. At the corners, do not make any extra stitches.
Starting where your yarn is attached and working down, sl st into the lined up stitches. Sl st through both loops of both (or all three) pieces all around, making sure the back side of the pillow is facing you at all times. This will make a “braided” look at the seams. When back at the start, sl st into first sl st to join.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Optional: you could sew on large buttons to top of Piece B that would go through the double crochet stitches made on Piece C to make the make more secure.
Congratulations on completing this Love Pillow crochet pattern! I hope you enjoyed creating this pattern.
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