Not only do crocheted pillow cases make decorative pieces for your sofa or bed, but they also serve as ideal gifts. Although you can use most any crochet stitch to make a pillow case, the Tunisian stitch, also known as the afghan stitch, is especially suited for this type of crochet project. Besides being a tight stitch, it's also easy to embroider or cross stitch a simple design on your fabric once you've crocheted your project.
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Things you need
- Medium weight (4-ply) yarn
- Afghan hook (size J)
- Size H crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Balls of coloured yarn for embroidering
- Standard-sized pillow
- Simple cross stitch pattern
Learn to do Tunisian crochet. Unlike standard crochet, in Tunisian crochet each row is worked in two definite passes. In the "forward" pass, loops are worked onto the hook, while in the "reverse" pass your loops are worked back off the hoop. In Tunisian crochet you never turn your work, as the right side always faces you.
Measure your pillow to determine size. A standard pillow is 20 inches wide by 30 inches long. Fifty-eight squares done in the Tunisian stitch in medium weight (4-ply) yarn is about 20 inches wide.
Work 58 loops onto your afghan crochet hook for the first half of the first row (forward pass). Then cast off 58 loops, forming 58 stitches to complete the first row (reverse pass).
Continue working rows in the Tunisian stitch until your work measures 30 inches long.
Replace the afghan hook from the last stitch with a regular crochet hook (such as a size H hook). Finish off the edges of the front side of the pillow case by single crocheting around your work.
Make an identical back piece, including single crocheting around it to finish it off, just as you did on your front piece.
Embroider one or both sides, using a simple cross stitch or embroidery pattern.
Sew the front and back sides (with right sides together) of the pillow case, leaving an opening for your pillow.
Turn the pillowcase right-side out and then stuff it with your pillow.
Tips and warnings
- Use large rubber bands for "stoppers" when you want to set your work down, but don't want to run the risk of your stitches falling off the hook.
- Make sure your cross stitch pattern is small enough to fit inside the centre of your Tunisian stitches.
- Use the pillow for decorative purposes, rather than for sleeping, to keep it clean.
- Each time you finish working loops onto your hook, count them to ensure you have the right number (which is 58 loops in this pattern).
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