Every Puppy Needs a Home: free crochet pillow pattern



It all started a year ago. I found a little puppy in the streets of Minsk. She was so small, and lonely. And scared, and cold. I could not leave her alone under the rain and took her home hoping to find her a new family. We gave her a name Milana. Thanks to support and help of my friends and readers she got everything she needed: a proper food, vaccination, a collar and a bed. she was livinf in a foster family for almost two months. And then, one happy August day last year she was adopted by a wonderful people. Today she is called Arti. And she is one of the happiest dogs in the world.

 

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I visited her this summer in Minsk, to give a hug. And also to bring the rest of the money we could raise for her and other stray animals in Belarus. The money was spent on vaccinations and food for dogs and cats in need. And they are sending many thanks to people who were helping us a year ago. Arti’s story had a happy end. And I truly believe that every puppy in the world deserves a loving home.

Last year I designed a “doggy pillow” in tapestry crochet for Inside Crochet magazine to celebrate this belief. And now, when copyright is back to me, I decided to republish this pattern on my blog. Hope you’ll enjoy!

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MATERIALS

Scheepjes Stone Washed and Scheepjes River Washed yarn, 78% Cotton x 22% Acrylic, 50g/130m

Yarn A: Stone Washed 829 Obsidian x 3 balls
Yarn B: River Washed 962 Narmada x 1 ball
Yarn C: River Washed 961 Mersey x 1 ball
Yarn D: River Washed 959 Ural x 1 ball
Yarn E: River Washed 952 Rhine x 1 ball
Yarn F: River Washed 960 Murray x 1 ball

Clover Amour 4mm hook
Yarn needle
Cushion pad, 50 x 50cm/19.5 x 19.5in
Scheepjes olive wooden button 3cm x 3

Stone Washed and River Washed yarns are available in local Scheepjes shops and via online retailers:
Wool Warehouse* and Black Sheep Wools* (both in UK with international shipping), Caro's Atelier* (NL and Europe), Knotty House* (Canada), Taemombo (US and Canada).

TENSION

Work 19sc and 20 rows to measure 10 x 10cm/4 x 4" using 4mm hook, or size required to obtain tension.

MEASUREMENTS

Finished cover measures 50 x 50cm/19.5 x 19.5in

PATTERN NOTES


The pattern uses sc throughout. The front panel is worked in tapestry crochet using the pattern chart, with each square representing one stitch. Read the chart from the bottom upwards, odd rows from right to left and even rows from left to right. Each row begins with Yarn A. Change yarn always on the last yarn over when there are still two loops on the hook, then place previous yarn on the top of stitches and work with new colour over it.

If you haven't tried tapestry crochet before, please, check THIS step by step tutorial.

TIP: beginning and end of each row are made with Yarn A only. Drop another colour in the end of the colourwork on the WS and grab it again on the way back. Make sure floats of yarn stay on the WS. At the end of each row turn the work and make a turning chain which will not count as a stitch.

a) beginning and end of the row on WS (contrast yarn stays in front of work):


b) beginning and end of the row on RS (contrast yarn stays behind work):

Abbreviations (US terms)


st(s) - stitch(es)
sp(s) - space(s)
ch - chain
yo - yarn over
sc (single crochet): insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, draw up a loop, yo and pull through both loops on hook
dc (double crochet): yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, *yo, pull through 2 loops* twice
RS - right side
WS - wrong side
*…….; rep from * to ….. work the instructions after * and then repeat that section as instructed

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INSTRUCTIONS


An original LillaBjörnCrochet Design (Tatsiana Kupryianchyk). Copyright 2014-2019. All rights reserved. This pattern is for personal use only. It cannot be sold, redistributed or edited in any way. Translations and video-tutorials are NOT allowed without permission. You can sell your finished products, but you cannot use my pictures to promote them. Please, always credit me as a designer of this pattern. Thank you!

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Cushion Front

With Yarn A and 4mm hook ch91.

Row 1: 1sc in second ch from the hook, 1sc in each ch to end, turn – 90 sc.
Rows 2-8: ch1 (doesn’t count as a st – here and throughout), sc in each st to end, turn – 90 sc.
Rows 9-88: follow the chart. After Row 88 cut contrasting yarn. Continue with Yarn A only.
Rows 89-104: ch1, sc in each st to end, turn.
Row 105: ch1, 15sc, ch3, skip 3 sts, 25sc, ch4, skip 4 sts, 25sc, ch3, skip 3 sts, 15sc, turn.
Row 106: ch1, 15sc, 3sc in next ch-3 space, 25sc, 4sc in next ch-4 space, 25sc, 3sc in next ch-3 space, 15sc, turn – 90 sc.
Rows 108-110: ch1, sc in each st to end, turn.
Row 111: ch1, *skip 2 sts, 5dc in next st, skip 2 sts, ss in next st; repeat from * to end, fasten off – 15 “petals”. Weave in ends.


Cushion Back

With Yarn F and 4mm hook, ch91.

Row 1: 1sc in second ch from the hook, 1sc in each ch to end, turn – 90 sc.
Rows 2-8: ch1, sc in each st to end, turn – 90 sc.

Repeat Row 2 for pattern. Work 6 more rows with Yarn F. Continue in pattern working stripes as follows:

Eight rows with Yarn B
Eight rows with Yarn C
Eight rows with Yarn D
Eight rows with Yarn E
Eight rows with Yarn F
Eight rows with Yarn B
Eight rows with Yarn C
Eight rows with Yarn D
Eight rows with Yarn E
Seven rows with Yarn F
Six rows with Yarn A
Three rows with Yarn E. Fasten off, weave in ends.


FINISHING


Embroider your pet’s name on the cushion front using leftovers of contrast yarn (optional - you can make embroidery later, watch this blog soon for instructions). Place front and back with WS facing each other, align the bottom and join them together along three sides (leaving top open) with contrast yarn and slip stitches. Sew three buttons onto the back panel. Make sure they align with the holes.



Congratulations!! Your new pillow is now finished!

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3 comments

  1. Wonderful, thanks for the pattern.

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  2. Thank you for saving Milana/Arti you are a very special person. It seems that neglect is a world wide problem, we live in South Africa and have two rescue dogs and they are adorable so Arti's story touched my heart.
    Thank you also for your wonderful posts and for sharing your creativity! Warm regards Caroline

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