Punch Pillow

Crochet pillow case with surface crochet. Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

Here today to blog about one of my newest crochet patterns, “Punch Pillow”. This new pattern is available in a special issue by Annie’s called, From Scraps to Sensational.

This is a pillow sham design that you put over a pillow form. I used Berroco Weekend DK to make this one and that would make an excellent yarn for the base. The colorful design on the front is made using a technique called surface crochet. This is the part that can be done using scraps from your stash. You can do every stripe in a different yarn or do a repeating pattern as I did here. To make one exactly like this you’ll need:

  3 hanks in #2902 Vanilla
  1 hank in #2904 Pebble
  1 hank in #2966 Turquoise
  1 hank in #2981 Seedling
  1 hank in #2982 Coast
  Size G/6/4 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
  Tapestry needle
  Locking stitch markers
  14″ pillow form

Crochet pillow case with surface crochet. Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

I had fun considering submissions for this issue. The thought of surface crochet came to me pretty quickly because you can use just a little yarn for a big impact. I just had to decide where to apply it. I settled on a pillow, and started swatching.

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Here was my submitted swatch:

Crochet pillow case with surface crochet. Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

My sketch suggested 2 different ways of arranging the stripes:

Crochet pillow case with surface crochet. Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

You see, you could arrange stripes of surface slip stitching any way you want to make interesting shapes and patterns on the surface of your pillow cover. Editor Jackie Daugherty selected the bottom sketch.

I really enjoyed working on this pillow cover. I like surface crochet. It’s fun to do. Here are some pictures of mine taken in process:

Crochet pillow case with surface crochet. Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.
Crochet pillow case with surface crochet. Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.
Crochet pillow case with surface crochet. Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.
Crochet pillow case with surface crochet. Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

Crochet pillow case with surface crochet. Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

My last photo is how I envisioned it, so I was surprised by the magazine photo…it seemed sideways. It’s grown on me though, and I like it both ways.

I am excited at the possibilities with this project! I can imagine some really awesome, colorful projects! I look forward to seeing finished projects on Ravelry and on my Facebook page!

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Happy Stitching!
April

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