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Cable Pillow Cover

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Got any old or ugly pillows that could use a makeover? Than this is the pattern for you!

This is what you’ll need:

  • Old throw pillow
  • Crochet hook 4mm
  • Light weight yarn, I used Special DK yarn color Sage
  • 4 to 6 buttons, depending on the size of your pillow
  • Needle to sew on the buttons
  • Yarn needle to weave in ends

Stitch abbreviations:

  • ch = chain stitch
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • fpdc = front post double crochet
  • bpdc = back post double crochet
  • fptr = front post treble crochet
  • tc = treble crochet
  • st = stitch/stitches
  • sc2tog = single crochet 2 together

Note:

This pattern is made for a 16inch (40cm) square pillow. To change the size for your pillow, make sure you can multiply the st with 9 and add 5. So for me this is= 8×9=72 +5=77

Front

ch771: 1hdc in third ch, 1hdc in each ch throughout. ch2 and turn.2: 1hdc in the first 3st

Next we’re going to make the beginning of the first cable. Start with 1fpdb in the next st. This next picture shows you where to insert your hook for the beginning of this st
Now, yarn over and pull throughAnd now continue  like a normal dc1fpdc 5 more times
1hdc in the next 3st* 1fpdc in the next 6st, 1hdc in the next 3st * repeat till end of row. ch2 and turn3: 1hdc in the next 3st1bpdc in the next 6st, 1hdc in the next 3st* 1bpdc in the next 6st, 3hdc in the next 3st * repeat till end of row. ch2 and turn4: 1hdc in the next 3st, skip 3st, 1fptc in the next st; the left picture shows you where to insert your hook, next continue the st like a normal tc; this is shown on the right picture

1fptc in the next 2stThen 1fptc in the first 3st you skipped, starting with the first1hdc in the next 3st, * skip 3st, 1fptc in the third, fourth and fifth st of the cable, 1fptc in the skipped st, starting at the first, 1hdc in the next 3st * repeat till end of row. ch2 and turn5: 1hdc in the next 3st, * 1bpdc in the next 6st, 1hdc in the next 3st * repeat till end of row. ch2 and turn6: 1hdc in the next 3st, * 1fpdc in the next 6st, 1hdc in the next 3st * repeat till end of row. ch2 and turnRepeat rows 3, 4, 5 and 6 until you have reached the desired length. I repeated the rows 12 more times. Fasten off

  • 3: 1hdc in the next 3st, * 1bpdc in the next 6st, 3hdc in the next 3st * repeat till end. ch2 and turn.
  • 4: 1hdc in the next 3st, * skip 3st, 1fptc in the third, fourth and fifth st of the cable, 1fptc in the 3 skipped st, starting at the first, 1hdc in the next 3st * repeat till end. ch2 and turn.
  • 5: 1hdc in the next 3st, * 1bpdc in the next 6st, 1hdc in the next 3st * repeat till end. ch2 and turn.
  • 6: 1hdc in the next 3st, * 1fpdc in the next 6st, 1hdc in the next 3st * repeat till end. ch2 and turn.

Back

ch77 (same amount ch as the front)

1: 1: 1hdc in third ch, 1hdc in each ch till end. ch2 and turn.

2: 1hdc in the next 3st, * 1fpdc in the next 6st, 1hdc in the next 3st * repeat till end. ch2 and turn.

3: 1hdc in the next 3st, * 1bpdc in the next 6st, 3hdc in the next 3st * repeat till end. ch2 and turn.

4: 1hdc in the next 3st, * skip 3st, 1fptc in the third, fourth and fifth st of the cable, 1fptc in the skipped st, starting at the first, 1hdc in the next 3st * repeat till end. ch2 and turn.

5: 1hdc in the next 3st, * 1bpdc in the next 6st, 1hdc in the next 3st * repeat till end. ch2 and turn.

6: 1hdc in the next 3st, 1fpdc in the next 6st, 1hdc in the next 3st repeat till end. ch2 and turn.

7 – 10: Repeat rows 3 through 6

The part you just made will be covering the front a bit (for the buttons), the rest will be the back.

11: 1hdc in each st, ch2 and turnMy front has 58 rows in total, so I repeated row 11; 57 more times. Fasten offThe back is wider than the front, but that is okay, it will even out when you’re finished.

The next step is to attach the front to the back by sc around the sides and bottom. Start with the good sides facing each other, like this;Attach yarn and sc around the pillow case, 3sc in each corner

Fasten off when you’re finished and flip the pillow cover inside out

Border and button holes:

1: Have the back side facing you and attach yarn on the right side with a sl st. sc in the same spot and sc all around the edge. For me this was 75sc. ch1 and turn2 – 3: 1sc in each st till end, ch1 and turn

4: In this row we’ll be creating 4 button holes: sc2tog, ch3, skip 3st, 1sc in the next 19st, ch3, skip 3st, 1sc in the next 21st, ch3, skip 3st, 1sc in the next 19st, ch3, skip 3st, sc2tog.

If your pillow has a different amount of stitches than maybe this will help you to figure out how to know change this row for you;

  • I have 75 stitches. All 4 button holes are 3 stitches, so 3 times 4 is 12. 75-12=63
  • Each end; sc2tog is 4 stitches. 63-4=59
  • Now I have 3 spaces left between the button holes. The middle is 21 stitches. 59-21=38.
  • Now I have two spaces left. 38/2= 19

5: 1sc in each st till end

6: sc2tog, 1sc in each st till last 2st, sc(last)2tog

7: sc2tog, * skip 1st, 5dc in next st, skip 1st, sc2tog *. For this row you need a stitch count of multiples of 5+2. If you don’t have that, even the remaining stitches out at the beginning and/or end with sl st.Fasten off. Weave in ends. Attach buttons and your work is done!

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    anonymousecrafts
    22/02/2017 at 01:20

    I have been looking for a cable pattern for cushions – can’t wait to give this a go 🙂

    • Reply
      haaknerd
      22/02/2017 at 09:20

      Awesome! Have fun and I would really appreciate to see your work afterwards. xx

  • Reply
    Pinky Sakaria
    21/08/2017 at 16:24

    Hi.your picture tutorial is very nice.can I have a step by step video of the cable pillow cover.let the pics be in detail thanks in advance.

    • Reply
      haaknerd
      22/08/2017 at 13:42

      Hi Pinky. At this moment I am not making videos. I’m sorry.

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