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Free Crochet Pattern: Granny Pillow II

Here’s one for the granny square lovers! If you can crochet a granny square, you can crochet this Granny Pillow! One large granny square hugs the pillow form at an angle, while a smaller square puts the finishing touches on the front.

The pattern includes a tutorial for a nice, balanced seaming method that highlights the spokes radiating from the smaller center square. Choose colors that fit your decor. The timeless design effortlessly complements both vintage and modern aesthetics, adding a touch of cozy elegance to your living space. This pillow is a great stash-buster, too!

vertical image of Granny Pillow II: a cream, peach, and dove gray crocheted granny square pillow folded on the bias, with a smaller granny square in the center, on a brown sofa

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The Yarn

Craft Yarn Council Icon for 4 Medium Weight Yarn

I used Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Worsted (100% anti-pilling acrylic). It comes in 3.5 ounce (100 g) balls of 180 yards (165 meters) each. It took one ball each of #02 Cream (A), #71 Dove (B) and #89 Peach Blossom (C).

ball of Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Worsted yarn in color cream

You’ll need about 110 yards (100 meters) of each color.

flat lay view of the back side of Granny Pillow II: a cream, peach, and dove gray granny square set at an angle on a pillow form
Back view of Granny Pillow II

If you want to learn more about granny squares, check out my online Granny Square Guide.

Granny Pillow II Free Crochet Pattern

The pattern below is designed to fit a 14″ square pillow form.

The premium ad-free version includes a stitch chart for the granny square and an assembly diagram.

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Crochet Hook and Notions

Clover Amour Size J crochet hook in package
package of Clover locking stitch markers

Use whatever size needle you need to get gauge. I used size J (6 mm) crochet hook. Use whatever size needle you need to get gauge.

You’ll also need some stitch markers or pins to hold the edges for seaming.

two square white throw pillow forms

And you’ll need a 14″ (35.5 cm) square pillow form. I usually buy two, because they are a better deal, and I know I’ll need another one soon!

Abbreviations

A, B, C: colors A, B, C
ch: chain
dc: double crochet
rep: repeat
rnd(s): round(s)
RS: right side
standing dc (standing double crochet): beginning with slip knot on hook, yarn over, insert hook
into space indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop, (yarn over and pull through 2 loops) two times
st(s): stitch(es)
WS: wrong side

Gauge

Rounds 1-3 = 3.5″ (9 cm)
To save time, take time to check gauge.

Large Granny Square

With A, ch 4, join with slip st in first ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in ring, ch 2, [3 dc in ring, ch 2] 3 times, join with
slip st in top of ch-3. Fasten off A. You have 4 3-dc groups.

Rnd 2: With B or next color in sequence, standing dc in any ch-2 corner space, (2 dc, ch
2, 3 dc) in same space, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in each space around, join to top of first dc.
Fasten off. You have 8 3-dc groups.

Rnd 3: With C or next color in sequence, standing dc in any ch-2 corner space, (2 dc, ch
2, 3 dc) in same space, ch 1, 3 dc in next space, ch 1*, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner space;
rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join to top of first dc. Fasten off. You have 12
3-dc groups.


Continue working colors A, B and C in sequence, as follows:
Rnds 4-16: With next color in sequence, standing dc in any ch-2 corner space, (2 dc, ch
2, 3 dc) in same space, *[ch 1, 3 dc in next space] to corner, ch 1**, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in
corner space; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join to top of first dc. Fasten off.
You have 64 3-dc groups. Square will be about 19″ [48 cm] per side.

Small Granny Square

With colors B, C and A, work Rnds 1-3 as for Large Granny Square. Small square will be
about 3½” [9 cm] per side.

Pillow Instructions

Make one Large Granny Square and Small Granny Square. Weave in ends.

Assembly

Step 1: Place Large Granny Square on table with right side facing down. Place pillow form on top of square at a
45-degree angle.

Step 2: Fold corners of square around the pillow form until they meet at the center front. You should have to stretch the square a bit so that it hugs the pillow form snugly. Pin corners together at center front, and pin edges together along the four seams so that each ch-1 space of one side matches up to the ch-1 space of the adjoining side and each seam is the same length.

Refer to these short video tutorials for help with Step 3:
Balanced Single Crochet 2 Together Seam (Right-Handed Version)
Yarn Over vs. Yarn Under for Right- Handed Crocheters

Balanced Single Crochet 2 Together Seam (Left-Handed Version)
Yarn Over vs. Yarn Under for Left-Handed Crocheters

Step 3: Work single crochet seams from center out to corners, as follows:

Seam 1: With RS facing and C, insert hook from RS to WS into front ch-2 corner space, yarn over and pull up a loop (you have 2 loops on the hook); insert hook from RS to WS into adjacent ch-2 corner space, yarn under and pull up a loop (you have 3 loops on the hook), yarn over and pull through all 3 loops;

*insert hook from RS to WS into next dc on front edge, yarn over and pull up a loop; insert hook from RS to WS into adjacent dc on back edge, yarn under and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops; working into each pair of dcs and ch-1 spaces, rep from * to corner.

Work in this manner for the remaining three seams. Weave in ends.

Step 4: Using photo as a guide, center Small Granny Square on center front of pillow. With C, sew edges of small square to large square. Weave in ends.

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