Friday, February 24, 2012

Granny Triangle Half Circle Pillow Tutorial


Granny Triangle Half Circle Pillow Tutorial


Note:  This pattern is constructed of six triangles that create a circle, which is then folded in half and sewn together to cover a decorative half pillow insert.

What you need:
Worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna's Choice)
Size J crochet hook

Written in US stitch terms

Being a "granny" style pattern, there are "holes," so you may want to make a slip cover for your pillow form with fabric.  I used a light weight cotton in an off-white.














Tutorial:

Center Circle

In a magic ring, ch 2, 1 hdc, ch 1, *2 hdc, ch 1, repeat from * around 4 more times, join with sl st in top of ch 2, fasten off.

You should have a circle with six clusters of hdc's, with a ch 1 space between clusters.
Set aside for now.

First Triangle

Start with magic ring.
Rnd 1-  ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc, ch 2, *3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, repeat from * once more, finish with 3 dc, ch 1, join with sl st in top of ch 3, fasten off.
(You should have six clusters of 3 dc, three ch 2 spaces and three ch 1 spaces.)


When starting each round with a different color, I've used a standing double crochet stitch, but if you prefer, you can use a slip stitch and ch 3 for your first dc.


Rnd 2-  *In ch 2 space: [3 dc, ch 4, 3 dc, ch 1], in ch 1 space: [3 dc, ch 1],  repeat from * around, sl st in first dc, fasten off.

Rnd 3-  *In ch 4 space: [3 dc, ch 4, 3 dc, ch 1], in next two ch 1 spaces: [3 dc, ch1], repeat from * around, sl st in first dc, fasten off.

Rnd 4-  *In ch 4 space: [3 dc, ch 4, 3 dc, ch 1], in next three ch 1 spaces: [3 dc, ch 1], repeat from * around, sl st in first dc, fasten off.

Rnd 5- *In ch 4 space: [3 dc, ch 4, 3 dc, ch 1], in next four ch 1 spaces: [3 dc, ch 1], repeat from * around, sl st in first dc, fasten off.

Rnd 6- In any ch 4 space: [3 dc, ch 4, 3 dc, ch 1], in next five ch 1 spaces: [3 dc, ch 1],

in next ch 4 space: [3 dc, ch 2, sl st into a ch 1 space in Center Circle, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1],

in next five ch 1 spaces: [3 dc, ch 1], in next ch 4 space: [3 dc, ch 4, 3 dc, ch 1], in next five ch 1 spaces: [3 dc, ch 1], join with sl st in first dc, fasten off.

Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Triangles

Rnds 1 through 5-  Repeat rnds 1-5 from First Triangle

In preparation for joining round 6 to previous triangle,  place Center Circle/previous triangle in front of you so that the Center Circle is to your left.  You will be joining into the free corner (closest to you) of the previous triangle.

Rnd 6-  In any ch 4 corner: [3 dc, ch 2, sl stitch into ch 4 corner of previous triangle, ch 2, 3 dc, sl st into corresponding ch 1 space of previous triangle, ch 1],

in next five ch 1 spaces: [3 dc, sl st into corresponding ch 1 space of previous triangle, ch 1],

in next ch 4 space: [3 dc, sl st into ch 2 space of previous triangle, ch 1, sl st in next ch 1 space of Center Circle, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1],



in next five ch 1 spaces: [3 dc, ch 1], in next ch 4 space: [3 dc, ch 4, 3 dc, ch 1], in next five ch 1 spaces: [3 dc, ch 1], join with sl st to first dc, fasten off.



(If you don't want to change colors every round: instead of fastening off, sl st into the next three stitches and into the next ch space and ch 3 (counts as first double crochet).

Sixth Triangle

Rnds 1 through 5- Same as Rnds 1-5 of First Triangle

Rnd 6- Same as Rnd 6 of previous triangle, except after sl st to last Center Circle ch 1 space: ch 1, sl st to ch 2 space of First Triangle, ch 1, 3 dc in ch 4 space, * sl st to next ch 1 space of First Triangle, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 space, repeat from * 4 more times, sl st to next ch 1 space of first triangle, ch 1, in ch 4 space [3 dc, ch 2, sl st to ch 4 space of First Triangle, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1], in remaining ch 1 spaces: [3 dc, ch 1], join with sl st to first dc, fasten off.

Border around Circle (of 6 Triangles)

In each ch 1 space and triangle corner spaces: [3 dc, ch1], join with sl st to first dc, fasten off. Sew in ends.

Sewing Pillow Cover

Fold circle in half, with wrong sides facing in, whip stitch through the inner most loops of every dc and ch.

Once you've stitched a little over half of the circle, insert your pillow form, and finish stitching the seam closed.  Sew in ends.

You now have a nice clean seam...

and a finished pillow!
If you find any mistakes or run into any trouble, let me know!  And if you make a pillow from this tutorial, I'd love to see it!

10 comments:

  1. Very cool.... Guess what I worked on this afternoon.... 4 is my favorite number. Have a great weekend.

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  2. I will have to find that pillow form and make some of those pillows. Thanks for the tutorial. Instructions look great.

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  3. Muchas gracias por compartir!!! Thanks for sharing !!!!
    kisses ♥

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  4. I like your granny triangle pillow - it's different. Thanks for sharing your pattern. :)

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  5. Amazing!
    I have never seen those half pillows before- will be looking out for some now!
    Lovely, clear tutorial as always.
    And great colours, too.
    Xx

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  6. This is a great tutorial. It looks like a fun project! I love all the colors!
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  7. A great series of tutorials, Kate! Thanks for working with us on this project.

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  8. Hi dear my friend, I found your blog when I was looking for crochet pillows. The half circle pillow is a very good idea I like it very much. I joined your blog. Nice to meet you. Best wishes...

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  9. شكرا جدا
    thanx very mach your photos awesome and easy to follow Iv made first pillow from crochet I'm so happy thank to you again in Arabic we say shokran mean thank you v mach

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    1. You're very welcome, I'm so glad you liked the tutorial!!
      Happy crocheting!
      Kate :}

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