Sunday, December 4, 2011

Americana Pillow - Free Crochet Pattern

Hello friends! I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend!
I just finished commissioned order for an Americana Pillow and I thought I'd share my pattern with you. I wrote it down as I went along, but have not made a second pillow to test it out so please, if you find any errors or have any questions, let me know.

**4/29/2013 - Rows 13 & 14: Both rows should be BLUE-Hdc 17 (not 18). 
It has now been corrected in both the online and PDF versions of the pattern.
A big thank you to Yvonne for your sweet and helpful comment!


Americana Pillow Crochet Pattern
©Anita Elmore
http://aseknc.blogspot.com/
aseknc@gmail.com
You may not sell or claim this pattern as your own.
You may, however, share the pattern freely & sell any items you make using this pattern, all that I ask is that you give me credit as the designer with the info above.
Thank you for respecting my copyright.

Please enjoy!

MATERIALS
Hooks: I and J aluminum
            4 steel
Yarn: worsted weight (red, off white & blue)
          size 10 crochet cotton (off-white/ecru)
3" thick Polly Foam (pillow foam), cut to 7"x11"


FRONT
With J hook & red yarn, Ch 43 sts.
Switch to I hook.

Row 1: RED-Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and ea ch across. Ch 2, turn. (40)
Row 2: Hdc in ea st across. FO (40)
Row 3: OFF WHITE-Hdc in ea st across. Ch 2, turn. (40)
Row 4: Hdc in ea st across. FO (40)
Row 5-12: repeat rows 3 and 4, alternating red and white every 2 rows. (40)
Row 13: RED-Hdc 23, BLUE-Hdc 17 (40)
Row 14: BLUE-Hdc 17, RED-Hdc 23 (40)
Row 15-26: repeat rows 13 and 14, alternating red and white every 2 rows. FO (40)

BACK
Using only blue, follow Rows 1-26 of FRONT.


STARS
Using No.4 steel hook and crochet cotton, make 18:
ch 2
5sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st
*ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st in next st*repeat 4 more times, FO

Referring to image for placement, sew stars to blue area on front piece.
With right sides facing each other, whip stitch the sides of the front and back pieces together, leaving top and bottom open.
Single crochet bottom closed.
Insert poly foam.
Single crochet top closed.  
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59 comments:

  1. Goodness gracious girl, what a beauty and thank you for generously sharing the pattern. Certainly will be a to do on my list. Blessings.

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  2. Thank you for you sweet comment Glor.
    You are most certainly welcome! I'm so glad you like it! Have a wonderfully happy and blessed week my friend. ♥

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  3. That's very nice Anita - thanks for sharing your pattern. :)

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  4. Thank you Debi! You're very welcome. ♥

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  5. Pretty pillow Anita. It's nice to "see" you, hope you are doing well. Take care and thank you for sharing your pattern. :-)

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  6. Thank you Heather! You're quite welcome. ♥

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  7. OMG!!! this is soooooooooo lovely!!!!!!
    thanks soooo much for sharing this!!!!

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  8. Thank you! You are very welcome!♥

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  9. I love this pillow! I can't wait to try it out. Of course, I am still working on Christmas presents. Thank you for posting this pattern.

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  10. Thank you! I'd say I'll be working on presents myself all the way up until Christmas morning, LoL. You're very welcome for the pattern....I'd love to hear/see how yours turns out! Have a Merry Christmas!♥

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  11. Wow Anita...awesome looking Pillow and easy to follow Pattern! I was looking for a Pillow Pattern to revamp my Living Room Pillows and I do believe this one is it...I am impressed! My Husband (retired Army) will love these!!!

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  12. Thank you Andrea! So glad you like it, enjoy!♥

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  13. Super flot pude. Min datter er begejstret og ønsker sig en til værelset.

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  14. Tak så meget! Jeg er glad for dig og din datter kan lide det!♥

    Thank you so much! I'm glad you and your daughter like it!♥

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  15. Great job on this pillow! Thank you for sharing!!

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  16. Thank you! You are very welcome!♥

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  17. Very nice. Could you explain FO to me? I'm guessing you mean to Finish Off but I'm unfamiliar with the term and would like to be sure. Thanks for sharing!

    Cindy L.

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  18. You guessed right! FO does mean Finish Off. You are very welcome, I hope you enjoy the pattern!♥

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  19. Thanks for sharing your pattern, this is a beautiful pillow. I think I will make one of these to place on the bench at the school where I work!

    Ann R.

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  20. You are so welcome Ann! ...and thank you! I would love to see a pic if you do! ♥

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  21. Hi Anita.
    I am an advanced crocheter, but the stars don't make sense to me. I have the rest all done and ready to go.
    Thank you!!
    Melanie

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  22. Hi Melanie,
    I'm so sorry!
    I'm not sure which part isn't making sense, but I'm going to take a guess that maybe it's this part...

    *ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st in next st*repeat 4 more times

    ...I'll try and see if I can explain it better.

    When you chain 3, you slip stitch into the second chain from the hook, then single crochet into the next chain (which is also the very first chain of the 'chain 3') then you will slip stitch into the next stitch of the 5 single crochets from the previous round (this anchors the "arm" of the star that you just completed to the center of the star). One star "arm" complete. Repeat this exact process four more times making a total of 5 "arms".

    I hope that helps. :o)

    Let me know if I can help any more.♥

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  23. Very beautiful work. Thank you for sharing your pattern.

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  24. Thank you! ...and you're very welcome!♥

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  25. Do you mind if I pin this beautiful pillow pattern?

    Thanks,
    Tonya

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  26. I don't mind at all, I'm flattered! Pin away!...and have a magnificent rest of your Independence Day!

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  27. Thanks so much! Looking forward to adding your blog to my reader :) We're a homeschool family as well :)

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  28. You are welcome!
    That is so awesome! My oldest just graduated this year and now I'm down to homeschooling just one.

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  29. Hi Anita, can you tell me the finished size of the pillow?

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  30. Just over 7"x11"....that's the size that you cut the pillow form, so it would have to be just a bit bigger than that to fit over it. I no longer have the pillow to give you the exact measurements, sorry.

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  31. I plan to make several for family members in honor of my son, Jared who serves with tbe USMC. Thank you so much for generously sharing this great pattern!!

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment Laura! I'm thrilled that my pattern will be used to honor your son. A great big "thank you!" to Jared for his service. ♥

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  32. Thank you so much for this pattern! My son is a retired national guardsman and has been wanting something like this. Due to my health I cannot do full length Afghans but this I can do! Thanks again.

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    1. Barbara, you are so welcome! I'm glad that you are so happy with it and will be able to make one and hope that your son loves it! ♥

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  33. Thank you for this pattern!! You are so talented!! I can't wait to make this for my home<3

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    1. You are more than welcome! Thank YOU for the lovely comment. I hope you enjoy making it!♥

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  34. My grade school teacher was in the Navy. I try and remember him every year on Veterans day. This year he will get a surprise of a pillow. Thank you so much.

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    1. What a lovely sentiment! I am sure that he is very honored and looks forward to your sweet gestures every year. :) You are very welcome for the pattern. Enjoy!♥

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  35. Are these Americana colors....? I love the pillow pattern...Making a flag afghan for my grandson.....Thanks...

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    1. Yes, these are Americana colors. Hope you enjoy the pattern!♥

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  36. This beautiful pillow and my crocheted soldier bear will make a great raffle at our local American Legion. Proceeds will go to
    families of our soldiers, and injured vets. Your beautiful pattern will help them so much. Thank you

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    1. It is so awesome for you to donate your creations to such a wonderful cause, and I'm honored to be a part of that through my pattern. You are welcome and thank YOU!♥

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  37. 15-20 years ago I made a flag afghan for a niece who was just out of the Marines and also one for myself. This pillow would be the perfect thing to go with the afghans.

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    1. I am so glad that I could offer the pattern to you. Thank you so much for the comment and allowing me to be a part of something so special. ♥

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  38. I am new to crocheting and I LOVE this pillow. It is darling! Could you tell me what CO means?

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  39. Thank you! And welcome to the world of crochet!!

    I also knit and, in knitting, CO means Cast On. In crochet I should have used Ch for Chain. I am so sorry for the confusion! Thank you so much for asking. I will promptly fix that. If you have any other questions that I can answer or help you with, please feel free to ask!

    Happy Crocheting! ♥

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  40. This a beautiful pillow. I'm making it now! I don't know if you know this but on Row 13 its Red 23 hdc and blue 17 hdc. :) 23+17=40 tee hee. Thanks for sharing the pattern. It's super easy.

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    1. You are very welcome!

      Thank you so much for letting me know! I must have been trying to decide how many stitches wide to make the blue area and when I settled on it in my mind I didn't change it on the pattern (making either the red or the blue the wrong # of stitches). I really appreciate you bringing it to my attention and I'll be sure to fix it right away so as to not confuse anyone. :P

      I'm so glad you're enjoying the pattern! Have a blessed day. ♥

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    2. So glad I could help! I didn't mean to be anonymous, I just didn't know how to add my name up there! My name is Yvonne! I have the front and back done! I did the back in red, as I didn't not have enough blue. I am now working on those teeny tiny stars. LOL You are so very welcome for the help. May you have a blessed day also. ♥ P.S. Figured it out. tee hee. my name i mean. I'm such an air head! lol

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    3. LoL...nice to meet you Yvonne! I'd love to see a pic of it when you're finished. :) My email is aseknc@gmail.com

      Are you on Ravelry? If you like to keep track of the patterns you work up there, you can find this one here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ases-americana-pillow

      Thanks again! ♥

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  41. Love love love it! I'm a relative newbie when it comes to crocheting, but I will be giving this one a go as soon as I finish my current project. Love Americana, so thrilled to find something like this. Ty!

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    1. Thank you so much! Welcome to the world of crochet. I'd love to see how it turns out! :) You're very welcome. ♥

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  42. Thank you so much for sharing! My son will be retiring from the military in the near future, this will make a nice gift! Blessings to you ~

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    1. You are very welcome! A great big "Thank you" to your son for his service! I hope you enjoy making it and that he is blessed by your gift. :) I'd love to see how it turns out! ♥

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  43. I'd love to buy this pillow from someone ASAP! If anyone has any of these made that they'd like to sell please contact me :) HANNAHLUXDAVIS@GMAIL.COM

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