Looking for a unisex crochet pillow pattern? Try this free pattern

Looking for a unisex crochet pillow pattern? Try this free pattern
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Are you on the hunt for a crochet pillow pattern that everyone can love? From young to old, and male to female, this free unisex crochet pillow pattern might be just what you’re looking for!

Whether you’re an experienced crocheter or are relatively new to the craft, anyone can get great results with this stylish yet timeless pattern.

Not only is it fun to make with its vibrant colors but it’s also incredibly cozy and comforting too—making it perfect for decorating any room in your house.

Read on to find out how easy it is start stitching up your own unisex crochet pillow today!

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Inspiration behind the design

I have just designed a pattern that will be perfect for anyone who loves a cuddly, cozy throw pillow. I wanted to create something that would work for both men and women, as well as for little ones too.

And let me tell you, I’m in love with this texture! It’s so versatile, you can use one solid color for a softer aesthetic, or go bold and bright like I did to really make it stand out.

The best part is that the pattern only uses basic stitches, so it’s perfect for any level of crocheter – whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned pro.

Whip up a few of these pillows and you’ll have the perfect movie night companion or back support for those long hours of computer gaming.

What colours will you make yours in?

Construction of the design

I wanted to keep the construction process as easy as possible, so this pattern is made up of just two square panels that are worked flat in rows.

And the best part is, you don’t need to be an expert stitcher to tackle this project!

If you can work a single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet, you’re good to go.

Plus, the pattern has an easy 4 row repeat with no increases or decreases, making it perfect for beginners and advanced crocheters alike.

Trust me, the end result is a beautiful texture that will make this crochet pillow a showstopper in any room.

The Yarn

If you have been following for a while, would you like to take a guess at what yarn I used for this one?

It was Paintbox Simply Aran for the win! Here’s why I love it:

  • There are over 70 colour ways to choose from.
  • It is a great price at around £2.80 for 100g skein (184m / 201 yds per skein) – and often you can get it in a sale.
  • It washes great and you can tumble dry it on a low heat.
  • It is great to work with – this yarn does not split and I think I have only ever had 1 skein with one knot in the middle of it.
  • It has great stitch definition.


On 17th September 2023 this pattern was featured in the Just for Him event.

You can still visit the round up post if you are looking for some pattern inspiration for the men in your life!

Get the PDF pattern!

You can find the ad-free PDF Pattern for this one in all of my shops:

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Tester Appreciation:

Get inspired …. Check out some of the colours that my testers used for this one.

I just love Cheryl’s blues and grey version. It feels so calm and tranquil. And the bold pinks, purples and yellow combination is so eye catching and joyful!

Special Stitches:

If you are a beginner looking to try this crochet pillow pattern, you should be familiar with sc, hdc and double crochet (US terms).

Treble Crochet :

YO twice, insert hook into indicated stitch, YO and pull through, YO and pull through 2 loops on hook, YO and pull through 2 loops on hook, YO and pull through last 2 loops on hook. Stitch completed.

If you have not yet tried the treble (or triple) crochet I do also have a video tutorial to help you with this one:

The pattern specifics:


·      #4 weight yarn 3 colors – approximately 65 yards of each. I used Paintbox Simply aran in granite gray (CA),  rose red (CB) and slate grey (CC) 
·      5mm hook
·      Scissors
·      Tapestry needle
·      16” pillow form


Does not matter as long as tension is consistent. My gauge was 16 sts and 5 rows of pattern per 4”.


Finished size of each of your throw pillow sides unblocked is approximately 15” square depending on tension or 15.5″-16″ blocked.

Abbreviations used:

·      Ch(s) – chain(s).            
·      St(s) – stitch(es)             
·      SC- single crochet          
·      HDC – half double crochet
·      DC – double crochet
·      TC – treble crochet
·      YO – yarn over
·      FO – Fasten off
·      CA – Colour A
·      CB – Colour B
·      CC – Colour C

Other notes:

– Written in US terms
– Chain 1 does not count as a stitch.
– There are no special stitches used in this pattern.
– CH4 counts as a TC.
– You will need to make 2 panels – one for the front and one for the back.
I changed colour at the beginning of row 4 and then every two rows after that.

The Pattern:

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**For my version I changed colours on rows 2 and 4. There is a colour chart in the pattern notes above for reference.

Make 2:

Row 1:           FSC 57


                        CH58, SC in second CH from hook and each CH across.

Row 2:           CH1 (doesn’t count), SC in first 2 sts, *HDC in next 2 sts, DC in next 

2 sts, TC in next 3 sts, DC in next 2 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, SC in next 

3 sts. 

Rep from * across until you have 2 sts remaining (Note: you 

will have just worked the last 2 HDC of the repeat), SC in last 2 sts. (57)

Row 3:        CH1 (doesn’t count as a st), SC in first and each st across. (57)

Row 4:        CH4 (counts as a TC), TC in next st, *DC in next 2 sts, HDC in next 2 

sts, SC in next 3 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, DC in next 2 sts, TC in next 3 sts.

Rep from * until you have 2 sts remaining (Note: you 

will have just worked the last 2 DC of the repeat), TC in last 2 sts. (57)

Row 5:        Rep row 3

Rows 6-47:   Rep rows 2-5  10 more times (or until your panel is 15” square).

Row 46:         Rep row 3 


Step 1:          Take your front and back panels and place wrong sides together (this means 

that the right sides will be facing outwards). You pick which sides you prefer to be showing on the outside.

Step 2:          HDC around three sides of your cushion ensuring that you HDC through both the front and the back panels (see photo below).  At each corner (HDC, CH1, HDC). Do NOT work the last side yet.

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Step 3:          Insert pillow form into cushion and then continue to HDCalong the last side. This might be a little trickier as you have the pillow form to work around too.  Slip stitch to the first stitch you made. SS to join

Fasten off and weave in ends.