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A Book pillow makes a perfect gift for just about anyone! It is not restricted to gender or age and you do not have to keep books in it! It can hold magazines, reading glasses, newspapers, pyjamas, remote controls for TV’s or computers and so much more.
I have also written the pattern so that you can use #3 weight yarn (DK) or #4 weight yarn (aran).
This is definitely an intermediate pattern due to the special stitches used (see below).
Inspiration behind the book pillow design
A few years ago I made every child I buy for the holidays their own quilted reading pillow. I bought a book each for them and gifted them at Christmas. They went down a storm! Several years later the children are all still using them. Even the ones that don’t like to read.
So, when I was challenged by Marie from Underground Crafter to make something for babies / children / teens my thinking cap came on. Naturally I wanted to come up with something suitable for all of these age groups LOL.
After an hour or two I remembered about the reading / book pillows I made all of those years ago and thought a crochet version would be perfect.
I am thrilled with how they turned out!
Construction of the book pillow design
This book pillow is worked flat. You create each panel separately and then sew or crochet them together to create the pillow.
I put the zigzags on the pocket of my pillows, but you can use the instructions to create the zig zags for the actual cushion cover and pop the solid colour on the front as a pocket if you prefer.
The pockets are fairly deep – you don’t want the books or whatever they are used to hold to fall out!
Both versions of the pocket are the same pattern – it is just where you make the colour changes that creates the different looks.
You can shop your stash for this project. You can choose to use acrylic or a mix – just be careful about using wool due to potential allergies. Aldi yarn also works great in this project!
With the cream and pink version I used Stylecraft Special DK. The cream panels used 2 skeins and the pocket panel was scraps from my scrap bucket. I think the colours were walnut, pale rose, cream and teal.
The green version was worked up in Paintbox Simply Aran (light caramel – 1/4 skein, pine green – 2.5 skeins and champagne white – 1/3 skein)
Get the PDF pattern!
You can find the ad-free PDF Pattern (which includes stitch multiple and a few extra figure photos for assembly) for this one in all of my shops:
This pattern was designed specifically for the Giftstravaganza Event hosted by Marie from Underground Crafter in November 2022.
If you prefer PDF patterns you can get this one in my website or Ravelry shops above for free using code README until 22nd November 2022.
The book pillow pattern specifics:
|· If using 3 weight DK Yarn: Approx 400 m / 437 yds in main colour, 70 yards each in 3 contrasting colours for the pocket.|
· If using 4 weight yarn (aran) you will need approx. 400 yds in main colour, 80 yards in two contrasting colours.
· Appropriate sized hook (4 or 5mm)
· Stitch markers (optional)
|If using DK yarn – 18 herringbone hdc and 12 rows in 4”|
If using Aran yarn – 15 herringbone hdc and 11 rows in 4”
To fit a 16” pillow form – so your panels will be just shy of 16”
· FHDC – foundation half double crochet
· YO – yarn over
· Sc – single crochet
· Hdc – half double crochet
· Dc – double crochet
· Tc – treble crochet
· Tc – treble crochet
· Hhdc – herringbone half double crochet
· Sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
· Sc3tog – single crochet 3 together
· Tc2tog – treble crochet 2 together
. Tc3tog – treble crochet 3 together
|· Written in US terms.|
· Ch stitches at the beginning do not count as a st unless otherwise stated.
· Pattern is written for #3 weight (4 weight) where the stitch counts or instructions vary.
YO twice, insert hook into indicated stitch, YO and pull through, *YO and pull through 2 loops on hook. Rep from * twice more.
YO, insert hook into indicated st, YO and pull through, DO NOT YO, pull through the first loop on hook, YO and pull through both loops on hook.
Insert hook into indicated stitch, YO and pull through, insert hook into next st, YO and pull through, YO and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
Insert hook into indicated stitch, YO and pull through, *insert hook into next st, YO and pull through, Rep from * once more. YO and pull through all 4 loops on hook.
YO twice, insert hook into indicated stitch, YO and pull through, *YO and pull through 2 loops on hook. Rep from * once more. YO twice, insert hook into next st, YO and pull through, *YO and pull through 2 loops on hook. Rep from * once more. YO and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
YO twice, insert hook into indicated stitch, YO and pull through, *YO and pull through 2 loops on hook. Rep from * once more. YO twice, insert hook into next st, YO and pull through, **YO and pull through 2 loops on hook. Rep from ** once more. YO twice, insert hook into next st, YO and pull through, ***YO and pull through 2 loops on hook. Rep from *** once more YO and pull through all 4 loops on hook.
The Book Pillow Pattern:
For the front and back of the pillow (make 2):
Row 1: FHDC 79 (61) OR Ch81 (63), hdc in third ch from hook and each ch across. (79/61)
Row 2: Turn, CH1, hhdc in first and each st across. (79, 61)
Rows 3-54 (50): Repeat row 2 until your panel is almost 16” square
For the pocket section:
Note: For the pocket section I changed color every 2 rows for the pink version or at rows 3 and 5 for the green version.
Row 1: FHDC 79 (61) OR Ch80 (63) , hdc in second ch from hook and each ch across. (79 / 61)
Row 2: Turn, Ch1, sc in first st, *hdc in next st, dc in next st, 3 tc in next st, dc in
next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st. Rep from * to end. (105 / 81 sts)
Row 3: Turn, ch1, sc2tog over 1st and 2nd st of the row, sc in next 2 sts, *3 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, sc3tog over next 3 sts, sc in next 2 sts. Rep from * until you have 5 sts remaining. 3sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog over last 2 sts. (103 / 81)
Row 4: Turn, Rep row 3.
Row 5: Turn, Ch4, sk the first st tc in next st (counts as a tc2tog), *dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next st**, tc3tog over next 3 sts, Rep from * across ending at ** where you will have 2 sts remaining. Tc2tog. (79 / 61)
Row 6: Turn, ch1, sc in first and every st across (79 / 61)
Row 7: Turn, Rep row 6.
Rows 8 – 36 (30): Rep rows 2-7
FO and Weave in ends
Step 1: Place front panel on top of back panel and then place the pocket panel on top of
the front panel.
Step 2: Place stitch markers evenly around to hold the panels together (use as many
stitch markers as you prefer)
Step 3: You will need to sew or crochet together three of the sides. I find it is much
easier to sew the three sides that the pocket is on.
Note: Make sure to go through all three panels!
Step 4: Insert pillow form between the front and back panels.
Step 5: Continue to sew or crochet across the top of the pillow.
FO and weave in ends!
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Unisex crochet hat patterns – we need more of them! Do you agree? Despite it’s name, the Hannah Beanie is a unisex crochet hat pattern. So why call it the Hannah Beanie?
I like to try to create ‘collections’ based on stitches or stitch combinations. This beanie uses the N stitch (please do not be intimidated by the name of this stitch).
Hannah is the name of one of my sisters. She is a dog walker and every year she asks for more hats (she like to misplace hers). But there is a caveat – they all have to be red! Red is her favourite colour. One year I think I made her 9 beanies and received a photo of her wearing all 9 at the same time!
So the Hannah Beanie it was.
Inspiration behind the design
Hannah is not a girly girl. In fact I think the last time she only wears dresses to weddings! She certainly does not wear make up and her long hair is almost always in a functional pony tail.
So the beanie had to be simple, functional and warm.
Construction of the design
This unisex crochet hat pattern is worked from the brim up and in one piece so it is seamless. The pattern includes the option to create a double brim to really protect the ears from those cold winds!
If you are new to the N stitch don’t worry! I have both right and left handed video tutorials for this one. You will get into the rhythm of it quickly. You can see from the photos why this one is called the N stitch!
And you know I have you covered! I also have a video tutorial on crocheting a double brim, which you can find further down this post.
This hat is made with #4 weight yarn and a 4mm and 4.5mm hook.
For my red version I used HobbyCraft’s Women’s Institute Aran in red. This comes in 400g skeins and so it goes a long way! It also has a sheen to it, much like Caron Simply Soft. It is 100% acrylic and very easy to work with.
The periwinkle colour hat was made using Paintbox Simply Aran. This is another yarn that I always have in my stash because it is 100% acrylic, easy to wash and care for and feels so nice both when you are working with it and afterwards in your finished project. The colour range you can get is also fabulous.
The Crochet Cancer Challenge 2022
I decided to release this unisex crochet hat pattern as part of the Crochet Cancer Challenge 2022. This is my fourth year participating in this challenge and I am honoured to continue to be part of it!
Each October Christine from Sweet Potato 3 gets a group of designers together. We each design a hat to be released as a Free PDF Pattern for at least 24 hours. One hat is released each weekday in October with 2 on Saturdays, each from a different designer. The idea is that in return for your Free PDF Pattern you are pledging to make at least one of that pattern to donate to a local cancer unit / charity or family dealing with cancer.
I have again chosen to support oesophageal cancer with the periwinkle version of this hat. If you were around last year you will know that my Grandad, Newrick, had this type of cancer. Yet he always had a smile on his face for us kids. If you would like to know more about his story you can check out my post from last year here.
Get the PDF pattern!
You can find the ad-free PDF Pattern for this one in all of my shops:
The pattern specifics:
This unisex crochet hat pattern is written for adult sizes small (18″), medium (19″) and large (20″) and has a couple of inches of negative ease so it stays on your head comfortably.
|· Approx. 150-240 yds #4 weight yarn of your choosing depending on size made. |
· 4.00 mm and 4.5mm hook
· Stitch markers (optional)
· Tapestry needle
|8sts and 8 rows of the 2 row repeat of the N Stitch section is pattern is 2’’ x 2’’ with the 4.5mm hook|
Pattern is written for several sizes – adult small, medium, large.
The circumference of your hat will be 18’’ (19’’/20’’) with a couple of inches ease in it, so the large should fit a head that measures 22’’
Due to the smaller hooks used for this one it is a warm one! This hat should be around 9.5 – 10 inches tall. To increase height repeat rows 3 and 4 before the decreases begin.
· fsc – foundation single crochet
· hdc—half double crochet
· sc – single crochet
· sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
· N St – N stitch (see special stitches)
· Blo – back loop only
· YO—yarn over
· FO—fasten off
|· Written in US terms.|
· Ch1 stitches at the beginning do not count as a st unless otherwise stated.
· Please ensure that you note how the sizes are differentiated as per the sizing information above.
· The body of the hat is worked in the round without turning.
· Once you get to round 16 you MUST check what happens with the last couple of stitches in the round. We need to keep them stitch count as an even number so that the N Stitch rows work out
The video tutorials for the N stitch are above.
If you prefer the written instructions they are:
Sk 1 st, hdc in the next st, insert hook from the top to the bottom of the front loop only of the skipped stitch, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through one loop, YO, insert the hook back into the st you did the hdc, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through all 4 loops on hook.
YO, insert hook into the THIRD loop of the HDC from the previous row (this will be a horizontal bar below the two loops you normally work into. If working in the round, it will be on the INSIDE of your work). Pull up a loop, YO and pull thru all 3 loops on your hook.
You can find our video tutorial on how to do this here :
For the brim:
Using a 4mm hook and working in rows.
Row 1 – Fsc 20 OR Ch 21 sc in second ch from hook and each ch across.
Row 2 – Ch1, turn, sc blo in each st across.
Row 3 – Repeat row 2 until brim measures 18’’ (19’’, 20’’)
Hold the first and the last rows of the brim together and ss blo across to join. Note: if you ss through both loops the join will be bulky. You can decide which side is the right side (the side you prefer) before doing the next step.
Do not FO
My video tutorial for how to crochet a double brim if you would like to check it out:
Starting each hat:
Using a 4.5mm hook and working in the round
Round 1- Fold the brim in half around the longest side. Note: You will need to make sure your crochet into both sides of the brim for this round!
Ch1, hdc 72 (76, 80) evenly around. SS to join.
Round 2 – Ch1, camel st (also known as hdc in the third loop) in same st and each st around. SS to join. (72, 76, 80)
Round 3 – Ch1, starting in the same st N stitch around (see special stitches) SS to join. (36, 38, 40 N sts)
Round 4 – Ch1, sc in first st and each st around. SS to join.
Rounds 5-14 (16, 18) – Rep rounds 3 and 4 another 5 (6, 7) times.
Round 15 (17, 19) – Rep round 3 once more.
Round 16 (18, 20)- Ch1, sc in first 5 sts, sc2tog, *sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog*. Rep from * to * 9 (9,10) times and
- If working small or medium – sc in last 2 (6)
- If working size large you will have 3 stitches left, sc in next st, sc2tog,
SS to join. (62, 66, 68 sts)
Round 17 (19, 21) – Ch1, starting in the same st N stitch around (see special stitches) SS to join. (31, 33, 34 N sts)
Round 18 (20, 22) – Ch1,
For the medium size only: sc2tog across the first 2 sts and then follow the rest of the row as per below
For Small / Large sizes: sc in first 4 sts, sc2tog, *sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog*. Rep from * to * 9 (9, 10) times and
- For size small sc in last 2 sts
- If working medium – sc2tog over last 2 sts
- If working large – sc in last 2 sts
SS to join. (52, 54, 56 sts)
Round 19 (21, 23) – ch1, starting in the same st N stitch around (see special stitches) SS to join. (26, 27, 28 N sts)
Round 20 (22, 24) – ch1, sc in first 3 sts, sc2tog, *sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog*. Rep from * to * 9 times THEN
- For size small sc in last 2 sts
- If working medium – sc in last 4 sts
- If working the large sc in the last 6 sts
SS to join. (42, 44, 46 sts)
Round 21 (23, 25) – ch1, starting in the same st N stitch around (see special stitches) SS to join. (21, 22, 23 N sts)
Round 22 (24, 26) – ch1, sc in first 2 sts, sc2tog, *sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog*. Rep from * to * 9 times for all sizes and
- For size small sc in last 2 sts
- If working a medium or large – sc in the last 6 sts.
SS to join. (32, 34, 36 sts)
Round 23 (25, 27) – ch1, starting in the same st N stitch around (see special stitches) SS to join. (16, 17, 18 N sts)
Round 24 (26, 28) – ch1, *sc2tog*. Repeat from * to *
If working a medium do not sc2tog for the last 2 sts, work a sc in each st.
SS to join. (16, 18, 18)
Round 25 (27, 29) – ch1, *sc2tog*. Repeat from * to * around
SS to join. (8, 9, 9)
Leave a long tail to close the top of the beanie, FO
Sew top of the beanie closed from the inside.
Sew in ends.
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This gorgeous textured lace bow is a special design that April from Banana Moon Studio is sharing with you today!
I am so excited that April is guest designing here at Sunflower Cottage Crochet. She has been part of several events that I have been lucky enough to participate in. Her patterns are fabulous and she is just such a lovely person.
April has designed this fabulous Loveland Lace Bow pattern for us. What do you think?
I love the lacy textures in this one. The use of this lacy stitch also means that the bow will not be too heavy, and can be worn for an occasion or teamed with jeans and a tee.
As I type this my daughter has spied it and would like one (or six!) making for each of her friends at her sleepover next week! I also know a couple of adults who would love this!
More about April and Banana Moon Studio
Hi there! I’m April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio. I love to design crochet and knit wearables and home decor that you will love making and enjoy using. Among my designs you’ll find a lot of wearable accessories like scarves, cowls, shawls, mittens, and hats. You’ll also find cozy sweaters and comfortable blankets, pillows, potholders, and more.
I started out designing patterns for magazines and yarn companies. My first design was based on a blessing day dress for my youngest. It was published in Interweave Crochet. It was strange, but when the yarn arrived for the design to be made I was terrified to touch it, afraid I would mess it up!
I braved that first design, and over 50 more for publication with magazines and yarn companies. Through those projects, I gained wonderful professional experience which I apply to writing and self-publishing patterns for you today. If you are used to using magazines and published books and pamphlets, you will probably feel very comfortable with my writing style, as it will be familiar.
Eventually, as I moved more toward self-publishing and blogging, I wanted to choose a business name for my website. I was a young mother at the time. I recalled my oldest as a toddler pointing up at a yellow crescent moon one night and saying, “bina!” That was toddler speak for “banana.” I loved that she thought there was a banana in the sky! That memory was the inspiration for my business name, Banana Moon Studio.
I originally designed a lot for children. Now that I don’t have any in-house models for children’s items, I design more for adults, teens, and homes. But some things that will always be at the center of me and what I do, is family, home, and comfort.
I live in Oklahoma, USA with my husband, four children, two rescue dogs, and one cranky cat. I moved around a lot in my young childhood years, as my father was in the Air Force. When I was eight years old my family settled in Oklahoma and I’ve, more or less, been here ever since.
I have wonderful memories of sitting next to my mom while she would cross stitch. I loved how she would make little patches of color that seemed unrelated, but then gradually, as she filled in more squares, they would turn into a picture. She also quilted, sewed, and knitted. I grew up with a tradition of beautiful needle arts in my family. My loft studio today has cross stitch pictures made by my grandma, myself, my mom, and my sister. I have two antique quilts hanging over the banister. I have doilies crocheted by my grandma, and many other loved handmade treasures.
In addition to crochet and knitting, I love to spin yarn, hike, kayak, and listen to audiobooks. Lately I’ve been listening to the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson and still have a sunburn and some scrapes on my leg from my last kayaking adventure.
Where can you find Banana Moon Studio?
April has a good few places where you can find her and her designs!
Pattern Specifics for the Loveland Lace Bow:
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3 ¼ x 1 ¾ [4 ½ x 2 ¼] inches.
We Crochet Comfy Fingering Weight (75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic; 218 yds; 50 g; yarn weight category 1/fingering/super fine): About 13  yds of #9437 White.
Crochet Hook: E/4 (3.5 mm), or size needed to obtain gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle, clear-drying fabric glue, alligator clip (optional).
Gauge: 3 pattern repeats x 14 rows = 4 ½ inches
This pattern is written in standard US terms
Each bow is a small rectangle with yarn wrapped around the center to pull it in.
Use the finished bow with an alligator clip to make a hair bow, or use it as a bow tie, applique, or embellishment for décor items.
ch(s) – chain(s)
dc – double crochet
RS – right side
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sp – space
st(s) – stitch(es)
Shell: [(dc, ch 1) 3 times, dc] in designated ch or ch sp.
V-stitch [v-st]: (dc, ch 1, dc) in designated st.
The Loveland Lace Bow Pattern:
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Ch 18 
Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 3 chs, shell [see Special Stitches] in next ch, ch 1, skip 3 chs, sc in next ch, repeat from * across, turn – 2  shells; 3  sc.
Row 2: Ch 3 [counts as dc], dc in first st, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, (sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch sp of shell, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, *v-st [see Special Stitches] in next sc, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, (sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch sp of shell, ch 2, skip next 2 sts repeat from * 0  time to last st, 2 dc in last sc, turn – 1  v-sts plus a 2-dc group on each end.
Row 3: Ch 3, (dc, ch 1, dc) in first st, ch 1, skip next 2 sts, sc in next ch sp, ch 1, skip next 2 sts, *shell in center of v-st, ch 1, skip next 2 sts, sc in next ch sp, ch 1, skip next 2 sts, repeat from * 0  time to last st, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in last st, turn – 1  shells; 2 half shells; 2  sc.
Row 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, v-st in next sc, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in center ch sp of shell, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, v-st in next sc, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, repeat from * 0  time to last st, 2 sc in last st, turn – 2  v-sts; 6  sc.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, skip next 2 sts, shell in center of v-st, ch 1, skip next 2 sts, sc in next ch sp, repeat from * across, placing last sc in last st, turn – 2  shells; 3  sc.
Repeat Rows 2-5 for pattern.
Work in pattern for a total of 6  rows.
Weave in ends. Block.
You will be able to find a video tutorial of the lace bow assembly process on April’s YouTube Channel from 25th August 2022
Fold the rectangle long ways by bringing RS together (figure 1), then fold both long edges back and even with edge of first fold (figure 2).
Tie end of yarn around center somewhat loosely (figure 3). Wrap yarn around center and over knot and tail several times. Cut yarn and use fabric glue to secure end on the WS of the bow’s center. Leave to dry.
Once this is dry, slide the top portion of an alligator clip under the center wrap if desired.
Thank you April!
Thank you April for a fantastic pattern! I am thrilled that you could join our little corner of the internet!
If you make this sweet Loveland Lace Bow then please do tag April in your posts if you share on social media! It is a great way of saying thank you for a free pattern!