Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of bi-weekly Blythe-It-Yourself (BIY) articles by ZNE member and blog co-author Gina Smith. Suggestions for BIY topics are always welcome by leaving a comment on this post.
Here’s a simple crochet pattern for adorable throw pillows that can be customized in virtually any style with the addition of buttons, brads, sequins, embroidered or crocheted flowers, or purchased trims. As well, you can let hook size and yarn weight as well as your gauge bump the size of the pillow up or down.
Finally, you can put on your thinking cap and use this pattern to make funky trims for doll hats, buttons for big people clothes, beads, jewelry, flowers, pins and more. A light cotton yarn and a small hook work best. My examples were done with either Patons Grace, Takhi Cotton Classic or Schachenmayr Catania yarns, a size C hook and K and Company fancy fabric brads for a finishing touch. I stuffed the pillow with fiberfill, but you could stuff with a bead or button, depending on your plans.
The following is based on North American crochet terminology. I have not addressed how to crochet, but there are plenty of wonderful sites and tutorials. I find I am old school about learning stuff like this, and no amount of videos or books can replace just having someone “show me.”
Rnd 1: 6 single crochet (sc) in 2nd chain from hook; join with slip stitch (sl) to first single crochet (this is the front of the pillow).
Rnd 2: Chain (ch) 1, 2 sc in each sc around; join with sl to 1st sc = 12 sc.
Rnd. 3: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * to last sc. 2 sc in last sc. Join with sl to 1st sc = 18 sc.
Rnd. 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in 1st sc, *sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * to last 2 sc; sc in each of last 2 sc; join with sl to 1st sc = 24 sc.
Rnd. 5: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join with sl to 1st sc.
Rnd. 6: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, *sc2tog (draw up a loop in each of next 2 stitches, yarn over (yo) and draw through all 3 loops on hook, also known as a decrease), sc in each of next 2 sc; rep from * to last 3 sc; sc2tog, sc in last sc; join with sl to 1st sc = 18 sc.
Rnd. 7: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, *sc2tog , sc in next sc; rep from * to last 2 sc; sc2tog; join with sl to 1st sc = 12 sc. Stuff pillow lightly.
1, *sc2tog ; rep from * around; join with sl to 1st sc = 6 sc. Fasten off, leaving a long end. Weave around remaining stitches tightly and secure. Embellish pillow, and decorate your dolls’ world!
If you’re like me, your dolls, whether they are Blythe, Pullip, Dal, Licca, BJD or even the latest adorable pigs and cats, often have better wardrobes than most adults. So, why shouldn’t they have great home furnishings, too?