As my sister and I were shopping in a craft store the other day she mentioned that there are two types of shoppers around the holidays. One fills their cart with fall clearance and the other with the upcoming Christmas season decor. As I glanced in her cart I stated she must be the former.

And then this made me think about what kind of shopper I am. I love a good deal, I love sales, and I love feeling like I saved a dollar. BUT, not hold on, I am totally all about the upcoming holiday. If I could grab a cart and stuff it to the brim with full price items I totally would! Feel the same?

As I was glancing at the fall decor with incredible sale pricing and then at the upcoming decor I was totally excited about, I thought to myself, why not have both? And no, I’m not talking about going out and spending tons of money. I didn’t win the lottery and I’m guessing you didn’t either. I mean, if we ever do watch out craft stores!

To have both I knew I was going to pick a few select fall items I will take home and pack up in the attic right away. I do this because when I unpack it the next year I get super excited to see the new items still with tags. It’s like an extra birthday.

And for the upcoming season decor? Well, we are makers. We have zero fear about diving in and creating our own amazing decor usually at a fraction of the price and double the quality.

On that note, this is why I wanted to put the Joy Crochet Free Pillow Cover Pattern on the blog! My hope is you enjoy crocheting it as much as I did and it brings you joy not only to see it in your home, but to relax through the crafting process.

Are you ready to jump right in? Before you get started take a moment to jump on over to this post to not only learn about the different ways to do crochet colorwork, but also for a freebie! The printable Sheep Yarn Bobbins are super helpful and also cute. You can even cut them out on a cutting machine!

 

Gather your supplies:

Crochet Hook 5mm (H), I highly recommend Furls Odyssey (affiliate link) or a Tulip Rose Crochet Hook (link below). I love both of these.

Sheep Yarn Bobbins– Check out my post to the FREE printable!

Yarn-
Red Heart With Love in the following colorways: (affiliate link)
Eggshell (white) 1 skein
Lettuce (green) 1 skein
Pewter (grey) 1 skein

Yardage: 680 yards total (622 meters)

1 inch (2.5 cm) Buttons (5 needed)
Yarn Needle
Scissors
18x18 inch pillow (link below)

Notes:

Gauge: 15 single crochet sts x 16 rows = 4 x 4 inches (10 cm x 10 cm) *Please note, matching gauge both horizontal and vertical can be difficult. Extra rows can be added at the top if needed so it is more important to match the stitch gauge versus the row gauge. This pattern also has some ease to fit over a pillow.*

Finished measurements: 19 inches (48 cm) wide by 18 inches (46 cm) tall

This pattern is worked in rows and in two pieces. The front panel will also work a button hole flap to secure the top of the crochet pillow. The front and the back panels will be slip stitched together once completed. 

After the end of each row turn and ch 1. The ch 1 does not count as a stitch. 

Since there is a wrong side and a right side to the pillow panels, I used a combination of intarsia and carrying yarn across the back for the color work. Experiment and see what works best for you.

Many of the supplies can be found at the affiliate links below:

Written Instructions:

To begin chain 73 and start the first row in the second chain from hook.
After the end of each row turn and ch 1. The ch 1 does not count as a stitch. 

← Row 1 [RS]: (sc white) x 72
→ Row 2 [WS]: (sc white) x 72
← Row 3 [RS]: (sc white) x 72
→ Row 4 [WS]: (sc white) x 72
← Row 5 [RS]: (sc white) x 30, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 6, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 32
→ Row 6 [WS]: (sc white) x 26, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 4, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 4, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 4, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 23
← Row 7 [RS]: (sc white) x 22, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 3, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 4, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 4, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 26
→ Row 8 [WS]: (sc white) x 20, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 5, (sc green) x 17, (sc white) x 3, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 22
← Row 9 [RS]: (sc white) x 15, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 4, (sc green) x 9, (sc white) x 6, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 3, (sc green) x 5, sc white, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 20
→ Row 10 [WS]: (sc white) x 13, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 5, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 2, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 3, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 4, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 4, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 4, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 14
← Row 11 [RS]: (sc white) x 14, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 2, (sc green) x 9, (sc white) x 4, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 5, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 3, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 2, (sc green) x 5, sc white, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 14
→ Row 12 [WS]: (sc white) x 16, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 2, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 3, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 17, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 4, (sc green) x 5, (sc white) x 14
← Row 13 [RS]: (sc white) x 14, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 33, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 2, (sc green) x 5, (sc white) x 14
→ Row 14 [WS]: (sc white) x 12, (sc green) x 3, sc white, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 34, (sc green) x 7, (sc white) x 3, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 7
← Row 15 [RS]: (sc white) x 7, (sc green) x 2, sc white, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 3, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 35, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 2, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 11
→ Row 16 [WS]: (sc white) x 10, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 2, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 43, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 7
← Row 17 [RS]: (sc white) x 3, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 2, (sc green) x 2, sc white, sc green, (sc white) x 48, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 9
→ Row 18 [WS]: (sc white) x 9, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 48, (sc green) x 6, sc white, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 3
← Row 19 [RS]: (sc white) x 2, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 20, (sc grey) x 6, (sc white) x 21, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 7, sc green, (sc white) x 9
→ Row 20 [WS]: (sc white) x 15, (sc grey) x 7, (sc white) x 17, (sc grey) x 8, (sc white) x 20, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 2
← Row 21 [RS]: (sc white) x 2, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 2, sc green, (sc white) x 17, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 2, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 16, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 3, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 15
→ Row 22 [WS]: (sc white) x 15, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 3, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 15, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 4, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 15, (sc green) x 6, (sc white) x 2
← Row 23 [RS]: sc white, sc green, sc white, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 15, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 4, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 14, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 5, sc grey, (sc white) x 15
→ Row 24 [WS]: (sc white) x 15, sc grey, (sc white) x 5, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 14, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 5, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 20, sc green
← Row 25 [RS]: sc green, (sc white) x 20, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 6, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 14, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 5, sc grey, (sc white) x 15
→ Row 26 [WS]: (sc white) x 15, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 4, (sc grey) x 5, (sc white) x 13, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 6, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 21
← Row 27 [RS]: (sc white) x 20, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 7, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 14, (sc grey) x 5, (sc white) x 4, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 15
→ Row 28 [WS]: (sc white) x 16, sc grey, (sc white) x 5, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 15, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 6, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 20
← Row 29 [RS]: (sc white) x 19, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 5, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 16, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 4, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 16
→ Row 30 [WS]: (sc white) x 17, sc grey, (sc white) x 4, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 17, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 4, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 19
← Row 31 [RS]: (sc white) x 19, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 3, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 19, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 3, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 17
→ Row 32 [WS]: (sc white) x 18, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 2, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 21, (sc grey) x 7, (sc white) x 18
← Row 33 [RS]: (sc white) x 18, (sc grey) x 5, (sc white) x 23, (sc grey) x 6, (sc white) x 20
→ Row 34 [WS]: (sc white) x 22, (sc grey) x 5, (sc white) x 24, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 18
← Row 35 [RS]: (sc white) x 16, (sc grey) x 5, (sc white) x 15, (sc grey) x 6, sc white, (sc grey) x 7, (sc white) x 22
→ Row 36 [WS]: (sc white) x 22, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 2, (sc grey) x 5, (sc white) x 2, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 8, (sc grey) x 11, (sc white) x 15
← Row 37 [RS]: (sc white) x 14, (sc grey) x 2, sc white, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 2, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 7, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 4, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 4, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 22
→ Row 38 [WS]: (sc white) x 22, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 4, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 5, sc grey, (sc white) x 6, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 3, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 3, sc grey, (sc white) x 13
← Row 39 [RS]: (sc white) x 12, sc grey, (sc white) x 4, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 3, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 5, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 5, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 4, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 22
→ Row 40 [WS]: sc green, (sc white) x 21, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 4, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 5, sc grey, (sc white) x 6, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 3, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 4, sc grey, (sc white) x 11
← Row 41 [RS]: (sc white) x 15, sc grey, sc white, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 4, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 5, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 5, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 4, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 20, sc green, sc white
→ Row 42 [WS]: sc white, sc green, (sc white) x 17, (sc grey) x 7, (sc white) x 5, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 3, (sc grey) x 12, (sc white) x 3, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 15
← Row 43 [RS]: (sc white) x 15, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 3, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 4, (sc grey) x 2, sc white, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 2, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 5, (sc grey) x 5, (sc white) x 17, (sc green) x 3, sc white
→ Row 44 [WS]: (sc green) x 6, (sc white) x 16, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 6, (sc grey) x 3, sc white, sc grey, (sc white) x 3, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 5, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 4, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 14
← Row 45 [RS]: (sc white) x 15, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 4, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 6, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 3, sc grey, (sc white) x 10, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 16, (sc green) x 6
→ Row 46 [WS]: (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 18, (sc grey) x 4, (sc white) x 10, sc grey, (sc white) x 3, sc grey, (sc white) x 13, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 15
← Row 47 [RS]: (sc white) x 31, (sc grey) x 2, sc white, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 10, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 18, sc green, (sc white) x 2, (sc green) x 2
→ Row 48 [WS]: sc white, sc green, (sc white) x 2, sc green, (sc white) x 18, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 11, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 32
← Row 49 [RS]: (sc white) x 47, sc grey, (sc white) x 15, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 5
→ Row 50 [WS]: (sc white) x 4, (sc green) x 5, (sc white) x 63
← Row 51 [RS]: (sc white) x 64, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 4
→ Row 52 [WS]: (sc white) x 5, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 15, (sc grey) x 2, (sc white) x 47
← Row 53 [RS]: (sc white) x 46, (sc grey) x 3, (sc white) x 14, sc green, sc white, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 5
→ Row 54 [WS]: (sc white) x 9, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 49, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 8
← Row 55 [RS]: (sc white) x 8, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 3, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 42, (sc green) x 5, (sc white) x 9
→ Row 56 [WS]: (sc white) x 9, (sc green) x 3, sc white, sc green, (sc white) x 42, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 2, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 9
← Row 57 [RS]: (sc white) x 10, (sc green) x 3, sc white, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 42, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 9
→ Row 58 [WS]: (sc white) x 9, (sc green) x 3, sc white, sc green, (sc white) x 2, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 31, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 3, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 13
← Row 59 [RS]: (sc white) x 14, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 2, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 31, (sc green) x 6, (sc white) x 3, sc green, (sc white) x 10
→ Row 60 [WS]: (sc white) x 15, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 34, (sc green) x 2, sc white, (sc green) x 6, (sc white) x 12
← Row 61 [RS]: (sc white) x 13, sc green, (sc white) x 4, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 4, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 25, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 15
→ Row 62 [WS]: (sc white) x 15, (sc green) x 3, sc white, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 2, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 16, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 3, (sc green) x 5, (sc white) x 18
← Row 63 [RS]: (sc white) x 17, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 2, (sc green) x 3, sc white, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 3, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 4, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 4, (sc green) x 6, (sc white) x 3, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 16
→ Row 64 [WS]: (sc white) x 21, (sc green) x 7, sc white, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 3, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 2, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 26
← Row 65 [RS]: (sc white) x 23, (sc green) x 5, (sc white) x 2, (sc green) x 15, (sc white) x 3, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 22
→ Row 66 [WS]: (sc white) x 22, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 5, (sc green) x 2, (sc white) x 4, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 7, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 23
← Row 67 [RS]: (sc white) x 31, (sc green) x 4, (sc white) x 4, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 6, sc green, (sc white) x 23
→ Row 68 [WS]: (sc white) x 38, (sc green) x 3, (sc white) x 31
← Row 69 [RS]: (sc white) x 72
→ Row 70 [WS]: (sc white) x 72
← Row 71 [RS]: (sc white) x 72
→ Row 72 [WS]: (sc white) x 72

To Finish Front Panel:

-Continue to sc crochet 15 more rows in white. 

-Button row: ch 1, sc 2, *ch 3, skip 3, sc 13: repeat from * until last 3 stitches, sc in last 3, turn

-Continue to singe crochet 3 more rows with white.

-Fasten off and weave in ends.

Back Panel:

-To begin chain 73 and start the first row in the second chain from hook.

-Single crochet a total of 72 rows to create the back panel. 

-Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Attaching Panels Together:

Place the front and back panels together with wrong sides facing. Using either green or white yarn, slip stitch from top of one side of pillow (where the panels meet, not over the flap), around the bottom, and up the other side. I found by slip stitching with a tight tension really makes some crisp edges, but you do not want puckering. Fasten off and weave in ends. Flip pillow so the right side is facing out and the seams are on the inside. 

Attaching Buttons:

With the back panel facing, fold front panel down over the top of the back panel and with stitch markers mark the row where each button will be placed. Using a yarn needle and green yarn, sew each button in place. 

Place a 18x18 pillow inside the cover and enjoy!

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