Self-made cushions make any couch or bed prettier and in this beginner’s version, they are surprisingly easy to make. Depending on the size, though, they can take a longer time to crochet than other, smaller projects. Below you will find the pattern for a couch cushion I already made a while back. I found it fun and relaxing to crochet in the evenings while watching TV because of the pretty, yet simple, pattern and wanted to share it with you.

The cushion.

The Set-Up

  • crochet terminology: American
  • Yarn:
    • a mix of wool and poly-amid; fairly thin (4 threads), hence the small hook
    • Color 1: multi-color thread in red tones
    • Color 2: light brown
  • Hook: 2.5 mm
  • Other material: cotton wadding
  • Basic pattern:
    • main stitch: single crochet (sc), chain stitch (ch)
    • crochet in rows
    • begin each new row with 1 chain stitch

Note: You can choose any yarn you like (just make sure it feels nice to the touch). For the appropriate hook size, check the manufacturer’s recommendation on the sleeve and, if necessary, do a stitch swatch.

Have fun and let me know in the comments below or on Instagram and Twitter how your cushion turned out. I would love to hear from you!

The colorful yarn will contrast nicely with the more subdued brown.

Crocheting the Pillow Surfaces

  • In Color 1, loosely crochet as many ch as you need. This will be the width of the cushion. The final number of chains must be even (i.e. dividable by 2).
  • Chain an additional t-ch.
  • Row 1: Crochet into the second stitch from the hook (skip the t-ch). Crochet *1 sc, 2 ch, and 1 sc into the ch. Skip a ch.* Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.
  • Row 2: Chain 1 t-ch. Crochet into the 2-ch spaces of the previous row. Into the 2-ch space, crochet *1 sc, 2 ch, and 1 sc.* Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.
  • Repeat Row 2 until you have reached the desired height of the pillow.
  • In Color 2, begin next row with a t-ch, then keep following the instructions for Row 2.
  • Continue crocheting Row 2 in Color 2 until you have the same number of rows as in Color 1. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Finishing the Pillow

  • Fold your piece so that you have the front and the back of the cushion on top of each other. Make sure that the ends of the rows align perfectly.
  • Tie a slip knot onto your hook to start crocheting the two parts of the cushion together. Make sure to leave a long enough end that you can comfortably weave in later.
  • Start in one corner and crochet the two halves together using sc. Crochet 3 sc into the corners.
  • Once you have only a little part left to crochet, start filling the cushion with cotton wadding. Make sure not to use too little wadding since it will compress after a while, especially if you use the cushion regularly.
  • Finish crocheting the last part, fasten off, and weave in your ends.

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