Learn how to crochet a simple and classy pillow cover using the Almond Ridge Stitch! Ma Blue’s Reversible Almond Pillow uses the super soft Swish Bulky yarn from WeCrochet.

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MA BLUE'S REVERSIBLE ALMOND PILLOW

Ma Blue’s Reversible Almond Pillow

My mom, Ma Blue, is the namesake for this pillow. I originally designed this pillow as a gift for her. As I was making it, she requested that I make it with one of the panels facing the other way because she actually liked the ‘wrong’ side better!

When I began writing this pattern, I asked my audience on social media which side they liked better. And, although it was very close, the majority voted for the ‘wrong’ side as well! And that is how I ended up with Ma Blue’s Reversible Almond Pillow.

RIGHT SIDE. MA BLUE'S REVERSIBLE ALMOND PILLOW
RIGHT SIDE
WRONG SIDE. MA BLUE'S REVERSIBLE ALMOND PILLOW
WRONG SIDE

For a full tutorial on how to do the Almond Ridge stitch, you can read this blog post or watch this video tutorial.

MATERIALS:

  • 3.5 100g hanks of Swish Bulky from KnitPicks. Or approximately 480 yards of #5 bulky yarn.
  • K10.5 (6.5mm) crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • 18″x18″ pillow insert

SKILL LEVEL:

  • Advanced beginner. This pattern uses basic stitches, but being able to tension your yarn properly is very important.

PATTERN NOTES:

  • This pattern is written using standard US crochet terms.
  • The chain 1 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.
  • Loose tension is very important for this particular design! You may need to go up a hook size or two if you have very tight tension.

MA BLUE'S REVERSIBLE ALMOND PILLOW

STITCHES USED AND ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS):

  • ch = chain
  • st/sts = stitch/stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • hdc = half double crochet

GAUGE:

  • 1″ square = 3 hdc x 2 rows (worked with 6.5mm hook)

FINISHED SIZE:

  • Length: approx. 18″ 
  • Width: approx. 18″

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pillow panels: make 2.

Row 1: ch 53, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch. [hdc in each of next 4 ch, sl st in each of next 4 ch] Repeat from [ to ] across. Ch 1, turn

Row 2: working in the back loops only in every row from now on make 1 sl st blo in each of first 4 sts, [make 1 hdc blo in each of next 4 sts, make 1 sl st blo in each of next 4 sts.] Repeat from [ to ] across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: make 1 hdc blo in each of first 4 sts, [make 1 sl st blo in each of next 4 sts, make 1 hdc in each of next 4 sts] Repeat from [ to ] across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: repeat row 3.

Rows 5-46: repeat rows 1- 4 until you reach 46 rows OR until your square reaches 18″.

Fasten off, weave in ends and start second panel.

Assembling your pillow:

Line both panels up, wrong sides together. But if you want one wrong side showing, then line them up with one wrong side and one right side together.

You will now stitch the two panels together, going counterclockwise. With the front panel facing you, start from the bottom right corner. Attach your yarn and work 1 sc (going through both panels) in each st all the way to the top. Make 2 additional sc sts (so a total of 3 sc) in the very top st, and continue working 1 sc across the top. In the very last stitch at the top, make 3 sc. Work down the left side, make 3 sc in the very last st.

Get your pillow and insert it into the panels. Work 1 sc in each st across the bottom. Make 3 sc in the last st. Join with a sl st to the first sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.

HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE PILLOW PANELS. MA BLUE'S REVERSIBLE ALMOND PILLOW

I hope you enjoyed making this pillow cover! These pillows are so versatile and would be a great addition to any couch, chair or bed.

If you love this pattern, please do share and tag me @spottedhorsedesignco on social media. I absolutely love seeing all your makes ❤️

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