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12″ Buttoned Throw Pillow

Buttoned Throw Pillow  |  Free Crochet Pattern from Little Monkeys Crochet (www.littlemonkeyscrochet.com)

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I’ve been watching a lot of HGTV lately. We purchased our first house this past fall, and for the first time in my life, I have the final say (well, with the husband of course) on what my home looks like! We’ve already tackled our dining room, painting it the most beautiful shade of blue. Next on the list? The living room! While it’ll take us a little while to save the money for this next makeover, that doesn’t stop me from imagining the possibilities.  So, when I see the big reveals on shows like Fixer Upper (my favorite!) and Love It Or List It (also a great one), I can’t help but analyze all of their design choices and make mental notes of which ones would fit nicely into my own dream living room.

One thing I know for sure about my living room makeover is that I want it to incorporate a few of my own handmade items. I can definitely see my Mason Jar Cozy up on the fireplace mantel, and a larger version of my Sweet Ocean Breeze blanket draped over the couch. This newest project, the Buttoned Throw Pillow, is just one more way to incorporate my yarn obsession into the space!

This pattern is for a 12″ throw pillow, but it’s not difficult to make bigger (or smaller). I’ve included those directions in the notes section of the pattern.

Buttoned Throw Pillow | Free Crochet Pattern from Little Monkeys Crochet (www.littlemonkeyscrochet.com)

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12" Buttoned Throw Pillow

Hook: H (5.00mm)
Yarn: About 260 yards (130 per side) of your favorite medium worsted weight yarn
Difficulty: Easy
Gauge: 4 rows of 4 SC = 1 square inch
You'll also need: 12" uncovered throw pillow (I got mine at Hobby Lobby), yarn needle, decorative buttons of your choice, and tools to attach buttons.

Notes:
(1) This pattern is worked in American Standard Terms.
(2) The buttons are decorative only, so I didn't worry about adding button holes. If you wanted to make this a removable pillowcase, you could probably figure it out pretty easily. I really wanted the raised seam look all the way around the pillow so I opted not to overlap the fabric.
(3) To make the pattern for a larger or smaller pillow, just make sure to begin with an odd number of chains. Your starting chain and first row, when stretched, should barely touch both seams of your insert pillow (keeping in mind that you'll be adding a couple small rows of border at the end).

Pattern for Front Side:

Ch 37.
Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and in each Ch across. (36)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. SC in each St across. (36)
Rows 3-6: Repeat Row 2.
Row 7: Ch 1. Sk 1st St. SC+DC in next St. (Sk next St, SC+DC in next St) across. (36)
Rows 8-36: Repeat Row 7.

Edging: 
Round 1: Ch 1. SC evenly around all 4 sides of pillow, putting (SC, Ch1, SC) in each corner. Join with Sl St to 1st SC. You should have 36 SC on each side.
Round 2: Ch 1. SC evenly around all 4 sides of pillow, putting (SC, Ch1, SC) in each corner. Join with Sl St to 1st SC. You should have 38 SC on each side. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Finishing:
Attach buttons evenly spaced down the 1st 6 rows of the pillow (where you did the SCs only).

 

Pattern for Back Side:

Ch 37.
Row 1: SC+DC in 3rd Ch from hook. (Sk next St, SC+DC in next St) across. (36)
Row 2: Ch 1. Sk 1st St. SC+DC in next St. (Sk next St, SC+DC in next St) across. (36)
Rows 3-36: Repeat Row 2.

Edging: 
Round 1: Ch 1. SC evenly around all 4 sides of pillow, putting (SC, Ch1, SC) in each corner. Join with Sl St to 1st SC. You should have 36 SC on each side.
Round 2: Ch 1. SC evenly around all 4 sides of pillow, putting (SC, Ch1, SC) in each corner. Join with Sl St to 1st SC. You should have 38 SC on each side. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sewing Sides Together:
Hold both sides together as you want them to be placed on the pillow. Join your yarn through both pieces, somewhere on the edge (I started in a corner). Ch1, then SC through the lined-up stitches from both pieces, seaming them together. Continue around 3 sides of the pillow, putting (SC, Ch1, SC) in each corner. Insert pillow. Continue to SC along the remaining side, enclosing the pillow completely. Join with a Sl St to the first SC of the round, fasten off and weave in ends.

If you love the stitch in this pattern as much as I do (it's a version of the Grit Stitch), check out some of my other patterns that use it, too: 

Pattern Permissions

This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you’re agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions.

You’re welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by
Little Monkeys Crochet
littlemonkeyscrochet.com

Here are the “do nots”:

  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) to promote yourself or your crochet business on your own blog, Facebook page, or anywhere else. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post and does not include any portion of the pattern itself.
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  • Darlene P. April 30, 2015, 7:48 am

    Such a refreshing summery look!!! Thank you so much!!!

  • Shoshy roback April 30, 2015, 8:45 am

    Thank you so much for this new pillow pattern.
    You read my mind as I’ve been looking for a new pillow patten to crochet for my daughter’s new home.
    Good luck in your new home!!!
    Best regards
    Shoshy

  • Connie Kreiner April 30, 2015, 9:00 am

    Perfect timing for a beautiful throw pillow. My daughter will be starting college in the Fall, but living at home. Our summer project is to update her bedroom to a dorm-style in yellow and gray. We found a quilt, but no throw pillows to match. This pattern will work perfectly! Thanks!!

    • Rebecca April 30, 2015, 12:16 pm

      That’s such a sweet idea! Stay tuned, I’ve got another super cute throw pillow pattern coming in the next couple of weeks that she might also love. Very modern :)

  • Eileen April 30, 2015, 9:16 am

    Beautiful pillow thank you. Good luck with the decorating please keep us all informed

  • Carol April 30, 2015, 11:03 am

    This is very nice, thank you so much!!!

  • Shelley April 30, 2015, 1:27 pm

    All your stuff is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your talant with us. ☺

  • Jennifer May 3, 2015, 10:28 am

    Just finished this for a Mother’s Day gift! Never thought I would want to crochet a pillow! Love your pattern! :)

  • Alexandra May 4, 2015, 11:42 pm

    I just love the sweet, lacy look of this pillow! I have pinned it.
    Hope you’ll be stopping by to share this at our Yarn Fanatic Party – http://eyeloveknots.blogspot.com/2015/05/yarn-fanatic-party-35-string-theory.html.

  • Liz Broadfoot May 13, 2015, 7:52 pm

    Just wanted to comment that I find the pale or mint green printing hard to read…some others might as well.

  • Kelle May 15, 2015, 2:12 am

    What a cute pattern! How much yarn does this pillow require?

    • Rebecca May 16, 2015, 12:53 pm

      About 260 yards. Thanks for asking, I didn’t realize I’d omitted that information from the pattern :)

  • Minerva May 21, 2015, 10:28 am

    I love this throw pillow, it is simple yet elegant. Thank you for sharing your free patterns; the are all beautiful.

  • Narginia June 26, 2015, 2:27 am

    Are the starting chains supposed to be different for each side?

    • Rebecca June 29, 2015, 11:00 pm

      Yes. :)

      • Narginia July 11, 2015, 12:59 pm

        Great, thank you! :)

  • Alicia Abrams July 19, 2015, 1:59 pm

    I love this pattern. It looks elegant and will be perfect on the sofa or on beds.

  • Steph October 19, 2015, 5:19 pm

    Hi sorry if this is a silly question but I am fairly new to crochet. When you say skip the next stitch and then sc and cd into the next stitch…are these single and double crochet stitches entering through the same stitch? Thanks in advance! Steph :)

    • Rebecca October 19, 2015, 6:11 pm

      Yes, exactly! :)

  • Corina C. December 13, 2015, 5:18 am

    Rebecca,

    I was wondering what font you’re using for the watermark on the photos? It looks super nice. 😀

    Corina

    • Rebecca December 30, 2015, 10:29 am

      Avenir :)

  • Mary Y. Bimrose December 19, 2015, 5:30 pm

    Cushion looks beautiful. I hope to try it.

  • carol donaldson January 11, 2016, 10:43 am

    I did this in a wonderful green and it is on my bed! LOVE this pattern! It’s easy!

  • Leslie H January 11, 2016, 12:30 pm

    I love the texture of this pillow! The buttons give it just the right finish!

  • Jeanette Wilson January 11, 2016, 1:28 pm

    I love this pillow!!! It has a very elegant look.

  • Ashley Jones January 13, 2016, 8:54 am

    This is adorable! If only my husband liked throw pillows as much as I do 😉

  • Char jackson January 13, 2016, 2:25 pm

    Tx for the pattern. Am going to make it up for an 18″ pillow.

  • Becky B January 14, 2016, 12:25 pm

    Love the look of this pillow! Thank you so much for sharing your talent.

  • Alisan January 18, 2016, 1:10 pm

    Love this pattern! It was easy to read & fast to make! I made it in soft yellow and added gray buttons! Love it!!

  • Alina January 21, 2016, 8:23 am

    This looks just perfect!
    What yarn did you use?

    • Rebecca January 21, 2016, 9:18 am

      I honestly can’t even remember now… it was either I Love This Yarn in Linen, or Vanna’s Choice in Linen. :)

  • Kathy January 27, 2016, 4:24 pm

    I just finished this adorable little pillow. I used Vanna’s Choice silver grey. The pillow turned out lovely. It was such an easy pattern to follow and the results are just fabulous. I’ve only been crocheting a few month and can’t believe I can make something so pretty.

  • Pat Rao February 4, 2016, 3:53 am

    Thank you for this interesting pattern, this pillow is good for traveling, just love crocheting .

  • Maureen February 10, 2016, 3:10 am

    Hi there & thank you for sharing such a pretty pattern!
    I have a question; you mention using multiples of 2 for the pattern, but you have 37 in your starting chain for the front. Is that extra 1 in lieu of a turning chain?
    Thanks again 😊

    • Rebecca February 10, 2016, 9:53 am

      You’re right, that was confusing! I went ahead and changed a couple of small things to make it more streamlined. The CH38 on the back side was really unnecessary… it now says to CH37, and do your first stitches in the 3rd CH from the hook (instead of the 4th).

      The “multiples of 2” was not accurate, thank you for pointing that out! It now instructs you to begin with an odd number of CH. I don’t know where my head was when I typed that one up. 😉

  • Sally February 28, 2016, 4:27 pm

    If I wanted to make an 18″pillow how many do I need to chain?

    • Rebecca February 29, 2016, 7:47 am

      Please see #3 in the Notes section of the pattern for instructions on how to adjust for different sized pillows.