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Basketweave Throw Pillow (Free Pattern)

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Ever since I made my first throw pillow, the 12″ Buttoned Throw Pillow, I’ve been on a bit of a pillow kick. Once I made one, about a dozen ideas for different ones started flooding into my head. The thing I love about crocheted throw pillows is that you can make them whatever color you want to match your decor, and between all the crochet stitches and color schemes out there, the design possibilities are endless. They’re a nice break from all the hats and scarves I’ve been making all winter, too!

This new throw pillow pattern is super cute, if I do say so myself. It utilizes the basketweave stitch, which looks so much more complicated than it really is. Even if you’re a beginner, give it a try. You might surprise yourself, and you’ll certainly impress your family and friends!

One thing I’ve learned in the process of making throw pillows is that they fit over the inserts the best when they’re just slightly smaller in length than the insert itself. So for this 12″ pillow, I edged both sides in SC until they were about 11.75″ (that’s width, not corner-to-corner). Any larger than that, and I’ve found that the edges get wavy and floppy and just don’t lay as nicely. So for this pattern, although I SC’d around the 3 times, you should measure your piece before edging and only add as many rounds of edging as you need to get to about 11.75″. You might need more or less than I did.

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Basketweave Throw Pillow Crochet Pattern  |  free crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

12" Basketweave Throw Pillow

Hook: H (5.00mm)
Yarn: About 340 yards (170 yards for each side) of your favorite medium worsted weight yarn 
Difficulty: Easy
Gauge: 7DC per 2". If yours is slightly tighter, it's not going to matter because I've given instructions on the "edging" section that will help you adapt the pattern to get to the right measurements. If your tension is looser than mine, however, you'll want to adjust your hook size down.
You'll also need: 12" throw pillow insert (I got mine at Hobby Lobby), tape measure, yarn needle and scissors.

Notes:
(1) This pattern is worked in American Standard Terms.
(2) Starting Ch2 DOES count as 1st stitch of each row.

Pattern (make 2):

Ch 37.

Row 1: DC in 3rd Ch from hook. Dc across. (36, including starting Ch)

Row 2: Ch 2; turn. Skipping 1st DC from previous row (see photo), FPDC in next 3 Sts. (BPDC in next 4 Sts, FPDC in next 4 Sts) across. (36)

Your Ch2 will serve as the 1st stitch of the row, so do your first FPDC (or BPDC) in the 2nd stitch.

Row 3: Ch 2; turn. Skipping 1st DC from previous row, BPDC in next 3 Sts. (FPDC in next 4 Sts, BPDC in next 4 Sts) across. (36)

Row 4: Ch 2; turn. Skipping 1st DC from previous row, BPDC in next 3 Sts. (FPDC in next 4 Sts, BPDC in next 4 Sts) across. (36)

Row 5: Ch 2; turn. Skipping 1st DC from previous row, FPDC in next 3 Sts. (BPDC in next 4 Sts, FPDC in next 4 Sts) across. (36)

Rows 6-?: Repeat rows 2-5 until the length is approximately the same as the width. (Mine took 26 rows. Since you're making two of these, be sure to crochet the same number of rows for both pillow pieces.)

Edging: 

Round 1: Ch 1. SC evenly around all 4 sides of pillow, putting 3SC in each corner. Join with Sl St to 1st SC.  (NOTE: Two of your sides will have exactly 36 stitches, and your goal is to get as close to that as you can on the other two sides, so that you'll end up with a perfect or close-to-perfect square. You may have to do a little visual math here. I did it by dividing the side into fourths - you can place a bobbie pin in the center, and then again in the center of each half, to help you visualize this. Then, because

36 (stitches) ÷ 4 (sections) = 9

...I put 9 SCs in each section. I know, I'm such a nerd, but I made you a diagram.)  

Basketweave Throw Pillow Crochet Pattern  |  free crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

Round 2: Ch 1. SC evenly around all 4 sides of pillow, putting 3SC in each corner (which would be the middle SC from the previous round's 3 corner SCs). Join with Sl St to 1st SC.

Measure your width. If it's not 11.75" yet, repeat Round 2 until it is.

For Pillow Side 1, fasten off and weave in ends. For Pillow Side 2, do not fasten off; weave in only your starting end, and continue to sewing instructions.

Sewing the Pillow Together:

Hold both pillow pieces together with the unfinished one closest to you, wrong sides facing each other, right sides facing out. (If you're a perfectionist, you may want to make sure that the stitches from both pieces are going in the same direction, although it won't affect assembly either way.) Insert your hook into the loop of the unfinished side, then slip stitch through the top loops of both pillow pieces. Ch1. Working through both pillow pieces throughout, SC in same St and evenly around 3 sides, putting 3SC in each corner. When you finish the 3rd side, insert your pillow. Continue to SC around the final side, sewing the pillow shut. Fasten off and weave in ends.

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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.
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  • bonnie pollock May 20, 2015, 11:25 pm

    Thanks!

  • Alexandra Manfredi May 20, 2015, 11:36 pm

    Thank you for the pattern. Can’t wait to try this!

  • Janet Broucher May 21, 2015, 8:27 am

    I have a blanket and cardigan pattern book king cole crochet book one In uk. Yours is great as you have included a diagram.

  • mahin May 21, 2015, 10:52 am

    Dear Rebecca I really appriciate for such beautiful patterns.can I ask you to leave a post about croccodile stitch.

    • Rebecca May 21, 2015, 7:23 pm

      It’s something I haven’t tried yet, but perhaps in the future 🙂

  • Elizellen May 21, 2015, 11:00 am

    Maybe I am having a “senior moment ” but for the life of me I cannot think what
    BPDC & FPDC mean!!
    can you point me towards a clue, please?

    • Lisa May 21, 2015, 11:39 am

      I believe they stand for Back Post Double Crochet (BPDC) & Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC)

    • Rebecca May 21, 2015, 7:22 pm

      Lisa is correct 🙂

  • gayle seaton May 21, 2015, 11:30 am

    Love all your patterns doing the baby blanket pattern call of the midwife.

  • Zoe May 21, 2015, 11:44 am

    Thanks for this awesome pillow pattern!!!

  • wendy May 21, 2015, 5:51 pm

    Thanks so much Love this

  • Ingerborg Marrero May 21, 2015, 7:10 pm

    Anxious to try this pattern!

  • Sheronna May 22, 2015, 1:07 pm

    Do you think that this will work with a variegated yarn or will it be too busy?

    • Rebecca June 5, 2015, 12:29 pm

      I would think it might be too busy, but might be worth a try… it might end up looking awesome! 🙂

  • Marilynn Wilkins May 27, 2015, 10:22 am

    Love to start making pillows. Your help is wonderful, thank you for sharing. I always wanted to do this stitch and didn’t know where to start. Thanks again.

  • Jenny M June 2, 2015, 2:17 pm

    Hi!

    I already have throw pillows that I was wanting to use the insert out of for this pattern. They are larger than 12×12, though. Would it be difficult to make this pattern larger?

    Thank you!

    • Rebecca June 5, 2015, 12:17 pm

      Jenny,

      It can definitely be done. If you add to the pattern’s starting chain (37) in multiples of 8, you’ll be able to follow the pattern without any trouble. The only issue with throw pillows is that if you make them slightly too big, they don’t look very good. You’re aiming for your starting chain (when stretched) to be less (maybe an inch) than the length of your pillow insert. Hopefully adding to the starting chain in multiples of 8 will get you close to that. It would be better to start shorter, and just add more of the border rounds at the end, than it would be to start too long because there’s no fixing that. 🙂 Good luck!

  • Phyllis Marchant June 5, 2015, 5:13 am

    I was wondering if you received the 100 hats from your pledges this year. and also wanted to make sure you recieved the 10 I sent. Praying for their recipients!
    Phyllis

  • Aracely June 11, 2015, 3:47 pm

    Really thank you for sharing this pattern. It is very very pretty. I will crochet it as soon as possible in beige.

  • cindy June 12, 2015, 4:58 am

    Hi I love this pillow pattern (basketweave) however I cant find anything on the
    fpdc and bpdc are you able to supply me directions, Ive ben crocheting for many years but haven’t seen this before once again thankyou for sharing

  • Corina June 18, 2015, 6:45 am

    Absolutely superb pattern! Just one question: The ch2 at the beginning of every row counts as a DC, right? That would mean doing the last FPDC/BPDC of the rows in the ch2 starting from row 3, right?
    I need to make a really small version of this lovely pattern. About 3 x 3cm. I will be using a 3mm (or 2.5mm) crochet hook, but I think it will still turn out very large as compared to how I want it. I don’t want to use a very small crochet hook (say, 1mm) because I can’t handle thin yarn. It’s a nightmare! How many stitches do you think I should have on each row? I want the mini pillow to have pretty much the same appearance as yours. If there are too few stitches, it won’t look as… symmetric, if you know what I mean.

    Wonderful job once again. The other pillow pattern is just as impressive. It will make the perfect gift for my fiance, and a great decoration for our home. Maybe I’ll make one for my kitty, too.

    Someone has asked for the crocodile stitch… I would love to see it! I want to try crocheting an owl mug cozy with this stitch, but have no idea how to do it…
    You are my crochet guru! Your work is p e r f e c t.

    Thank you so much,
    Corina

    • Rebecca June 18, 2015, 8:57 am

      Thank you for your kind words! Yes, the CH2 counts as a DC and you will complete your last FPDC/BPDC in it. As far as the mini-pillow… it’s hard to say how many stitches without actually sitting down to make one. You can reduce the pattern and still be able to follow it as written by taking the original starting chain (37) and subtracting a multiple of 8 (so your choices would be 29, 21, 13). If you understand how basket weave is built, you could also subtract in multiples of 4, but you won’t be able to follow the pattern exactly as written. (In other words, only do this if, when you’re working on the pattern as written and you begin a new row, you know just by looking at it whether it’s time for BPDC or FPDC.) I hope that helps!

      • Corina June 18, 2015, 9:54 am

        I thought about a foundation of 21 chains too. I will see if I can use a 1.5mm crochet hook, perhaps it will turn out smaller. But can’t I alternate 2 FPDC with 2 BPDC instead? Wouldn’t the effect be quite similar, but smaller?

        • Rebecca June 22, 2015, 9:40 am

          Absolutely, and as long as you understand the basket weave stitch, you should definitely be able to do it that way!

          • Corina June 22, 2015, 5:56 pm

            Great! Can’t wait to start working (I need 4 of them).
            One last question (sorry for asking so many!): what yarn brand and color have you used for this pillow? It’s aaaabsolutely sweet!

          • Rebecca June 24, 2015, 8:07 am

            It was Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn, but it’s been in my stash for so long that I’m not even sure what the name of the color is 🙂

  • Barkha June 25, 2015, 5:23 am

    Thanks! I m a beginner and will definitely try this pattern

  • Ann July 22, 2015, 7:09 pm

    I love your pattern and want to try it! I know this sounds stupid, but what is a pillow insert?

    • Rebecca July 24, 2015, 9:54 pm

      It’s a plain white pillow with no pillowcase on it. They sell them at craft stores 🙂

  • Chuanpis Plooksang August 21, 2015, 9:28 pm

    So cute. Thanks

  • Corina C. November 11, 2015, 8:11 am

    Rebecca,

    I LOVE your new logo. Would you mind sharing the name of the font you’ve used? I’m working on my Christmas labels, and I think this would look absolutely gorgeous. 😀

    Happy Wednesday,
    Corina

  • Rita November 25, 2015, 8:00 pm

    Love your patterns.

  • Mastery January 11, 2016, 2:18 am

    I made this in bright blue. Turned out real cute. I wish I could post a photo.

  • Margarita Velazquez January 11, 2016, 9:40 am

    I love this pattern !!! I am planning to make this for my niece as a gift for her wedding!!!!

  • Charlyn January 11, 2016, 11:49 am

    This is so pretty and classy looking!

  • Debbie Yackanicz January 13, 2016, 11:12 am

    I love basketweave. It is so nice looking. I made a throw rug back in the 70’s and I am still using it. Good long lasting pattern.

  • michelle January 14, 2016, 2:06 pm

    Very upscale looking design! I love it.

  • Arielle Bowen January 14, 2016, 3:35 pm

    I love this pattern, I’ve been looking for a pattern for some throw pillows and this is exactly what I want! I’m very excited to make it, and thank you for all the useful instructions. I’ve never used the basket weave stitch but I think I’ll be able to do it thanks to your instructions!

  • Lori Kramer January 15, 2016, 2:00 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try something in the basketweave stitch. This looks like a good introduction.

  • Danielle Label January 17, 2016, 6:47 pm

    Very nice, I need too try this one.

  • Kelly January 18, 2016, 11:15 am

    definitely on my to-do list…

  • Cathy February 9, 2016, 4:11 pm

    Hi Rebecca, Thank you so much for sharing your basketweave pillow pattern. I love crocheting the basketweave stitch and am anxious to begin crocheting this pattern. Again, thank you!!

  • Gemma Rook April 7, 2016, 10:28 am

    Hey, this is lovely – thanks so much for sharing! I want to make a huge pillow so do you think this pattern would work if I essentially doubled it to make a 24″ cushion?

    Thanks

    • Rebecca April 10, 2016, 3:58 pm

      I would purchase the cushion and make my starting chain to match the length.

  • Anna Jones April 21, 2016, 10:19 pm

    I love this pattern! Made the 12” pillow and a 16” pillow. I even made a never ending wildflower and added it to the 12”. Perfect set.

  • Katie June 24, 2016, 12:58 pm

    How are the 3 stitches in the corner counted? Are they separate from the 36 on the sides, or do they include one of the 36 of the adjacent sides?

    • Katie June 25, 2016, 5:55 pm

      Also, do you turn before starting the edging, and after each round of the edging?

  • Linda W Clarke December 30, 2016, 6:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing such a pretty pillow pattern. I’d like to try this one.

  • Jean Harman August 6, 2017, 12:34 pm

    I was wanting to make this for a 18×18 pillow. Can you tell me how many stitches i would add to do that? I am not sure have to adjust for it to fit.

    Thank You
    Jean

    • Rebecca August 6, 2017, 4:01 pm

      You’ll want to start with a multiple of 8 + 5.

  • Dina August 7, 2017, 12:04 pm

    Hi Rebecca, thanks a lot for the pattern I’m making them throw pillows for my living roon, I’m a begenner and still struggling with patterns. I’m a bit confused with the edging so when you ch 1 sc that I’ll start the sc after the 1st edge right? Then when I’ll reach the next edge I’ll 3sc ? And as for the sl st where will it be in the 1st sc after the ch sorry if I sound a bit dumb . Thanks again:)

    • Rebecca August 7, 2017, 6:41 pm

      Hi Dina! I’m suffering from serious mommy brain these days and I’m having a really hard time processing exactly what you’re asking. 😀 You need to SC evenly around the whole square, putting 3SC in each corner. Does the diagram help at all?

      • Dina August 8, 2017, 8:05 am

        OMG I have mommy brain too :), ok so I understood the SC part, what about the sl st where does that go sorry for asking a lot 🙂

        • Rebecca August 8, 2017, 12:47 pm

          No problem. You slip stitch to the very first SC that you made, which joins the round. Have you crocheted in the round before, or only in rows?

          • Dina August 9, 2017, 2:31 pm

            This is my 4th project 😄 but now I understand what you mean thanks again you were really helpful

  • kiki lee August 18, 2017, 10:39 pm

    I ran across this pattern. It is different than any basket weave I have done. I am giving it a try tonight. may one pillow with this basket weave and the other with another basket weave. Yours is a rather unique take on the traditional basket weave. Nice job. Thank you for sharing.