Polish Star Pillow

 

I had intended to save this pattern until it was closer to spring, but we have had warm weather the last two days and we actually heard peep frogs this evening!  So now I have spring fever and decided to go ahead and share this.  Of course, it’s calling for snow again tomorrow but oh well.

I ran across this stitch and had to try it since it combines two things that I love doing- crocheting and weaving!  The only instructions that I could find were in Polish. Sadly, I cannot read that and Google Translate never knows how to translate crochet instructions.  (Although some of it’s attempts to do so can be pretty funny!)  There was also a picture and a graph of sorts.  I messed around with it, figured it out, and hopefully my instructions will make the whole process simple for everyone.

One thing I will mention is that I found it easier to weave the loops as I went.  It is up to you whether you want to wait and weave them all at the end or weave as you go.

Stitches used
Chain (ch)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Foundation Double Crochet (fdc)

You will need:

7 oz. Worsted Weight Yarn-turquoise (color A)
7 oz. Worsted Weight Yarn- pink (color B)
or (2) 7 oz. skeins of worsted weight yarn in colors of your choice
J/6mm hook
18″ pillow form
Needle to weave in ends

I worked two rows across the same way (one row of each color), then carried my yarn up the side and worked two rows (one of each color) across the opposite way. You don’t have to work it this way, but it will save a lot of weaving in ends and the carried yarn will be hidden in the border.

Pillow Front
With Color A, Fdc 60. This should measure 17″.
R1) Ch 3, dc in second stitch and next two stitches. [Ch 10, dc in next 4 stitches.] Repeat between []’s across.
R2) Join color B. Ch 3, dc in second stitch and next stitch. [Skip next stitch, ch 10. Dc 2 in next stitch, dc in next two stitches, dc 2 in next stitch. Ch 10. Skip next stitch, dc in next two stitches.] Repeat between []’s. Dc in last stitch.
R3) With color A, ch 3, dc in second stitch, dc 2 in next stitch. Ch 10. Skip next stitch, dc in next 4 stitches, skip next stitch. [Ch 10, dc 2 in next two stitches. Ch 10. Skip next stitch, dc in next 4 stitches, skip next stitch.] Repeat between []’s across. Ch 10, dc 2 in next stitch, dc in each of last two stitches.
R4) Color B, ch 3, dc in second stitch, dc in next stitch, dc 2 in next stitch. Ch 10. Skip next stitch, dc in next 2 stitches, skip next stitch. [Ch 10. Dc 2 in next stitch, dc in next 2 stitches, dc 2 in next stitch. Ch 10. Skip next stitch, dc in next 2 stitches, skip next stitch.] Repeat between []’s across. Ch 10, dc 2 in next stitch, dc in each of last 3.
R5) Color A, ch 3, dc in second stitch and next two stitches. [Skip next stitch, ch 10. Dc 2 in next 2 stitches. Ch 10, skip next stitch, dc in next 4 stitches.] Repeat between []’s across.
R6-9) Repeat rows 2-5.
R10-13) Repeat rows 2-5.
R14-17) Repeat rows 2-5.
R18-21) Repeat rows 2-5.
R22-25) Repeat rows 2-5.
R26-27) Repeat rows 2-3.
R28) Color B, ch 3, dc in second dc and each dc across. (60 stitches) Finish off. Weave all loops together before completing row 29, including loops from row 27.
R29) Color A, Ch 3, Dc in second stitch and next stitch. When working dc in next stitch, pass needle through top of loop from row 27, then complete dc as normal. Dc in each stitch across, catching corresponding loop from row 27 in every fourth stitch.
Border) Ch 3, turn. Dc in second stitch and each stitch across. Work 2 dc at corner, then dc 2 into every stitch down the side. Work 2 dc in corner, then dc in each stitch across. Work 2 dc at corner, then dc 2 into every stitch up other side. Work 2 dc in corner, join with sl st to beginning ch. Finish off.

Weaving the loops together
*This graph should explain why I have never been, am not now, nor will I ever claim to be, an artist, lol. There are some amazing artists in my family but I am NOT one of them!
Hopefully though, even though it lacks in artistic value, it will still help to make sense of the weaving process. Black ink represents the turquoise and red ink represents the pink. I did not show the fdc row on this graph.

And since I couldn’t figure out any way to get a full graph of the pillow to fit one photo and still be clear we are going to work off of a smaller graph.  The principle will still be the same, you will just have more repeats across than what we will be showing.

Ok, let’s start weaving.   When working a row, you will be working the loops of that row and the loops of the previous row.

 

R1)  Skip loop A.  Pull loop C through loop B.  Pull loop E through loop D.  Skip loop F.

R2)  Give loop A  a twist, then pull loop G through loop A.  Pull loop H through loop C.  Pull loop I through loop B.  Pull loop J through loop E.  Pull loop K through loop D.  Pull loop L through loop F.

Picture shows the twist.

R3)  Pull loop A through loop G.  Pull loop B through loop H.  Pull loop C through loop I.  Pull loop D through loop J. Pull loop E through loop K.  Pull loop F through loop L.  Still working on row 3, go back and pull loop B through loop A.  Pull loop D through loop C.  Pull loop F through loop E.

R4)  Pull loop G through loop B.  Pull loop H through loop A.  Pull loop I through loop D.  Pull loop J through loop C.  Pull loop K through loop F.  Pull loop L through loop E.

 

R5)  Pull loop A through loop G.  Pull loop B through H.  Pull loop C through loop I.  Pull loop D through loop J.  Pull loop E through loop K.  Pull loop F through loop L.   Still working on row 5, go back and pull loops through each other as directed in row 1.

The pattern will now repeat itself, although it will not be necessary to continue to twist the beginning and ending loops on row 2. (The twist just helped to hold the stitching together on the first row since those loops did not loop into anything else.)

Pillow back

R1) With color A, ch 3, work 15 dc into first ch made. Sl st to top of beginning chain.
R2) Ch 2. In same stitch work 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc. [Dc in next 3 stitches. In next stitch work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc.] Repeat [] 2 more times. Dc in last 3 stitches, join with sl st to beginning ch.
R3) Ch 2, dc in next stitch. [In chain 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc. Dc in next 7 stitches.] Repeat [] 2 more times. In chain 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc, dc in last 5 stitches. Join with sl st to beginning ch.
R4) Ch 2, dc in next 3 stitches. [In chain 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc. Dc in next 11 stitches.] Repeat [] 2 more times. In chain 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc. Dc in last 7 stitches, join with sl st to beginning chain. Finish off.
R5) Join Color B in ch 1 corner, ch 2, work 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in same space. [Dc in next 15 stitches. In ch 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc.] Repeat between [] 2 more times. Dc in last 15 stitches, join with sl st to beginning chain.
R6) Ch 2, dc in next space. [In chain 1 corner, work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc. Dc in next 19 stitches.] Repeat between [] 2 more times. In chain 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc. Dc in last 17 stitches, sl st to beginning ch. Finish off.
R7) Join Color A in ch 1 corner, ch 2, work 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in same space. [Dc in next 23 stitches. In chain 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc.] Repeat between [] 2 more times. Dc in last 23 stitches, join with sl st to beginning chain.
R8) Ch 2, dc in next stitch. [In chain 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc. Dc in next 27 stitches.] Repeat [] 2 more times. In chain 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc, dc in last 25 stitches. Join with sl st to beginning ch.
R9) Ch 2, dc in next 3 stitches. [In chain 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc. Dc in next 31 stitches.] Repeat [] 2 more times. In chain 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc. Dc in last 27 stitches, join with sl st to beginning chain.
R10) Ch 2, dc in next 5 stitches. [In chain 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc. Dc in next 35 stitches.] Repeat [] 2 more times. In chain 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc. Dc in last 29 stitches, join with sl st to beginning chain. Finish off.
R11) Join Color B in ch 1 corner, ch 2, work 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in same space. [Dc in next 39 stitches. In ch 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc.] Repeat between [] 2 more times. Dc in last 39 stitches, join with sl st to beginning chain.
R12) Ch 2, dc in next space. [In chain 1 corner, work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc. Dc in next 43 stitches.] Repeat between [] 2 more times. In chain 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc. Dc in last 41 stitches, sl st to beginning ch. Finish off.
R13) Join Color A in ch 1 corner, ch 2, work 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in same space. [Dc in next 47 stitches. In chain 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc.] Repeat between [] 2 more times. Dc in last 47 stitches, join with sl st to beginning chain.
R14) Ch 2, dc in next stitch. [In chain 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc. Dc in next 51 stitches.] Repeat [] 2 more times. In chain 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc, dc in last 49 stitches. Join with sl st to beginning ch.
R15) Ch 2, dc in next 3 stitches. [In chain 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc. Dc in next 55 stitches.] Repeat [] 2 more times. In chain 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc. Dc in last 51 stitches, join with sl st to beginning chain. Finish off.
R16) Join Color B in ch 1 corner, ch 2, work 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in same space. [Dc in next 59 stitches. In ch 1 corner work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc.] Repeat between [] 2 more times. Dc in last 59 stitches, join with sl st to beginning chain. Do not finish off.

Weave in all remaining ends on pillow back and front. Place pillow top and bottom together, wrong side facing each other. (Right side out.) Ch 1, then sc evenly around with color B, working through the stitches on both the pillow back and front. Once you have worked around 3 sides, insert the pillow form and stitch together the last side. Ch 1, turn. Sc in first stitch. [Skip next stitch, 5 dc in next stitch. Skip next stitch, sc in next stitch.] Repeat around, ending with 5 dc and a skippped stitch, then join with a sl st to beginning sc. Finish off and weave in remaining end. Your pillow is done!

You may not reproduce or copy my pattern or images in any way. You may link to my pattern from another site. You may sell items made from my pattern as long as you give me credit.

Heart Table Runner

Valentines Day is just around the corner and, while most of us don’t decorate all that much, why not whip up a pretty table runner for the occasion?  I found this graph the other day while I was wandering around on pinterest.  It’s designed to be a bookmark, but I thought with a few adjustments it would be a nice table runner.  There aren’t many written directions with the graph, and I made a few changes to make it a table runner, so I am posting it here as a written pattern.

My runner measures 30″ long and 8″ wide.

100 grams of cotton or cotton blend worsted weight yarn {I used (2) balls of Classic Elite Yarns Summer Set- 50 gr/95 yards each}
J/6mm hook

Stitches used
Chain (ch)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Foundation Double Crochet (fdc)

Ch 12
R1) Dc into fourth ch from hook and each ch across. (10 stitches) Ch 5, turn.
R2) Dc into fourth ch from hook and each ch/stitch across. When working the last dc into the starting ch, insert hook, pull up a loop, ch 1, then finish the stitch as normal. Fdc 3. (16 stitches) Ch 5, turn.
R3) Dc into fourth ch from hook and the next 8 stitches. Ch 2, skip the next two stitches, dc into each remaining stitch. When working the last dc into the starting ch, insert hook, pull up a loop, ch 1, then finish the stitch as normal. Fdc 3. (22 stitches) Ch 5, turn.
R4) Dc into fourth ch from hook and the next 8 stitches. [Ch 2, skip the next two stitches, dc into next stitch], repeat [] two more times. Dc in each remaining stitch. When working the last dc into the starting ch, insert hook, pull up a loop, ch 1, then finish the stitch as normal. Fdc 3. (28 stitches) Ch 5, turn.
R5) Dc into fourth ch from hook and the next 8 stitches. [Ch 2, skip the next two stitches, dc into the next stitch], repeat [] 4 more times. Dc into each remaining stitch. When working the last dc into the starting ch, insert hook, pull up a loop, ch 1, then finish the stitch as normal. Fdc 3. (34 stitches) Ch 3, turn.
R6) Dc into second stitch and next 5 stitches. [Ch 2, skip the next two stitches, dc into the next stitch], repeat [] 6 more times. Dc into each remaining stitch. Ch 3, turn.
R7) Repeat Row 6.
R8) Dc into second stitch and next 8 stitches. [Ch 2, skip the next two stitches, dc into next stitch]. Repeat [] one time. Dc in next 3 stitches. Repeat [] two more times. Dc into each remaining stitch. Ch 3, turn.
R9) Dc in each dc across, work 2 dc into each ch 2 space. (34 stitches) Ch 3, turn.
R10) Dc in second stitch and next 14 stitches. Ch 2, skip the next two stitches, dc into the next stitch. Dc into each remaining stitch, ch 3, turn.
R11) Dc in second stitch and next 11 stitches. [Ch 2, skip the next two stitches, dc into the next stitch.] Repeat [] two more times. Dc into each remaining stitch across. Ch 3, turn.
R12) Dc in second stitch and next 8 stitches. [Ch 2, skip the next two stitches, dc into the next stitch.] Repeat [] 4 more times. Dc into each remaining stitch across. Ch 3, turn.
R13) Dc in second stitch and next 5 stitches. [Ch 2, skip the next two stitches, dc into the next stitch.] Repeat [] 6 more times. Dc into each remaining stitch across. Ch 3, turn.
R14) Repeat row 13.
R15) Dc into second stitch and next 8 stitches. [Ch 2, skip the next two stitches, dc into next stitch]. Repeat [] one time. Dc in next 3 stitches. Repeat [] two more times. Dc into each remaining stitch. Ch 3, turn.
R16) Dc in each dc across, work 2 dc into each ch 2 space. (34 stitches) Ch 3, turn.
R17-23) Repeat rows 10-16.
R24-30) Repeat rows 10-16.
R31-37) Repeat rows 10-16.
R38-44) Repeat rows 10-16.
R39-43) Repeat rows 10-14. On row 43, end with a ch 1 and turn.
R44) Sl st into first 4 stitches, ch 3. Dc into next stitch and next 5 stitches. [Ch 2, skip the next two stitches, dc into next stitch]. Repeat [] one time. Dc in next 3 stitches. Repeat [] two more times. Dc into next 6 stitches. (28 stitches) Ch 1, turn.
R45) Sl st into first 4 stitches, ch 3. Dc into next stitch and next 20 stitches. (22 stitches) Ch 1, turn.
R46) Sl st into first 4 stitches, ch 3. Dc into next stitch and next 14 stitches. (16 stitches) Ch 1, turn.
R47) Sl st into first 4 stitches, ch 3. Dc into next stitch and next 8 stitches. (10 stitches) Ch 1, turn.

Work sc around entire runner, working 1 sc into the base of each stitch, and 2 sc into the side of each stitch. Join with sl st to beginning sc, finish off.

You may not reproduce or copy my pattern or images in any way. You may link to my pattern from another site. You may sell items made from my pattern as long as you give me credit.

A Pair of Chairs Redone

Crocheting is not my only craft. One of the many things I do is save old ugly furniture and make it beautiful again. I was digging through some rusty dusty things the other day when I discovered a chair. It was dirty and sad and it’s seat was nearly gone, but it was structurally sound and had a unique design, so I set it out. I went back to see what else I could find and, lo and behold, I found it’s mate!
The chairs were genuinely happy to be reunited with each other and promised me that if I took them home and gave them some much needed love, they would be beautiful again.


The first thing I did was cut what was left of their old seats out and then gave them a much needed bath. Literally, in the bathtub, scrubbed from head to toe.
After I let them dry I gave them a good rub down with a product called Howard’s Restore-A-Finish.
See, the one on the right is already looking better!


After that they got another good rub down, this time with Howard’s Feed-N-Wax. Then it was time to replace the cane seat. I think they look amazing!


I’d love to keep them but my house is small so I will take them to my antique shop and find them another good home.