Instagram Pillows

My sisters, Rebecca and Chloe, are more than a little obsessed with Instagram, so I made them Instagram pillows!

Rebecca's pillow

Chloe's pillow

Each pillow has the Instagram app logo on one side, and some colorful stripes on the other side. The pillows are 16″x16″. Here is the pattern:

Materials

  • 16″x16″ pillow form
  • Worsted weight yarn in the following colors (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
    • Aran/off-white
    • Light brown
    • Black
    • Red
    • Yellow
    • Green
    • Blue
    • Additional colors of your choice for the back side
  • Yarn needle
  • J hook

Abbreviations

  • sc = single crochet
  • sl = slip stitch
  • ch = chain
  • BLO = back loop only
  • FO = fasten off
  • *…*x# = do # times

Notes:

  • When switching colors, use the new color for the last yarn-over of the previous stitch. The loop on the hook should be your new color when you’re about to start the new color stitch.
  • The number after each line indicates the number of stitches you should have in the row/round.

Front side (Instagram icon)

You are going to make a 37×49 stitch square. 34 rows will be off-white, and 15 rows will be light brown. Here are the step-by-by step instructions:

  • (Off-white) Ch 38, turn
  • Sc in second ch from hook, sc across (37)
  • Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (37)
  • Repeat the previous step 33 times. You should now have 34 rows of white.
  • Switch to light brown. Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (37)
  • Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (37)
  • Repeat the previous step 14 times. FO. You should now have 15 rows of brown on top of 34 rows of white.

Back side

You will now make another 37×49 square. This can be whatever striping pattern you want. Here’s what I did:

Rebecca’s pillow:

  • (Orange) Ch 38
  • Sc in second ch from hook. Sc across (37).
  • Ch 1, turn. Sc across (37)
  • Continue making sc rows until you have the following pattern (should add up to 49 rows total)
    • 7 rows orange
    • Repeat this section 3 times:
      • 1 row dark pink
      • 1 row blue
      • 1 row light pink
      • 9 rows orange
    • 1 row dark pink
    • 1 row blue
    • 1 row light pink
    • 3 rows orange
    • 9 rows orange
  • FO

Chloe’s pillow:

The shape is the same as above, a 37×49 sc square. The stripes decrease in thickness as follows: 5 rows, 4 rows, 3 rows, 2 rows, 1 row, repeat. The colors alternate as follows: green, light pink, dark pink, black, repeat. There are more stripe widths than colors, so the same color won’t always be the same width. See the photos for help. Make sure you stop after 49 rows!

Details

Center circle:

  1. (Black) 6 sc in magic ring (6)
  2. 2 sc in each sc (12)
  3. *2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc*x6 (18)
  4. *2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc*x6 (24)
  5. *2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc*x6 (30)
  6. *2 sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc*x6 (36)
  7. *2 sc in first sc, sc in next 5 sc*x6 (42)
  8. *2 sc in first sc, sc in next 6 sc*x6 (48)
  9. Sl 1, switch to off-white, ch 1. *Sc in first 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc*x6 (54)
  10. BLO sc around (54)
  11. Sl 1, FO

Black rectangle in upper right:

  1. (Black) Ch 9, turn, sc in second ch from hook, sc across (8)
  2. Ch 1, turn, sc across (8)
  3. Repeat row 2 for 7 more rows. You should have 9 rows of black
  4. FO

Rainbow stripes:

  1. (Red) Ch 11, turn, sc in second ch from hook, sc across (10)
  2. Ch 1, turn, sc across (10)
  3. (Switch to yellow) repeat row 2
  4. Repeat row 2
  5. (Switch to green) repeat row 2
  6. Repeat row 2
  7. (Switch to blue) repeat row 2
  8. Repeat row 2
  9. FO

Brown strip under stripes:

  • Ch 9, turn, sc in second ch from hook, sc in next 6 ch, 2 sc in last ch (9)
  • Now you’ll continue going counter-clockwise around the other side of the chain: 2 sc in first ch, sc in remaining ch until you reach the end
  • Sl 1, FO

Assembly/Finishing

  • Sew the circle, black rectangle, stripes, and brown strip onto the brown/white side of the pillow cover as pictured.
  • Align the two sides of the pillow cover. Using one of the colors you used for the stripes, pull up a loop at one corner and sc around 3 sides of the pillow cover, through both pieces. Don’t worry about exactly where to insert the hook around the side edges; just make sure the stitches are uniformly spaced and about as close together as in the rest of your sc rows, not leaving any holes. (You can also whipstitch the two sides together instead, if you want.)
  • Insert the pillow form (after cutting off tags) and continue to sc around the fourth side. FO.
  • Your pillow may take some squishing and fluffing to get it to look the right shape, especially if your cover is tight like mine.
  • Post a picture of your new pillow on Instagram!

Feel free to use this pattern as much as you like! If you post your creations, please link to this page or the corresponding Ravelry page. Thanks!

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