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I’m constantly inspired by modern rustic decor. It’s just so simple and chic. This month, I wanted to create something that could easily fit into any decor without overwhelmingly looking too ‘crocheted’
I love crochet, don’t get me wrong, but often the pieces don’t feel like they fit into a modern rustic home, this pillow changes that!
I decided to create a circular crochet pillow in a simple stitch and a shell border. It would be chic enough to fit into my home but not so much that it screams handmade.
I wanted to go with a yarn that was soft. Not just soft after you wash it but soft right from the skein. I chose Red Heart Yarns Hygge.
It comes in large enough skeins to need just a couple for a single pillow and the colors are beautiful. You can see the full line on the JOANN website here.
The pillow is quick to stitch and uses just three basic stitches.
Ch – Chain Sc – Single Crochet Dc – Double Crochet
That’s it. The perfect pillow for beginners and well seasoned crocheters alike! You just need to know how to work in the round! How cool is that?
Finished Pillow Side:
14″ in Diameter
Here are all the supplies you need, each available from your local JOANN:
Sample Pillow uses Red Heart Yarns Hygge in color Pearl
Pillow Cover (Make 2)
Rnd 1: Work 9 dc in 4th ch from hook, do not join. Place marker in last st worked to mark beg of rnd. (10 dc)
Rnd 2: 2dc in each st around. (20 dc)
Rnd 3: 2dc in each st around. (40 dc)
Rnd 4: (2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 3 dc) around. (50 dc)
Rnd 5: (2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 4 dc) around. (60 dc)
Rnd 6: (2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 5 dc) around. (70 dc)
Rnd 7: (2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 6 dc) around. (80 dc)
Rnd 8: (2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 7 dc) around. (90 dc)
Rnd 9: (2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 8 dc) around. (100 dc)
Rnd 10: (2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 9 dc) around. (110 dc)
Rnd 11: (2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 10 dc) around. (120 dc)
Holding the WS of pillow covers together, single crochet through both thicknesses of fabric around to last 10 sts. Place a stitch marker in the last loop to keep join from unraveling. Stuff pillow using fiberfill, massaging it into a circular shape. Finish crocheting remaining stitches to close pillow.
Shell Stitch Trim: *Sc in next st, sk next 2 sts, 5dc in next st, sk next 2 sts; rep from * around, join to first sc. Finish off.
Look. Sometimes, I just make pretty things and I cannot wait to share them with y’all. This is one of those times.
It just also happens to be my first project as a Joann’s Brand Ambassador. That means for the next year I’ll be making crochet, knitting, and quilting projects each month and sharing them with you as free patterns. I’ll be using our favorite products form Joann, highlighting different products each month! Some new and some tried and true.
The Modern Farmhouse Granny Afghan is a simple and quick to stitch modern granny square afghan perfect for any room in your home. It’s easy as pie to make and I have a full pattern and tutorial available for you below. As well as all the supply links so you can stock up on your fav Joann products.
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I come from the school of Joanna Gaines design. She said, ” At the core of the Magnolia brand is the desire to make homes beautiful but with a focus on family and practicality. We want to create spaces that families want to gather in.”
This afghan was born of that sentiment. I wanted to create something that was classic and clean but modern and practical. Honestly, it seemed like a task too great. Ha!
I decided to fall back on my love of quilting. While I adore crochet and it’s my first love, a few years back I discovered quilting and I’ve been unstoppable since. Of all the quilting blocks out there (and there are too many to count) I love stars the best. Why? I don’t know. I just don’t think that anything is as quintessentially quilt-ish as a star.
A few swatches later and I knew just what I needed to do.
This design had to have three things:
Easy to stitch.
Work with worsted weight yarn.
Must be a travel project.
February was all about travelling for me. Between California and Texas and Illinois…I was all over the country teaching crochet. With such a rigorous schedule, I knew that I needed a project that I could take with me and not have to think about too much. I also really wanted my first project to use Red Heart Super Saver, one of my favorite yarns ever.
Granny squares were the best option. They are quick to stitch and if you can double crochet – you can make a granny square. Really. It’s that flippin easy!
The challenge came in how to make the 2-color granny square. I’d seen a few solid version that looked like a half square triangle in quilting, but I wanted a classic granny look. After a test swatch or two – I managed it! Whew!
A few plane rides later and a couple of layovers – the afghan was done and packed in my carry on! Once I was home, I was able to whip this beauty up in just a day. Adding the border and weaving in all the ends.
All of them.
And there are quite a few. But those of you that have made granny afghans now how that is!
Here are all the supplies you need, each available from your local Joann!
Ch – Chain Sc – Single Crochet Dc – Double Crochet Sl st – Slip Stitch Dc3tog – Double Crochet three together Rep – Repeat Rnd(s) – Round(s)
Level 2 – Easy
Pattern listed is for one finished square. Squares can be combined and laid out in any order that you desire. I chose to work four squares for a baby size afghan. If a larger afghan is desired, combine squares as needed to reach the desired width and length.
Ch 3 counts as a Dc throughout.
All rounds should be joined with a sl st.
To change colors work until the last two loops on hook, then draw new color through.
All granny squares are worked in joined rounds.
Crochet Modern Farmhouse Afghan
Solid Granny Square
Ch 4 Rnd 1: (2dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 2) in 4th ch from hook, join to 4th ch of beg ch-4, turn. Rnd 2: Ch 3, (2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp, *ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around three times more, ch 1, join to beg ch-3, turn. Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2dc in next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * around three times more, ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, join to beg ch-3, turn.
End off. Weave in all ends.Trust me. Do it now. Don’t be like me.
Two Color Granny Square
Ch 4 With A, Ch 3. Rnd 1: (2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in 4th ch from hook, join B, (ch 2, 3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in same ch, ch 2, join to 4th ch of beg ch-4, turn. Rnd 2: Ch 1, sl st into next ch-2 sp, ch 3, 2sc in next ch-2 sp, *ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, 3dc in next ch-2 sp, join B, ch 2, 3dc in same ch-2 sp, ch2, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, 3dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, join to beg ch-3, turn. Rnd 3: Ch 1, sl st into next ch-2 sp, ch 3, 2sc in ch-2 sp, *ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1. 3dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch-2 sp, change to B, ch 2, 3dc in same ch-2 sp, 3dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, join to beg ch-3, turn.
End off. Weave in all ends.
Large Granny Square
Work as for Solid Granny Square for a total of 6 rounds.
For each block you’ll need 4 Solid Granny Squares, 8 Two Color Granny Squares, and 1 Large Granny Square.
First, I recommend joining the Two Color Granny Squares as shown below. Ensure the white portions are facing and the triangles are mirror images.
You’ll need to do this for all four sets of two Two Color Granny Squares. Then lay the rest of the square out following the picture below.
Next, you’ll want to attach two of the white squares to each side of one of the Two Color units. Like this:
Alright, now, if I were you, I’d weave in ends at this point. Next we’ll lay out the block as follows:
Next we’ll attach the two remaining Two Color units to the center Large Granny Square.
Then, attach the three units together. Weave in all ends.
Next, you’ll want to crochet a border around each of these finished squares by working another round of granny stitches as in both the Large Granny Square and the Solid Granny Square.
Finish off, weave in all ends. Your block should measure about 17 inches at this point. Because I chose to make a baby blanket, I only needed four, which gave me a blanket about 34 inches by 34 inches BEFORE the border. Remember, you could make this as large or as small as you’d like just by working a larger border.
Alternately, you could work more squares to make this a twin, queen, or king size. Just combine the squares needed, then head to the border instructions.
With A, work 1 round as in the Solid Granny Square around the entire perimeter of the afghan. Join B, work another round.
Final Round: Ch 1, 3sc in first ch-2 sp, *sc in each of the next 3dc, dc3tog in each of the next 3dc in group 1 row below; rep from * across to next corner, (3sc in next corner); rep from * around. Join to first sc.