sunshine pillow crochet pattern

Before every nap, and every night at bed time, my husband and I sing a few songs to our boys to get them settled. We sing songs that we remember from growing up and songs from our church’s children’s hymn book.

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One song that always ends up in the rotation is “You are my sunshine.” I’m not sure why, but we all love it. If you listen to all of the lyrics you’ll learn that it is actually kind of a depressing song, so we just stick to singing the chorus!

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That song has served as inspiration for this sunshine pillow crochet pattern that I’m sharing with you today. The boys love having their beds filled with all manner of squishy, comfy accessories. I knew that this happy pillow would fit right in, and serve as a reminder of our favorite bedtime song.

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So far, my crochet posts have focused on specific stitches to give you a chance to perfect (or learn for the first time) your crochet skills.

{Single crochet Sailor’s Knot Belt, Half double crochet Eyelet Apron, Double crochet Fox Ear Headband, Combining Stitches Shell Stitch Shrug}

For this sunshine pillow crochet pattern, you will get to try the triple crochet, the double triple crochet, and even the triple treble crochet (I’ve linked to some great tutorials for your viewing pleasure).

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Sunshine Pillow Crochet Pattern
Here’s what you need to get started:

Supplies:

1 skein any worsted weight yarn (or try a bulky weight yarn to make it even bigger!)
Size H crochet hook (or bigger, depending on yarn size you choose)
Scissors
Tapestry needle
Scrap yarn for facial details
Pillow filling

Abbreviations & Definitions:

st- stitch
sl st- slip stitch
ch- chain
sk- skip
sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet
tr- triple (or treble) crochet: Yarn over twice. Insert hook into st. Yarn over, pull through st. Yarn over. Pull hook through first two loops on hook. Yarn over. Pull hook through next two loops on hook. Yarn over. Pull hook through last two loops on hook.
dtr- double triple crochet: Yarn over three times. Insert hook into st. Yarn over, pull through st. Yarn over. Pull hook through first two loops on hook. Yarn over. Pull hook through next two loops on hook. Yarn over. Pull hook through next two loops on hook. Yarn over. Pull hook through last two loops on hook.
trtr- triple treble crochet: Yarn over four times. Insert hook into st. Yarn over, pull through st. Yarn over. Pull hook through first two loops on hook. Yarn over. Pull hook through next two loops on hook. Yarn over. Pull hook through next two loops on hook. Yarn over. Pull hook through next two loops on hook. Yarn over. Pull hook through last two loops on hook.

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Let’s get started!

1. Ch 4. Sl st in first ch to form loop. Ch 2. Work 11 dc into center of loop. Sl st in top loop of ch 2.
2. Ch 2. Dc in same st. 2 dc in each remaining st around. Sl st in top loop of ch 2.
3. Ch 2. Dc in same st. 1 dc in next st. *2 dc in next st. 1 dc in next st. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top loop of ch 2.
4. Ch 2. Dc in same st. 1 dc in next 2 sts. *2 dc in next st. 1 dc in next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top loop of ch 2.
5. Ch 2. Dc in same st. 1 dc in next 3 sts. *2 dc in next st. 1 dc in next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top loop of ch 2.
6. Ch 2. Dc in same st. 1 dc in next 4 sts. *2 dc in next st. 1 dc in next 4 sts. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top loop of ch 2.
7. Ch 4. Dc in same st. Sk next st. *(dc, ch 1, dc) in next st. Sk next st. Repeat from * around. Sl st in 3rd ch of ch 4.
8. *Sc in next ch 1 space. (Dc, tr) in next ch 1 space. (dtr, trtr, dtr) in next ch 1 space. (Tr, dc) in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * around. Sl st in first sc. Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.
9. Repeat steps 1-8 to make a second sun shape. When finished, don’t fasten off!
10. With tapestry needle and scrap yarn, sew eyes and mouth into one sun piece, if desired.
11. Match two sun pieces together, work through corresponding stitches from each piece: Ch 1. *Sc in next dc st. Sc in tr st. 2 sc in dtr st. (sc, ch 2, sc) in trtr st. 2 sc in dtr st. Sc in tr and dc sts. Sl st in sc st. Repeat from * around. Before you get all the way around, stuff the inside with pillow filling. Now continue around, finishing with a sl st in last sc st. Fasten off, weave in loose end.

You did it!

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How did you do with those insanely tall stitches!? I went a little crazy with them, and the whole “weather” theme, and made a cloud and rain drops mobile too! I’m sharing the pattern over on my blog, Love City, today and would love for you to stop by and say hello!

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If you have any questions, please leave a comment below, or email me at LindsayHaynie [at] gmail dot com!

Lacy Shell Stitch Shrug Crochet Pattern

Can you believe it’s finally summer!? Our summer officially began at the end of May with preschool graduation festivities and we have been enjoying the warm weather as much as possible! We love to spend hot days by the pool, and warm evenings getting ice cream at our favorite local spot.

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The sun really bares down on us during the day but oftentimes, a thunderstorm rolls through in the evenings, bringing in some cooler air. Sometimes, I like to bring a light cardigan or flowing scarf with me when we venture out on summer evenings, just in case one of those storms passes through, and that is what started me thinking about this lacy shrug that I’m sharing with you today.

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I have been dreaming of a cardigan-like garment that would compliment my many summer dresses. I also wanted it to be light and airy. I love the lacy shell stitch shrug that I finally came up with, and I hope you do too!

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The shrug is worked in rows, creating a rectangle shape. The arm holes are completed at the very end, sewing the corners of the short edges together. It’s as simple as that!

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For this pattern, you’ll have a chance to review both the single crochet and the double crochet stitches, as well as try out a couple fancy tricks with the double crochet!

Here’s how you can make your own!

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Supplies:
1 skein worsted weight yarn
(I used Caron Simply Soft in Victorian Rose)
Size I/9-5.50mm crochet hook
Scissors
Plastic needle for sewing corners together

Abbreviations:
ch- chain
st- stitch
sl st- slip stitch
sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet
fpdc- front post double crochet- yarn over. Insert hook from the front to the back, around the post of the dc from the previous row. Complete as you would a regular double crochet. Click here for a fpdc photo tutorial.
bpdc- back post double crochet- yarn over. Insert hook from the back to the front, around the post of the dc from the previous row. Complete as you would a regular double crochet. Click here for a bpdc photo and video tutorial.
shell- 5 dc worked together in one stitch

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1. Ch 81 (or any multiple of 3 that fits your mid-arm to mid-arm measurement). Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn.

2. Ch 2. *Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Repeat from * (alternating between fpdc and dc) across. Should finish with a dc. Turn.

3. Ch 2. *Bpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Repeat from * across. Turn.

4. Ch 2. Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. *Ch 3. Sk next 2 sts. Sc in next st. Repeat from * until 8 sts remain. Ch 3. Sk next 3 sts. Dc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Dc in last st. Turn.

5. Ch 2. Bpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Bpdc in next st. Dc in next st. *Sc in ch 3 space. Ch 3. Repeat from * across, finishing with sc in last ch 3 space. Dc in next st. Bpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Bpdc in next st. Dc in last st. Turn.

6. Ch 2. Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. *Ch 3. Sc in ch 3 space. Repeat from * across, finishing with sc in last ch 3 space, and ch 3. Dc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Dc in last st. Turn.

7. Ch 2. Bpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Bpdc in next st. Dc in next st. *Sc in ch 3 space. Shell in next sc. Repeat from * across, finishing with sc in last ch 3 space. Dc in next st. Bpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Bpdc in next st. Dc in last st. Turn.

8. Ch 2. Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. *Ch 4. Sc in back loop of 3rd dc from shell stitch of previous round. Repeat from * across, finishing with ch 4. Dc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Dc in last st. Turn.

9. Repeat step 5-8 until desired length is reached. For my shrug, I repeated 5 times. On final round, finish with a “step 7″ round, so the shell stitches leave a nice scalloped edging.

10. Close up each arm hole by sewing corners together on each short edge.

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My shrug measures about 29 inches long and about 12 inches tall. But remember, you can easily work this to fit any size you need! The fabric also has a nice stretch to it because of the lacy design, which I just love!

I also love the texture created by the shells, and by working the chains into the back loop of the shell. This allows each shell to “stick out” a little bit. They almost look like waves of the sea, don’t they!?

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Who will you make a shrug for? What color would you use!? I’d love to hear and see your finished products!

I hope you will get a chance to wear yours on many wonderful summer evenings! Enjoy!

Want more? Here are some other recent crochet patterns from my blog, Love City:

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Crochet Fox Ear Headband Pattern

Hey folks! It’s Lindsay from Love City here again today to share a fun crochet pattern with you!

So far, we have worked on perfecting the single crochet with the sailor’s knotted belt, and the half double crochet with the eyelet apron pattern.

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Today we are going to focus on the double crochet. This is the stitch that you will probably use more than any other stitch!

Are you ready to get started with this week’s pattern!? Let’s go!

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My children love to play pretend. They are usually dressed as some sort of super hero, but occasionally they are tigers, lions, and dragons too! Crochet animal hats are the perfect accessory for kids to let their imaginations soar, but it’s definitely a bit too hot for crochet hats at the moment, don’t ya think? So I had an idea to attach some crochet animal ears onto headbands instead of hats.

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For today’s pattern, I created a crochet fox ear headband! Fox’s are definitely “in” right now, but they are also just plain cute!

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Here is your free crochet fox ear headband pattern:

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Supplies:
Small bits worsted weight yarn in “orangey” red color and white
(I used Vanna’s Choice in Brick and White)
Size G/6 crochet hook
Scissors
Large eye plastic sewing needle
Headband (I love using Goody brand headbands that I find at Target)

Abbreviations:
st- stitch
ch- chain
sl st- slip stitch

double crochet- (dc) Yarn over. Place hook into stitch. Yarn over. Pull hook back through stitch. Yarn over. Pull hook through first two loops on hook. Yarn over, pull hook through remaining two loops on hook.

1. With orange yarn. Make two. Ch 4. Sl st in first ch to form loop.
2. Ch 2. Work 3 dc in center of loop.
2. Turn. Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc in each st across until you reach the last st. 2 dc in last st.
3. Repeat step 2 until you have a total of 8 rows.
4. Fasten off. Leave long tail for sewing later on.
5. With white yarn. Make two. Ch 4. Sl st in first ch to form loop.
6. Ch 2. Work 3 dc in center of loop.
7. Turn. Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc in each st across until you reach the last st. 2 dc in last st.
8. Repeat step 2 until you have a total of 8 rows.
9. Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.
10. Sew one orange piece and one white piece together (You can probably sew so that the stitches are hidden, but I kind of like being able to see the stitches… what do you think?). Repeat with the other set.
11. Cut 4 inch strips of orange yarn and tie 2-4 strips in the middle of each ear.
12. Slide each ear onto the headband, slipping the headband in between the orange and white layers in the ear piece.

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This project is such a great yarn stash buster! And now, just think of all the possibilities of animal ears that you could make! I’m already imagining cat ears, teddy bear ears, even elephant ears!

What do your kids dress up as when they play pretend!?

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If you are interested in some more crochet animal ideas for your little ones, here are some patterns that I offer in my shop, Love City Crochet!

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{Frog Prince Beanie Pdf}   {Peanuts the Elephant Beanie Pdf}   {Blue Bird Baby Beanie Pdf}

Crochet Eyelet Apron Pattern

Hello Topsy Turvy readers! It’s Lindsay again with another simple, yet fun crochet pattern! Last month, we started out working on the basic single crochet stitch to make the Sailor’s Knot Crochet Belt. Did anybody try it? How did you do!?

Like I mentioned last month, we are going to be working on basic crochet stitches with each pattern that I share. I wanted to take it one stitch at a time so that we can all really perfect our craft! Once you have your single crochet mastered, the next step is the half double crochet!

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To be completely honest…I hate cooking. I dread preparing meals everyday. I love to eat healthy and I have a huge desire to teach my kids healthy eating habits, but I still can’t get excited about the actual act of cooking. That’s why I have decided to make the meal making experience as cute and fun as I can.

What better way to feel cute in the kitchen, than with a new apron!

I introduce to you, the Crochet Eyelet Apron!

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Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Supplies:
1 skein worsted weight yarn for main color (I recommend using a cotton or easily washable yarn!)
Small amount of worsted weight yarn for accent color
Size L/11-8.00mm crochet hook
Scissors

Stitches to know:
Chain (ch)
Slip stitch (sl st)

*and our new stitch for the day:

Half Double Crochet (hdc): Yarn over hook. Place hook into next stitch. Yarn over. Pull hook back through stitch. Yarn over hook. Pull hook through all three loops on hook.

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Let’s Begin:
With main color:
1. Ch 3. Sl st in first ch to form loop.
2. Ch 2. Work 2 hdc in center of loop. Ch 2. Work 3 hdc in center of loop. Ch 2. Work 3 hdc in center of loop.
3. Turn. Ch 2. hdc in next 2 sts. (2hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch 2 space. Hdc in next 3 sts. (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in next ch 2 space. Hdc in remaining 3 sts.
4. Turn. Ch 2. Hdc in next 4 sts. (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch 2 space. Hdc in next 7 sts. (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in next ch 2 space. Hdc in remaining 5 sts.
5. Turn. Ch 2. Hdc in next 6 sts. (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch 2 space. Hdc in next 11 sts. (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in next ch 2 space. Hdc in remaining 7 sts.
6. Continue in this fashion (working hdc in each st, and (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in each ch 2 space until you have 31 hdc along each side and 59 hdc along the bottom. On last round, fasten off.
7. Fasten on in one ch 2 space. Ch 2. Hdc in each st across bottom edge and finish with hdc in last ch 2 space.
8. Turn. Ch 2. Hdc in each st across.
9. Repeat step 8 for 4 more rows. Fasten off.

With accent color:
1. Ch 50. Sl st into top corner of apron piece. Now, hdc back down along your strand of chains. Fasten off.
2. Repeat on the other side.

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The little details of this crochet apron pattern are what I really love the most. I love how the top edge becomes this nice “v” shape as the rows progress. And my favorite part are the little eyelets created by the “chain 2″ spaces. These details give the apron a feminine flair. You don’t always need to have ruffles to make something girly (don’t get me wrong- I do still love a good ruffle)!

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I added a tiny little pocket to this apron, but any fun applique that you dream up would be cute! Perhaps a doily, or a flower, or maybe even a teapot applique!? I also tried a fun technique with this pocket which is using single crochets to make the fabric look like a knitted stockinette stitch, rather than crochet.

I go into a little more detail about how that technique works and I provide a pattern for the crochet pocket applique over on my blog, Love City, today.

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That’s it! Now you can put on your cute Crochet Eyelet Apron and convince yourself that slaving over the hot stove is fun! Or maybe you can just prance around the house wearing your apron and a flouncy spring dress like I did!

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If you’re looking for more kitchen themed crochet patterns, here are a couple you’ll love to try:

Crochet Coasters | Crochet Wash Clothes

Sailor’s Knot Crochet Belt

Hello Topsy Turvy readers! I am so excited to have the opportunity to share crochet patterns with you each month! I blog over at Love City where I write about things that I love most (my boys, crochet, and motherhood). You can also learn more on my about me page!

For a while now, I have been wanting to share some crochet tutorials that focused on basic stitches. I want to help beginners learn each crochet stitch, pattern by pattern, gradually increasing in difficulty, until they feel like experts! My monthly contribution here on I’m Topsy Turvy seems like the perfect platform for such a series!

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If you have been itching to learn crochet, but feel a little bit intimidated, these tutorials are made just for you! There’s no need to feel overwhelmed by intricate charts and symbols. We are going to make some fabulous projects, one stitch at a time!

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For any of you crochet experts out there, never fear! These projects are going to be so fun and unique and I know that you will love them!

So let’s get started!

I am loving anything “nautical” right now, so I thought it would be fun to try out my knot tying skills with this sailor’s knot crochet belt!

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Supplies you’ll need:
1 skein bulky or super bulky weight yarn (I used Lion Brand’s Hometown USA in )
Size L crochet hook
Scissors
Large eye sewing needle
Measuring tape
Tape

With this belt, the only stitches you need to know are Chain and Single Crochet.
Chain (ch)- Fasten on with a slip stitch. Yarn over hook and pull through the loop that is on the hook. A chain stitch will create a long, continuous strand of interlocking loops.
Single Crochet (sc)- Place hook into stitch. Yarn over hook and pull back up through stitch. Yarn over hook again and pull hook through the two loops on the hook. One loop should remain on the hook when completed.

Abbreviations to know:
st- stitch
ch- chain
sc- single crochet

Make two:

1. With measuring tape, loosely measure your waist. Add 1/2 to 1 inch to that measurement.

2. Ch until strand matches your measurement from step 1 in length.

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3. Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in each remaining st.

4. Fasten off, leaving a 5 inch tail.

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5. On a flat surface, take the end of each strand and tape them down. With one strand, tape the end with no tail. With the other strand, tape the end that has the 5 inch tail.

6. Create your sailor’s knot by following these simple steps:

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7. Attach the sewing needle to one 5 inch tail and sew to the corresponding tail on the other side (as shown in block 9 above). Do the same with the other two tails. Finish off and weave in loose ends!

8. Put on your belt and admire your handiwork!

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If you’re a little stuck, and need more visual instruction on how to tie the sailor’s knot, I made a fun little instructional video for you! Stop by my blog, Love City, today and check it out! I’m also sharing a nautical themed embroidery hoop that sits so cutely in my kid’s bathroom!

I plan on wearing my belt over some of my favorite spring dresses! I’m already dreaming of a beach side, sunset stroll with my sunhat, cute belt, and dress flowing in the breeze.

How will you wear yours? What color will you choose?

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