When the weather gets to the warmer side, I can’t help the urge to spruce up my home furnishings. What felt cozy during the fall and winter now feels a bit heavy in the spring and summer. The playful colors and zig-zag lines of the Easy Ripple Pillow are just the fresh start I need this season. And now, you can make it too, with the FREE crochet pattern.
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Understanding Chevrons + Tunisian Crochet
Chevrons are a classic motif if crochet. Chevrons and ripples are made by strategically placing increases and decreases along a row of crochet to create even peaks and valleys. The result is visually interesting and a great way to go beyond straight rows.
In Tunisian crochet, the concept is much the same. For the Easy Ripple Pillow, I use yarn overs for the increases and tss2tog for the decreases. Since it’s Tunisian crochet, you get the added benefit of a lovely texture traveling up each of the peaks and valleys.
New to Tunisian crochet? Learn the basics here!
Waves of Color With Chroma Twist Worsted
The pattern of the Easy Ripple Pillow begs for a fun yarn. Sure, you could make this pillow in one color, but why not experiment with a new-to-you yarn? That was my thought when I picked up Chroma Twist Worsted for the first time and got inspired to make the Easy Ripple Pillow.
Chroma Twist Worsted is a new yarn from WeCrochet, the latest in the Chroma family of yarns. The original Chroma Fingering transitions seamlessly from one color to the next. Chroma Twist Worsted (and Bulky) take the same idea up a notch by twisting two strands of color together, each transitioning at their own pace.
Click here to get the one-page printable version of the Easy Ripple Pillow pattern!
Thinking of raiding your stash for the perfect yarn to make your Easy Ripple Pillow? Just about any worsted weight yarn will do. The original yarn is a little on the lighter side of worsted, so something like Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice or Caron Simply Soft should do the trick.
Easy Ripple Pillow Details
- WeCrochet Chroma Twist Worsted (worsted weight), 2 balls each in the colorways Sedona (A) and Wednesday (B)
- 6mm Tunisian crochet hook with 16″ cord
- 20″ pillow form
- Tapestry needle
- Steam blocking supplies
9 rows = 4″, unblocked
Ch = chain
Rep = repeat
RetP = return pass (see Pattern Note below)
Sl st = slip stitch
St(s) = stitch(es)
Tss = Tunisian simple stitch
Tss2tog = Tunisian simple stitch two together (decrease made)
Yo = yarn over
- Carry yarn up side of work when switching colors.
- All rows are written for the forward pass instructions only. Follow each row with the return pass (RetP), which is worked as follows – ch 1, (yo, pull through next 2 loops on hook) until only 1 loop remains.
Easy Ripple Pillow Pattern
Are you new to the Easy Ripple stitch pattern? Learn it in this tutorial video:
ROW 1: With A, ch 96, pull up a loop in the back bump of the 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch, RetP.
ROW 2: Yo, *tss each of the next 5 sts, tss2tog 2 times, tss each of the next 5 sts **, yo, tss each of the next 2 sts, yo; rep from *, ending the last rep at **, yo, tss the last st, RetP.
Repeat Row 2, alternating colors every 2 rows, to 54 total rows. The piece should be approximately 36.5″ long. If adjusting the row count, be sure to end with a repeat of color B.
Complete the sl st bind off, leaving a long tail for seaming.
Steam block piece flat to 20″ wide x 37″ long.
With right side facing up, mattress stitch seam the bind off edge to the foundation edge, being sure to count stitch-for-stitch so the peaks nestle into the valleys.
Flip case to wrong side facing. Whip stitch seam one side of the pillowcase closed. Flip case so the right side is facing. Insert pillow form. Whip stitch remaining opening of the pillowcase closed.
Weave in all ends.
In no time, you’re all done with your Easy Ripple Pillow. The rhythmic stitches help this project fly right off your hook and onto your couch!
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