My Crochet Stories: Pillows, Pillows, Everywhere-Graphic Crochet Artwork

Design Crochet PillowsPillows, Pillows Everywhere

As a teen crocheter, making crocheted pillows with vibrant colors was a favorite hobby.  Using standard 4-ply acrylic thread, I started with rather plain pillows and then moved to unique shapes for granny square designs for these unique pieces. At the time, some 40+ years ago, these functional pillows decorated chairs and served as sturdy backrests in various bedrooms.

Granny Hexagon Pillow

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This hexagon granny square pillow is a “scrap” pillow, constructed from remnant yarn.  The front has an olive green center. Brighter colors and yellow single crochet stitches accent the center and connects the front pieces.  The back is a solid green again, matching the center of the front.

Rainbow Pillow

Taking squares to the next level, I added colors of the rainbow and interesting color blends. This rainbow pillow is constructed with individual squares and then sewn together.  Two sides were then expanded with additional rows of the same color trends.  The pillow’s reverse side is a similar color pattern.

Rainbow Pillow

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Rainbow Pillow

Rainbow Pillow-Back

Crochet Artwork

Filet crochet is beautiful and mesmerizing. It takes some special skills to use the small mercerized cotton and tiny steel crochet hooks. In time, I started using filet crochet concepts with my Red Heart yarns, to create colorful artwork in pillows. Today, this technique is now the popular artform of Crocheted Graphghans. I’m testing my memory, but I believe that this yellow simple flower was probably my first pillow using this technique. In time, I moved on to doing a western boot and the butterfly pillow at the top of the posting.

Yellow Flower Graph Crochet

Yellow Flower Graph Crochet

Western Boot Crocheted Pillow

Western Boot Crocheted Pillow

These pillows have been stored in my parents’ home for these many years awaiting my return to the Mississippi homeland. They are aged and have been used for years, but we are reunited at last. I have not located any of the patterns. Group consensus is that I designed as I crocheted, used counted cross stitch patterns, or maybe did these from sketches on graph paper. I want to make some more of these and will find the time to document the graphs as I crochet.  These special creations remind me of fun times in my youth with my most favorite childhood hobby of all!

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Gwyn Goodrow
I am a part-time freelance writer, photographer, and blogger currently based in Mississippi. My stories cover travel, cruises, crochet, hand-crafting, history, hiking, genealogy, and writing. I am the founder of the Crochet Getaway blog which has grown steadily over the past three years. This site guides crocheting enthusiasts to training and networking events in fabulous international destinations. Crochet Getaway has a Facebook social media site with more than 1,350 happy followers. My corporate career and my vacation getaways provide travel opportunities that I enjoy sharing with my readers. I also blog about blogging and side gig income streams at www.gwyngoodrow.com.