As a teen crocheter, making crocheted pillows with vibrant colors was a favorite hobby. Using standard 4-ply acrylic thread, I started out 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 were used both as functional pillows in the back of chairs and as decorative pieces to accent a room decor.
Granny Hexagon Pillow
This hexagon granny square pillow is a “scrap” pillow, constructed from remnant yarn. The front has an olive green center and is surrounded by brighter colors and accented with yellow single crochet stitches to connect the front pieces. The back is a solid green again, matching the center of the front.
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. Those outer edges are mimicked on the back side of the pillow.
I was mesmerized by filet crochet but not skilled at using the small mercerized cotton for crocheting. 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.
These pillows have been stored in my parents’ home for these many years awaiting my return to the Mississippi homeland. They are worn with age and use, but we have been 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. These special creations that remind me of fun times in my youth with my most favorite childhood hobby of all!
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