Namaste by Karen Peacock

Namaste

Crochet
February 2017
Thread ?
40 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches
in 40 dc = 4" (10cm)
1.5 mm
400 - 600 yards (366 - 549 m)
US
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The Namaste pattern not only makes a cute pillow, but could also be displayed as a wall hanging or used as a table doily. The pillow is a versatile size, great for taking on trips or used as an accent piece. If you have never tried filet crochet, you will find it very easy. It is worked with only two basic stitches: the chain and double crochet stitch. Each open space on the chart is created with a chain, and each block on the chart is made with a double crochet.

Yarn
Crochet Cotton Thread, size 10, 2 balls (400 yards per ball)
Tip: Aunt Lydia’s makes a 1,000 yd ball, which is nice so you don’t have to rejoin new thread.

Materials
1.50 mm steel crochet hook, scissors, pillow form (I made my own with stuffing); one 12”x 21” piece of fabric and two 10” x 21” pieces of fabric (See Sewing Notes), sewing needle, sewing thread to match pillow fabric, and sewing thread to match crochet thread.

Difficulty
Easy

Finished Measurements
Approx 11” x 20
Approx 10” x 19” after sewn on a pillow

Gauge
40 dc = 4” (10 cm)

Stitch Guide
ch(s) - chain(s), sc - single crochet, dc - double crochet, st(s) - stitch(es)

Special Stitches
Lacet = Ch 2, skip next st, slip st in next st, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, dc in next dc.
Bar or Double Space Below and Over Lacet= Ch 3, skip next 2 ch-2 spaces, dc in next dc.

Notes

  1. Beginning ch 2 counts as first dc now and throughout
  2. Follow chart by creating a block for every solid square on the chart, and open space for every empty square.

Instructions
Ch 182.
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in each chain across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as first dc now and throughout) dc in 2nd dc, dc in next 3 dc (2 blocks made), ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next dc (open space made); repeat from across to remaining 5 ch, dc in last 5 dc, turn-86 spaces and 4 blocks.
Rows 3-47: Follow chart, working ch 3 at the beginning of each row, a block for every solid square on the chart, and open space for every empty square. Beginning on row 15, refer to Special Stitches for how to make bars and lacets.

Finishing
Wash and block. Allow to dry.

Sewing Notes
Choose a contrasting fabric color so the filet crochet stitches stand out. Due to individual tension, I suggest sewing the pillow after the crocheted piece is complete so that adjustments can be made to size.

Pillow Cover Sewing Instructions
Fold and press 1” hem allowance along long edges of both smaller pieces of fabric, then fold and press 1” over again for double hem. Top stitch hems.
With right sides together, pin smaller pieces to larger piece, overlapping hemmed edges. Sew around all four edges using a 3/8” (1 cm) seam.
Turn cover inside out and place pillow form in cover. Hand sew the filet crocheted piece on the front using a sewing thread that matches the crochet thread.