Tunisian Crochet Gypsy Pillow Cover by Summer Yarbrough

Tunisian Crochet Gypsy Pillow Cover

by Summer Yarbrough
November 2013
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
11 stitches and 11 rows = 4 inches
6.5 mm (K)
180 - 220 yards (165 - 201 m)
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This pattern is available for free.

I am losing sleep over a pattern that I want to share with you. I thought about working it up into a pattern to sell, but I decided that a) it’s not really a pattern, more of a tutorial on how to make this pillow, and b) it is a fabrication from a mistake I made, I would offer it here for free.

That being said, I have a fascination with the bright, Bohemian colors that are typically associate with all things “Gypsy.” Crafts and furniture and clothing with passion because of how the brilliant colors are used. I’ve had the idea for making this pillow for a while (ever since I bought a truckload of clearance yarn from Joann’s several months ago), but it is just now manifesting itself.

During that time, I have learned other methods of crochet - Tunisian, Broomstick Lace, Hairpin Lace…you get the idea. I discovered with this project that Tunisian coupled with a bulky bright tweed yarn produces a singularly delightful result of color and texture.

This “pillow” was originally supposed to be a purse…but in my lack of sleep I hit upon the inspiration to make it into a pillow, resulting in an oh-so-cute piece of eye candy.

Wanna make one? Here’s the scoop…

The pattern and photos are copyrighted. You may use this pattern to make pillows, but please give credit either to this site or my Etsy shop (the pattern itself will not be posted on Etsy, but you may use the link https://www.etsy.com/shop/Bohochet.

Materials (assuming you only use one type of yarn):
• 5 oz/ 2 balls/ 200 yds of bulky tweed yarn (the yarn I used was Sensations It’s A Wrap Yarn. Comparable yarn would be Lion Brand Tweed Stripes Yarn)
• Size K Tunisian hook (6.5mm)
• 10” x 10” pillow insert (I used Mountain Mist Pillowloft Pillow Form. You don’t need this for the actual Pillow Cover)
• Sewology 40mm buttons (purchased at Hobby Lobby, I used item 460246)
• Needle and thread to sew on buttons