Basket Weave Pillow

The over-and-under structure of the crocheted straps on this pillow create a woven appeal.

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The simple over-and-under structure of basket weave patterns appeals to Valentina Devine. For this pillow she's created an oversized "woven" fabric with crocheted strips worked lengthwise in single and half-double crochet. The covered under portion of each strip is worked as a solid block, and the segment of the strip that shows is worked with slits that create a lattice effect. This "woven" fabric would work equally well for a bag, rug, afghan, or even a kimono jacket. Valentina chose the colors for the pillow at random from La Lana Wool's handspun, plant-dyed yarns; their soft, rich hues form a palette that blends together in a pleasing way, no matter how the colors are combined. Pick any colors you like, says Valentina -- you can't go wrong.

Finished Size: 13" (33 cm) square.
Yarn: La Lana For Ever Random Fine (100% handspun, plant-dyed wool; 237 yd [217 m]/57 g): misty pebbles, deep sea indigo, Sherwood Forest, te morada, zarisa, and potpourri, 2 skeins each.
Yarn weight: #4 - Medium
Gauge: 19 sc and 15 rows = 4" (10 cm) in single crochet.
Hook: Size E/4 (3.5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Straight pins; tapestry needle; 13" (33-cm) square pillow form.
Originally Published: Interweave Crochet 2004 Premier Issue

SKU: EP2703

Author/Speaker/Editor: Valentina Devine

Format: eProject