Author:
Tanya Eberhardt

Tanya is the designer/makerand owner of Little Things Blogged. She shares free crochet and knitting patterns on her blog! When she is not playing with yarn she is usually playing with her two cats and dreaming of new ideas!

Tunisian Basketweave Pillow Crochet Pattern

Maker
5/23/2018

Hello, everyone! My name is Tanya and I am the maker, designer, and owner behind Little Things Blogged. Like most of you, I encountered Jessica’s work when I started following her through Instagram and I was immediately drawn to her style!

When I started out, I was just looking for something to keep me busy. While my first projects were definitely not the greatest or the prettiest ones, I was instantly fascinated by the fact that I could turn yarn into something useful, functional with a hook and my two hands. And then began the obsession.

Next came the designing! I wanted to create my own crochet designs and patterns! I especially like this process, from filling my notebook with rough sketches, dimensions, stitch notes etc. to start working on the actual project and bringing it to life! I think it’s actually one of the best things in crochet; to imagine something and actually realizing it!

Today, I am going to share with you a wonderful Tunisian crochet project! The Tunisian Basketweave pillow is the perfect pattern to get you hooking on Tunisian crochet. It will add a bit of elegance and will definitely brighten up your décor.

 

 

Supplies

Approximately 50 gr of DK weight yarn (I used Scheepjes Color Crafter in the color “Urk” for the front piece and “Barneveld” for the back)

US size 9 (5.5 mm) Tunisian crochet cable hook

Pillow insert (I used a 14x14 inch [35x35 cm] pillow)

Yarn needle

Scissors

NOTE: This pattern is extremely versatile! Use whatever yarn / needle size you feel comfortable using, just keep in mind that yardage will vary and that you may need to adjust the number of repeats you work for each section.

 

Key

St(t): Stitch(es)

Ch: Chain

Sl st: slip stitch

Yo: yarn over

Hk: hook

Lp: loop

Tss: Tunisian Simple Stitch

Tks: Tunisian Knit Stitch

Tps: Tunisian Purl Stitch

 

Notes

A row consists of a standard Tunisian forward row and return pass.

The last st on a forward pass is always worked the same way regardless of the st being used and will be referred as end st.

The first and last st, do not form part of pattern and are always worked the same.

Work in multiples of 5.

For front part: Row 2 and all other even rows: Work Return Pass.

 

Bind off

Begin your bind off process at the end of a return pass.

Insert hook into the second bar from hook. YO, pull up a loop and pull that same loop through the loop on your hook (sl st). Repeat for each stitch.

Bind off as usual.

  

Special Stitches

Tunisian Simple Stitch

Forward: Skip 1st vertical bar, *insert hk from right to left under 2nd vertical bar, yo and pull up a lp, keeping lp on hk. Continue picking up lps until the last st. Insert hk under last vertical bar and the bar that lies directly behind it (2 bars on hk), yo and pull up a lp - end st made.

Return: Yo, pull through 1 lp, * yo, pull through 2 lps; rep from * to end.

 

Tunisian Knit Stitch

Forward: Skip 1st vertical bar, *insert hk from front to back between the front and back vertical bars of the next st, yo and pull up a lp. Rep from * into each st up to last st, work end st.

Return: As for Tunisian Simple Stitch.

 

Tunisian Purl Stitch

Forward: Skip 1st vertical bar, *bring yarn forward to front of work, insert hk from right to left under next vertical bar and to back of work, yo and pull up a lp; rep from * to last st, work end st.

Return: As for Tunisian Simple Stitch.

 

Pattern

Front part of pillow

Row 1 (Foundation Row): Ch 55; pick up a loop from back bump in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch to end, leaving all loops on hk.

Row 2: Return

Row 3: Tks in next 4 sts, * tps in next 5 sts, tks in next 5 sts; rep from * to last  5 sts, tks 4, work end st.

Row 5-7: Work as Row 3

 

 

Row 8: Tps in next 4 sts, * tks in next 5 sts, tps in next 5 sts; rep from * to last  5 sts, tps 4, work end st.

Row 9-11: Work as Row 8

Repeat Rows 3-11 until piece measures 14 inches.

Bind off.

 

Back part of pillow

Row 1 (Foundation Row): Ch 55; pick up a loop from back bump in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch to end, leaving all loops on hk.

Row 2: Return

Row 3: Tss to end.

Repeat Rows 2-3 until piece measures 14 inches.

Bind off.

 

Finishing

With RS tog sew long sides and bottom using backstitch or mattress stitch.

Insert pillow and sew close.

 

 

I hope that you all enjoyed making this project as much as I did! I would love if you followed along on my maker journey through Instagram and my blog. I would love to see photos of your finished pieces, so be sure to tag me on IG @ltblogged.

Thank you to Jessica and the entire THN team for the amazing opportunity to share this pattern with all of you!

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