A stag + buffalo check — this crochet pillow cover could not get any more amazing or trendy. Every time I see it sitting on my couch I get excited. This was the largest tapestry crochet project I have tackled so far! It was challenging until I found my groove but it was also fun and I enjoyed watching my skill level increase as I worked my way up the pattern.
You do not have to do this as a tapestry crochet project though, so don’t be afraid of it if you aren’t ready to try tapestry crochet. Please make sure to read through the pattern notes and email me if you have any questions!
Buffalo Check Crochet Pillow Cover
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1 skein Red Heart Super Saver in Cherry Red
1 skein Red Heart Super Saver in Burgundy
1 skein Red Heart Super Saver in Charcoal
1 skein Red Heart Super Saver in Black
Red Heart Super Saver 7 oz (198g), 364 yds (333 m) – See color options on Amazon
I/5.5 mm crochet hook
J/6.0 mm crochet hook
You can see my favorite hooks right on Amazon
20” x 20” Pillow
sc – single crochet
fsc – Foundation single crochet
dc – double crochet
fdc – foundation double crochet
Each square on the graph represents one sc.
The intention of the pattern is to be worked as a flat tapestry crochet project, carrying the yarn all the way through. Some quick tips:
- Since the pillow cover will have a back, instead of carrying the yarn directly on top of the row below, carry the yarn toward the wrong side and you will have less show through,
- The charcoal color shows through the worst, so try to carry it toward the backside of your project. (I tried to keep black or burgundy toward the front.)
- It is best to start carrying at least three of the colors from row one. The color not used at all in that section (black or cherry red) can be left and then pulled up when needed in the next section. (If you don’t carry the same amount of yarn all the way through, your rows will not be even.)
- Do a gauge swatch, or two! How you carry the yarn through will affect the final height of the pillow cover so make sure your swatch is representative of how you will crochet the final piece
- Please check out this post for further tapestry crochet tips!
You do not have to do this as a tapestry crochet piece – pick a side to be the wrong side pull you yarn along the back and you still don’t have to worry about weaving in any ends! Your final cover will be smaller but you can add a couple of rows of scs in black around the entire edge to make it bigger. (Honestly, it would probably be faster to do this way but not as fun or challenging!)
When working the back panels, the goal is to match the width of the front panels. You may need to add or subtract dcs to match the width of your front panel.
Front – 4” x 4”: 15 sc by 14 rows (size I hook)
Back – 4” x 4”: 10 dc by 7 rows (size J hook)
With black Chain 72,
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook to start row one
Follow graph to create the front of the pillow – each square is one sc
When the graph is complete, sc around the entire edge of the front panel with black.
Panel 1 (shorter panel)
Row 1: with Cherry Red fdc 55
Row 2- 18: dc in each dc (55)
Panel 2 (longer panel)
Row 1: with Cherry Red fdc 55
Rows 2-24: dc in each dc (55)
Place panel 1 on top of the wrong side of the front panel lining it up with the top of the front panel. Place panel 2 on top of panel 1 and the front panel lining it up with the bottom of the front panel. Sc around the entire edge of pillow cover with black, attaching the back panels to the front panel. Bind off.
Insert pillow and fluff!
Check out the other Christmas Pillows in this series
Christmas Tree Pillow Cover
Joy Christmas Pillow Cover
Noel Christmas Pillow Cover