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Shadow Box Pillow Cover - free crochet pattern

One of my first completed projects was the Shadow Box Throw designed by Denise Black for Red Heart. I have used this pattern to make many baby blankets and it remains one of my favorite patterns to this day. You can see that my original copy of the pattern has been well loved.

Shadow Box Pillow Cover - free crochet pattern

There is a huge bonus with this pattern: The front and back look so different but equally as amazing and the fantastic texture is created by clever switching of front post double crochets with back post double crochets.  I hesitated to use this pattern to cover a pillow because I didn’t know how I would ever choose which side to face out. Thankfully, I didn’t have to choose! One side is shadow box and the other smooth

Shadow Box Pillow Cover - free crochet pattern

(I can’t bring myself to call one of the sides the wrong side!)

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US-Size I/9 Crochet Hook (Clover Amour Crochet Hook, Size I)

2 Skeins Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Pagoda


Large Eye Tapestry Needle


yo – yarn over
ch(s) – chain(s)
sc(s) – single crochet(s)
fpdc – front post double crochet
bpdc – back post double crochet
dc(s) – double crochet(s)
Fdc – foundation double crochet


If you haven’t learned to do a foundation double crochet yet, now is the time! Tamara over at Moogly Blog has a great video tutorial on how to do a foundation double crochet.

I covered a pillow that is about 16” by 22”. If you want to cover a different size pillow, use multiples of 4 for the foundation stitches and continue to the pattern until it is the desired height.


Row 1: Fdc 72, ch 2, turn

Row 2: skip first dc, fpdc around next 2 sts, bpdc around next st, *fpdc around next 3 sts, bpdc around next st; repeat from * to the last 3 sts; fpdc around the next 2 sts, dc in top of ch.  Ch 2, turn.

Row 3: skip first dc, dc in next 2 sts, *fpdc around next st, dc in next 3 sts; repeat from * working the last dc in top of ch.  Ch 2, turn.

Repeat rows 2-3 until rectangle is approximately 22”.  Make a second rectangle. Put one shadowbox side and smooth side together and sew 3 sides together. Insert pillow or stuff and sew the fourth side.  Take a nap on your new beautiful pillow. (Nap is optional by highly encouraged.)

Shadow Box Pillow Cover {free crochet pattern}

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