How to design your own granny square pillowcase

How to crochet a new elmer granny square pillow case

I have been doing a lot of granny square crocheting of late, including finishing my desk blanket. The blanket was completed with an irresponsibly small amount of wool, because I too like to live dangerously.

Complete ttreble crochet granny stitch blanket

The next project was to cover a pair of pillows. If memory serves, these were a very cheap pair of pillows from ASDA I first purchased when I moved to Bath. They had since been relegated to the living room where their cases were starting to look terrible, so I thought I would crochet them new cases.

I knew what design I wanted for the first pillowcase, but had no luck finding the design pattern on Pinterest. I thought I should be able to follow a drawn pattern. I started this by planning a monochromatic elmer stitch granny square with a geometric swirl in blue. I also planned for a fifth shade of blue in the middle, and a sixth colour for the other side of the pillowcase (a solid navy blue).

moleshine blue geometry granny square plan

It was pretty simple, and I figured if I started a treble stitch granny square the usual way;

…this would be the first shade of blue, which is then immediately finished with.

granny square monochromatic geometric swirl plan

From there, the first part was the hardest to start, as each stitched colour needs to be on the back of a colour that was not put down yet! Eventually, I got going, attaching all four colours. After that it was as simple as following the instructions for a normal elmer stitch square, but never finishing off a row of colour.

Eventually, I had a square slightly smaller than my pillow. This was the first side of my pillow case – the other would be a more basic elmer stitch square in a block navy colour.

elmer square granny geometric swirl


Instructions for the Humble Granny Square

View the desk blanket as a work-in-progress


About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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One Response to How to design your own granny square pillowcase

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