Spring brings new life and with it fresh possibilities. I think that’s what the Kayla crochet pillow cover embraces!
This past month has been an emotional roller coaster for us because both our moms passed away from Alzheimer’s. While my mom was in palliative care, delving into learning Tunisian crochet helped focus my sadness into positive energy. Working away on the design of the Kayla pillow, I would sit by mom and crochet while keeping her company.
Kayla Pillow – Crochet for a Cure
Mom taught me how to crochet when I was six. She instilled in me a love of everything DIY and craft. So it’s come full circle: we’re donating 100% of all pattern sales to benefit Alzheimers in memory of our moms!
Watch this brief intro to see what our passion project is all about:
Time for our Monthly Blog Hop
Understandably I missed the craft hop last month, but can’t wait to join in again today! So if you are visiting from Rebecca at Zucchini Sisters, welcome! At the bottom of this post, I’ll be directing you to the next stop on this venture. But don’t forget to check out the other stops too. Be sure to drop back in throughout the week to visit them all!
Craft as Therapy
It’s no secret that I love a good DIY reno, but when I want my mind and body to relax, I find that crocheting has a remarkably calming effect on me.
Any worsted weight yarn you choose – whether cotton, wool or synthetic – would work beautifully. Personally, I prefer natural fibres, so I selected Paton’s Classic Wool Worsted in gray and white. The neutral colour pallet will work with any decor year-round.
Without knowing anything about Tunisian crochet, I assumed I could just use the hook size recommended on the yarn label. But it turns out that Tunisian crochet works up much denser than regular crochet. So I would recommend this 6.0 mm double-end hook. Particularly essential for the two colour pattern of the Kayla pillow, is a double end hook.
Crochet Pillow Cover – Back of the Kayla Pillow
I loved experimenting with different textures for the Kayla pillow, like this smock stitch.
One of my favourite features of the Kayla Pillow is the button closure on the back of the cover, so it’s easily removable for washing.
However, when I crochet the Kayla pillow for my sisters, I’ll incorporate an item that Mom made for the back of the pillow instead. That will make it more special to remember her by.
Crochet a Pillow Cover – How to Smock Stitch
The smock stitch on its own would make a beautiful pillow cover. So I’m going to show you how to do it in this video tutorial. Grab a 6mm crochet hook and some worsted weight yarn to crochet along with me (or whatever you have to practice).
The most important part in finishing the smock stitch is blocking it: the edges can curl like the dickens. Since, we’re all about upcycling here at Birdz of a Feather, I use a piece of styrofoam packaging to block my smock stitch work.
Blocking relaxes the stitches so it comes together like a charm when it’s time to crochet the removable pillow cover together! We’ll show you how-to block in a future post!
The crochet edge around the pillowcase is done with a crab stitch.
When you’re done crocheting your pillow cover, check out this tutorial on how to make a pillow insert!
How Can YOU Help?
Living without our memories and experiences is tragic. If you would like to support the cause, buy the Kayla Pillow e-Pattern (or gift it to a friend who crochets). Remember, 100% of all pattern sales benefit Alzheimer’s!
If you don’t crochet, lend your support by helping us build awareness. Please share this link with your friends and family on social media (like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest) to help get the word out :).
For more cosy craft ideas, check out our Craft Ideas for Autumn.
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