Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hello Kitty! Pillow

I made this Hello Kitty pillow from scratch, although it's really really simple. I was kind of surprised that didn't have much in their database for a pillow. They had nice looking ones, but not plain ones that could be used as a template for something else.

So, have fun making this. Keep in mind my original goal was an 11x14" size pillow. Adjust it however you wish!!

Polyfiber filling of your choice, maybe a little firmer than your usual amigurumi-type stuffing for dolls
Size H hook (for main pillow)
Size E hook (for eyes, nose)
Tapestry/yarn needle
Any kind of worsted weight yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft) in pink, white, black, yellow.

ch - chain
hdc - half double crochet
sc - single crochet
sc2tog - single crochet 2 together (decrease stitch)
dc2tog - double crochet 2 together (decrease stitch)
mr - magic ring
bobble stitch - You can make it like I did this way: YO (yarn over), insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch, pull hook through 2 loops on hook (2 loops remain on hook), doing it this way, you will insert your hook into the stitch 4 times total, til there are 6 loops on hook. Then, pull through all 6 loops. One stitch is now made. You can also find this type of stitch better explained in the 150 Crochet Stitches book, or maybe online somewhere. I am not good at putting it into words. This stitch is what I used to create the 'border' around the edge of the pillow to bring it all together.

The pillow:
Ch 52, hdc in 2nd chain from the hook and on down - 51 stitches total, ch 2 and turn. The ch2 will count as your first hdc at the beginning of each row. (So you will just put your first 'real' hdc into the second stitch.)
I did 31 rows of this.

Do this twice, once in each color.

The eyes:
(in black, use double strands to give it bulk, with E hook)
Row 1: ch 6, sc in 2nd chain from the hook and in next 3 stitches, 2sc in last, working on the other side now (because we are goin to create an 'oval' like shape), sc in remaining 4 stitches - 10
Row 2: sc in each around - 10
Fasten off (or make to whatever size you wish)

The nose:
Work the nose just as you did the eyes, in yellow, and with just one strand.

Attach the eyes and nose onto your front panel of the pillow as you like. I did mine kind of high (if you look at pics of Hello Kitty her eyes and nose are kinda in the bottom 1/2 of her face). Also, put on your whiskers at this time. These are really hard for me to get to look clean, but just use double strands to make it thick. I did stretches across 4 or 5 stitches, but don't pull the stitches so tight that it puckers your pillow face. This is probably the only thing that is a little challenging about this pillow.

The ears:
(In white, using an H hook)
I wasn't really satisfied with how these ears were either (this seems to be a trend with the things I create). I didn't make good notes on this, but this is what I had:

Using double strands again, just to give it some thickness (you can also begin with a long tail on the front end of your chain, since you will have to attach the ears at the bottom edge anyway):
Row 1: ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and down, ch1, turn - 8
Row 2-3: sc in each across, ch 1, turn - 8
Row 4: sc2tog, sc in 4, sc2tog  - 6
Row 4: sc2tog, sc in 2, sc2tog - 4
Row 5: sc2tog twice. Don't cut yarn, just sc around outer edge to give it a finished edge. Fasten off.

The daisy:
I took this from the Crochet Stitch Motifs book, page 53.

I also double stranded this one, to make it thick and bulky.
Row 1: Ch 6, join with sl st
Row 2: ch 1, sc 15 times into the center of the ring (you're not going to put any stitches into the chains themselves. This gives it an "open ring" type look). Pay attention to where your stitches fall, keep them neat around the ring.
Row 3: *ch 3, dc2tog, ch 3, sl st into next st* repeat this 5 times, and sl st into the first stitch from the previous round.

Attach your daisy and ears on, and then you're ready to sew the front and back of the pillow together!

Use the bobble stitch as I mentioned above, or another stitch of your choosing for the border. :)

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