Free Crochet Pattern & Video Tutorial: Lemon Pillow!

The Craft Yarn Council approached me again this year to create a new pattern for Stress Awareness Month (which was April!) after the success of our Lemon Stress Ball. This year, I decided to GO BIG with this huggable and squishable Lemon Pillow! We’re using big yarn and a big hook, so this big project should go by more quickly than you think. I have a video tutorial on YouTube for the visual learners, and the free pattern is below. A friendly, printable PDF has been available on stitchawaystress.com for the past few weeks, plus they have a knitted version, too!

I hope you have lots of fun adventures with your gigantic lemon!

 

Lemon Throw Pillow

crochet pattern by Twinkie Chan

Materials

  • 5 balls (approx. 405 yards) Lion Brand Hometown USA in Pittsburgh Yellow (Yellow)
  • 1 ball (approx. 10 yards) Lion Brand Hometown USA in Santa Fe Tweed (Brown)
  • 1 ball (approx. 20 yards) Lion Brand Hometown USA in Key Lime (Green)
  • M13/9.00mm crochet hook
  • 48 oz. of polyester stuffing (1 ½ 32 oz. bags)
  • Large tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers or scrap yarn in a contrasting color

Abbreviations

BLO: back loops only
ch(s): chain(s)
inv dec: invisible decrease
FLO: front loops only
sc: single crochet
sk: skip
sl st: slip stitch
st(s): stitch(es)
YO: yarn over
(    ): work everything inside the parentheses into the next stitch
[    ]: repeat everything inside the brackets the number of times indicated

Stitch Refresher

inv dec: invisible decrease – pick up FLO of next st, then pick up FLO of following st, [YO, pull through 2 loops] 2 times.

Notes

The right side (RS) of your work should show on the outside of the lemon.

Gauge

Exact gauge is not important in this pattern.

For reference, here is my gauge with Lion Brand Hometown USA and M hook:

8 sts x 10 rows = 4 in. x 4 in.

Finished Size

Approx. 26 in. long and 40 in. in circumference at widest point

 

LEMON

– With Yellow, make magic circle, or ch 3 and sl st to 1st ch to form ring.

Rnd 1: 6 sc into ring. Don’t join rnds. – 6 sts

Rnd 2: (2 sc) 6 times. – 12 sts

Rnd 3: [(2 sc), sc] 6 times. – 18 sts

Rnd 4: [(2 sc), 2 sc] 6 times. – 24 sts

Rnd 5: [(2 sc), 3 sc] 6 times. – 30 sts

Rnds 6-9: sc evenly around. – 30 sts

Rnd 10: [(2 sc), 2 sc] 10 times. – 40 sts

Rnd 11: [(2 sc), 4 sc] 8 times. – 48 sts

Rnd 12: [(2 sc), 7 sc] 6 times. – 54 sts

Rnd 13: sc evenly around. – 54 sts

Rnd 14: [(2 sc), 8 sc] 6 times. – 60 sts

Rnd 15: sc evenly around. 60 sts

Rnd 16: [(2 sc), 9 sc] 6 times. – 66 sts

Rnd 17: sc evenly around. – 66 sts

Rnd 18: [(2 sc), 10 sc] 6 times. – 72 sts

Rnds 19-20: sc evenly around. – 72 sts

Rnd 21: [(2 sc), 11 sc] 6 times. – 78 sts

Rnds 22-47: sc evenly around. – 78 sts

Rnd 48: [inv dec, 11 sc] 6 times. – 72 sts

Rnds 49-50: sc evenly around. – 72 sts

Rnd 51: [inv dec, 10 sc] 6 times. – 66 sts

Rnd 52: sc evenly around. – 66 sts

Rnd 53: [inv dec, 9 sc] 6 times. – 60 sts

Rnd 54: sc evenly around. – 60 sts

Rnd 55: [inv dec, 8 sc] 6 times. – 54 sts

Rnd 56: sc evenly around. – 54 sts

Rnd 57: [inv dec, 7 sc] 6 times. – 48 sts

Rnd 58: [inv dec, 4 sc] 8 times. – 40 sts

– Weave in loose ends from your yarn ball changes and start stuffing the Lemon. You want to be able to stuff the bulk of it before the opening gets too small, and then continue to add stuffing every few rnds.

Rnd 59: [inv dec, 2 sc] 10 times. – 30 sts

Rnd 60: sc evenly around. – 30 sts

Rnd 61: [inv dec, 3 sc] 6 times. – 24 sts

Rnd 62: [inv dec, 2 sc] 6 times. – 18 sts

Rnd 63: [inv dec, sc] 6 times. – 12 sts

Rnd 64: inv dec 6 times. – 6 sts

– Sl st to next st to join.

– Break off leaving about 12 inches of yarn.

– With tapestry needle, weave through remaining 6 sts and pull to close.

– Tie off and weave in ends.

– If the bump at the top of your lemon isn’t pronounced enough for your liking, you can always take about a yard of Yellow, and with a tapestry needle, weave Yellow invisibly through the inside/center of each stitch in Rnd 9 and then cinch the yarn a little to create more shape. Tie off and weave in ends.

 

STEM

– With Brown, make magic circle, or ch 3 and sl st to form ring.

Rnd 1: 6 sc into ring. Don’t join rnds. – 6 sts

Rnd 2: (2 sc) 6 times. – 12 sts

Rnd 3: in BLO, sc evenly around – 12 sts

Rnd 4: working in both loops again, [inv dec, 2 sc] 3 times. – 9 sts

Rnds 5 and throughout: sc evenly around until your stem is as long as you prefer. Mine is 3 inches.

– After last sc, sl st to next st to join. Break off leaving about 24 inches of yarn for sewing later.

– Weave in other end.

– Stuff Stem lightly.

 

 

LEAF

– With Green, give yourself a 12 inch yarn tail for sewing later, then ch 2.

Row 1: Sk 1st ch, (3 sc). – 3 sts

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. (3 sc), (2 sc), (3 sc). – 8 sts

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. (2 sc), 6 sc, (2 sc). – 10 sts

Rows 4-8: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly. – 10 sts

Row 9: Ch 1, turn. Sk 1st st, 9 sc. – 9 sts

Row 10: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly. – 9 sts

Row 11: Ch 1, turn.  7 sc, sk 1 st, sc in last st. – 8 sts

Row 12: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly. – 8 sts

Row 13: Ch 1, turn. Sk 1st st, 7 sc. – 7 sts

Row 14: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly. – 7 sts

Row 15: Ch 1, turn. 5 sc, sk 1 st, sc in last st. – 6 sts

Row 16: Ch 1, turn. Sk 1st st, 5 sc. – 5 sts

Row 17: Ch 1, turn. Sk 1st st, 4 sc. – 4 sts

Row 18: Ch 1, turn. Sk 1st st, 3 sc. – 3 sts

Row 19: Ch 1, turn. Sk 1st st, 2 sc. – 2 sts

Row 20: Ch 1, turn. Sk 1st st, sc. – 1 st

– Break off and weave in end.

 

ASSEMBLY

  1. Sew Stem to top of Lemon.
  2. Sew Leaf to base of Stem.
  3. Hug!

 

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8 Responses to Free Crochet Pattern & Video Tutorial: Lemon Pillow!

  1. Mary Godinez says:

    Hi. I love this project! Could you use 100% cotton yarn for this project instead?

    • TwinkieChan says:

      You can use what ever yarn you’d like. However, if it’s a different weight, then the pillow won’t end up the same size.

  2. Karen Brathwaite says:

    Thank you Ms. Twinkie for the free lemon pillow, who knows maybe you can use the green to make a lime pillow. May God bless you and your family.

  3. wooly brain says:

    Super cute lemon, Thanks Twinkie for sharing ❤️

  4. Erica says:

    This is so sweet! When you made the pattern for the lemon a couple of years ago, one of my first thoughts was “that would make a very Twinkie-esque pillow”!

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