You’re going to love the Flight of the Dragonfly Pillow! It’s the perfect addition to everyday décor or can even be modified to suit your seasonal décor. When I think decorative pillow or throw pillow I always think back to my grandma’s embroidered pillows that were on every chair in her house and there were always at least 3 on her bed. She would sometimes switch them around, but they were always there and that is a memory I treasure.
With the Flight of the Dragonfly Pillow I’d like to think I threw together my love of my grandma’s old-fashioned nature with my love for dragonflies; as well as, a modern twist to bring you something that everyone will enjoy and want as part of their home! The Flight of the Dragonfly Pillow is inspired by my love of all things dragonfly and my desire to always be in nature; dragonflies are just so majestic and beautiful, graceful and delicate and there is always a joy to be found in being outside!
Before we get into the pattern itself, here’s just a little bit about me: My name is Ruthie and I have a slightly more than normal obsession with dragonflies, so you’ll find them in a lot of my patterns! I also have a love of teaching and helping others so I began teaching a couple of crochet classes, one for a local group of home-school kids and another for adults. I also began a local group for crocheters to get together and create things for donating to our community; as well as, larger organizations.
This pattern was designed using all Caron Simply Soft worsted / #4 weight yarn. The main color used is Soft Blue to represent a beautiful spring sky. The other colors used are Teal Tourmaline as the main dragonfly wing color, with Purple as a wing accent, Autumn Red for the flowers, Chartreuse and Dark Green for the leaves, and Black for the stems and dragonfly bodies.
What made me choose this particular yarn for this pattern was first and foremost the softness of it, but the vibrant beautiful colors came in as a close second.
A GREAT DECOR ITEM FOR ALL SEASONS
The Flight of the Dragonfly Pillow is the perfect addition to any decor and you can change up the colors as you see fit so that this beautiful pillow will work with your style. You can also make several pillows to correlate with the different seasons by changing the colors of the leaves, flowers, and dragonfly wings!
Seasonal color change ideas:
Spring: A light blue background, cherry blossom pink wings with a lavender accent, deep pink flowers, light green leaves with dark green accents
Summer: A deeper blue background, hot pink wings with a yellow accent, purple flowers, dark green leaves with light green accents
Fall: A sunset yellow background, red wings with an orange accent, sunflower yellow flowers, light green leaves with brown accents
Winter: A white background, royal blue wings with an ice blue accent, red flowers, brown leaves with light green accents
Since you like the Flight of the Dragonfly Pillow, these might interest you too?
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CROCHET THAT?
How long it takes to crochet something varies depending on your skill & how fast you crochet. But that isn’t a helpful answer is it?
Well, I’ve developed a yarn calculator to help you get the answer to this question.
It will help you calculate exactly how much time you’ll spend crocheting a project.
All you need to know is how much yarn you will use on the project in either meters, yards or skeins. Then crochet your test square & time it.
FLIGHT OF THE DRAGONFLY – THE FREE CROCHET PATTERN
GRAB THE PDF ON RAVELRY!
ABOUT THE PATTERN:
The Flight of the Dragonfly Pillow is available here with written instructions. You can purchase the full pattern with written instructions and a chart on Ravelry. The pattern features 2 options on sizing using single crochet or half double crochet. You also have the option of doing 2 front panels with the design on either side or doing a front panel with the design and a solid color back panel.
Size 5.5 mm / US: I/9 / UK: 5
Caron Simply Soft in Soft Blue (SB)
Caron Simply Soft in Teal Tourmaline (T)
Caron Simply Soft in Purple (P)
Caron Simply Soft in Chartreuse (Lt. G)
Caron Simply Soft in Dark Green (Dk. G)
Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Red (R)
Caron Simply Soft in Black (B)
Yarn amount used:
2 skeins of the Caron Simply Soft in Soft Blue (about 500 yards) and >1 skein (about 20-40 yards of each) in each of the following colors Teal Tourmaline, Purple, Chartreuse, Dark Sage, Autumn Red, and Black
Note: If doing the hdc size option you will need 3 skeins of Soft Blue
- 4 worsted weight medium yarn
- 100% acrylic
OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED:
- Needle, find one here (if you don’t already have one)!
- Pillow form, I used a 9″ x 19″ form for the sc pillow
- Yarn bobbins (optional)
Measured with single crochet crocheted in rows:
16 stitches & 14 rows per 10 cm / 4”.
- This crochet pattern is written in US terms (more details).
- All measurements given are unblocked.
- Note that measurements are given as exact as possible. But crochet tension & technique might give variations in the result; that changes from person to person.
- Read pattern instructions carefully before beginning to make sure you understand everything. It might save you hours!
- Make a swatch that measure at least 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches using the stitch the gauge is given for. If your swatch matches the gauge, you’re good to go. If the gauge is wrong, you might need to change your hook. Go up in crochet hook size if your stitches are smaller & go down in crochet hook size if your stitches are bigger (more details).
- Check yarn info if you want to find an alternative or test your yarn against the gauge (more details).
- This pattern is written for 1 size, however size adjustments are suggested under the heading “Size & Measurements”.
- At the end of each row, the stitch count is given in parenthesis. Every row will have the same amount of stitches as row 1.
- This pattern is written in rows, so turns are assumed at the end of each row, not written; therefore please ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.
SIZE & MEASUREMENTS:
ch = chain (s) (tutorial)
hdc = half double crochet (tutorial)
sc = single crochet (tutorial)
st = stitch (es)
SB: Soft Blue
T: Teal Tourmaline
Lt. G: Chartreuse
Dk. G: Dark Sage
R: Autumn Red
STITCHES YOU WILL NEED:
This pattern was designed using sc, but it looks beautiful in hdc as well and hdc also increases the size.
TECHNIQUES YOU WILL NEED:
You need to have a familiarity with sc (and/or hdc), color changes, color carrying, and sewing pieces together.
Directions: (make 2 or do solid backing)
Row 1 – Using SB chain 76, turn, SB75
Row 2 – SB75
Row 3 – SB26, T3, SB14, (Lt.G) x 4, SB21, R, SB6
Row 4 – SB5, R3, SB20, Lt.G, Dk.G, B, (Lt.G) x 2, SB12, T6, SB24
Row 5 – SB23, T3, P2, T2, SB11, (Lt.G) x 3, B, Dk.G, Lt.G, SB11, (Lt.G) x 4, SB5, R5, SB3
Row 6 – SB2, R6, SB4, (Lt.G) x 2, Dk.G, B, Lt.G, SB5, (Dk.G) x 3, SB4, Lt.G, Dk.G, B, (Lt.G) x 2, SB12, T3, P, T3, SB22
Row 7 – SB21, T2, P3, T2, SB12, (Lt.G) x 2, B, Dk.G, (Lt.G) x 2, SB3, (Dk.G) x 4, SB5, (Lt.G) x 2, B, Dk.G, (Lt.G) x 2, SB4, B, R3, SB3
Row 8 – SB7, B, SB3, Lt.G, B2, (Lt.G) x 3, SB4, Dk.G, Lt.G, B, (Dk.G) x 2, SB4, (Lt.G) x 2, Dk.G, B, Lt.G, SB14, T3, P2, T, SB3, B2, SB15
Row 9 – SB14, B4, SB, T4, SB3, T5, SB9, B2, (Lt.G) x 2, SB5, (Dk.G) x 2, B, (Lt.G) x 2, Dk.G, SB5, (Lt.G) x 3, B2, SB2, B, SB7
Row 10 – SB7, B2, SB, B, SB8, (Dk.G) x 2, B2, (Dk.G) x 2, SB9, B, SB8, T3, P3, T2, SB4, T2, B4, SB14
Row 11 – SB15, B3, T, SB2, T3, P3, T4, SB9, B, SB9, (Dk.G) x 3, B2, Dk.G, SB8, B3, SB8
Row 12 – SB5, (Dk.G) x 3, B3, SB8, Dk.G, B, (Dk.G) x 3, SB10, B, SB8, B2, T12, B2, T8, SB8
Row 13 – SB4, T6, P2, T4, B2, SB6, B, SB6, B2, SB7, B2, SB12, B, SB6, B4, SB, B3, Lt.G, Dk.G, SB4
Row 14 – SB3, Dk.G, (Lt.G) x 2, B, (Dk.G) x 2, SB4, B8, SB12, B, SB7, B2, SB7, B2, SB4, B2, SB, T2, SB2, T2, P2, T6, SB2
Row 15 – SB2, T3, P3, T2, SB2, T3, SB3, B, SB4, B, SB9, B, SB7, B2, SB7, B6, SB10, (Dk.G) x 2, B2, Lt.G, Dk.G, SB3
Row 16 – SB2, (Dk.G) x 6, SB16, B6, SB, B2, SB8, B, SB9, B, SB4, B, SB3, T2, P, T2, SB2, T5, SB3
Row 17 – SB9, T, P3, T, SB5, B, SB3, B, SB2, B4, SB3, B2, SB7, B3, SB2, B2, SB19, (Dk.G) x 5, SB2
Row 18 – SB22, R4, B, SB5, B2, SB6, B, SB3, B2, SB2, B, SB2, B, SB3, B, SB6, T2, P2, T, SB8
Row 19 – SB7, T2, P, T2, SB7, B2, SB3, B, SB, B2, SB2, B, SB3, B, SB5, B2, SB6, B, R5, SB21
Row 20 – SB22, R5, SB8, B, SB3, B2, SB3, B, SB4, B2, SB3, B, SB9, T5, SB6
Row 21 – SB6, T4, SB10, B, SB4, B2, SB3, B, SB4, B, SB, B2, SB9, R3, SB24
Row 22 – SB15, B, SB9, R, SB11, B, SB, B, SB5, B4, SB4, B, SB21
Row 23 – SB21, B, SB13, B2, SB8, T3, SB10, B, SB16
Row 24 – SB16, B, SB9, T4, SB8, B2, SB12, B, SB22
Row 25 – SB35, B, SB10, T, P, T2, SB7, B, SB17
Row 26 – SB17, B, SB6, T2, P, T, SB11, B, SB35
Row 27 – SB34, B2, SB11, T2, P2, T, SB5, B, SB17
Row 28 – SB18, B, SB3, T, P2, T2, SB2, T5, SB6, B, SB34
Row 29 – SB18, (Lt.G) x 4, SB12, B, SB5, T2, P2, T4, SB2, T3, SB3, B, SB18
Row 30 – SB18, B2, SB, T2, SB2, T2, P5, T3, SB5, B, SB11, (Lt.G) x 5, SB18
Row 31 – SB12, R, SB, R, SB3, (Lt.G) x 2, Dk.G, B, (Lt.G) x 2, SB9, B, SB8, T5, P3, T4, B2, SB19
Row 32 – SB6, T13, B2, T8, SB12, B, SB8, (Lt.G) x 2, B2, Dk.G, Lt.G, SB3, R5, SB11
Row 33 – SB10, R7, SB2, (Lt.G) x 2, Dk.G, B, (Lt.G) x 2, SB7, B4, SB17, B3, T, SB2, T3, P3, T5, SB5
Row 34 – SB5, T2, P4, T2, SB4, T2, B4, SB13, (Dk.G) x 2, SB, B, SB2, B2, SB6, Lt.G, B2, Dk.G, Lt.G, SB3, R7, SB10
Row 35 – SB11, R2, B, R2, SB5, (Lt.G) x 2, B2, SB6, B, SB3, B2, Lt.G, (Dk.G) x 2, SB12, B4, SB, T4, SB3, T6, SB5
Row 36 – SB11, T4, P, T, SB3, B2, SB12, (Dk.G) x 2, Lt.G, B2, Dk.G, SB4, B, SB3, B3, SB7, B4, SB13
Row 37 – SB17, B2, SB7, B4, SB5, (Dk.G) x 2, B, Lt.G, (Dk.G) x 2, SB18, T, P, T5, SB9
Row 38 – SB8, T4, P2, T, SB19, (Dk.G) x 2, Lt.G, B, (Dk.G) x 2, SB9, B3, SB3, B2, SB18
Row 39 – SB19, B, SB3, B, SB11, (Dk.G) x 3, Lt.G, (Dk.G) x 2, SB20, T, P2, T4, SB7
Row 40 – SB6, T3, P3, T, SB21, (Dk.G) x 6, SB11, B2, SB, B, SB20
Row 41 – SB20, B3, SB13, (Dk.G) x 4, SB23, T2, P3, T, SB6
Row 42 – SB7, T3, SB26, (Dk.G) x 2, SB15, B, SB21
Row 43 – SB21, B, SB15, (Dk.G) x 2, SB36
Row 44 – SB54, B, SB20
Row 45 – SB20, B, SB54
Do not fasten off and continue to sewing your pieces together.
To put the pillow together line up your edges and place stitch markers (or safety pins) into the four corners. Next begin to single crochet or half double crochet around your pillow adding 2 extra stitches to each corner for a total of 3 stitches in the corners where you placed your stitch markers. Once you get three sides put together add your pillow form and close up the last side. Fasten off, weave in your ends, and enjoy your beautiful new decorative pillow.
BY GUEST DESIGNER RUTHIE SMITH OF DRAGONFLY CREATIONS!
Ruthie Smith is the designer, creator, and owner of Dragonfly Creations. She resides in beautiful Montana with her husband, two children, and several fur babies. She has a very busy life and when she’s not crocheting or working she can be found homeschooling her children, teaching crochet classes, participating in church activities, quilting, reading, and hiking. Ruthie has been crocheting since the age of 6, when she was taught by her grandma. Her passion for crochet has only grown throughout the years and then in 2019 she began writing down her patterns to share with the world; but she has been designing them for years. Most of Ruthie’s patterns are dragonfly inspired as the dragonfly is elegant, graceful, enchanting, and a sign of change, transformation, and adaptability; plus they’re absolutely beautiful! Dragonflies are a stunning piece of nature and the beauty of the world is filled with inspiration to be drawn from. Several of her patterns have been published in Happily Hooked Magazine and she also design patterns for Darn Good Yarn (DGY)! Use coupon code DRAGONFLY15 at www.darngoodyarn.com for 15% off your entire order!
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