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Lombardy Pillow a Free Crochet Pillow Pattern

The Lombardy free crochet pillow pattern features an easy, textured stitch. Add a modern crochet touch to your home with a handmade pillow. Simple and stylish, the Lombardy Pillow is a beautiful accent for any room.

This crochet pillow is beginner friendly pattern. The photo tutorial includes step by step directions. If you prefer a square pillow, it can also be made to fit any size pillow form.

The Lombardy Pillow pictured is 12″ x 18,” and crochets up in just one ball of yarn. A quick reference chart is included for some common throw pillow sizes. Plus stitch multiple provided for making further customizations.

picture of free crochet pillow pattern on grey chair

The Yarn

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I love how the Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn in the variegated color worked up. Even my husband commented how much he likes it. And you know what it means if the husband compliments it.

Sometimes you just don’t know how the variegated yarns will look with certain stitch patterns. So I was thrilled when this combo worked up so well. The Pebble Beach Variegated + the lemon peel stitch + free crochet pillow pattern = a win.

Amanda from Loops and Love Crochet has designed a beautiful beach bag with this yarn in a gorgeous color combo.

picture of speckled grey free crochet pillow pattern on chair

Well I can’t let this one go without mentioning the name. Lombardy is a region in northern Italy. And as some of you may have noticed, I have a little Italian name theme going on with my patterns.

Mostly that’s because I met my husband in Italy. We were able to travel to the Lombardy region while we were there. Since this design is a lumbar pillow, I just had to use Lombardy for it’s name. See what I did there? I know, I know.

You many not be familiar with Lombardy, but you’ve probably heard of Milan, which is at the heart of the region. Milan has the most stunning duomo of all the Italian cities we visited. While my outdated, printed photos from college will do it little justice. You can check out Dan’s more recent photos and read more about the region in his blog post 15 amazing things to do in Lombardy.

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Materials

Notes

  1. Stitch multiple is 2 + 1
  2. Ch 1 at the start of a row does not count as st.

Stitches/Abbreviations

ch(s)-chain(s)          

sk-skip the indicated stitch

st(s)-stitch(es)

rep-repeat

sc-single crochet 

dc-double crochet

RS-right side

The stitch used for this pillow is one of my favorites, the lemon peel stitch. I’ve included pictures below, but if you’d like a more in depth tutorial you can check out my post on 2 ways to crochet the lemon peel stitch.

picture of grey lemon peel stitch up close

Gauge

4″ x 4″ = 9 sts x 10 rows in the pattern

Level

beginner

Construction

The Lombardy Pillow pattern is worked flat, on the long end. You’ll make two rectangles and then seam 3 sides together. Next you’ll stuff the pillow form inside. Finally you’ll seam the last edge.

Fit/Adjustment

Finished Dimensions: 11.75″ x 17.75″ fits a 12 x 18” pillow insert

Please note making any changes will effect the amount of yarn required, so plan accordingly.

To adjust the width of your pillowcase, use a stitch multiple of 2, then add 1 for the foundation row. See the chart below for recommended stitch counts for some common pillow form sizes. Aim for .5-1″ less than the actual pillow size.

To adjust the length, just crochet more rows.

To Fit a Pillow WidthStart with a Chain of
12″27
14″31
16″35
18″41
20″45
picture of crochet rectangle for pillow

Pattern

Fits a 18″ x 12″ rectangular pillow.

Make 2

Ch 41, 

Row 1. Sc in the 2nd ch from your hook, dc in the next ch,

picture of first sc

*{sc in next ch, dc in next ch} 

picture of first dc

rep from * across, turn. (40 sts)

Row 2. Ch 1, sc in the same st, dc in the next st,

picture of row 2 dc

*{sc in the next st, dc in the next st} rep from * across, turn. 

picture of row 2 complete

Row 3-25. Rep Row 2. 

Leave a long tail for seaming.

Seam

picture of rectangle with seam lines

Place RS together. Use long tail you left to sew three sides together. I used the mattress stitch.

Leave one side open and turn RS out. Stuff with pillow insert.

picture of pillow in cover open

Video Tutorial

There are a few pictures below showing the final seam. But I also created a video to show you how to close it.

Sew last side together.

picture of orange needle threaded through seam

To keep the last seam invisible, I worked with my hand inside-squishing the pillow over, and sewing on the inside. 

picture of hand in pillow seam

I grabbed the back side loops of the stitches with the yarn needle. Working like this allows the top of the stitches to come together, virtually seamless.

picture of sew closed pillow

Finishing

Cut yarn and weave in ends.

I’d love to see your #lombardypillow tag me @christacodesign on Instagram if you post a pic. Or share it to my Facebook Group, I love to see your work!

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Barbara Waldie

Saturday 13th of June 2020

I have tried this stitch and always forget which chain I did.

Christa18

Saturday 13th of June 2020

Yes, I could totally see that happening!

Beth McC -- Midwest Redhead

Friday 12th of June 2020

I love the lemon peel stitch! I've always done it in a solid-color yarn... amazing to see how it looks in variegated yarn! Great pattern. Thank you.

Christa18

Friday 12th of June 2020

Thanks Beth! I agree it looks really good in variegated. I was pleasantly surprised.

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