New Pattern Available: Ruffle Rose Pillow

Good morning all! It’s Monday here, and a holiday, which means no mail and a lot of people have the day off. Not me, of course, because I have to write two patterns today to prep for shipping off projects before their end of month deadline. It’ll also mean I can clear off my white board because the center section has been FULL of projects. Again, good for bank account, bad for taking holidays off.

Today I wanted to share with you the latest design that’s been published. Now, it came out a couple of weeks ago, but I had promised the dress form post, so you’re getting it now. Plus, I wanted to share with you what happened with this design.

Let’s get the design stuff out of the way first.

The Ruffle Rose Pillow is from Coats and Clark and is a free pattern. Here’s the details:

Photo copyright Coats & Clark and used with permission

Pattern is available here on RedHeart.com: Ruffle Rose Pillow pattern

Ravelry link: Ravelry Page

This pillow uses four balls of Red Heart Soft Yarn, an H-8 and I-9 crochet hook, and a 16″ round pillow insert. Make sure you check your gauge. I used just about the entire four balls, so if you think you won’t make gauge, then buy an extra ball.

This pillow will look great in your home. Quick and relatively easy (it will get a bit fiddly near the end, and when you’re crocheting the pillow closed), I think it would look awesome in any number of colors. The back is not ruffled, and is attached to the front in the last round. No sewing! Although I suppose if you wanted to (or needed to be able to remove the pillow from time to time) you could sew it together and install a zipper or something.

Now, this lovely pillow seemed so easy when I got the assignment. And it was. The construction concept stayed the same throughout the design process.

However….

It always seems that what should be the easiest design to execute is always the one to bite me every step of the way. This was the design that I ripped back four or five times during construction (I don’t remember and it pains me to look back through Twitter to see). This was the design that I often times daydreamed about setting on fire. To be clear, not because of anything wrong with the design (I love the final product)…it was simply figuring out exactly what needed to be done. Once I finally got through the roadblocks in my own head, I was able to quickly finish the pillow.

The wonderful thing for you? You simply get to pick up the pattern and start crocheting. All the hard part has been done. As long as you follow the directions, the pillow will simply fly off your hook.

I share this with you because I’ve always been honest about the design process (see my designing series for hard truths and such). It’s not always sunshine and roses and unicorns. Sometimes there’s real blood, sweat, and tears that go into the designing process (I’ve had all three happen, thankfully never on the project itself). It’s important to me that crocheters understand what goes into the designs they use.

Sometimes we’re lucky and it’s a quick design to create (those are usually the hardest to write the patterns for…just so you know that sometimes it’s a struggle either way). Sometimes we’re not. Either way, the hard work we do turns into a wonderful project for you to create.

I do hope that you’ll give this one a try. If you do, let me know! If it’s on Ravelry, I’ll see it. I can’t wait to see it done in a few different colors. I think a bright color would look great on a neutral sofa or chair. Spring is on its way, so you should totally get this done for your spring redecorating.

Next week I’ll have the wonderful Karen Ratto-Whooley here and we’ll be chatting about her newest book: I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting Socks. I’m almost done with my first sock from this book and I can tell you, her instructions are clear, detailed and wonderful. I’m hoping to finish at least one sock this week so I can show it to you next week. If you love crocheting socks, or were always interested in learning how, get this book when it comes out. You won’t be disappointed! Come visit me next week to meet Karen and read our little chat about it.