Rainbow Bobble Crochet Pillow Pattern

Adding a pop of colour to your living room is easy with this beautifully textured Rainbow Bobble Crochet Pillow. Using chunky yarn makes it quick to crochet. I whipped this crochet cushion cover up up in a weekend!

Rainbow bobble crochet cushion on blue sofa - crochet pillow pattern

This yarn review and free Crochet Cushion Pattern is a collaboration with American Yarns. This post contains affiliate links.

Colourful home decor is the quickest way to cheer up a room. Because I love bright colours, I couldn’t resist making a rainbow hued crochet cushion cover to cozy up my couch.

I was inspired to make this rainbow stripe crochet pillow after seeing the lovely selection of colours American Yarns had available in the Bernat Softee Chunky yarn range.

Rectangle crochet cushion with rainbow stripes

Of course if you enjoy your decor on the neutral side, you can omit the rainbow stripes and just make this crochet bobble pillow in a solid colour.

The crochet bobble stitch adds interesting texture to this cushion cover.

Rectangle crochet cushion with rainbow stripes

Even though bobble stitches look tricky, they are quite easy to do, and once you get the hang of them, I reckon you’ll be adding bobbles to all your crochet projects.

Rectangle crochet cushion with rainbow stripes

This crochet pattern is perfect for beginners – The majority of the crochet pillow cover is made in single crochet, so apart from counting rows, every so often, there isn’t much in this pattern to keep track of.

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I’ve also linked to a video which clearly explains how to make a bobble stitch for easy reference.

rainbow stripe crochet cushion on a blue sofa

The yarn – Bernat Softee Chunky

Bernat Softee Chunky yarn - Rainbow colours and Big Ball in grey heather g

Working with Bernat Softee Chunky was lots of fun. Its texture is quite soft and fluffy, but also surprisingly robust, which lends itself well to home decor projects like pillows, chunky throws, rugs and baskets.

It’s also great for accessories like bags and slippers. Anything you need to be durable and long lasting with wear.

Because this yarn creates a heavy, non-drapey fabric when knitted or crocheted at guage, I would not recommend this yarn for garments.

Bernat Softee Chunky yarn

The colour range available from American Yarns is very nice, with 24 colours in the 100g balls and 6 neutral colours available in the Big 400g ball.

I love how comically large the Big Ball is, and if you are planning on making a large project like a blanket or throw, the 400g ball works out quite economical too.

Being so chunky (Super Bulky/over 14ply), it works up really quickly with a large hook. I used an 8mm hook for this project.

It also gives great stitch definition, making it great for patterns which include textural elements.

Bernat Softee Chunky yarn - Glowing Gold

The yarn is 100% acrylic – machine washable and tumble dryer safe.

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How to make a Rainbow Stripe Bobble Crochet Pillow Cover

crocheted bobble stripe rainbow pillow

Finished Size (measured flat): Height 35cm/14″, Width 48cm/19″

You will need:

Note: Total yarn weight used for this crochet pillow cover pattern is 380g. If you are making this project in one solid colour you will only require 1x 400g big ball, or 4x 100g standard balls.

Crochet Stitches used (US terminology):

How to make a 4 dc Bobble stitch

How to make a 4dc bobble stitch in crochet

There are so many great tutorials explaining how to make a bobble stitch that I didn’t want to re-hash them here so I’ve just added some photos explaining the key steps for how to crochet a 4 dc bobble stitch.

I found this video very clearly explained how to crochet a bobble stitch – the only difference is that because the yarn for this project is so chunky, the bobble stitch in this pattern only required 4 dc loops to make a full bobble. So instead of 6 loops on the hook before the last yarn over, we will only need 5 loops on the hook.

Basic steps for how to crochet a bobble stitch

How to make a bobble stitch

1. After a single crochet stitch, we’ll be working into the next stitch to start the bobble. The bobbles will protrude on the back side of the row.

How to crochet a bobble stitch

2. Yarn over, insert hook into stitch and pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through two (essentially completing the first half of one double crochet stitch). Repeat in the same stitch/space until you have a 4 part made dc and a total of 5 loops on your hook.

How to crochet a bobble stitch

3. Yarn over, pull through all 5 loops at once.

How to crochet a bobble stitch

4. Single crochet in next stitch, pushing the bobble to the back of the work.

How to crochet a bobble stitch

5. Stitch finished.

How to crochet a bobble stitch

Rainbow Bobble Pillow Crochet Pattern instructions:

Gauge: 10×10cm (4″x4″) = 10st x 12 rows in sc

Pillow Back Pattern

crochet rectange back of pillow

Using Grey Heather Yarn

Set up row – ch 48

R1 – work 1 sc into 2nd stitch in chain, then sc1 into each ch. (47st)

R2 – R41 – ch, turn, sc1 into each stitch. (47st) for a total of 41 rows.

Break yarn and weave in ends.

Pillow Front Pattern

Note: sample pattern pictured below is made with 48 st across width but I’ve altered the pattern to 47st for symmetry.

Bobble pillow front panel crochet pattern

Using Grey Heather Yarn

Set up row – ch 48

R1 – work 1 sc into 2nd stitch in chain, then sc1 into each ch. (47st)

R2 – R12 – ch, turn, sc1 into each stitch. (47st)

change to blue yarn

R13 – ch, turn, (sc2, bl1)* repeat 15 times, sc2. (47st)

change to grey yarn

R14 – R16 – ch, turn, sc1 into each stitch. 

change to green yarn

R17 – ch, turn, (sc2, bl1)* repeat 15 times, sc2. (47st)

change to grey yarn

R18 – R20 – ch, turn, sc1 into each stitch. 

change to yellow yarn

R21 – ch, turn, (sc2, bl1)* repeat 15 times, sc2. (47st)

change to grey yarn

R22 – R24 – ch, turn, sc1 into each stitch. 

change to orange yarn

R25 – ch, turn, (sc2, bl1)* repeat 15 times, sc2. (47st)

change to grey yarn

R26 – R28 – ch, turn, sc1 into each stitch. 

change to red yarn

R29 – ch, turn, (sc2, bl1)* repeat 15 times, sc2. (47st)

change to grey yarn

R30 – R41 – ch, turn, sc1 into each stitch. (47st)

Break yarn and weave in ends.

Crochet Pillow Assembly Instructions

To assemble the pillow cover the back and front panels need to be sewn together.

How to assemble crochet pillow cover

1. Lay the front and back panels together with right sides (sides that will be on the outside of the pillow) facing each other.

How to assemble crochet pillow cover

2. With matching yarn, sew using whip stitch around the edges leaving an opening large enough to fit cushion insert through.

How to assemble crochet pillow cover

3. Stuff your cover with cushion insert. If you are using a square insert like I have, make sure you squish the filling down to make a rectangle shape and then fold over the extra fabric so you don’t have lumpy creases once the pillow is stuffed.

sew the pillow cover closed

4. Sew the opening of the crochet pillow cover closed.

rainbow stripe free crochet cushion pattern

All done! I’m so pleased at how great this rainbow striped crochet cushion pattern turned out. I think it’s probably one of my most favourite crochet projects I’ve made so far.

rainbow stripe crochet cushion on a blue sofa

I hope you enjoy making this cushion cover crochet pattern.

Will you make yours rainbow hued or a solid colour?

Yarns featured are available from www.americanyarns.com.au

 

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