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Cross Cable Crochet Pillow Pattern (modern, boho and just 8 squares)

This cable crochet pillow pattern is stylish, sophisticated and endlessly customisable to suit your own home decor. With a boho yet modern feel, you simply crochet 4 matching crochet cable squares for the front and 4 for the back.

They are seamed together to form the stunning cross cable design and then joined to form the pillow cover with an optional zip added too.

I don’t often use crochet cable stitches but my designer friends Briana K, MJs off the Hook and Marly Bird and I have come up with an entire collection of cable crochet patterns for your home that we hope you will love!

We are hosting a crochet along from 2nd May 2022 for 4 weeks to work on any of the patterns that you would like – there’s my pillow, a floor pouf, a set of nesting baskets and a blanket. So much to choose from! You can find out all about it here – sign up for the cable crochet along event.

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You can carry on reading to find the free pattern here in this blogpost or purchase an ad-free, printable PDF version of the Cross Cable crochet pillow pattern in my stores to download and print.

About the Cross Cable Crochet Pillow Pattern

When I was designing the pillow (or cushion as we would call it in the UK) I wanted to make sure that it looked like something you’d find in a really nice homeware boutique or home decor place.

I think too often that crochet homeware gets a bad reputation because it can look a little clumsy but hopefully this will show you that it doesn’t need to be that way!

I wanted it to be a mix between a boho crochet pillow and a simple and sophisticated one and so I went about creating one that was adaptable enough to be both. I hope I got it right!

The wonderful thing about the design is that it’s customisable in both terms of colours (you can work your crochet cables in different colours and/or your background) and you can also use the cable square motif to create a wall hanging, blanket, bag, basket, anything you like really! 

With a full video tutorial for the cable square it’s a pattern that anyone can achieve, even those with no experience of crochet cables or colour work.

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Make a Matching Wall Hanging

If you fancy making a matching crochet wall hanging for your pillow then you are in luck! I have made a separate video and blogpost about how I made mine and added it as a bonus to the PDF pattern too 🙂

The Crochet Pillow Gauge and Sizing

The pillow cover measures 20 in (50cm) by 20 in (50cm) to fit a 20 in by 20 in pillow pad.

Each cable square measures 10 in by 10 in (25cm by 25cm) when blocked. Tension is not essential for this project as the squares will stretch nicely over the pillow.

Recommended Yarn

To make the cable pillow I used Billow (Bulky Weight Yarn) by WeCrochet, 100% Pima Cotton, 120yds, 110m/100g , approx 9 hanks/1000yds for each pillow cover.

Each cable square uses approximately 100g, 120 yds of yarn

For a plain pillow cover made up of 8 squares you will need approximately 1000yds (9 skeins) to allow for seaming and joining.

For a colored pillow cover as shown you will need 5 skeins of Color A and 2 skeins each of Colors B, C, D and E. (There will be enough left over to make something lovely to coordinate!)

Colors ShownSkeins/ YDS for Option 1Skeins/ YDS for Option 2
Color B: Natural9/10005/560
Color A: Ice Lily2/170
Color A: Comfrey2/170
Color A: Cadet2/170
Color A: Sagebrush2/170

What Alternative Yarn Could You Use?

If you’re looking for an acrylic option then I’d go with Brava Bulky by WeCrochet as it has so many colours to choose from and is at a great price point.

Other Materials You Will Need

Along with your yarn, you will need the following:

5.5mm (US I) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge – my favourites are Furls Streamline Swirl crochet hooks or Caspian Regular crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Cushion Pad 20 x 20in (50 x 50cm)

18 inch zip (if desired for pillow cover)

Crochet Abbreviations and Glossary

ch(s)- chain(s)

sp- space

ss- slip stitch

beg- beginning

sk- skip

st(s)- stitch(es)

RS- right side

WS- wrong side

rep- repeat

FP- front post

BP-back post

tog- together

Crochet Stitches used in the Pattern

The pattern uses the following crochet stitches.

Standard US Crochet Term
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
tr – treble crochet

Special Stitches

BACK POST HALF DOUBLE CROCHET : BPhdc

Yarn over hook, insert hook from back to front to back around post of desired stitch below, yarn over hook and pull up a loop, yarn over hook and pull through all 3 loops on hook.

FRONT POST DOUBLE CROCHET : FPdc

Yarn over hook, insert hook from front to back to front around post of desired stitch below, yarn over hook and pull up a loop, yarn over hook and pull through 2 loops on the hook, yarn over hook and pull through all 3 loops on hook.

FRONT POST TREBLE CROCHET : FPtr

Yarn over hook twice, insert hook from front to back to front around post of desired stitch below, yarn over hook and pull up a loop, yarn over hook and pull through 2 loops on the hook, yarn over hook and pull through 2 loops on the hook, yarn over hook and pull through all 3 loops on hook.

HALF DOUBLE CROCHET 2 TOGETHER : hdc2tog

(Yarn over hook, insert in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop) 2 times, yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook.

HALF DOUBLE CROCHET 3 TOGETHER : hdc3tog

(Yarn over hook, insert in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop) 3 times, yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook.

How to get the Crochet Pattern

This crochet pillow pattern is a free crochet pattern on the blog for everyone to enjoy, just scroll down to find it.

There are a few ways you can access and enjoy this crochet pattern and help support HanJan Crochet.

  1. You can find and use the crochet pattern here on the blog that is supplemented with ads.
  2. You can purchase, print and keep the 15 page ad-free pattern PDF in any of my stores below.
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Notes

A ch1 at the beginning of a Row does not count as a stitch. Turn your work at the end of each Row.

Construction

Crochet four matching squares and then seam them together to form the front of the crochet pillow cover. Then crochet four more for the back and seam them together.

You can either sew or crochet the two panels together and insert the pillow pad before closing or add a zip to one side to make the cover removable.

The cable square is constructed corner-to-corner (c2c) by increasing the number of stitches at each side until a certain point then decreasing the number of stitches at each side until you are left with just one.

You will always be either increasing or decreasing at the beginning and end of a row.

  1. Increase Section – Rows 1-20: where we will increase either side of the work to make the panel the height it needs to be.
  2. Decrease Section – Rows 21-40: where we will decrease both sides of the panel to complete the square and end with just 1 stitch on the last row.
colour work cable crochet pillow pattern on wooden chair next to table

Cross Cable Crochet Pillow Video Tutorial

Planning your Color Sequence

If you’d like to create your own colour sequence I’d recommend sketching it out first to make sure that you use them in the right order for your squares.

When joining your squares you will lay them so that the final stitch (Row 40) will be in the centre. This will mean you need to work out which color to use for which cable as per the example below:

diagrams showing how to plan colour sequence for crochet cable pillow design

Using Color in your Squares

If you are planning on using multiple colours for your squares then here are a few tips to help –

Always change color on the last yrh and pull through of the stitch before you need the colour. This will make the color transitions much neater and almost invisible.

The WS of the work won’t be seen (unless you show someone!) so don’t be frightened of carrying your yarn across the back of the work. These are known as ‘floats’.

Make sure not to pull your floats tight as this will affect the symmetry of the square and pull it out of shape.

Try to catch your float in a stitch of another colour so that they are as short as possible.

Pattern

In standard US Crochet Terms

All stitches that are either a Back Post (BP) or Front Post (FP) in the pattern show where the cable is and if you would like to change the colour of your cable as shown then change yarn for these stitches.

Foundation chain: ch2

Start increase section –

Row 1 (RS): 3hdc in 2nd ch from hook [3].

Row 2 (WS): ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next st, 2hdc in last st [5].

Row 3: ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 3 sts, 2hdc in last st [7].

Row 4: ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 2 sts, BPtr in st 2 rows below, hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in last st [9].

Row 5: ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 2 sts, FPtr in next st 2 rows below, FPdc in next st, FPtr in next st 2 rows below, hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in last st [11].

Row 6: ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 2 sts, BPhdc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in last st [13].

Row 7: introducing the large 9 st cable on this row ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next st, 9 st cable – skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 3 sts, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in 3 skipped sts, FPdc in next 3 sts, hdc in next st, 2hdc in last st [15].

Row 8: ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 2 sts, BPhdc in next 9 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in last st [17].

Row 9: ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 3 sts, FPdc in next 3 sts, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 3 sts, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in 3 skipped sts, hdc in next 3 sts, 2hdc in last st [19].

Row 10: ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 4 sts, BPhdc in next 9 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, 2hdc in last st [21].

Row 11: ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 5 sts, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 3 sts, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in 3 skipped sts, FPdc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, 2hdc in last st [23].

Row 12: ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 6 sts, BPhdc in next 9 sts, hdc in next 6 sts, 2hdc in last st [25].

Row 13: introducing the small 5 st cables on this row – ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next st,

5 st cable – FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next st, FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next st,

9 st cable – FPdc in next 3 sts, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 3 sts, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in 3 skipped sts, hdc in next st,

5 st cable – FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next st, FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next st, 2hdc in last st [27].

Row 14: ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 8 sts, BPhdc in next 9 sts, hdc in next 8 sts, 2hdc in last st [29].

Row 15: ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 3 sts,

5 st cable – skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 2 FPtr sts two rows below, working behind the last 2 sts, hdc in 3rd skipped st, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in previous 2 FPtr sts two rows below, hdc in next st,

9 st cable – skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 3 sts, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in 3 skipped sts, FPdc in next 3 sts, hdc in next st,

5 st cable – skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 2 FPtr sts two rows below, working behind the last 2 sts, hdc in 3rd skipped st, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in previous 2 FPtr sts two rows below, hdc in next 3 sts, 2hdc in last st [31]

Row 16: ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 10 sts, BPhdc in next 9 sts, hdc in next 10 sts, 2hdc in last st [33].

Row 17: ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 5 sts, FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next st, FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next st, FPdc in next 3 sts, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 3 sts, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in 3 skipped sts, hdc in next st, FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next st, FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next 5 sts, 2hdc in last st [35].

Row 18: ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 12 sts, BPhdc in next 9 sts, hdc in next 12 sts, 2hdc in last st [37].

Row 19: ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 7 sts, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 2 FPtr sts two rows below, working behind the last 2 sts, hdc in 3rd skipped st, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in previous 2 FPtr sts two rows below, hdc in next st, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 3 sts, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in 3 skipped sts, FPdc in next 3 sts, hdc in next st, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 2 FPtr sts two rows below, working behind the last 2 sts, hdc in 3rd skipped st, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in previous 2 FPtr sts two rows below, hdc in next 7 sts, 2hdc in last st [39]

Row 20: ch1, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 14 sts, BPhdc in next 9 sts, hdc in next 14 sts, 2hdc in last st [41].

modern crochet pillow on large basket with plants and blanket

Start decrease section –

Row 21: ch1, hdc2tog, hdc in next 8 sts, FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next st, FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next st, FPdc in next 3 sts, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 3 sts, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in 3 skipped sts, hdc in next st, FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next st, FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next 8 sts, hdc2tog [39].

Row 22: ch1, hdc2tog, hdc in next 13 sts, BPhdc in next 9 sts, hdc in next 13 sts, hdc2tog [37].

Row 23: ch1, hdc2tog, hdc in next 6 sts, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 2 FPtr sts two rows below, working behind the last 2 sts, hdc in 3rd skipped st, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in previous 2 FPtr sts two rows below, hdc in next st, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 3 sts, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in 3 skipped sts, FPdc in next 3 sts, hdc in next st, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 2 FPtr sts two rows below, working behind the last 2 sts, hdc in 3rd skipped st, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in previous 2 FPtr sts two rows below, hdc in next 6 sts, hdc2tog [35].

Row 24: ch1, hdc2tog, hdc in next 11 sts, BPhdc in next 9 sts, hdc in next 11 sts, hdc2tog [33].

Row 25: ch1, hdc2tog, hdc in next 4 sts, FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next st, FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next st, FPdc in next 3 sts, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 3 sts, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in 3 skipped sts, hdc in next st, FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next st, FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog [31].

Row 26: ch1, hdc2tog, hdc in next 9 sts, BPhdc in next 9 sts, hdc in next 9 sts, hdc2tog [29].

Row 27: ch1, hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 sts, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 2 FPtr sts two rows behind, working behold the last 2 sts, hdc in 3rd skipped st, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in previous 2 FPtr sts two rows below, hdc in next st, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 3 sts, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in 3 skipped sts, FPdc in next 3 sts, hdc in next st, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 2 FPtr sts two rows below, working behind the last 2 sts, hdc in 3rd skipped st, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in previous 2 FPtr sts two rows below, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog [27].

Row 28: ch1, hdc2tog, hdc in next 7 sts, BPhdc in next 9 sts, hdc in next 7 sts, hdc2tog [25].

Row 29: ch1, hdc2tog, FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next st, FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next st, FPdc in next 3 sts, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 3 sts, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in 3 skipped sts, hdc in next st, FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc in next st, FPtr in next 2 sts two rows below, hdc2tog.

Row 30: ch1, hdc2tog, hdc in next 5 sts, BPhdc in next 9 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, hdc2tog [21].

Row 31: ch1, hdc2tog, hdc in next 4 sts, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 3 sts, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in 3 skipped sts, FPdc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog [19].

Row 32: ch1, hdc2tog, hdc in next 3 sts, BPhdc in next 9 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, hdc2tog [17].

Row 33: ch1, hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 sts, FPdc in next 3 sts, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 3 sts, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in 3 skipped sts, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog [15].

Row 34: ch1, hdc2tog, hdc in next st, BPhdc in next 9 sts, hdc in next st, hdc2tog [13].

Row 35: ch1, hdc2tog, skip next 3 sts, FPtr in next 3 sts, working in front of the last 3 sts, FPtr in 3 skipped sts, FPdc in next 3 sts, hdc2tog [11].

Row 36: ch1, hdc2tog, BPhdc in next 7 sts, hdc2tog [9].

Row 37: ch1, hdc2tog, FPdc in next 5 sts, hdc2tog [7].

Row 38: ch1, hdc2tog, BPhdc in next 3 sts, hdc2tog [5].

Row 39: ch1, hdc2tog, FPdc in next st, hdc2tog [3].

Row 40: ch1, hdc3tog [1]. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Pillow Cover Assembly:

Here’s how to assemble your squares to make the crochet pillow cover in 9 simple steps:

  1. Make 4 squares for the Front and 4 squares for the Back = 8 squares in total.
  2. Block each square individually before joining.
  3. Lay out as per diagram to create the front and back panels.
  4. Join the squares with a whipstitch seam.
  5. Weave in all ends.
  6. Block the Front and Back panels again if needed.
  7. Using a whipstitch, join Front and Back with the RS facing inwards around 3 sides.
  8. If you’re adding a zip then do so here along the fourth side.
  9. If you’re not adding a zip then turn to RS facing you, insert the pillow cover and whipstitch the final side together.
four images showing colourful crochet pillow pattern with advanced cable technique

More Crochet Pillow Patterns

Turns out I have quite a few crochet pillow patterns in my design catalogue – I had not idea I had this many! They range from lacy ones to bobble ones and even a granny square style so hopefully there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.

And if crochet cables are your thing but crochet pillow patterns aren’t then you might like my Neo Mint crochet cable scarf and cable hat pattern instead!

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