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Christmas Crochet Pillow – Free Pattern by The Turtle Trunk

Buffalo plaid crochet Christmas pillow pattern with a faux fur tree. (Color Made Easy + Go For Faux yarn.)

Add a splash of festive buffalo plaid to your holiday decor with this intarsia Christmas crochet pillow pattern. Get the free pattern below or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here!

Blonde woman holding a furry crochet buffalo plaid Christmas pillow.
Thanks to Lion Brand Yarns for supplying the yarn for this Christmas crochet pillow pattern. This post contains affiliate links.

Welcome back to the Make & Do Crew guest designer series where talented designers from across the internet share their free patterns with you, right here on Make & Do Crew.

Today Ali from The Turtle Trunk is here with her free buffalo plaid Christmas crochet pillow pattern! You can see lots of of Ali’s crochet patterns on her blog, Who’s Homemade. And be sure to check her out on social media too: Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Ali, take it away!

Why I Designed a Christmas Crochet Pillow

My inspiration for this pattern came from my love of crochet plaid! The addition of the faux fur yarn adds so much dimension and texture, making this pillow not only enticing to look at, but it’s practical and comfortable as well!

It’s modern and festive, and irresistibly soft! So get comfy with the Cozy Holiday Pillow this season!

Buffalo plaid crochet Christmas pillow pattern with a faux fur tree. (Color Made Easy + Go For Faux yarn.)

Related: more free crochet Christmas patterns

The Best Yarn For a Quick Pillow

I used Lion Brand Color Made Easy and Go For Faux for this project. The pillow covers work up fast because of the bulky weight of the yarn!

I love all the color options for Color Made Easy and how unbelievably soft the Go For Faux is! Feel free to substitute the Go For Faux for more Color Made Easy.

A work in progress buffalo plaid crochet pillow made with intarsia crochet technique.

Let’s Learn Intarsia Crochet

The skill level for this pattern is Easy/Advanced Beginner. Intarsia crochet may look complicated but is much easier than it seems!

As long as you know how to single crochet and change colors, you’re set! Just remember to keep your bobbins organized, read the directions carefully, and take your time.

Here are some video tutorials to help you get started:
How to Fsc
Intarsia Crochet Tutorial (by Emily of Two Little Birds Patterns)

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Blonde woman holding a furry crochet buffalo plaid Christmas pillow.

More Free Christmas Crochet Patterns

Does this intarsia Christmas crochet pillow have you feeling festive? Here are some free crochet patterns for Christmas to add more handmade cheer to your home. Find all our Christmas crochet patterns here.

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Santa's Helper Elf Hat
Jul Rutor Christmas Pillow

Cozy Holiday Christmas Pillow
Free Pattern

Pin this pattern for later here.

Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.

Explanation: The Cozy Holiday Pillow will be the perfect addition to your home during the winter months! This modern pillow features buffalo plaid and a faux fur tree, making it so soft and cuddly! This pattern uses only single crochet stitches, and can be followed with either the written pattern or a graph. Stay cozy this holiday season with this modern, fun, and cozy crochet pillow!

Skills required include changing colors and using bobbins.

Supplies:
Lion Brand Color Made Easy (Weight: 5/bulky – 247 Yds, 7.0 oz)
Color A: Pomegranate (#195-138) – 1 ball
Color B: Crimson (#195-114) – 1 ball
Color C: Caviar (#195-153) – 1 ball
Lion Brand Go For Faux (Weight: 6/Super bulky – 64 Yds, 3.5 oz)
Baked Alaska (#322-098) – 2 balls
U.S K (6.50 mm) crochet hook
• 16” x 16” pillow insert
• Tapestry needle
• Scissors

Sizes/Measurements:
Measurements in inches:
– 16″ x 16″

Gauge:
• 11 stitches by 12 rows in single crochet (sc) = 4” x 4” square

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
Fsc – foundation single crochet
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
WS – wrong side
RS – right side

Overall Pattern Notes:
• Pillow consists of two squares (front has the tree and the back is just plaid). Only sc sttiches are used throughout. We will use a Fsc for row 1 and regular sc for each row after that.

• Each row will have 44 stitches across. At the end of each row you will ch 1 and turn. The ch 1 does not count as a stitch.

• This pattern uses the Intarsia Crochet technique. For this technique you will start a new ball (or bobbin) of yarn for each color change and drop and pick up bobbins as needed. It takes approximately 1.5 yards for each block of color. I created a bobbin for each color block for rows 1-8, then carried those bobbins up for the remaining rows. Use whatever technique works best for you.

• Here are some video tutorials to help you get started:
How to Fsc
Intarsia Crochet Tutorial (by Emily of Two Little Birds Patterns)

• Each row will have an arrow beside it telling you which direction that row will be worked. When working on the RS you will see ‘<’. Make sure all ends are on the opposite side. When working on the WS you will see ‘>’. Make sure all ends are on this side.

• Changing Color: Start a SC as usual, before the final pull through you will drop your current color and pick up the new color. Finish the stitch by pulling through the 2 loops on your hook with the new color. The next SC you work will be the first of the new color. Be sure your tail ends are all on the WS of your project and continue on with the new color until the next color change.

A crochet graph pattern featuring buffalo plaid.

BACK PANEL

< Row 1 [RS]: Fsc A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4

> Row 2 [WS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4

< Row 3 [RS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4

> Row 4 [WS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4

< Row 5 [RS]: sc C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4,C4

> Row 6 [WS]: sc C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4,C4

< Row 7 [RS]: sc C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4,C4

> Row 8 [WS]: sc C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4,C4

< Row 9 [RS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4

> Row 10 [WS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4

< Row 11 [RS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4

> Row 12 [WS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4

Rows 13-16: repeat Rows 5-8

Rows 17-20: repeat Rows 9-12

Rows 21-24: repeat Rows 5-8

Rows: 25-28: repeat Rows 9-12

Rows 29-32: repeat Rows 5-8

Rows 33-36: repeat Rows 9-12

Rows: 37-40: repeat Rows 5-8

Rows: 41-44: repeat Rows 9-12

Rows 45-48: repeat Rows 5-8

Tie off and move onto front panel.

A crochet graph pattern featuring buffalo plaid and a fur yarn Christmas tree.

FRONT PANEL

< Row 1 [RS]: Fsc A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4

> Row 2 [WS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4

< Row 3 [RS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4

> Row 4 [WS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4

< Row 5 [RS]: sc C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4

> Row 6 [WS]: sc C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, D4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4

< Row 7 [RS]: sc C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, D4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4

> Row 8 [WS]: sc C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, D4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4

< Row 9 [RS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, D4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4

> Row 10 [WS]: sc A4, B1, D34, B1, A4

< Row 11 [RS]: sc A4, B2, D32, B2, A4

> Row 12 [WS]: sc A4, B3, D30, B3, A4

< Row 13 [RS]: sc C4, A4, D28, A4, C4

> Row 14 [WS]: sc C4, A4, C1, D26, C1, A4, C4

< Row 15 [RS]: sc C4, A4, C2, D24, C2, A4, C4

> Row 16 [WS]: sc C4, A4, C3, D22, C3, A4, C4

< Row 17 [RS]: sc A4, B4, A4, D20, A4, B4, A4

> Row 18 [WS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B1, D18, B1, A4, B1, A4

< Row 19 [RS]: sc A4, B1, D34. B1, A4

> Row 20 [WS]: sc A4, B2, D32, B2, A4

< Row 21 [RS]: sc C4, A3, D30, A3, C4

> Row 22 [WS]: sc C4, A4, D28, A4, C4

< Row 23 [RS]: sc C4, A4, C1, D26, C1, A4, C4

> Row 24 [WS]: sc C4, A4, C2, D24, C2, A4, C4

< Row 25 [RS]: sc A4, B4, A3, D22, A3, B4, A4

> Row 26 [WS]: sc A4, B4, A4, D20, A4, B4, A4

< Row 27 [RS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B1, D18, B1, A4, B4, A4

> Row 28 [WS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B2, D16, B2, A4, B4, A4

< Row 29 [RS]: sc C4, A4, D28, A4, C4

> Row 30 [WS]: sc C4, A4, C1, D26, C1, A4, C4

< Row 31 [RS]: sc C4, A4, C2, D24, C2, A4, C4

> Row 32 [WS]: sc C4, A4, C3, D22, C3, A4, C4

< Row 33 [RS]: sc A4, B4, A4, D20, A4, B4, A4

> Row 34 [WS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B1, D18, B1, A4, B4, A4

< Row 35 [RS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B2, D16, B2, A4, B4, A4

> Row 36 [WS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B3, D14, B3, A4, B4, A4

< Row 37 [RS]: sc C4, A4, C4, A4, D12, A4, C4, A4, C4

> Row 38 [WS]: sc C4, A4, C4, A4, C1, D10, C1, A4, C4, A4, C4

< Row 39 [RS]: sc C4, A4, C4, A4, C2, D8, C2, A4, C4, A4, C4

> Row 40 [WS]: sc C4, A4, C4, A4, C3, D6, C3, A4, C4, A4, C4

< Row 41 [RS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, D4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4

> Row 42 [WS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B1, D2, B1, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4

< Row 43 [RS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B1, D2, B1, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4

> Row 44 [WS]: sc A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4, B4, A4,

< Row 45 [RS]: sc C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4

>Row 46 [WS]: sc C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4

< Row 47 [RS]: sc C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4

> Row 48 [WS]: sc C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4, A4, C4

Tie off.

CLOSING & FINISHING

Place both panels together with RS facing out. With your yarn color of choice, sc both panels together. Start in the top left corner and work 1 sc in each row down, 2 sc in the corner, 1 sc in each st across the bottom, 2 sc in the corner, 1 sc in each row up the right side, 2 sc in the corner, and 1 sc in each st across the top. When you reach the end, sl st to the first sc. Tie off and weave in end.

Thanks again to Ali from The Turtle Trunk for sharing this free plaid Christmas crochet pillow pattern! Be sure to check out Ali’s blog for lots more free modern crochet patterns!

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