Prairie Meadow Pillow; to match the Prairie Meadow Fox blanket

A few weeks ago I published an adorable sleeping fox blanket, called “Prairie Meadow Fox“. Someone in my Facebook group suggested that a matching pillow pattern would be nice. So off I went!

This design was extracted from my Prairie Meadow Fox blanket.

Angela Kermack’s Prairie Meadow Pillow and Prairie Meadow Fox blanket.

It is NOT the same size as my other large squares (which are 81 x 81 or 79 x 79). This design is 79 x 81 (that is, 39 windows wide by 40 windows tall) in interlocking crochet and 75 x 77 in mosaic crochet because I was pulling motifs from the fox blanket and the chart just ended up with this random size.

The mosaic version doesn’t need to lock the two layers together so those extra border lines are not included (which makes it slightly smaller).

The fox blanket has an adjusted chart for the mosaic version. That means I removed the interlocking mesh dots. But, for this pillow, the two charts look the same. The details that I stole from the blanket just happened to be the sections that looked the same.

Marijke Laenen’s overlay mosaic sample of Prairie Meadow Pillow (shown as a single panel, the cut ends will get hidden inside the pillow).

For the mosaic version of this pattern, to create a pillow, you get to choose one of the following options:

Repeat between the asterisks (*) and work in the round to create the front and back at the same time. Sew the bottom edge closed, insert the pillow form, and sew the top edge closed.

See YouTube tutorial: https://youtu.be/waTD3QzaA0I

Or TWO PANELS: Crochet this square twice. Put the wrong sides together, tuck the cut ends (the fringe) inside and sew three edges together, insert pillow form, and sew the final side.


For the interlocking crochet version, to create a pillow: crochet this square twice (note, the yardage listed is per square). Put the wrong sides together and sew three edges together, insert pillow form, sew up the final side.

Brackets are used in the written pattern to denote repeated sections. See my detailed explanation: https://ashleeslint.com/2020/08/29/brackets-in-crochet-patterns/

Interlocking and mosaic patterns tested by Angela Kermack, Nessa Miller, Marijke Laenen, and anonymous. I am, as always, extremely thankful for their work!

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For Interlocking Crochet

  • Crochet hook: 4.5 mm (US7)
  • Stitch marker
  • 20″ pillow form
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows in one color = 4” square
  • Finished size: 19.5″ x 20″ / 50cm x 51cm
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (500 – 575 yards per panel, make 2 for a pillow)
  • Main Color (MC) – 250 yards plus 75 yards for optional SC border
  • Accent Color (AC) – 250 yards

For Mosaic Crochet

  • Crochet hook: 5 mm (H-8)
  • Scissors
  • 20″ pillow form
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4″ square
  • Finished size: 20” x 22” / 51cm x 56cm
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (450 yards per panel / 900 yards per pillow)
  • Main Color (MC) – 250 yards
  • Coordinating Color (CC) – 200 yards

Sunflower Garden Updated with more Charts

I published a new eBook just yesterday and now I have just updated it! My new Sunflower Garden eBook and the individual squares now include charts for those left-facing leaves. I had mistakenly assumed that chart-readers were masters in everything and didn’t need the mirrored charts to get those left-facing leaves! Silly me. I know left-handed crocheters will start at the bottom left instead of the bottom right but I guess that’s not so easy for right-handed crocheters.

Thank you for bringing it to my attention!

Whether you use the interlocking method or the overlay mosaic method you now have charts that show the leaves facing right and then charts that show them facing left for both the “Sunflower AND Leaves” square and the “Sunflower Leaves” square. And of course, the eBook has been updated as well.

I personally cannot follow the chart while crocheting. The mosaic charts are easier to follow, but whether they have X’s or not I just find there’s too much stimuli and I lose my place too easily. The interlocking charts require a lot of my brain power to figure out (am I allowed to admit that?)

I can draw the charts and I can write the instructions from the charts, and then I can follow those written instructions while crocheting. But I really don’t like skipping that middle part (the writing of the line-by-line instructions). I mean, if I HAD to only follow the chart I could probably do it, but I’m much quicker at just reading the written instructions.

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Sunflower Garden eBook

I’ve been showing teasers of these sunflowers for a few weeks and they are finally ready for you!

Thank you to everyone who helped give me ideas for a title – I ultimately chose to use the one Lucille ‘Hauser’ Schubert suggested because it gives me flexibility in the future if I decide to create more flower eBooks. I don’t have any designed currently, so don’t get too excited 😉

My new eBook, Sunflower Garden, contains three large squares: Sunflower, Sunflower AND Leaves, and Sunflower Leaves. The two squares that have leaves have also been written up with left-pointing versions so you can mix and match more easily. I know that might be a bit confusing… I did make a quick video showing them off:

All the patterns in the eBook have written line-by-line instructions and charts for BOTH interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet (adjusted to have the interlocking mesh dots removed). Sunflower Leaves and Sunflower AND Leaves also have left-handed written instructions for both techniques (so you can decide which way you want the leaves to point).

This set has been updated to include more charts! More details: Sunflower Garden Updated.

The Sunflower square was originally from my 2020 Mother’s Day CAL eBook. The mosaic version had the mesh dots – that pattern will remain available in the Mother’s Day eBook as it is. I have updated the stand alone pattern to have all three versions of this pattern (interlocking, mosaic based on interlocking chart, and adjusted mosaic version). For more info on that Crochet-A-Long; https://ashleeslint.com/2020-mothers-day-cal/

I have created an instant promotion on Ravelry – if you have the Mother’s Day eBook or the Bonus Mother’s Day eBook you can “buy” the Sunflower square for FREE. This gives you access to the updated mosaic version of the pattern without putting too much confusion in the old eBooks.

Adjusted Mosaic Sunflower

There are three large squares in this bundle. For the interlocking method the chart size is 81 x 81 which means you create 40 windows to start with. The mosaic versions have been adjusted to remove the unnecessary interlocking mesh dots and extra border lines so the charts are 79 x 79.

Join some squares together or use the squares as pillows or join the squares to other squares for a blanket of your own.

“Sunflower AND Leaves” and “Sunflower Leaves” crocheted by Nina Mayer using the interlocking crochet technique.

Also, take note that the yardage for the interlocking squares is the same for each design (two layers of mesh) but the yardage for each mosaic square changes because sometimes more of one color is used than the other color.

Interlocking Crochet Details per Square

  • Chart is 81 x 81
  • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 20” / 51cm x 51cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
  • Worsted weight yarn (460 – 485 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 230 yards plus 25 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 230 yards

Overlay Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 77 x 77
  • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 22” / 52cm x 56cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Gauge: 14 stitches x 15 rows = 4”
  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Sunflower (575-825 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 275 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 300 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
  • Sunflower AND Leaves (600-850 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 300 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 300 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards
  • Sunflower Leaves (600-850 yards)
    • Main color (blue on chart) – 250 yards
    • Contrasting color (white on chart) – 300 yards
    • Optional Envelope Border – 250 yards

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2022 Valentine’s Bundle of One Blanket and Two Large Squares

I was never one of those teenage girls who had perfect handwriting or dotted their i‘s with little hearts. My hand could never move as fast as my thoughts and I just wanted to get the words on paper as quickly as possible.

That translated to some messy handwriting… but some carefree art!

This little bundle of patterns feels like the swirly doodles of grade school where crushes and who-likes-who are a major distraction from math and science. I like the carefree fun in these lines.

There are two large squares (chart size 81 x 81; 40 windows to start with when using interlocking) and one blanket (chart size 161 x 161; 80 windows in the foundation for interlocking) in this set. You can join all three together or use the squares as pillows or join the squares to other squares for a blanket of your own.

The name for the baby blanket, “My Heart is Full of Love“, comes from the cliche saying that I said repeatedly every time I had a new baby. Your arms get full, but your heart gets fuller! **I added “of love” to the title on Ravelry because I didn’t realize another designer already used that title.**

You’ll notice that the mosaic sample (pink and white in the images above) has the interlocking mesh dots as part of its chart. Lately I’ve been adjusting my mosaic pieces to be more solid but this set has not been adjusted.

The square titled “Flying Hearts” looks like wings to me. And “Swirly Hearts” is just the description of what I see as well. Both of the samples below were crocheted by Angela Kermack using the mosaic technique.

This eBook is on both Ravelry and Etsy. Each piece in this bundle is available separately on Ravelry as well.

For the blanket (My Heart is Full of Love):

  • Chart is 161 x 161
  • Finished measurements approximately 40” x 40” / 101cm x 101cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Interlocking yardage: (1820-1870 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 910 yards plus 50 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 910 yards
  • Overlay Mosaic Yardage (1975 – 2475 yards)
    • Main color – 925 yards
    • Contrasting color – 1050 yards
    • Plus, optional envelope border: 500 yards

For the large squares (Flying Hearts & Swirly Hearts):

  • Chart is 81 x 81
  • Finished measurements approximately 20” x 20” / 51cm x 51cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
  • Worsted Weight Yarn
  • Interlocking yardage: (460 – 485 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 230 yards plus 25 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 230 yards
  • Overlay Mosaic Yardage (530 yards)
    • Main color – 265 yards
    • Contrasting color – 265 yards