Here I give instructions on how to create a pin cushion from two afghan blocks made with fingering weight yarn and a 2mm hook.
My husband has been irritated with me leaving pins about when I block projects, so I created this little sunflower pin cushion! It was inspired by the pillow I made for my sister.
I used fingering-weight cotton yarn and a 2mm hook. The finished size is 3.5 inches square.
If you use a larger 5.5mm hook and worsted weight yarn, it would be perfect for a small throw pillow!
I split the pattern for the front of the sunflower square and the back of the sunflower squares for ease of reading:
Here are the patterns for:
the Front of the Sunflower and the Back of the Sunflower
Pillow fill: I made my own pillow by cutting a 4.5 inch x 8 inch piece of scrap fabric. Since my squares blocked to 3.5 inches, I gave myself 1/2 inch of seam allowance. I folded the fabric in half and sewed up two sides, flipped the pillow inside out, and ironed creases into the 3rd side to make final sewing easier. Then, I sewed the 3rd side halfway and very close to the ironed crease, stuffed the pillow as full as I could since I'm making a pin cushion, and finished sewing the side shut.
Constructing the Pillow: Connect the two squares with a border of single crochet in white.
Place 4 sc in the side of each tc, 3 sc in the side of each dc and 1 sc in the side of each sc, pushing the hook through both squares at the same time to draw up a loop. Sometimes you may want to more securely close the square by pulling up a loop through part of a petal as well as the foundation dc/tc. Stitch [sc, hdc, sc] in each corner stitch to give pointy right angle corners.