In today’s tutorial let’s learn how to

make a chain links pillow once you understand this concept you can use it

for afghans and even scarves. Welcome back to The Crochet Crowd, as well as Yarnspirations .com. I’m your host Mikey. Today we’re going to learn how to do a

chain links pillow and this is a really interesting concept as you end up with a

three-dimensional, it looks like our kind of like a braid coming up from the work,

and this is really quite simple. Now yesterday and I know this is kind of

crazy but this concept has been around for a long time I’ve never tried until

yesterday and I’m totally hooked on it. So, when I go to look at it I have

another example that I tried for the very first time, and this is what we have

here and I have done the chain links on the one side here and I’m showing you

what you need to do over here in order to make that happen, and that’s going to

be covered with in today’s tutorial. So, here is the chain links pillow face

just like you see here. So the front side that you can see here

would be the side that you would use and this would be the under side. So you can

see that the under side has no texture to it. You can see it’s kind of a little

buckling a bit and that’s because of the chain links itself. So this is a really easy concept now i

have not sown these into position so you just have to use a darning needle and

just sew it so that it keeps it locked into position. But exactly how do you get

this and I’m going to show you that right here. So here is my first first-ever example

and I tried it here, and essentially what you have to do is

do a large panel and the panels will have these slots that you see, just like

this, and at the end of the project you have to do this whole thing, and I’ve

already done the chain effect here, but the whole panel will look like it’s

three separate slot areas. So once you get that done is that you

take the bottom piece here, and you rotate it ok? So i can see that, see how kind of

rotated this is coming up with this ok ? So i want to do it the same the other

way so I want to rotate it so it looks like it’s the same rotation. So once i

just have to rotate it so just take it up, rotate it once, ok? So then you see a loop and then grab

the next one available to you and feed it through. Ok so you only have to rotate that first

one. So then once you have that one done, you just grab the next one that’s in

line and feed it through that new one, like that, and then you take the next one.

And so basically, most of the work is in just creating this panel in order for

you to do it. And the fun part is right at the end, where you go to put all of

these chain spaces that you see through each other , like that, and you keep

feeding. So it’s pretty easy right? So, I’m going

to be covering today on how to make this panel and the panel is really quite

simple. Now in the main a tutorial project that you saw it was just one

single color. I decided to mix it up and just make it

so it has multiple colors. And I wanted to do a really kind of a Christmas candy

cane one. So you will notice that when you follow it up, like so, So you have the white, you see how it

kind of just appears to come down and then back up, that’s just because of the chaining effect and that’s what’s really quite neat about it. So let’s grab our Bernat Banket yarn,

just like this, and an eight millimeter size L crochet hook today and let’s get

started and i’ll show you how to do this concept. So let’s begin. Let’s create a slipknot

and insert our size 8 millimeter size L crochet hook in. So remember the first one on the hook, the Slipknot never counts as one, and

according to the instructions we have to chain 51. So, please do that, so I’m just going to

see you just wrap around and pull through , so, one, two, three, four and five. Please go to all the way to 51 for me

and meet me back here in just a moment. I now have my 51 here and you’ll notice

that the chain is really long you would never think that your pillow is that

wide. Just gotta bear with you is that the chain links absorb a lot of chains/spaces. So for example, the chain links are ten spaces, so I don’t know if this is

10. But when you go to do the chain stuff, it

actually compresses it, like this, so it makes this width a lot more smaller so,

you just have to trust in it So let’s go back to the pattern and see

what we have to do next. Starting second chain from the hook, so

you just count back one and 2, turn it over and get the back hump only, and I

want you to single crochet in to that one. And you’re going to single crochet

the next three chain spaces now. Because you’ve done the first one on the back,

the chain should turn over and you will see the back loops or the back humps and I

need you to single crochet three more. So 1, and 2, and 3. So when you really looking at it on the

outsides of the pillow ok you have a total of four single

crochets. You have to remember that because it’s a really kind of a

critical thing because the edges both sides will only have four. Now continuing

along the chain, in the next 10 chains you have to slip stitch. So going into

the next chain, just put your hook in, pull through and

through and count those to 10. So, 1, go to the next one, slip stitch for 2, the next one, 3,

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. So you’re going to notice right off the

bat is that the single crochets will appear taller than the slip stitching.

That should be normal so this gives you a good indication on what’s going on. So now you’re in the middle of the

pillow, so this time you have to go to the next chain and single crochet 6 in a

row. So, 1 so single crochet, go to the next

one is 2, it’s 3, 4, 5 and 6 is your last one. So when i look at the pillows , so when it

let’s bring it back , so you can see that it’s gone from thick here it went a

thinner as we did the slip stitch and we’re back thick again. So what you’re looking at here in the

pattern is that we have our 4 on the outside, your slip stitching of 10 is

this entire chain area space right here, and then the 6 is right here, is in the

space in between these chain spaces. So when you look at this pillow you’re

going to have a 4, you’re going to have a 10, 6, 10, 6, 10 and 4. And hopefully that makes sense to you. So let’s come back to our project and

let’s pick up where we left off. So now that we have our 6 single

crochets the next 10 are going to be slip stitching. So just coming into the next chain and

slip stitch the next 10. So, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 as your last one. So now we’re going to do another 6

single crochets, so you can kind of see it’s gotten bigger and went thinner as

we did a slip stitch we went back to 6 now this is your 10 so the next 6 are

going to be single crochets. So, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. And then we’re going to do the slip

stitching for another 10. So it’s come back in and slip for

another 10. So, 1, 2, 3 , 4 , 5, 6, 7, the first there are the beginning

is always harder. That was 7, 8, 9 and 10. So technically there should be only four

stitches left on the edge. If you’re, if you’re off by one i would

add an extra one if you like if you’re short by one add an extra one and if you don’t if you have one left

over just kind of just undo this knot and just make it smaller. So let’s

suggest the last ones are 4 single crochet. So, 1, 2, 3 and 4 like so. So there is my starting chain

the starting is always harder it’s hard to believe that this is a

pillow. But you got to remember that in the

chain are the slip stitching of 10 that’s all going to compress and it’s

going to make it much smaller and that’s how you get the size. Let’s move up to row number 2. Before I

move on to the next row every 1 of these colors that you see are consisting

of 2 rows so if you want to change your color, now is the time to do it as

we can before we move up to the next one. What I decided to do instead of trimming

my yarn and having all these tail ends, I carried my yarn, just like you see. So

every time I finished with one color I just carried it and just left it to

the side. When I go to sew this pillow together I can sew it in a way that i can tuck these

in behind and you’ll never see that I did that. So if you’re going to change your color,

now is the time to do it before we move on. How i did it is that I just reversed

out the last single crochet so I just go to single crochet as normal but this

time instead of finishing the stitch I will grab the new yarn, like so, and I

will pull that yarn through as the final. And i will let the blue just fall down

and then begin using the red next. So let me turn my work and show you how

to do row number two. To do the next row we’re just going to

turn our work and we already know that there’s 4 single crochets on the edge

and then we have the 10 here and then the thickness here is 6. So we just got

to keep in mind that we need to keep those counts. So now that I’m ready to go so I’m

going to chain one first and i’m going to single crochet into the first stitch

so that’s 1 and then I’m going to do the next 3. So 2 so there should be a total of 4, that’s why

I’m counting like this, 3 and 4. Ok so that satisfies that edge. Now this I have to create another one of

these because that’s what links into each other so we have to start fresh. So

we have the chain 10 so 1, 2, 3 , 4 , 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and we immediately jump all the

way to where the single crochets are, over here and there should be 6 , just

like this. You will get used to where you need to put your hook, but i

can see it’s right here. So and if you’re not sure just count

them out and see where you can see them so I see 1, there , 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. There’s only six so just single crochet

right over top of the existing single crochets. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. So now I have to do another chain 10

space here so we just again just chain 10, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and then I

just come back skip all of the 10 slip stitches that you just did there and

come into the next 6 that you see over here. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 again

just look at your work and get it as close as you can to where you think it’s

going to work. I find this pattern is very forgiving in

that way. So, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Ok, you have another chain 10 space here

so do 10 chain 10, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and then just skip all these 10 here

and go into the final 4 stitches that you see. Ok so this is the other side so 1, 2, 3 and 4. So now that we’re done row number 2

that you see here you can see that you have your chain spaces here and we are

always changing color on the same side so in order to change color i have to

come back one but i’ll show you what we need to do in the next step because

we’re not quite done with this new space we need to make it as thick as the one

that you see and we’ll start row number 3 next. Ok let’s turn our work and begin row

number 3. So we start off and we have 4 single

crochets in the edge we know that, we know that these are

chained 10 and we know that these are 6 and we continue that same patterning

going all the way across. So to begin this row we chain up one

first and then single crochet into the 4 single crochets so 1, 2, 3 and 4. So now that we’re at this chain

10 space each one of these are going to get a slip stitch. So just start in the

first chain and slip so just through and through. So 1, and I count them to make sure i

get them all, 2, 3, I’m only going into one strand if you saw it it’s 4, 5, 6 7, 8, 9 and I always go into the to the

last one is 10. So now you have your 6

single crochet. So if you’re short, for example, you went across and all

of a sudden you’re realizing that you just you missed something or something

is not right. I wouldn’t worry about it too much. I

think you can get away with that pretty easily. I wouldn’t make that mistake a

lot but you can do it. So now you have your 6 single crochets

here so just coming into the first one so 1, 2, these are single crochets 3, 4, 5 and 6. And now you’re back on the chain 10

again so just kind of just manipulating it a bit and going in and slip stitching

for 10. So 1 moving down the chain 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. So now you’re on the chain or the

single crochets for 6 again so just start on the first 1. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and then just continue to do the chain 10 again, so slip

stitching across the 10 and then the final stitch will have 4 and then

I’ll meet you at the end of this line where I’ll show you how to carry the other

color and drop this color. So I’m coming up to the end I’ve already

done one of the 4 so 2, 3 and the final one the 4th I’m going to start it but

I’m not going to finish it. I’m going to drop the red and I’m going to bring the

blue up and finish that and so then the blue is then ready for the next round or

for the next row. So what we have here, is that you can see

that these are both equal so when we go to start the blue when we turn around so

let’s turn around and I’ll show you I’m just real quick because this is really

how simple this pattern is, so we’re just going to just chain up 1 and begin

again as out what you already know. So there’s nothing more complicated to this

pattern other than what you already know. So 1, 2, 3 and 4 because that’s only for

on the edge and then this is your chain 10 again so you’re going to start a new

one. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and then

just jumping off overall this space and just getting into

your 6 single crochets that are waiting for you on the other side. So 1, 2 3, 4, 5 and 6 and then begin

again so chaining your 10 and then continuing that all the way across. So you would continue to work up the

project like it states in there and I said it says repeat the last two rows so

we just have to keep repeating until we have a whole whack of these. So let me

bring up the other sample and show you how to make the chain links once again. Ok so once you get to the

total height that you need and i think this is a little bit short for the height

just so that you are aware so if you’re counting the amount of stripes i think

it has to be a little bit taller, but for tutorial reasons I can show you what

to do next. So you’re going to have this panel and it’s going to have three sets

of slots that you see, ok? So let me hold that up do you see

that? Ok so you’re going to have three slots and now it’s time to make the

chain-link effect. So just choosing any one of them

determine which one is the bottom that you’re going to start with in once you

start with that one you just have to maintain it so the next

one is the bottom and ecetera we’re going to work our way upward. So you’re just going to take the first,

ok the first thing and just turn it around. So just pick it up and turn it

and it will have a loop, kind of sort of crossover like this, ok? You’re going to take the next one

that’s in sequence, so this case this is white and you’re

going to pull it through that loop, you don’t have to twist that you just have

to pull it through. You go to the next one that’s in sequence,

pull it through, ok and I’m kind of pulling on it snug so go

to the next one and keep pulling through. And I’m going to work my way all the way

up. As you can see this does not take any time at all. And the nice thing about it is that when

it gets to the top you can just let it go, but you’re going to need to sew it into

position the final one is so that it doesn’t unravel all the way back on you

where you’re going to actually use the pillow. So it will hold itself though

while you’re in there make you stay just like this. ok so then you can see that the size

just changed because you’ve gotten rid of all the space and now it’s compressed

it. So you will sew then this piece and just

sew it right to the top using the same color so you don’t see it

and then this maintains itself. So you just go to the next one, again

looking at how you twisted it so you see that it comes up around through, so i

want to do the same thing. So twist it first, next 1 is through and just keep doing

that all the way up. ok soIsn’t that pretty cool? So I have to say I think

i’m hooked on this concept it’s a lot easier than I expected it to be. I thought the chaining and slip

stitching and the chain would be a lot harder than it has been, I think that’s been

my procrastination only to realize that it’s been my own craziness for not wanting to try it just

need some pretty stupid assumptions. Ok so you can see that we got that one

and let’s go for the final one, again twisting it through. So you can do this concept for afghans

and scarves and a lot more. You just have to make sure that you have that changing

of 10 spacing that works and just be prepared that when you go to do this

whole concept that you have to be a lot wider because the it’s really going to

suck in the the width once you do this chaining effect. ok ,so I’ve got all the way to the top so

I’ve done the whole thing with you on camera and you can see that it’s all

been nicely braided. So this is a really cool concept so you have to do 2 of these

then you just have to go around the outside, sew the panels together and then

once you have your final side open, slide in your pillow form,

sew it shut and then you’ll be good to go. And this would be a really kind of a

cool gift as well as a home décor item within your home. So until next time, it’s Mikey on behalf

of The Crochet Crowd as well as yarnspirations.com. Stay tuned for more

free ideas and more coming up real soon. We’ll see ya.