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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Legend of Zelda Triforce Pillow

I made this pillow as a Christmas gift for my best friend. I used Caron Simply Soft yarns in Sunshine and White, with a size G hook. It turned out really soft! I found the initial pattern on Ravelry by Pam Gabriel and modified it to make it larger and changed the edging a bit for aesthetic purposes.

Each of my triangles began with a 30 stitch chain, though it would have been easier to start with a chain with an odd number of stitches. A 30 stitch chain made a 6" triangle base (1' pillow), so modify the chain to make the pillow larger or smaller. I recommend having an odd number of stitches so the last few rows have the right number of stitches. I also used a modified chain start (though you can simply use whatever chain start you prefer). For a tutorial, see Fiber Doodle's blog post. Admittedly, I shouldn't have turned the piece and crocheted through the front of the initial chain, but I continued to do so for all the pieces for consistency (except the white pieces; that's why they're pointier). I wrote the method I should have used below.

Triforce Pillow Pattern

sc: single crochet
st: stitch
ch: chain
sc2tog: single crochet invisible decrease

Triangles - Make 6 in yellow, 2 in white or black
Chain 31.
R1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next st to end, working in the back "hump," turn.
R2: 1 sc in each st, turn.
R3: 1 sc2tog in next 2 st, sc to second to last st, 1 sc2tog in next 2 st. (29)
R4: 1 sc in each st, turn.
R5-end: Repeat alternating R3 and R4 until only 1 stitch remains and finish off.

Crochet the two sets of triangles using whip stitch.

Edging - Make 2 in yellow
Chain 16.
R1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, working in the back "hump," turn.
R2: 1 sc in each st, turn.
R3-end: Repeat R2 until piece is the length of the side edge of two triangles.

Third Edge - Make 1 in yellow
Chain 32. R1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, working in the back "hump," turn.
R2-19: 1 sc in each st.
Note: When approaching the last few rows, check the width of the edges against the other two edging pieces to make sure they'll be the same width when you stitch everything together. Increase or decrease the number of rows if necessary.

Use the whip stitch to crochet the front and back of the pillow to the edging, working the piece inside out. When almost finished, turn the piece right side out and stuff mostly full. Finish crocheting together, leaving the opening between the two ends of the edging open. Stuff through the hole and sew hole shut.

If you have any questions about this pattern, please leave a comment. I would love to see your finished products as well!

And here's a picture of me before it was finished pretending it was the long-lost Triforce Mask!

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  1. My triangles do not come out like yours. I follow your steps exactly, but they end up being too short. The base has a longer side than the other ones. Can you give me some helpful tips how I can fix this problem?

    1. Thanks for posting! Are you only decreasing only every other row? It sounds like you might be decreasing on every row, which would make short, fat triangles. I hope this helps! If you figure it out, I'd love more feedback on how I can improve my pattern writing.

      Thanks again!

  2. Yes, i do believe i was decreasing on every row . I saw a tutorial on how to crochet a triangle. It was a small one though. At the end of every line the person would chain 1. I did exactly the same thing but followed the exact same pattern you have and it came out perfect.
    thank you for replying. I don't know if chaining at the end of each row made a difference though.

  3. Also, Do you make an edging like the person in this video deos?
    It starts at 6:35
    Or do you leave the triangle without an edging?

    1. I left the triangles without edging. They do sort of look as though there is an edging once they're sewed together, though. I didn't make an edging around each triangle because I wanted the whole thing to look almost as though the stitches continued all the way around the pillow (hence the 3 piece sides instead of one long edge).

      I assume you used that video as your guide when making the triangles. I think the chain 1 at the end of each row you're referring to (at about 0:49) is standard for turning, so I didn't include it in the pattern specifically. The sc decrease they did (0:56) is a bit different, so use whichever method you find looks better to you.

      I hope that helps! ^_^

    2. Yes it did help.
      What kind of stuffing did you use? I have never made a pillow before so I don't know which stuffing will be best.

    3. I used some random fiberfill my mom had from years back. I think any stuffing you buy at a crafts store will work. If you have some lying around you could try stuffing it to see how it works out.

    4. *try stuffing it without sewing it shut to see how it works out.

      It's too early this morning. :)

  4. I love my pillow!!! Thanks BFF!

  5. For the edgingings do you have to chain 1 at the end of the row? Just like at the end of the row of the triangle. I just need some clarification on the please and thank you.

    1. Yes, you would chain 1 at the end of each row for the "turn." Hopefully that helps!

    2. Yes it does thank you.
      Also the bottom edging looks like alot of chains. I was wondering how many chains did you make for the bottom edging?

    3. The bottom edging is what I called "third edge," and is similar to making a very short scarf with long rows, instead of short rows like the other two edges. I made it 32ch long.
      I did this purely for aesthetic purposes. If you prefer, you could simply make the bottom the same as the other two edges, making sure the sizes match up.
      Sounds like your pillow is coming along well! ^_^

    4. Yes it is. Thank you for posting such an awesome crochet pattern

  6. Sorry if I'm posting this twice, device is having issues. I love the look of this and am in the process of trying it, but something tummy is happening to one side of my triangle, one side is nice and neat the other is jagged and funny, any advice?

    1. Hm, that sounds like how mine were before stitching them together. As long as they're actually triangular-shaped and not steeper on one side than the other or too short/long, it should turn out alright once you've stitched them all up.

    2. Thank-you! I'll finish it up and see about how the stitching works for it. I really love this project, thank-you again.

  7. Can you clarify hump?
    Is it the back loops only? BLU?

    1. For the "humps" I'm talking about the alternate chain start method mentioned in the introduction (

      In that post they refer to the stitch you work as the "hump" so I used that word as well. Basically it's just the loop on the backside of the chain when you're starting out.

      Hope that helps!

  8. Are you crocheting through the back look "hump" for every row of just the first initial start row? Awesome pattern by the way :D. Can't wait to make it!

    1. The back loop hump is only for the first row of each part. It's not required, but I think it looks a bit nicer, and makes it easier to find stitches when you're putting the whole thing together at the end. :)