Jumbo Heart Pillow Free Crochet Pattern

My Jumbo Heart Pillow is my newest free crochet pattern!

Read on to learn more about my design process and inspiration, or scroll to the end to get the free pattern. If you’re in a hurry and need to take this pattern offline, grab the beautifully formatted, ad-free, PDF pattern from Etsy here.

The easiest crochet cushion ever!

This jumbo heart pillow pattern is the perfect solution to a couch that just needs a little more personality. My favorite part of is the adorable face that just adds the cutest touch!

This pattern is chubby and squishy and more of a horizontal heart, which helps it sit on the couch more comfortably. It’s a sweet touch to a kids room or to a whimsical shelf!

I loved designing this pattern because it’s so fun to make jumbo sized crochet items. The stitches go by much faster since the yarn is huge and best of all, this pattern uses exactly one ball of yarn!

Tips for working with blanket yarn!

If you’ve never worked with blanket yarn before, here are a few tips to get you going on your way. Generally, velvet yarn isn’t too big a step up from regular cotton or acrylic yarn, so it’s a good first “novelty” yarn for novices to try.

  • MAKE YOUR MAGIC RING SMALL TO BEGIN WITH. This is the biggest point because blanket yarn has a lot of friction, and so once you finish working into your magic ring you may find that it’s very difficult to pull the ring closed no matter how much you tug on it!
    • The easy solution to this is just to make sure that your magic ring is a lot smaller than usual (maybe about the size of a bottle cap), since once you finish working into it you won’t be able to make it much smaller. You can also just work in one stitch, and then pull the ring closed after that since it won’t come undone as easily.
  • Patterns designed for jumbo blanket yarn sometimes can’t be easily sized down to worsted weight yarn. This means that if you use a much lighter weight of yarn for this pattern, your result may be different and it might not turn out well. For more information on this, check out my blog post on when and how to resize amigurumi!
  • If your crochet fabric is too loose and you can see the stuffing poking through, size down your crochet hook so that it’s tighter. If it’s too tight and the crochet stitches are warping or too stiff, size up your crochet hook to get that perfect balance.

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The Pattern

  • If you want to take this pattern offline, grab the beautifully formatted, ad-free, PDF pattern from Etsy here!

Description

This adorable army bear is at the ready with a smart removable beret and camouflage colored uniform. You can customize his crest to any design you like, as well as adjust the color of the beret. This is an advanced beginner pattern because of BLO techniques and some extra sewing.

Yarn

Confused about materials? For all my personal recommendations of my most-used tools, yarns, and supplies, check out my favorites in this complete guide!

  • WeCrochet Brava Sport (sport)
    • (<1 skein) Almond (light brown)
    • (<1 skein) Dublin (camo green)
    • (scrap) Red
    • (scrap) Custard (gold)

Notions

  • Size D 3.25mm Clover Amour hook
  • 4.0mm safety eyes
  • brown embroidery thread
  • fiberfill stuffing
  • tapestry needle
  • stitch markers

Abbreviations

  • BLO: back loop only
  • ch: chain
  • CC: contrast color
  • dec: decrease
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • inc: increase (work two single crochets in one stitch)
  • MC: main color
  • MR: magic ring
  • rnd: round
  • RS: right side
  • sc: single crochet
  • sk: skip
  • x sc: work x number of single crochets
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • WS: wrong side
  • (x sts): total number of stitches for the round
  • (…) x: work all steps within parentheses x number of times

Technical Notes

  1. Crochet in continuous spiral rounds, unless specified otherwise. Use a stitch marker or piece of yarn to keep track of the last stitch in each round.
  1. When filling with polyester stuffing, pull apart each large chunk into many smaller chunks. This ensures an even distribution of firmness within the amigurumi.
  2. To avoid large holes in the crochet fabric, increase tension until the holes cannot be seen, or choose a crochet hook a size down.
  3. Stuff the head and the body firmly at the openings so that the neck is stable upon completion.
  1. Use sewing pins to secure parts of the amigurumi before you sew them.

Color Coding

For this pattern, the MC is camo green, CC1 is light brown, CC2 is gold, and CC3 is red.

Special Stitches

  • How to embroider a nose: see this tutorial

Final Size

3.5″ x 2.5″

HEAD (in MC)

  • Round 1: 6 sc in MR (6 sts)
  • Round 2: inc x6 (12 sts)
  • Round 3: (sc, inc) x6 (18 sts)
  • Round 4: (2 sc, inc) x6 (24 sts)
  • Round 5: (3 sc, inc) x6 (30 sts)
  • Round 6: (4 sc, inc) x6 (36 sts)
  • Round 7: (5 sc, inc) x6 (42 sts)
  • Round 8-9 (2 rnds): sc around (42 sts)
  • Round 10: (6 sc, inc) x6 (48 sts)
  • Round 11-12 (2 rnds): sc around (48 sts)
  • Insert 4.0mm safety eyes between rounds 11 and 12 (counting from top), 6 sts apart.
  • Round 13: (7 sc, inc) x6 (54 sts)
  • Round 14: (7 sc, dec) x6 (48 sts)
  • Round 15: (6 sc, dec) x6 (42 sts)
  • Round 16: (5 sc, dec) x6 (36 sts)
  • Round 17: (4 sc, dec) x6 (30 sts)
  • Round 18: (3 sc, dec) x6 (24 sts)
  • Round 19: (2 sc, dec) x6 (18 sts)
  • Stuff.
  • Round 20: (sc, dec) x6 (12 sts)
  • Round 21: dec x6 (6 sts)
  • Finish off and weave in end. See figure 1.

The Pattern

  • If you want to take this pattern offline, grab the beautifully formatted, ad-free, PDF pattern from Etsy here!

Description

This heart pillow pattern is super huggable, squishy, and perfect for Valentine’s Day! You can whip one up in just a few hours since the yarn is so thick, and it makes a great accent pillow or stuffie for your valentine (or yourself!). It can be a little difficult to see the stitches when Bernat Baby Blanket yarn, but it’s a good first step into fluffier and novelty yarns for beginners.

Yarn

Confused about materials? For all my personal recommendations of my most-used tools, yarns, and supplies, check out my favorites in this complete guide!

  • Bernat Baby Blanket (super bulky)
    • (1 skein) Raspberry Kisses
  • Lion Brand DIYarn (worsted)
    • (<1 skein) Brown

Notions

  • Size M 9 mm Clover Amour hook
  • 10.0mm safety eyes
  • fiberfill stuffing
  • tapestry needle
  • stitch markers

Abbreviations

ch: chain

dec: decrease

inc: increase (work two single crochets in one stitch)

MC: main color

MR: magic ring

rnd: round

sc: single crochet

x sc: work x number of single crochets

sl st: slip stitch

st(s): stitch(es)

(x sts): total number of stitches for the round

(…) x: work all steps within parentheses x number of times

Technical Notes

  1. Crochet in continuous spiral rounds, unless specified otherwise. Use a stitch marker or piece of yarn to keep track of the last stitch in each round.
  1. When filling with polyester stuffing, pull apart each large chunk into many smaller chunks. This ensures an even distribution of firmness within the amigurumi.
  2. To avoid large holes in the crochet fabric, increase tension until the holes cannot be seen, or choose a crochet hook a size down.

Color Coding

For this pattern, the MC is raspberry kisses.

Final Size

1.5′ x 1′

TOP HALF (in MC, make two)

  • Round 1: 6 sc in MR (6 sts)
  • Round 2: inc x6 (12 sts)
  • Round 3: (sc, inc) x6 (18 sts)
  • Round 4: (2 sc, inc) x6 (24 sts)
  • Round 5: (3 sc, inc) x6 (30 sts)
  • Round 6: (4 sc, inc) x6 (36 sts)
  • Round 7: (5 sc, inc) x6 (42 sts)
  • Round 8-11 (4 rnds): sc around (42 sts)

Invisible finish off, weave in the end. Make another top half identically, but do not finish off.

Connect to the second half and sc 35 all around, leaving 7 stitches unworked. Connect to the first half also leaving 7 stitches unworked and sc the remaining 35 stitches around. (70 sts total)

Using one of the tail ends of the top half, whip stitch the gap between the two halves closed.

BOTTOM HALF (in MC)

  • Round 1: (8 sc, dec) x7 (63 sts)
  • Round 2: (7 sc, dec) x7 (56 sts)
  • Insert two 10.0mm safety eyes between rounds 1 and 2 of the bottom half, 3 stitches apart.
  • Round 3: (6 sc, dec) x7 (49 sts)
  • Round 4: (5 sc, dec) x7 (42 sts)
  • Round 5: (4 sc, dec) x7 (35 sts)
  • Round 6: sc around (35 sts)
  • Round 7: (3 sc, dec) x7 (28 sts)
  • Round 8: (2 sc,dec) x7 (21 sts)
  • Round 9: sc around (21 sts)
  • Round 10: (sc, dec) x7 (14 sts)
  • Stuff.
  • Round 11: dec x7 (7 sts)
  • Cut the tail, cinch the last round closed, and finish off.

ASSEMBLY

Using worsted weight black yarn, embroider two stitches in a “V” shape on the 3rd round of the bottom half (1 round below the eyes) to form the mouth. Reinforce the mouth by going over the two stitches again with the black yarn so that it stands out more. Weave in the end.

Your heart pillow is all done! I hope you enjoyed crocheting it and found the pattern helpful. I would love to see your finished project, so share a picture on Instagram with me by using the #littleworldofwhimsy and tagging me @littleworldofwhimsy. Once again, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to me with a direct message on Instagram or through email. Happy crocheting!