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Learn how to Crochet an Aztec Crochet Cushion Cover

Updated August 22, 2023

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If you’re a Bella Coco regular, you might remember last year I featured a beautiful crochet cushion pattern from guest designer Nihal. The Anthropologie Inspired Crochet Cushion was, and still is, a super popular design and I know how many of you loved it. So, I’m absolutely thrilled to welcome designer Nihal of Topknotch Crochet back to Bella Coco with a beautiful new crochet cushion cover design.

An aztec crochet cushion on a cosy chair in a living space next to a plant.
Aztec Crochet Cushion

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Taking inspiration from Aztec motifs and designs, this pretty crochet pillow pattern is perfect for adding some sun-drenched vibes to your living room or bedroom. Using Nihal’s signature bobbles, this cushion is the idea companion for her previous pattern, so why not hook up a pair to freshen up your home décor this Spring?

Nihal herself says, “Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be here again, sharing another cushion cover pattern with you. I feel so grateful that I had the opportunity to share one of my favourite patterns last year here on Bella Coco Crochet. The goal of each design I makes is to add hygge, sunshine, cosiness and positive vibes to the hearts and homes of the people who will make it and I hope this pattern will do this!

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Related Post: Anthropologie Inspired Long Pillow

MATERIALS & TOOLS

Yarn: Alize cotton gold (Weight: 2/Sport– 3.53oz, 361 yds) in:  Cream, 2 skeins; Candlelight, 1 skein; Khaki Melange, 1 skein.

Hook: 3.5mm crochet hook

Scissors

Tapestry Needle

(15” x 15”) (38x 38 cm) Pillow Form

YARN SUBSTITUTES

This cushion is made from a lightweight cotton yarn. One of the key characteristics of cotton yarn is that it creates quite a sturdy, firm and inflexible fabrics that’s perfect for cushions and other homeware as it’s hardwearing and doesn’t lose shape easily.

This does mean that substituting the yarn should consider that fact. Acrylic isn’t firm enough, so I would recommend sticking to cotton where possible.

Good substitutes include; Yarn and Colors Favorite, MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton and Schachenmayr Catania

GAUGE

Front 4” (10 cm) = 18 stitches x 22 rows in sc 

Back 4” (10 cm) =  20 stitches x 20 rows in sc

NOTES

The pattern is written in US terms

Chain one is not considered as a stitch through out this pattern

Make sure to keep the count of 73 stitches per row through out this pattern

I will be referring to Cream as Colour A, Candlelight as Colour B and Khaki Melange as Colour C.

I recommend that for Colour A and B you use colours that don’t have too much contrast so that you don’t have a dark shadow under your base. and if you want to create contrast you can use colour C for that.

The front and back pieces may have different measurements. However they both have 73 stitches and 73 rows so make sure to match up the stitches when joining them together with a single crochet seam.

I like to make my cushion covers a little bit smaller than my cushion, especially if the yarn has a little bit of a stretch, so that the pillowcase fits perfectly without any loose areas or gaps.

Here is a video tutorial showing you how to switch colours within one row. I used row 37 from the pattern in the video to show how to use three colours within one row.

CROCHET TERMS

Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook

Single Crochet (sc): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops.

Bobble Stitch (bo): Yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through two loops as if you are doing the first part of a double crochet (DC) (2 loops on the hook); repeat it until you have 5 HDC on your hook and 1 initial loop (total 6 loops on the hook); yarn over and pull through all 6 loops (1 loop on the hook – pull pretty tight, so your bobble really pops up)

Mini Bobble Stitch (mini bo): Yarn over, insert your hook into the next stitch, pull yarn through two loops as if you are doing the first part of a double crochet (DC) (2 loops on the hook); repeat one more time so that you have 2 HDC on your hook and 1 initial loop (total 3 loops on the hook); yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.

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CHARTS FOR THE AZTEC CROCHET CUSHION COVER

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AZTEC CROCHET CUSHION COVER PATTERN

Front:

With a 3.5 mm hook and colour A chain 74. 

Although in the first 6 rows and the last 6 rows, You won’t need to change colours. I Recommend that you work your Sc stitches over colour B yarn. So that you have consistency in the weight of your whole piece, Since you will do this anyways in the rest of the pattern. 

Row 1. Sc in the second chain from the hook and in each stitch in the row, chain 1 and turn 

Row 2-6. Sc in the very first stitch and all the remaining stitches, chain 1 and turn   

Row 7. Sc in the first 22 stitches, Switch to colour B, *bo, sc * repeat from * to * 13 more times, one more bo in the next stitch.  Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 8. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn   

Row 9. Sc in the first 24 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 10 more times. Switch to colour B bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 10. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn   

Row 11.  Sc in the first 26 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 8 more times. Switch to colour B bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 12. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn   

Row 13. Sc in the first 28 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 6 more times. Switch to colour B bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 14. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn   

Row 15. Sc in the first 18 stitches, Switch to colour B, *bo, sc*  repeat from * to * 3 more times. Do one more bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 8 more times. Switch to colour B *bo, sc*  repeat from * to * 3 more times.Do one more bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 16. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn   

Row 17. Sc in the first 20 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 14 more times. Switch to colour B bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 18. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn   

Row 19. Sc in the first 22 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 12 more times. Switch to colour B bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 20. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn   

Row 21. Sc in the first 24 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 10 more times. Switch to colour B bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 22. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn   

Row 23. Sc in the first 14 stitches, Switch to colour B, *bo, sc*  repeat from * to * 3 more times. Do one more bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 12 more times. Switch to colour B *bo, sc*  repeat from * to * 3 more times. Do one more bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 24. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn   

Row 25. Sc in the first 16 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 18 more times. Switch to colour B bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 26. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn  

Row 27. Sc in the first 18 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 16 more times. Switch to colour B bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 28. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn  

Row 29. Sc in the first 20 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 14 more times. Switch to colour B bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 30. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn  

The next few rows you will need to attach colour C. I recommend that you don’t work your middle section of bos and mini bos over colour C. Since if you did it will give the middle section a shadow and weight that is different from the rest of the piece. So I recommend that you leave it then pick it up again when you need it at the end of the row (as you see in the picture). Also you will have to cut it and re-attach it again every other row. Watch this video to understand more.

Row 31. Attach colour C and Sc in the first 10 stitches, Switch to colour B, *bo, sc*  repeat from * to * 3 more times. Do one more bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 16 more times. Switch to colour B *bo, sc*  repeat from * to * 3 more times. Do one more bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour C sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 32. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn

Row 33. Attach colour C and Sc in the first 12 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 22 more times. Switch to colour B bo, Switch to colour C sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 34. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn  

Row 35. Attach colour C and Sc in the first 14 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 20 more times. Switch to colour B bo, Switch to colour C sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 36. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn   

The next row marks the half way through this pattern. The next half is the going to be a reflection of the First half 

Row 37. Attach colour C and Sc in the first 16 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 18 more times. Switch to colour B bo, Switch to colour C sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 38. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn  

Row 39. Attach colour C and Sc in the first 14 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 20 more times. Switch to colour B bo, Switch to colour C sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 40. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn  

Row 41. Attach colour C and Sc in the first 12 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 22 more times. Switch to colour B bo, Switch to colour C sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 42. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn 

Row 43. Attach colour C and Sc in the first 10 stitches, Switch to colour B, *bo, sc*  repeat from * to * 3 more times. Do one more bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 16 more times. Switch to colour B *bo, sc*  repeat from * to * 3 more times. Do one more bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour C sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 44. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn

Row 45. Sc in the first 20 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 14 more times. Switch to colour B bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 46. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn  

Row 47. Sc in the first 18 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 16 more times. Switch to colour B bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 48. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn  

Row 49. Sc in the first 16 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 18 more times. Switch to colour B bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 50. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn  

Row 51. Sc in the first 14 stitches, Switch to colour B, *bo, sc*  repeat from * to * 3 more times. Do one more bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 12 more times. Switch to colour B *bo, sc*  repeat from * to * 3 more times. Do one more bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 52. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn   

Row 53. Sc in the first 24 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 10 more times. Switch to colour B bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 54. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn   

Row 55. Sc in the first 22 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 12 more times. Switch to colour B bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 56. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn   

Row 57. Sc in the first 20 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 14 more times. Switch to colour B bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 58. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn  

Row 59. Sc in the first 18 stitches, Switch to colour B, *bo, sc*  repeat from * to * 3 more times. Do one more bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 8 more times. Switch to colour B *bo, sc*  repeat from * to * 3 more times.Do one more bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 60. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn   

Row 61. Sc in the first 28 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 6 more times. Switch to colour B bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 62. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn   

Row 63.  Sc in the first 26 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 8 more times. Switch to colour B bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 64. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn   

Row 65. Sc in the first 24 stitches, Switch to colour B, bo, Switch to colour A sc, *mini bo, sc* repeat from * to * 10 more times. Switch to colour B bo in the next stitch, Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 66. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn   

Row 67. Sc in the first 22 stitches, Switch to colour B, *bo, sc * repeat from * to * 13 more times, bo in the next stitch.  Switch to colour A sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn

Row 68-73. Sc across the row, chain 1 and turn   

Work on Last row of sc on the side edges of the Front panel (working one single crochet in each row)

Back: 

Chain 74 with colour A 

Sc in 2nd chain from the hook and across the row, Ch 1, turn 

Row 2-73:  Sc across, Ch 1, turn

Work on last row of sc on the side edges of the back panel (working one single crochet in each row)

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Finishing

Seaming: Holding two panels together with right sides facing out, Single crochet the two pieces together (as you see in this video)

Make sure that you are matching the front and back panels’ stitches and rows when you are stitching them together. 

After you’ve stitched around 3 sides, insert the pillow form and continue with the 4th side.

When you insert the pillow you might have some difficulty joining the 4th side together.

KEEP ALIGNING THE STITCHES TOGETHER 

Make 10 (2“/5 cm) tassels and attach 5 to each side.

ABOUT NIHAL

I’m Nihal Salem the girl behind Topknotch Crochet. I am a crochet designer and blogger as well as a Pilates teacher. I have been crocheting for about 16 years and I have always loved to make things with my hands. My addiction to progress is what makes me love crochet this much.

I love to see the transformation of a ball of yarn to a piece of a crochet cloth to an adorable baby dress, a piece of modern home décor, a scarf or many other possible creations.

One of my goals is to inspire others to create things with their hands to experience the satisfying sense of accomplishment when they finish a crochet piece and That’s why I started my blog.

If you enjoyed making this crochet tunic, you can see more of Nihal’s beautiful designs here: Topknotch Crochet.

I always love to see your makes so if you try any of my patterns or follow my stitch tutorials please tag me @bellacococrochet or use the #bellacococrochet

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