A 30 Day Crochet Challenge: Pillows & Poufs

Well, that’s a wrap of this month's pillows & poufs crochet challenge!

It’s been an absolute blast to watch the project come to life in so many different and creative ways.

Over the last month, I’ve had many people email in to tell me they missed this challenge and ask if I could share updates.

So Today, I wanted to take some time to share the Pillow & Pouf journey with you in this blog post.

(If you missed this challenge but would still like the pillow & pouf pattern & video tutorial you can get that here: https://dollar-yarn-club.teachable.com/)

So let’s get into it!

The Pillow and Pouf Journey

This month we tackled two projects: a pillow and a pouf.

The Challenge started with the pillow which used a beautiful basketweave stitch.

Here are a few pictures from our Crochet Challenge Members:

crochet basket weave in variegated yarn
crochet basketweave pillow front
finished crochet basketweave pillow
finished crochet basketweave pillow light blue

I love the texture of this pillow and it can be worked up in so many fun colors.

During the second half of the challenge, we tackled the pouf.

For those unfamiliar with a pouf, it’s a versatile home decor piece. You can use it as a bean bag or chair, an ottoman to kick back and rest your feet on, or even a side table or coffee table.

The Pouf Challenge

crochet pouf
crochet pouf & basketweave pillow
crochet multi-coloured pouf and basketweave pillow
crochet pouf
finished crochet pouf

Both the Pillow & Pouf are great for your own home or as gifts for grandkids, friends, and family.

Professional Instructor, Daily Tips, and Homework Assignments

To help lead us in the challenge and make sure we knew what we were doing, we had the amazing Annette Corsino Blair who runs the Knitting Tree L.A yarn shop (it’s close to the L.A.X airport so make sure to stop in next

time you’re in town, or check out her online shop here) as our class instructor this month.

Every day she would post a new tip and ‘homework’ assignment for us to help keep us focused, motivated and encouraged.

Take a look below:

crochet challenge

This daily tip and homework assignment has been so, so helpful.

Plus, Annette is always hanging around in the group ready to answer questions from any of the challenge participants when they come up!

Proud Moment

This month I was so proud of Crochet Challenge Member Judy Huss, who initially experienced some frustration with tackling the basketweave stitch that was used for the pillow pattern in this class.

crochet pouf and basketweave pillow challenge

Learning a new skill like crochet is fun, but with learning anything new sometimes you run into frustration along the way.

This happens to everyone.

Why Our Crochet Challenge is Different

This is one of the biggest reasons why I created the Crochet Challenge and one of the big reasons that it’s different than learning by yourself or from Youtube Videos…

With the Crochet Along Challenge you get an entire community of people and professional crochet instructors who rally around you to help you push through those frustrating times, give you advice and encouragement and tell you to keep going.

And guess what?

Judy did keep going.

And she made a gorgeous pillow, learned a skill and got to have a moment where she felt amazing for overcoming an obstacle.

crochet basketweave pillow

This really made me proud of not only Judy, but the way the community came together to rally behind her and any other member who had questions and needed help along the way.

Creative Moment

Another fun moment I wanted to share with you involved some real unique creativity.

Crochet Challenge member Cynthia Larsen used the basketweave stitch she learned and mastered from the Pillow Video Tutorial to create an amazingly creative Yarn Stash Basket.

Take a look:

crochet basketweave owl basket

So you see the skills you learn in these crochet challenges go beyond the projects we tackle each month.

Each skill builds on the others and soon enough you’ll be freestyling your very own crochet patterns yourself!

(If you missed this challenge but would still like the pillow & pouf pattern & video tutorial you can get that here: https://dollar-yarn-club.teachable.com/)

That’s all for now.

Have a great day!


1 Response
  • Pam Kilty
    May 23, 2017

    I think I have already sent in my spot on the roster. Will you please let me know if I have in fact signed up to join in on the new challenge and let me know?
    I do not want to miss out on the fun and learn the new challenge!!! Can’t wait!!

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