Bulky Love to Cuddle Pillow Crochet Pattern

Bulky Love to Cuddle Pillow crochet pattern

Happy Friday Friends! It’s been a while seen I’ve done a free pattern Friday, so I’m so excited to have a new pattern for you today!

The Bulky Love to Cuddle Pillow, is a new, bulky weight version of my original Love to Cuddle Pillow! Just in time for Valentine’s Day; it’s the perfect project to make for a loved one, or just make for you! I designed the original Love to Cuddle Pillow in 2019, as a Valentine’s Day gift for my step daughter! It has been well loved over the years and I’m happy to be making a new one for my toddler for this Valentine’s Day!

This design is a 16″ x 16″ pillow cover that features a large heart in the center with a contrasting background. We’ll use the intarsia crochet technique by picking up and dropping bobbins to create the heart.

Intarsia crochet allows for multiple color changes without carrying your yarn behind your through your piece. If you’re unfamiliar with this technique, this is a great first project as there are minimal bobbins used and only 2 colors! Check out the video tutorial for this pattern to see when to add new bobbins and how to add them!

Follow along with the video tutorial on YouTube!

A great choice for bulky (5) weight yarn is Lion Brand Yarn’s Color Made Easy! For the background I used a blush pink color called Millennial. As of right now, Lion Brand doesn’t have it available on their website, but they do have lot’s of other colors to choose from! If you love this blush pink color, click HERE to check out Hue + Me in the color Rose Water. It’s beautiful! Really any Hue + Me yarn would be a great sub, if you’re unable to find a color you like in Color Made Easy, there’s so many gorgeous colors to choose from!

I love using Faux Fur Yarn for the heart but you can use regular yarn too! If you’re wanting to use faux fur yarn, I love Lion Brand Yarn’s Go For Faux! I use it for all of my faux fur pillows (like the Snuggly Snowflake Pillow and the Cozy Holiday Pillow). It makes for such a soft and cuddly pillow! If you find it hard to find your stitches with this yarn, try using your fingers to find each stitch. I also find it helpful to count my stitches very carefully for each row to make sure no stitches were missed.

You can find the ad-free, easy to print pdf for this pattern in my Etsy shop and on Ravelry! The pdf includes a graph to follow along with as well as the written instructions!

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Advanced Beginner / Intermediate


11 stitches by 12 rows in SC = 4”by 4” square
Adjust hook size up or down to meet gauge


● The final size of each panel is 16” x 16”
● Pillow consists of two panels. Only SC stitches are used throughout. We will use a FSC for row 1 and regular SC for each row after that. 
● Each row will have 44 stitches across. At the end of each row you will CH 1 and turn. The CH 1 does not count as a stitch.
● This pattern uses the Intarsia Crochet technique. For this technique you will start a new ball (or bobbin) of yarn for each color change and drop and pick-up bobbins as needed. Here is the suggested yardage and placement for each bobbin:

            Color A – Split into 4 bobbins
            A1 – 96 yards – back panel
            A2 – 68 yards – starts row 1 front panel
            A3 – 30 yards – starts row 11
            A4 – 8 yards – starts row 31
            Color B – Split into 2 bobbins
            B1 – 30 yards – starts row 11
            B2 – 11 yards – starts row 31

● Each row will have an arrow beside it telling you which direction that row will be worked. When working on the RS you will see ‘<’. Make sure all ends are on the opposite side. When working on the WS you will see ‘>’. Make sure all ends are on this side.
● Changing Color:  Start a SC as usual, before the final pull through you will drop your current color and pick up the new color. Finish the stitch by pulling through the 2 loops on your hook with the new color. The next SC you work will be the first of the new color. Be sure your tail ends are all on the WS of your project and continue on with the new color until the next color change.


● 202 yards of Lion Brand Yarn Color Made Easy in 1 color (A) and 71 yards of Go For Faux or Lion Brand Yarn Color Made Easy in 1 color (B). Yardage is approximate. See Notes section for bobbin suggestions.
6.50 mm (K) Hook
16” x 16” Pillow Insert
Yarn Needle

Abbreviations (US Terms)

ST – stitch
FSC – foundation single crochet (see video tutorial is assistance is needed with this stitch)
CH – chain
SL ST – slip stitch
SC – single crochet
WS – wrong side
RS – right side


Back Panel (make one)

< Row 1 [RS]: FSC A44
> Row 2 [WS]: SC A44
< Row 3 [RS]: SC A44

Repeat Rows 2 & 3 until the end of Row 48

Tie off yarn and weave in ends on the wrong side. Set aside and move onto the front panel.

Front Panel (make one)

< Row 1 [RS]: FSC A44
> Row 2 [WS]: SC A44
< Row 3 [RS]: SC A44
> Row 4 [WS]: SC A44
< Row 5 [RS]: SC A44
> Row 6 [WS]: SC A44
< Row 7 [RS]: SC A44
> Row 8 [WS]: SC A44
< Row 9 [RS]: SC A44
> Row 10 [WS]:  SC A44
< Row 11 [RS]: SC A21, B1, A22
> Row 12 [WS]: SC A21, B3, A20
< Row 13 [RS]: SC A19, B5, A20
> Row 14 [WS]: SC A19, B7, A18
< Row 15 [RS]: SC A17, B9, A18
> Row 16 [WS]: SC A17, B11, A16
< Row 17 [RS]: SC A15, B13, A16
> Row 18 [WS]: SC A15, B15, A14
< Row 19 [RS]: SC A13, B17, A14
> Row 20 [WS]: SC A13, B19, A12
< Row 21 [RS]: SC A11, B21, A12
> Row 22 [WS]: SC A11, B23, A10
< Row 23 [RS]: SC A9, B25, A10
> Row 24 [WS]: SC A9, B27, A8
< Row 25 [RS]: SC A7, B29, A8
> Row 26 [WS]: SC A7, B31, A6
< Row 27 [RS]: SC A5, B33, A6
> Row 28 [WS]: SC A6, B33, A5
< Row 29 [RS]: SC A5, B33, A6
> Row 30 [WS]: SC A6, B33, A5
< Row 31 [RS]: SC A5, B16, A1, B16, A6
> Row 32 [WS]: SC A6, B15, A3, B15, A5
< Row 33 [RS]: SC A5, B14, A5, B14, A6
> Row 34 [WS]: SC A7, B12, A7, B12, A6
< Row 35 [RS]: SC A7, B10, A9, B10, A8
> Row 36 [WS]: SC A9, B8, A11, B8, A8
< Row 37 [RS]: SC A9, B6, A13, B6, A10
> Row 38 [WS]: SC A11, B4, A15, B4, A10
< Row 39 [RS]: SC A44
> Row 40 [WS]: SC A44
< Row 41 [RS]: SC A44
> Row 42 [WS]: SC A44
< Row 43 [RS]: SC A44
> Row 44 [WS]: SC A44
< Row 45 [RS]: SC A44
> Row 46 [WS]: SC A44
< Row 47 [RS]: SC A44
> Row 48 [WS]: SC A44

Do not tie off yarn. Move onto Closing & Finishing

Closing & Finishing

Place back panel down with the right side facing down and the wrong side facing up. Lay the front panel on top with the wrong side facing down and the right side facing up. Working in both panels, SC in each stitch across the top of the pillow, 2 SC in the last stitch, 1 SC in each row down the left side of the pillow, 2 SC in the corner, SC in each ST across the bottom of the pillow, 2 SC in the last ST, put the pillow insert in, SC in each row up the pillow, 2 SC in the corner, finish with a SL ST in the 1st SC of the boarder. Tie off yarn leaving a 4-6” long tail. Weave in end.

And you’re all done!

I hope you enjoyed the Bulky Love to Cuddle Pillow crochet pattern! I can’t wait to see your finished creations, so be sure to tag @theturtletrunk on Instagram!

Don’t forget to check out the ad-free, easy to print pdf for this pattern in my Etsy shop and on Ravelry! The pdf includes a graph to follow along with as well as the written instructions!

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