This quick and easy project would make a perfect gift. It’s soft and cuddly and extremely satisfying to make.
Two cakes of super thick chenille yarn of this type (200 gr total). I used black, grey and white variegated.
Odds and ends of black, white, brown, and dark brown worsted weight yarn.
Stuffing of your choice.
Start by crocheting two identical circles from the chenille yarn, using a 7mm hook.
Assemble the eyes and beak. For the eyes, start making dc with the black worsted yarn from the center, using a 3.5mm hook. At the end of the round, slip stitch and join.
In the next round, use white worsted yarn and work 2dc in each dc of the previous round. Slip stitch and join.
In the third round, work sc using the dark brown yarn in the following pattern: 1 sc, 2 sc in the next stitch of the previous round, 1 sc, 2 sc, etc.
For the beak, make a triangle in sc using the light brown yarn. Instructions for making a crochet triangle can be found here.
Naturally, you can play with the colors however you like.
Sew the eyes and beak onto one of the chenille circles using a tapestry needle and worsted weight yarn of the same color (light brown for the beak, dark brown for the eyes).
Join the front and back of the pillow together by slip stitching. I used black worsted weight yarn for this because I thought it would look better. The thinner yarn disappears between the threads of chenille and the join is very neat and almost completely invisible.
Once you have just a bit of the front and back left to join, stuff the pillow. I used old stockings, but you can use store-bought stuffing if you prefer.
When the pillow is stuffed enough to your liking, finish the slip stitch join, tie up the ends, and push them inside.
Voila! The pillow is ready for squishing.