The Kayla Pillow – Crochet for a Cure
February 22, 2021
by Sara @ Birdz of a Feather

When I first realized that Fabricville carries Tunisian crochet hooks, I couldn’t wait to try something new! I’ve always wanted to learn Tunisian crochet.

For the yarn, I selected Paton’s Classic Wool Worsted in grey mix. A contrasting colour, such as Aran or Winter White, completes the two-tone effect.

Without knowing anything about Tunisian crochet, I assumed I could just order the hook size recommended on the yarn. But it turns out that Tunisian crochet works up much denser than regular crochet so you need to increase the hook size by at least 1 mm if not more. For this yarn, I would recommend this 6.0 mm double-end hook. A double end hook is essential for working with two colours.

Here’s a shot of the work in progress.

One of my favourite features is the button closure in the back of the pillow cover,  so it’s removable for washing. It’s crocheted in Tunisian crochet smock stitch.

My New Passion Project – the Kayla Pillow

The past month has been an emotional roller coaster for me and my husband because both our moms passed away from Alzheimer’s. While my mom was in palliative care, delving into learning Tunisian crochet helped focus my sadness into positive energy. Working away on the design of the Kayla pillow, I would sit by mom and crochet while keeping her company.

Mom taught me how to crochet when I was six. She instilled in me a love of everything DIY and craft. It seems only fitting to turn her gift to me into a gift to help others. So I’m donating 100% of all pattern sales to benefit Alzheimers in memory of both our moms.

I looked everywhere for a how-to video on how to block crochet, but couldn’t find one specific to home decor, like this throw pillow. So I’d like to kick off the launch of the Kayla pillow with this video tutorial on how to block your crochet work:

A big thank you goes out to Fabricville for providing the the supplies for this project! I’m hopeful that the Kayla pillow raises money for Alzheimer’s!


Living without our memories and experiences is tragic. If you would like to support the cause, consider buying the Kayla pillow pattern if you crochet (or gift it to a friend who does!). 100% of all proceeds from pattern sales benefit Alzheimers. The Kayla pillow pattern is available here.

If you don’t crochet, please lend your support by helping me build awareness. Just share this link with your friends on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to help get the word out :).