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April 7, 2006

My First Pillow

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I actually finished this a few weeks ago, I've just been pokey about posting it. It's not a scarf, it's not a bunny. It's a pillow! I wanted to try doing a pattern and a pillow seemed like a good idea, it's smaller and isn't gonna take forever if I don't like the pattern or if I screw up.

I used some Micro Spun yarn by Lion's Brand (turquoise) on #4 needles.

Cast on 74 sts... the pattern... reverse stockinette for 2 sts, stockinette for 10 sts, reverse for 2, stockinette for 10, reverse 2, stockinette 10, reverse 2... did 6 repeats of that so it ends up being 2 10 2 10 2 10 2 10 2 10 2 10 2. Knit the knits, purl the purls for 6 rows (there and back) then one row (there and back) of reverse stockinette. Go back to the pattern for 6 more rows, then the one row of reverse. Repeat that 12 times so I ended up with a piece of fabric 12"x24". I ended up with 6 pattern blocks the short way and 12 pattern blocks the long way. Fold it in half, mattress stitch up the sides, stick a pillow form inside, stitch up the top. Voila!

I had a lot of fun making this. I learned some new stuff, and it's functional! The yarn is really smooth and ends up quite soft, not fuzzy, but soft. Because it's so smooth it does show every single imperfection, but that also makes it much easier to see what you're doing. So it's a good thing and a bad thing. Plus the color matches my futon cover!

Time for a close up!

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Keva's Pillow

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I know these posts are right on top of each other, but the projects were actually finished a couple weeks apart. This one I finished up last night.

I've told people at work that if they want something they just have to buy me the yarn. Keva was the first to take me up on it! I originally started trying a more complicated pattern, but the yarn just wasn't conducive to that. So I went with some simple stripes.

The pattern: cast on 45 on #7 needles, stockinette for 4 rows (there and back), reverse stockinette for 1 row (there and back) repeat! I repeated the pattern 16 times and ended up with a 12"x24" piece of fabric just like the other pillow. It was slightly loose around the 12 inch pillow form, but not big enough for a 14 inch pillow. So maybe 40 or 42 stiches for a 12 inch pillow? Or 15 repeats of the pattern instead of 16? It wasn't horrible, just a little more space than I would have liked.

The yarn: It was some blue TLC Amore (by Red Heart). It's very soft and there's lots of little loops all through the yarn. So it's hard to see the stitch you just did! But it ends up really soft and fluffy. And the mattress stitch bits are invisible just because of the yarn. So it's ok if you screw up with this yarn!

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