Relax, and let the yarn do all the work on these fast and fun-to-knit pillows. With these terrific yarns you'll find a combo to match any color scheme. Knitting the round pillow is a perfect way to become comfortable with double-point needles.
Round pillow: 12" (30.5cm) diameter
Square pillow: 111/2x111/2" (29x29cm)
Note: Knitted pieces will stretch to fit standard-size pillow forms.
What You'll Need
Yarn: For each pillow: Machine-washable light worsted weight or DK weight microfiber yarn, 150 yards (137m); 3-color self-stripping novelty yarn, 57 yards (52m) in colors to coordinate with microfiber yarn; for round pillow (side 2 only): solid-color novelty yarn in color to coordinate with other yarns, 64 yards (58m)
We used: For each pillow: Lion Brand Yarn Micro Spun (100% microfiber acrylic; 168 yards [154m] per 70g skein): #147 purple (yarn A), 1 skein; Lion Brand Yarn Fun Fur Stripes (100% polyester; 57 yards [52m] per 40g ball): #300 Cotton Candy (yarn B), 1 ball. For round pillow side 2: Lion Brand Yarn Fun Fur (100% polyester; 64 yards [58m] per 50g ball): #191 violet (yarn C), 1 ball
Needles: Square pillow -- US size 9 (5.5mm); Round pillow -- US size 9 (5.5mm) double-pointed, set of 5; US size 9 (5.5mm) circular, 24" (61cm) long
Notions: Tapestry needle; open-ring stitch marker; 12x12" (30.5x30.5cm) square pillow form or polyester fiberfill stuffing; round pillow form about 12" (30.5cm) diameter
14 stitches and 20 rows=4" (10cm) in stockinette stitch with 2 yarns held together as 1. Note: Exact gauge is not needed for these pillows.
Make the Square Pillow
Note: To allow for easier seaming, all edge stitches of the square pillow are knit with yarn A only.
Cast on 40 stitches with yarn A.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3 (right side): Knit 2, join yarn B and with 2 yarns held together as 1 knit 36, drop yarn B (do not cut), knit 2.
Row 4 (wrong side): With yarn A only, knit 2, pick up yarn B and with 2 yarns held together as 1 purl 36, drop yarn B (do not cut), purl 2.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until piece measures 11" (29cm) or to end of yarn B, ending with wrong-side row.
Drop yarn B and with yarn A only, knit 1 row. Purl the next row. Bind off loosely.
Repeat all steps for back of pillow.
Finishing the Square Pillow
Weave in loose ends to wrong side of work. With yarn A threaded on tapestry needle, and right sides together, whipstitch the pieces together on 3 sides, being sure to align the stripes. Insert pillow form or stuff with fiberfill. To close top seam, whipstitch across the yarn A edge stitches, pushing them to wrong side of work as you sew.
Make the Round Pillow
Note: Both pieces of the round pillow are worked in circular stockinette stitch (knit all rounds). Increases are made by knitting into the front and back of the stitch.
With yarn A and yarn B held together as 1 and using double-point needles, cast on 8 stitches. Divide stitches evenly onto 4 needles, and join into a circle, being careful not to twist stitches. Place marker to note beginning of round. Change to circular needles when increased stitch numbers no longer fit comfortably on double-point needles.
Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: (Knit into front and back of stitch) 8 times. (16 stitches)
Rounds 3 and 4: Knit.
Round 5: *Knit 1, knit into front and back of next stitch; repeat from * to end of round. (24 stitches)
Rounds 6 and 7: Knit.
Round 8: Repeat round 5. (36 stitches)
Rounds 9-11: Knit.
Round 12: Repeat round 5. (54 stitches)
Rounds 13-15: Knit.
Round 16: *Knit 2, knit into front and back of next stitch; repeat from * to end of round. (72 stitches)
Rounds 17-19: Knit.
Round 20: Repeat round 16. (96 stitches)
Rounds 21-24: Knit.
Round 25: *Knit 3, knit into front and back of next stitch; repeat from * to end of round. (120 stitches)
Rounds 26-29: Knit.
Rounds 30-31: Drop yarn B; knit rounds using yarn A only.
Bind off loosely.
Repeat all steps to make back of pillow, using yarns A and C only.
Finishing the Round Pillow
Weave in loose ends to wrong side of work. With right sides together, seam the pieces together around the outer edges using backstitch, leaving the top one-third open. Turn pillow right side out, insert pillow form or stuff with fiberfill and close remaining one-third with whipstitch.
These fun and easy pillows will add a bit of flare to any home decor.
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Contributing designers: Ann Berez, Judy Dercum, and Vanessa Montileone