As I’ve mentioned previously, home decor for Valentine’s Day really floats my boat. I could also call this time of year, “A Thousand and One Things To Do with Hearts.” For my next project, I wanted something that was pretty simple, but could be jazzed up. I settled on a pillow cover for a 12″ x 16″ pillow form. I prefer rectangular pillows for decorating. I don’t know why- maybe I’m just strange.
Once the pillow cover was knit, I used a chain stitch to embroider hearts on it.
I had this little knit heart already made so I sewed it on like an applique piece (I went on Ravelry and searched around for free heart patterns and then just knit it in the same yarn as the pillow cover). I will likely go back and add more hearts later. It looks….a bit empty. I have some white in waiting to add in a little more contrast and zing.
I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino for the knitting and the embroidery. The pillow cover took 3.5 balls, so what I think I might do is knit another cover from the pink yarn and embellish that cover with the remnants of red from this pillow cover.
I’m already thinking of all the possibilities the canvas of a plain pillow cover presents – shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day, a bunny for Spring, an apple for returning to school in August. My embroidery skills may need time to catch up with my wellspring of ideas, but I’m sure to get a lot of practice.
4 balls of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, color #700
12″ x 16″ pillow form
US 3 needles
Sewing snaps, contrast yarn for embroidery
Gauge: 6 stitches per inch on US 3 needles
Cast on 99 stitches and work in seed stitch for 1.5″ (seed stitch is *K1, P1* on each row). Change to working in stockinette stitch (knit on the right sides, purl on the wrong sides) and work for 4″. On the next wrong side row, knit all the stitches, creating a turning ridge of stitches. Continue to work in stockinette stitch until piece measures 17.5″ from cast on edge. On the next wrong side row, knit all the stitches, creating a turning ridge of stitches. Continue to work in stockinette stitch until piece measures 23.5″ from cast on edge. Work in seed stitch for 1.5″. Bind off all stitches in pattern.
Embroider the front of the pillow however you desire. I used Kristin Nicholas’ videos on the chain stitch for reference. The back sides will naturally fold at the two purl ridges. Using those as the top and bottom edges of the cover, seam up the sides of the pillow cover. The seed stitch bands will overlap each other. Sew snaps onto the seed stitch bands. Insert the pillow between the seed stitch bands and close the snaps.