A Pillow with Possiblities

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.

Then I got bored and decided that three hearts were plenty.

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.

Materials:

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.

 

A Turkey for Thanksgiving

For the upcoming holiday (that would be Thanksgiving, for us Americans – uh, in 2.5 weeks, so you have some time), I knit up this supercute turkey from a pattern posted a few years ago on the Spud and Chloe blog. 

I weighted his tummy with some glass marbles (like the kind you put in the bottom of a vase) so that he sits properly.  If I were going to be giving this to a small person, I would probably just stuff him as usual and not worry about him tipping backward or forward.

When I sewed on the wings, I was apparently under the impression that my turkey would be flying.  He looks ready for take-off here. He worked up pretty quickly, even including the time to sew all the bits together (my least favorite part of knitted toys).

I used Spud and Chloe Sweater in Rootbeer, Firefly, Firecracker and Grass.  I had enough extra of the feathers to work up a few dinosaurs (shh! they aren’t quite ready to show yet!),

Pixie Dust Ear Flap Hat

Pixie Dust is here!

At TNNA, I kept passing by Amy at the Knit Collage booth until I just couldn’t stand it anymore, marched in and promptly ordered every color she had in the Pixie Dust line.
Since I felt kind-of responsible for all this yarn showing up at our back door this week, I decided that what we needed was a hat.  An ear-flap hat, to be exact.  And since Pixie Dust is knit on US 19 needles, this hat came together in a single evening. The pattern uses only one skein and the line comes in 23 colors, so you can make every single member of your family a unique hat.

A single-ply super-bulky yarn with slubs, Pixie Dust creates a uniquely textured fabric, complete with a sparkle fiber blended with the wool.

I had about a yard remaining, so I made a pom-pom for the top, using a plain yarn in a similar color to tie off the pom-pom and sew it to the top.


Whenever Knit Collage yarns come in the door, they leave almost as quickly, so act quickly to get the colors you like the most.

Click here to download the free hat pattern

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