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Bias Square Pillow »
Garter stitched squares are knit on the bias and sewn together to create this pillow cover. This is a great project for the beginner who’s ready for something a bit more challenging than a scarf. You’ll practice increasing and decreasing. And there’s so much going on with the yarn that your stitches don’t have to be perfectly even, and assembly is a breeze. No neat sewing required!
Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Casual, Ethnic, Funky
700 g. Recycled Silk yarn 18 pillow form 1 pair US 7 (4.5mm) needles
What was your inspiration?
I saw this yarn, which is made of recycled saris and mill ends from sari fabric production by local Indian and Nepalese women in fair trade collectives, and wanted it both to support a worthy cause, and just because the colors were lush and gorgeous. When I swatched it up it felt a bit rough for a sweater or scarf, and didn't seem to hold it's shape too well. The idea of a pillow seemed good in that the pillow form would provide the shape. The colors are really rich and I had a couple of perfect spots for the pillow to sit.
What are you most proud of?
I'm happy to be supporting women earning a living through fair trade means in places where opportunities for income generation are limited. And I'm happy to provide a simple pattern that will allow others to also support these women.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Most any yarn will work. I've heard from knitters on Ravelty that have used the pattern that they had no issues substituting Noro Kureyon and other yarns for the Recycled Sari Silk.