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Garter-Stitch Pillow »
InstructionsThe top of this easy pillow is knitted diagonally in garter stitch; the 2 overlapping back panels are knit stockinette stitch with garter-stitch borders. The pieces are joined and trimmed at the same time with single crochet, ending with either a second row of single crochet or the optional "ruffle" trim.
You need to know how to: cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch, increase (knit into ...
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Type of item: Functional
Style: Funky, Whimsical
Knittique's Scraplet Skein (1 120-yd. skein), Crystal Palace "Tutu" (for optional "ruffle" trim); the Scraplet Skein made the pillow top and one of the back panels; the second back panel was made with about 80 yds. of leftover heavy worsted-weight yarn. You'll also need U.S. #9 needles, a size g or H crochet hook, and a 14" square pillow form.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Every time I've made one of these pillows, my pieces always look too small -- even though the measurements are correct. My experience is that the pieces tend to "grow" a bit, especially as you assemble them together in the final finishing stage. So don't worry if they look too small; knitted pillow covers stretch a bit, so you actually want them on the small side, or else they'll look too loose on the pillow form. And speaking of assembling, it's important that you pin the pieces together before you begin crocheting around the edges-- where the back panels overlap, you'll be working through 3 layers, so pinning everything completely together beforehand will save your sanity. (Trust me on this.)