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Simple Stitch Pillow


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This simple pillow was designed for my brother, Steve. Years ago, when I first learned how to knit, I made him a pillow for his apartment. That pillow, which was made of hand-wash only yarn and was seamed shut, has been looking quite sad lately. So I decided to make Steve a new one that could easily be tossed in the washing machine, but still looked worthy of resting on any couch or chair. The Simple Stitch Pillow is knit in one flat piece and features three kinds of beginning-knitter-friendly stitches: the garter stitch, stockinette stitch and double rib stitch. Three large buttons keep the pillow cover closed. Although you could use virtually any super bulky weight yarn to make the pillow, I recommend Lion Brand's Thick & Quick yarn because it can take a beating and is machine washable. This pattern uses less than 3 skeins of Thick & Quick yarn and covers an 18 in x 18 in pillow insert. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit purl yarn over GAUGE 8 sts = 4in in stockinette stitch pattern on US 13 needles SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS After seaming = 18" x18" Before seaming piece together = 18" x 38" SUGGESTED YARN 235 yards of Bulky weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Lion Brand Thick and Quick yarn (82% acrylic, 10% wool, 8% rayon) 106yards/ 97 meters, 6 oz/ 170 g per skein COLORWAY Oatmeal

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  • 3 skeins of Lion Brand Thick and Quick yarn (82% acrylic, 10% wool, 8% rayon) 106yards/ 97 meters, 6 oz/ 170 g per skein, in the Oatmeal color-way #123 OR 235 yards of super bulky weight yarn
  • Size US 13 needles
  • 3 buttons (1.5-2in)

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Meg Roke Knits
Meg Roke Knits
After working seven years as a special education teacher, I put teaching aside to stay home with my two young children. Over the last two years I have branched into designing knitwear, and am published in both print and online publications. I love spending my days with my husband and kids. In my very rare spare time, I try to squeeze in any quantity of knitting. I also enjoy gardening, baking, reading and sewing in addition to watching way too much Masterpiece Mystery and old movies.