This pillow is made of knit lace in a chevron pattern that allows a little bit of the fabric lining to peek through! Both sides are knit and then joined as you work an applied I-cord finish, so the finished product is completely reversible. This is a soft, comfy pillow that looks great anywhere and will get a lot of use.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Size: 18” square excluding I-cord trim
Gauge: Approximately 20 sts and 22 rows = 4” [10 cm] in pattern stitch after wet blocking
Yarn: Berroco Vintage (52% acrylic, 40% wool, 8% nylon; 218 yards [200 meters]/100 grams): #5160 Wild Blueberry (3 skeins)
Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge, 2 US size 7 (4.5 mm) double pointed needles or same sized used for pillow front
Notions: 18” square pillow insert, 5/8 yard cotton or cotton blend fabric for lining, coordinating sewing thread
Applied I-Cord: Using 2 DPNS in same size as pillow front, cast on 4 sts. Do not turn your work! Slide sts to right-hand side of DPN and transfer it to your left hand. *Using the left point of the left needle, insert point through both layers of knit fabric, yo, and pull it through. K3 from needle, and k last 2 sts together. The needle in your right hand now becomes the left hand needle, rep from * for pattern.
SSK (Single Decrease): Sl 2 stitches as if to knit, transfer sts back to left needle, k2tog through back loop.
Slip the first stitch of every row.
Cast on 74 sts.
Row 1 and all WS rows: Sl 1, p across.
Row 2 (RS): Sl 1, (ssk, yo) 6 times, [k8, (ssk, yo) 6 times] 3 times, k1.
Row 4: Sl 1, k1, (ssk, yo) twice, k2, [(ssk, yo) 3 times, k6, (ssk, yo) 3 times, k2] 3 times, (ssk, yo) twice, k2.
Row 6: Sl 1, (ssk, yo) twice, k4 [(ssk, yo) 3 times, k4] 6 times, (ssk, yo) twice, k1.
Row 8: Sl 1, k1, ssk, yo, k6, [(ssk, yo) 3 times, k2, (ssk, yo) 3 times, k6] 3 times, ssk, yo, k2.
Row 10: Sl 1, ssk, yo, k3, [ssk, yo, k3, (ssk, yo) 6 times, k3] 3 times, ssk, yo, k3, ssk, yo, k1.
Row 12: Sl 1, k4, (ssk, yo) twice, k3, [(ssk, yo) 5 times, k3, (ssk, yo) twice, k3] 3 times, k2.
Row 14: Sl 1, k3, (ssk, yo) 3 times, k3, [(ssk, yo) 4 times, k3, (ssk, yo) 3 times, k3] 3 times, k1.
Row 16: Sl 1, k2, (ssk, yo) 4 times, k3, [(ssk, yo) 3 times, k3, (ssk, yo) 4 times, k3] 3 times.
Row 18: Sl 1, k1, (ssk, yo) 5 times, [k3, (ssk, yo) 2 times, k3, (ssk, yo) 5 times] 3 times, k2.
Row 20: Sl 1, (ssk, yo) 6 times, [k3, ssk, yo, k3, (ssk, yo) 6 times] 3 times, k1.
Rep Rows 4-21 five more times, then Rows 4-5 once more.
Rep all instructions for Front.
Wet block knit pieces to 18” square.
Cut two pieces of fabric 19” square (1/2” seam allowance included) and sew them together, right sides facing, along three sides. Turn the fabric “envelope” right side out, insert the pillow form, then sew the opening closed.
Pin the two pieces of knitting to each other around the outside, enclosing the covered pillow form.
Knit an applied I-Cord edging, catching both pieces of the knitting as you go, so that the Front and Back are stitched together as the I-Cord is knit, according to instructions in Special Stitches. If your edging pulls too tight, try adding a plain row of I-cord (k4 from needle, place right hand needle in left hand) as often as needed to add more ease. I wound up adding a plain I-cord row after every other joining row on the sides of the pillow, but your gauge may vary.
Neatly join beginning and end of I-Cord.
Weave in all ends.
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