Mod Maze Pillow

These green rounds capture the essence of a summer stroll through a freshly manicured lawn. Worked flat from the center out, this throw pillow is a great way to learn construction techniques to help you level up your knitting skills.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 18” wide x 38” long before seaming, to fit a standard 18” pillow form snugly.

Gauge: 13 sts and 23 rows = 4” [10 cm] in stockinette stitch

Materials

Yarn:

Medium weight yarn Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 225 yards [206 meters]/114 grams): Natural (A), 1 skein; Grasshopper (B), 1 skein

Needles : US size 6 (4 mm): straight; US size 7 (4.5 mm): 60” / [150 cm] circular

Notions : 8 markers (one that stands out to help indicate beginning of round); tapestry needle

Abbreviations

ppso – pass previous stitch over

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked flat, featuring an interesting construction. It begins with a bias knitted Garter St square followed up with working in the round until piece measures 18” square. Three sides are then bound off before continuing to work in St st stripes back and forth, forming the back of your pillow.

This fun piece is finished with simple seaming to create a textural, stripey throw pillow.

Pattern

Bias knit beginning square

With A and smaller needles, CO 3 sts.

Row 1 (WS): Sl1 wyif, k across.

Row 2 (RS): Sl1 wyif, M1R, k to last st, M1L, k1 – 5 sts.

Rows 3-32: Rep Rows 1-2 – 35 sts.

Rows 33-34: Rep Row 1.

Row 35: Sl1 wyif, k across.

Row 36: Sl1 wyif, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 33 sts.

Rows 37-64 Rep Rows 35-36 – 5 sts.

Row 65: Sl1 wyif, k across.

Row 66: Sl1 wyif, ssk, k2tog – 3 sts.

BO all sts.

Weave in all ends.

Body of Pillow (Front)

Garter Chevron

With B and large needles, pick up and k35 sts from CO corner to BO corner of bias knit square, turn.

Row 1 (WS): Sl1 wyif, k across, turn.

Row 2 (RS): Sl1 wyif, k16, M1R, pm, k1, pm, M1L, k17, turn – 37 sts.

Row 3: Rep Row 1.

Row 4: Sl1 wyif, k to m, M1R, sm, k1, sm, M1L, k to end, turn – 39 sts.

Rows 5-10: Rep Rows 3-4 – 45 sts.

Do not turn work.

Body of Pillow (Front)

Working in the Round

Continuing from where you left off, work as follows with RS facing you:

Working in B selvage edge, pm to indicate beg of rnd, pick up and k5 sts, working in A edge, pick up and k35 sts, working in B selvage edge, pick up and k5 sts, k22, sm, k1, sm, k22 – 90 sts.

 

Rnd 1: Sm, (k22, pm, k1, pm) twice, k21, M1R, sm, k1, sm, M1L, k21, pm, k1. (Do not turn.) – 92 sts.

Rnd 2: *Sm, M1L, k to m, M1R, sm, k1; rep from * around – 8 sts inc’d; 100 sts.

Rnd 3: Sm, k each st around, slipping markers as you come to them.

Rnd 4: With A, rep Rnd 2 – 108 sts

Rnd 5: *Sm, p to m, sm, k1; rep from * around.

Rnds 6-11: With A, work Rnds 4-5, 3 times – 132 sts

Rnd 12: With B, rep Rnd 2 – 140 sts

Rnd 13: Rep Rnd 3.

Rnds 14-15: Rep Rnds 2-3 – 148 sts.

Rnd 16: With A, rep Rnd 2 – 156 sts

Rnd 17: With A, (sm, k to m, sm, k1) twice, (sm, p to m, sm, k1) twice.

Rnds 18-19: Rep Rnds 16-17 – 164 sts

Rnd 20: With B, rep Rnd 2 – 172 sts

Rnd 21: Rep Rnd 5.

Rnds 22: Rep Rnd 2 – 180 sts

Rnd 23: Rep Rnd 5.

Rnds 24-25: With A, rep Rnds 2-3 – 188 sts

Rnds 26-27: Rep Rnds 2-3 – 196 sts

Rnds 28: With B, rep Rnd 2 – 204 sts.

Rnd 29: (Sm, p to m, sm, k1) twice, (sm, k to m, sm, k1) twice.

Rnd 30: With B, rep Rnd 2 – 212 sts.

Rnd 31: Rep rnd 29.

Rnd 32: With A, rep Rnd 2 – 220 sts

Rnd 33: (Sm, p to m, sm, k1) twice, (sm, k to m, sm, k1) twice.

Rnd 34: With A, rep Rnd 2 – 228 sts

Rnd 35: Rep Rnd 33.

Rnd 36: With B, rep Rnd 2 – 236sts

Rnd 37: *Sm, p to m, sm, k1; rep from * around.

Rnd 38: With B, rep Rnd 2 – 244 sts

Rnd 39: With B, remove m, p2, ppso, *p1, ppso; rep from * to m, remove m, k1, ppso, [remove m, (p1, ppso) to m, remove m, k1, ppso] twice, remove m, p1, ppso, p59, remove m, k1, ppso – 60 sts.

Body of Pillow Back (worked flat)

Row 1 (WS): With B, sl1 wyif, p across.

Row 2 (RS): Sl1 wyib, k across.

Row 3: With A, sl1 wyif, p across.

Row 4: Sl1 wyib, k across.

Rows 5-100: Rep Rows 1-4, 25 times.

Rows 101 (WS): With B, sl1 wyif, k across.

Row 102 (RS): Rep Row 101.

BO all sts.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Insert pillow and seam close.

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