Written by Gergana from Lissana's Fairy Land
It’s long known that knitting and crocheting have proven benefits for well-being. But not only this, it’s a great thing to do during those long and dark autumn evenings in front of the TV. In the previous post I shared how to knit yourself an easy pillow. Now let’s make a few more to pair with it. Today’s post will show you another idea. It is a throw pillow with knitted front and fabric back. This is the easiest way to make a fast decorative pillow for either your home or a present for a loved one.
For this project choose a thick yarn to achieve a more rustic, chunky look. It may be cotton or wool/wool blend. Both cotton and wool are natural materials that provide warmth and softness to any interior (and couch). Choose colors that go well together with your interior.
Keep the same principle in mind when you are choosing the fabric. You can put linen or cotton fabric for the back. Even an old T-shirt will do the job if it is not too thin or stretchy. I usually pre-wash my fabrics to avoid shrinking later.
The pillow is 11 x 24 in.
I chose yarn in 3 colors that go well together – light beige (C1), darker beige (C2) and purple (C3). You can choose whatever suits your home or preferences. The yarn is a 51% wool/49% acrylic blend, 100 g/140 m (around 153 yards). You need three skeins for Pillow 1 (only the purple uses the whole skein).
11 size needles or cable needle
Polyester batting for insert
Wool fabric for the back
Cotton tricot fabric to back up the front piece
Sewing machine or sewing needle and threads in according colors
The pillow is made with two strains of yarn hold together to enhance the chunky feel.
The gauge in garter stitch with smaller needles and two strings hold together was 7 x 12 rows. To save your time check your gauge before you start your project!
First, decide the order of your yarns for the front of the pillow. Label your yarns for an easy reference later.
Cast on 24 sts with C1. Please note that the right side of the pillow is the side of the reversed stockinette stitch.
Work in reverse stockinette stitch for 14 rows.
Change to C2.
Continue in reverse stockinette stitch for another 24 rows.
Change to C3.
Continue in reverse stockinette stitch until piece measures 25 in. Cast off.
The wrong side of the piece
At this point you have a nice, thick rectangular piece that stretches a bit. Slightly steam press with the iron on the highest setting from the wrong side of the knit (this is the stockinette stitch side). Don’t touch the pillow piece with the iron, just run the iron above it and let the steam do its job. If you keep your iron for long time you will flatten the piece and lose the chunky look, that’s not what you want, right?
For the back you can use anything you want but I suggest some wool fabric. I had an old coat that I had saved for such a project. The back was big enough to accommodate 2 pieces. Take the fabric or old clothing and cut a rectangular piece with the size of the knitted front piece. Because the knit stretches when sewn add another half inch to the long side just in case – 12 x 25 ½ inches. Cut another piece from some tricot fabric to back the front of the pillow. This will give a nice shape and will not allow the batting to pop in from the inside.
Put both pieces, front and back, together face to face on a flat surface. Fix them with safety pins, especially at the edges. This will help you a lot when you start sewing because the knit stretches a lot.
Adjust the length of your machine stitch your stitch length to the biggest setting possible. Put the knit on the top and carefully move the two pieces on your machine. Don’t let the knit stretch beyond the fabric. Hold firmly the pieces together and slowly run it throw the machine. The needle goes in the space between the last two stitches. Remove the safety pin when it comes very close to the needle.
Start from one of the longer sides, sew the three sides, and leave one of the short sides open. Repeat the steam blocking at the edges.
Now put the tricot piece on top of the wrong side of the front piece. Fix with safety pins.
Bring the sandwich of 2 piece – tricot, knit and back piece to the machine. Put the tricot on the bottom and slowly sew in the same place where the first stitch is. You can sew all three piece together in one time but you will not be able to see where the sewing needle goes. And the result won’t be as good as with this method that I just showed you.
Turn the pillow inside out and fill with the polyester batting. Hand sew the open side with an invisible stitch.
If you don’t own a sewing machine don’t worry. You can hand sew the entire pillow. Start with fixing the front and back face to face together with pins. Put the pieces on the table and slowly hand sew, starting from one of the long sides. Repeat the steps above to complete the pillow.
This was such a nice and easy project. Once I started I didn’t want to stop and made another variation in burnt orange wool. Curious about the orange pillow? Come visit me at my blog (http://lissanasfairyland.blogspot.bg/) to know more.
St/sts – stitch/stitches
Stockinette stitch – knit on the right side rows, purl on the wrong side rows
Reverse stockinette stitch – purl on the right side rows, knit on the wrong side rows
This project doesn’t take a lot of time to finish. But if you struggle to find time, make sure you check my other post (http://upcraftclub.com/blogs/news/44620673-10-ways-to-find-time-for-knitting-or-sewing) of my proven tips on the matter.
You can make a number of these in different sizes. I prefer to have a variety of shapes and sizes (and colors) than to stick to just one variation.