Abstract Pillow

Abstract Pillow

As soon as I cast on this sweater, I realized it was aggressively unattractive. I love yellow when painting or forcing myself into a better mood – aggressive cheerfulness is a necessity in January, but it’s brutal to wear. I’ve never looked good in yellow a day in my life. So you’ll notice this isn’t a sweater.

Sorting my recent yarn haul into baskets, I noticed I gravitate toward the same colors over and over. I see these colors every day when I pull out a chair to eat dinner. So it hit me – home goods. It’s never occurred to me before that I could knit a pillow, but I’ve been complaining about my feet don’t touch the ground when I sit on my new-ish sofa. So I bought some pillow forms and tried to recreate the feel of the yellow abstract

Abstract Pillow

 Finished Dimensions: 20″ x 20″

Materials:

Needles: US Size 6

Yarn:

MC – Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Dandelion, 2 skeins (150 yards/3.53 ounces)

CC1 – Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Sky, 1 skein (75 yards/1.76 ounces)

CC2 – Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Cosmopolitan, 1 skein (75 yards/1.76 ounces)

CC3 – Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Cream

20″ x 20″ Pillow Form

Buttons: 4, 1″ each

Gauge:

10 stitches and 16 rows = 2 inches in stockinette stitch

Colorwork Pattern

Moss Pattern

Rows 1 and: K1, p1

Rows 2 and 3: P1, k1

Front

CO 100 in MC
Rows 1-4: Knit
Row 5: K4, k in pattern, k4
Row 6: K4, p in pattern, k4

Repeat rows 5 and 6 to end of colorwork pattern

Rows 1-4: Knit

Back (Bottom)

CO 100 in CC3

Rows 1-4: Knit

Row 5: K4, k in moss pattern to last 4, k4

Repeat row 5 until back measures 10″

Rows 1-12: Knit

BO

Back (Top)

CO 100 in CC3

Rows 1-4: Knit

Row 5: K4, k in moss pattern to last 4, k4

Repeat row 5 until back measures 10″

Buttonholes

Rows 1-5: Knit

Row 6: K19, *BO2 p-wise, k18; repeat from * 3 times, k1

Row 7: K19, *CO2, k18; repeat from * 3 times, k1

Rows 8-12: Knit

Row 13: K4, k in moss pattern to last 4, k4

Repeat row 13 until back measures

Rows 1-4: Knit

BO

Sew together inside out with the thicker garter stitch edge of the back pieces overlapping. Turn right-side-out. Buttonholes should overlap when the right sides of the pillowcase are facing out. Sew on buttons.

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