I thought I'd start our new DIY projects blog off with easy throw pillows perfectly suited for our colorful cotton yarn. I'm in the process of sprucing up my room, and what better way to liven up a room than with a new bedspread and throw pillows to match!
I started off by choosing a color that complemented my room. Since I have a yellow bedspread, I thought our Sky Blue (#226) in our thicker worsted weight would compliment nicely.
To help make the pillow cover thicker, I used two strands of the Sky Blue with a size 10 knitting needle. I decided to make my pillow 14" x 14" in order to fit a standard pillow form. To check how many stitches you need depending on your needle size, it is wise to knit a swatch with around 10 stitches to check the gauge. For me, 4 stitches equaled 1", so I cast on 57 stitches - one extra stitch to allow enough room for the seam.
I knit all the rows in a garter, stitch using the two strands together until the piece was roughly a square. Mind you a pillow cover needs two pieces, so unfortunately it's back to the beginning to repeat the process for the other side. Cheer up, that's just more time to binge-watch the new season of House of Cards!
Alright! When finished, the two squares will be a little smaller than 14" x 14", but fear not it's time to block those babies to make them the right size. To block the squares, first soak them in water. I also put a little bit of Eucalan Fine Fabric Wash in the water to soften and add some fragrance. Once soaked, rinse out the squares a little and gently squeeze out the excess water, so the pieces are just slightly damp.
Take the squares on a flat surface - blocking mats, towel, etc. - and pin them out to make them just over 14" x 14". I use Knitter's Pride Knit Blockers; however, any rust-proof pins will work. Allow the squares to dry completely.
Now it's time to sew those bad boys together. If you have a right and wrong side - due to those pesky yarn joins - put the right sides inside facing together so that you're sewing your seam with the wrong sides facing out. Using a tapestry needle, join the seams with a single strand of the yarn using a small running stitch at very edge of the pillow.
Stitch three sides of the pillow and then turn pillow inside out so the right sides are now facing out. Insert your pillow form, or stuff with foam, and join the last side using a whip stitch.
Aaaand voila, you've just made a new throw pillow you can be proud to post on Instagram!