I love all their stuff, but they are so expensive! A really cool thing I noticed while walking around the store was that a lot of the decorations had a homemade look or was even knitted or crocheted which is great because that means I can recreate things I see for a fraction of the price or even free.
The other day we went to the theater to see Gravity in 3D IMAX, which was so good! The entire thing down to their suits were CG and you would never know it because everything seemed so real. You actually feel like you are in outer space when you watch, its awesome and I highly recommend it. Before the movie started we browsed around Crate and Barrel for a little while.
One thing that caught my eye in particular were these knitted pillows, and they are fifty bucks each. I honestly couldn’t imagine spending that much on a throw pillow, but they sure are pretty. Good thing I have a perfectly good set of knitting needles, piles of yarn at home, and a couple free evenings, so the other night I came up with a simple pattern and finished my very own pillow for just $4! I already had the yarn and needles on hand so all I needed to buy was the pillow form. This project is super easy perfect if you are just starting to knit. If you know how to do the knit stitch then you’re good to go!
I am currently working on a couple more pillows now that look more like the ones from Crate and Barrel, which have a knitted front and canvas fabric back. These pillows will be even quicker to make up because only one side is knitted, so check back to see how they turn out.
1 skein Red Heart Super Saver in Pumpkin (worsted weight acrylic yarn)
US size 8 knitted needles
16 x 16 inch Pillow form ($7.99 for a pack of two at JoAnn’s on sale)
US size I crochet hook (optional)
Cast on 60 stitches
Knit across all rows until fabric measures 23 1/2 inches from cast on edge. Bind off and secure loose ends. My finished piece measured 23 1/2 inches long by 14 inches wide.
Fold piece in half, with cast on side and bind off side touching. It really shouldn’t matter what side is the right or wrong side because garter stitch looks the same on the front and back, but if you have a side that looks better have it on the inside with the ugly side facing outward.
Stitch up the right side, secure yarn, and then stitch up the left side and secure yarn.
You can either stitch up the sides with a yarn needle or use a crochet hook and slip stitch the sides together, I prefer using the crochet hook because it gives a clean seam look. After sides are connected turn the cover right side out, and it should look like the photo below with the cast on and bind off edge open.
The knit cover will be a lot smaller than the pillow and thats okay because it stretches a lot. Stuff pillow into knitted cover, smoothing and filling out pillow corners. Use the crochet hook again to slip stitch the bottom sides of pillow together. This seam will be a little visible but thats okay because its at the bottom of the pillow and you cant really see it anyways.
This is the finished bottom seam.
Fluff up your pillow, karate chop the top center and place on your favorite chair!
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