June 22nd, 2018
This was my first attempt at “outsourcing” a pattern to my mom! I had a vision of how I wanted it to look and talked about it with her. We knew we wanted to make something that we could easily stuff with a standard size pillow that we could get on the cheap from a local bargain store. Luckily, we found a $5, 15x15in pillow so we worked the size within that and got to work!
As for the colour, that’s totally up to you. I am obsessed with monochromatic styles for the home so you’ll notice that most of my home decor patterns use 1-2 neutral colours (with the odd burst of Teal to keep in true SeeLoveShare form). But you’re welcome to change it up how you like. We liked to used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn here because it’s fairly inexpensive and we wont feel guilty swapping it out if our style changes (mine changes a whole lot faster than my moms but more on that in other posts – hello 30 year old kitchen redesign!!).
This pattern is very simple, easy to pick up and run with, and works up in a couple days (or less if you park it in front of Netflix like I do). The best part is that the back is also a simple beauty so you dont need to worry about only showing the “right” side.
All-in-all, this pillow looks great, like you spent more time and $ on it than you actually did!
This pattern is worked by doubling up on two strands of yarn at the same time and alternating colors every 24 rows. This pattern is worked in two sections: The front sectoin is worked in the Herringbone pattern and the Back section is worked in Stocking Stitch.
SIZE: One Size appox. 16 x 16 in.
- Needles Size 15 Knitting Needles [10 mm]
- 2 balls of main colour (MC) (I used RedHeart Super Saver in Grey)
- 2 balls of contrast colour (CC) (I used RedHeart Super Saver in White)
9 sts = 4 in. (10 cm)
beg = begin(s)(ning)
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side
sl = slip
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together
WS = wrong side
wyib = with yarn in back
wyif = with yarn in front
yo = yarn over
With MC cast on 58 sts.
Row 1-24: Work Row 1 of Herringbone stitch
Row 25-48: Change to CC and work Herringbone stitch
Continue working Rows 1-24 of Herringbone Stitch pattern, with alternating colours, until piece measures about 16 in. from beg. Bind off.
1. Slip all sts as if to purl.
2.With yarn in front (wyif) or with yarn in back (wyib) refers to the side of the work facing you (or away from you) as you work the row.
Row 1 (RS): K2, *sl2 wyif, k2; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: P1, *sl2 wyib, p2; rep from * across to last st, p1.
Row 3: Sl2 wyif, *k2, sl2 wyif; rep from * to end of row.
Row 4: P3, *sl2 wyib, p2; rep from * across to last 3 sts, sl2 wyib, p1.
Rows 5-12: Rep Rows 1-4 twice.
Row 13: Rep Row 3.
Row 14: Rep Row 2.
Row 15: Rep Row 1.
Row 16: Rep Row 4.
Rows 17-24: Rep Rows 13-16 twice.
Rep Rows 1-24 for Herringbone st.
With MC cast on 48 sts.
Work in stocking stitch until piece measures about 16 in. from beg.Bind off.
Lay Backs on a flat surface with RS facing and Seed st edges to form a 15 x 15 in. square. Sew Backs together at edges. With RS together, seam Back to Front around entire outside edge. Turn Pillow to RS through opening and insert pillow, sew remaining seam closed. Weave in ends.