|Fjord Pillow Instructions
Pillow measures 15" square. A specific size for a pillow is not critical.
Note about yarns: I used Harrisville Designs 2-ply yarn. If you use another
yarn you like and know from experience with it that it works best knit
on a different size needle than recommended, use what you think is appropriate.
You don't want your knitting to be too loose for a pillow.
· 1 pair size 6 needles.
· 1 pair size 5 double pointed needles
for I-cord edging. Optional.
· Yarn: For pillow front: 1 oz each
of the six colors indicated on the chart.
· For the pillow back: 4 oz skein of
yarn, or if you choose not to knit the back, a piece of fabric. Velvet
or a velour is a good choice with a nice feel.
· Tapestry needle
· 15" pillow insert. If it's possible
that your gauge won't give you a 15" pillow, then hold off purchasing
it until you are finished with the cover. You can make one just the right
size as well. Optional, if you are inserting a zipper to make a removable
· Zipper to sew along one side of the
pillow. Optional. I found it easy to put in when I knit the back
of the cover. Working with a fabric back was more difficult, but sewing
is not my forte.
Gauge: 5 sts/inch by 7.5 rows/inch
With size 6 needles cast on 78 stitches with color A.
Follow the chart through row 115, unless you find that the ratio of your
stitch to row is different. Then you might want to eliminate or add some
rows of sky at the end to keep your pillow square. Bind off, weave in the
ends, and block.
If you want a knitted back, knit a piece the same size as the front.
Otherwise, cut a piece of fabric that size.
If you are going to put in a zipper, double crochet along the side
edge of the pillow front (and back if knitted) where the zipper will go.
This keeps the edge from rolling and gives it a nice easy edge to sew down.
Finish sewing the other three sides together after the zipper is in.
With double pointed needles and yarn color of your choice, cast
on 5 stitches.
Work cord as follows: Knit 5, do not turn work to the purl side,
but push the stitches to the other end of the needle so that you can knit
them again. You will be carrying the yarn across the back of the stitches.
Continue to knit this way until the cord fits around the outside of the
pillow. Do not cut the yarn yet in case it's not long enough. If you need
to make it a bit longer, you won't have to tie the yarn on again. Use a
crochet hook to create a loop at the bottom of the I-cord and pick up the
bars of yarn carried across the back, row by row, the way you would work
an accidentally dropped stitch back up a knitted piece. Stitch the cord
around the outside of the pillow.