Friday, April 29, 2011

Ruffled Round Pillow

Add a little ruffle to your bed pillows. These are soft and oh, so girly! Beginner knitters may need some assistance on some stitches on this one.

12"/30.5cm diameter (without ruffle)
Caron International's Simply Soft Eco
(80% acrylic, 20% Post-Consumer
Recycled Polyester, 5oz/142g, 249yds/227m):
Color #0015 Aqua Mist, 8oz/227g
One pair size U.S. 8 (8mm) needles or size to obtain gauge
Two size U.S. 8 (5mm) doublepointed needles (dpns)
Crochet hook size I-9 (5.5mm)
Yarn needle
Pins, sewing needle and thread 12"/30.5cm round pillow form
Two buttons (optional)

In cable stitch using size U.S. 11
(8mm), 14 sts and 16 rows = 4"/10 cm

In Stockinette stitch using size U.S. 8 (5mm) needles, 17 sts and 23 rows
= 4”/10 cm

Stockinette stitch (St st)
Reverse Stockinette stitch (Rev St st)
Single crochet (sc)

w&t: wrap and turn

PILLOW (Make 1 Front and 1 Back)
CO 26 sts.
First wedge:
Row 1 (WS): P to 4 sts from end, w&t.
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 (RS): K all sts.
Row 3: P to 4 sts before last turn, w&t.
Row 5: P to 4 sts from last turn, w&t.
Row 7: P to 4 sts from last turn, w&t.
Row 9: P to 4 sts from last turn, w&t.
Row 11: P to 3 sts from last turn, w&t.
Row 13: P3 sts, w&t.
Row 14: K all sts.
Second to Sixteenth Wedges
Repeat First Wedge 15 times more (224 rows total).
Graft sides together to form circle.

CO 12 sts. Work in Rev St st for 346 rows or long enough to reach around
outer edge of circle. BO.

Close center hole in each round piece by making running stitches around
edge. Gather tightly and secure.
Steam ruffle piece very lightly to flatten.
Using tail end, graft ruffle ends together forming a large loop (knit side or
purl side can be used as RS).

Crochet Edging
Rnd 1: With RS facing and crochet hook, work 1 rnd sc around one side of
Rnd 2: Sc in next sc, *(ch 3, sl st in same sc—picot), sc in next 2 sc;
repeat from * around, end with slip stitch in first sc. Fasten off.
Weave in ends on all pieces. Block round pieces.

Pillow assembly
Gather unfinished side of ruffle with small running stitches to fit circle. Pin
and baste to pillow front. Sew together by hand or sewing machine. Put
remaining piece on top, with RSs together and sew leaving a 5" opening.
Insert pillow form in opening and sew opening closed.

With dpn, CO 3 sts.
K3, do not turn. Slide sts back to beg of needle to work next row from RS,
pulling yarn tightly across WS. Repeat from * until I-cord is long enough to
reach around pillow.
Last row: Sl 1, k2tog, psso. Fasten off.
Sew I-cord in place around pillow (see photo).
Optional: Add buttons to centers.

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