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Christmas Tree Pillow

The front of the Christmas Tree Pillow.

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Winter Decor:

This cute Christmas tree pillow is a great decoration for all winter because the tree doesn't scream Christmas, and neither does the red and black variegated yarn that makes up most of the project.

The back of the pillow is simply knit it stripes, so if you don't want to look at the tree you don't have to. This pattern reminds me of ski lodges and cups of hot chocolate more than carols and eggnog.

Materials:

  • About 65 yards medium weight wool or wool blend in green and 200 yards variegated red yarn (I used Valley Yarns Northampton in Pine as my green and JJ Montage in Canterbury for my red)
  • a small scrap of brown medium weight yarn
  • one pair size 7 US knitting needles
  • the Christmas tree chart
  • scissors and yarn needle
  • one 14 by 14 inch pillow form

Gauge:

19 stitches and 28 rows per 4 inches (4.5 stitches and 7 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch.

Size:

Finished size is 15 by 15, to fit a 14-inch square pillow form.

Instructions:

  1. In red, cast on 72 stitches.
  2. Work in Stockinette Stitch for 2.5 inches.
  3. Change to green and work 2 inches.
  4. Change to red and work 2 inches. Work a stripe in green, red, green, and a final 2.5 inch stripe in red (15 inches total).
  5. Purl one row on the knit side and work in red 4 more inches.
  6. Work tree pattern, centering the pattern on the pillow and continuing to work around it in red. (Work 34 stitches before pattern to center it.)
  7. After tree pattern, work another 4 inches in Stockinette in red.
  8. Bind off, weave in ends, fold in half at purl row, sew two sides of pillow closed, add pillow form and finish sewing.

Working the Tree:

I started the Christmas tree with stranded knitting, holding the red yarn at the back while knitting the trunk, then using the same strand of red yarn on the other side.

For the main tree body you'll need to use intarsia, which just means you have two separate balls of red yarn to work with, one on each side of the green block in the middle (I actually worked from both the center and the outside of the same ball to get two strands to work with).

In both cases, always pick up the new yarn from underneath to ensure your pieces stay together. Then go back to one strand of red to work the top of the pillow.

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