This easy-to-knit striped pillow is colored perfectly for a baby's room, and it's designed with baby in mind. Using an acrylic yarn and installing a zipper into one seam means that the pillow case is easily removable and machine washable in case of inevitable baby messes.
Of course the pillow could also be made in more adult colors and used as a casual throw pillow in a living room, office or bedroom.
- About 125 yards each of two different colors of medium weight 100 percent acrylic yarn (I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in pink and beige
- one pair size 9 US needles
- yarn needle
- 14-inch square pillow form
- 14-inch zipper and supplies to install it, optional
14 stitches and 25 rows per four inches (3.5 stitches and about 6 rows per inch) in Double Moss Stitch.
Finished size is 14 inches wide and 28.5 inches long before sewing. A 14-inch pillow form fits inside.
- Cast on 48 stitches in the color of your choice.
- Knit in Double Moss Stitch as follows:
- Rows 1 and 2: *Knit 2, purl 2. Repeat from * across.
- Rows 3 and 4: *Purl 2, knit 2. Repeat from * across.
- Once you have knit the full four rows twice, switch two your second color.
- Continue in pattern, changing colors after two repeats, until piece measures about 28 inches. Complete a full two repeat section before binding off.
- Bind off.
- Fold in half and sew side seams.
- Install a zipper across the top, or insert pillow form and sew this seam closed.
- If you used a zipper, put pillow form inside case and zip closed.
If you want to knit this project for a boy's room, try using silver blue instead of pink. The great thing about Vanna's Choice is that the line has many muted, pastel colors that are great for babies and kids.
If your row gauge works out similar to mine, you will start and end with the same stripe color. That's especially convenient if you want to use a zipper, because it's easy to choose the color zipper you will need.
Don't cut the yarn when you change stripes, just carry the unused yarn up the side of the work by twisting the two strands together when you begin a row on that side.