The Dorm Pillow

This beginner project is perfect for teaching those who are off to College how to knit, or to give any beginner a chance to add a simple decorative knitting touch to their living space.
Knit, Purl, and an infinite number of creative ways to decorate this useful and stylish accessory.

Size: 16 x 16 inches.

Gauge: 16sts=4inches.

Materials: 400g of easy care Chunky Weight yarn (650m). We used Hayfield Colour Rich Chunky
                   6mm needles or whatever size is required to achieve the gauge.
                   16 inch square pillow form.
                   1m or yard of sturdy ribbon or twill tape or decorative rope for closing.

Directions: Cast on 64 stitches and work in stocking stitch (Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row) until the piece measure 16 inches from the cast on edge ending with a purl row.
Next row: Purl
Next row: Knit
Work in this reverse stocking stitch until the piece measures a total of 35 inches or longer if you wish a deeper closing flap.
Cast off loosely

Determine which side you prefer to be the front of your pillow and fold along the line where the reverse stocking stitch began. Sew side seams for the 16inches, leaving the excess for the fold over flap.
Insert the pillow and use your creativity to think of how you would like to secure the flap down. In the picture we have decorative rope that has been threaded through the flap and the front of the pillow case at 1-2 inch intervals with a knot to secure it close to each end of the flap, leaving about 6 inches of rope hanging on either side.

Copyright 2015, Anne Woodall,  KnitTraders of Kingston
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