This is a guest post written by Vickie Howell.
With Spring on the horizon, I’m diving right in to the current pop color trend. Of course, considering the palette of my yarn line, Sheep(ish), it’s not really as much as a trend for me as it it just reveling in what I already love — bold, saturated color is right up my alley!
Over the coming weeks, I’ll be focusing on several pop colors sharing with you inspiration boards, as well as yarn-y project ideas to incorporate the respective colors into your knitting/crochet life. First off: coral! Here’s just a few favorite items I’ve found on the web using this color. If you’re Pinterest-inclined, you can follow my Pop Color Trend: Coral board. I’ll continue updating it as I find more cool, coral finds.
Adding a pop of color to your home, can be easily achieved by including some bright throw pillows in the decor. My Perfect Square Pillow lets you do just that, and in a flash — the pattern uses a double-strand of Sheep(ish)! It’s knit in garter stitch, but uses the mitered square technique to create interesting, directional lines. Top it off with your favorite, graphic button and place your pillow on your bed or couch. Your room will look like it got a fresh breath of trend air!
Free Knitting Pattern: Perfect Square Pillow
- 4 Balls Vickie Howell for Caron Sheep(ish) (167 yds/153 m; 30% wool/70 % acrylic) in color: Coral(ish)
- Size US 11 needles
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch marker
- 14”/35 cm pillow form
- 1 1/2”/3.8cm cover button
- Small square of fabric
Finished Measurements: 14 x 14”/35 cm
Gauge: 12 sts x 20 rows = 4” (10cm) in garter stitch, using double strand.
Directions (Make 2)
With a DOUBLE STRAND of yarn CO 74 sts, placing marker at the halfway point.
Row 1: K to two sts before marker, ssk, sl marker, k2tog, k to end. (72 sts)
Row 2: Knit.
Repeat these to rows until 4 sts remain.
Next RS row: Ssk, ditch marker, k2tog, slip 2nd st over 1st st on RH needle to BO last two sts.
Using a tapestry needle and yarn, seam together two pieces at 3 of the sides; insert pillow form; seam shut.
Following the manufacturer instructions, cover button with fabric.
Using a tapestry needle and yarn, sew button to center of pillow, going back and forth through all layers of the covered pillow several times.
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