A Twirly Pillow August 7, 2008Posted by merp in FOs, Knitting.
My mom has received it, so now I can share:
(Ok, yes, not really a “pillow” per se, as pictured. But my mom could be shopping for a pillow form even as you read this.)
Pattern: Pretty much made up as I went along
Size: 18″ x 18″
Yarn: Knit Picks Twirl (Alpaca and wool, loopdy-looped into a boucle yarn w/a little nylon), in “summer sky,” 2 hanks; and Knit Picks Main Line (75% pima cotton and 25% merino wool) in “butter pecan,” 3 skeins (barely enough – I literally used up every last scrap)
Needles: #10.5 for the Twirl, I believe, and #7 for the Main Line
Time to finish: Less than a month, including time spent futzing around waiting for it to block, and trying to get myself to sew it up. Plus a week to ship.
Technically, this was a birthday present, but the yarn took too long to arrive (or, one could argue, I waited too long to place the order. One could, but I choose not to). Still, a month late is really not too shabby in my history of late, handmade gifts (more on that topic in the coming weeks…).
It’s also a housewarming gift, as my mom recently moved for the first time in decades, and into a new house of her own design. Very exciting, and therefore deserving of custom-designed accoutrements. Fortunately, the colors of the pillow are reported to coordinate well with the walls. And it’s very warm indeed.
Twirl, I’m not so sure about. No elasticity (and therefore hard on the hands) and makes a very, very heavy fabric. Heavy like, weighs a lot. (It’s discontinued anyway.) But it should do fine as a pillow. I still have two hanks left. Thoughts?
I’m quite pleased with the button band. I used this one-row buttonhole tutorial (scroll down on linked page) and happened to have the buttons on hand.
For the fluffy side, I took the yarn name as a cue and went for a twirly look. I cast on 100-some stitches and did double decreases at the four corners every other row, until I got towards the center when I had to decrease every row. Otherwise a gigantic blue nipple results. Even (re)done right, it was still rather pointy in the middle, so I just sort of hand-felted it into shape. It worked.
I actually have some much better pillows in mind for my mom now…..