A “Spectacular” Cabled Pillow Cover

Two Sided Throw Pillow Knitted Side

The cabled side of my throw pillow.

Last December I received a comment on a photo I posted of a cabled pillow cover I created.  The commenter called my design “spectacular” and asked me to share my pattern.  How nice is that?

Well, it’s only taken me 9 months,1 but I’m finally responding to this kind comment and posting the pattern for my Cabled Pillow Cover (see below).

My original pillow used two different colors of yarn and had a different pattern on each side.  I designed a cabled pattern for the one side and used dark brown yarn2 to knit it.  For the other side I modified a plough and cables pattern I found in the book Tunisian Crochet by Sharon Hernes Silverman, and I used a light brown yarn to make that panel.3  Then, to tie it all together, both physically and visually, I single crocheted the two panels together using a strand of each color of yarn.

My pattern is only for the cabled panel that I created.  You can knit two cabled panels and make both sides of the pillow cover the same, or you can choose a different pattern for one side, as I did.  The plough and cables pattern that I used is very pretty, but it’s not included with my Cabled Pillow Cover pattern since I didn’t create it.4

Two Sided Throw Pillow Tunisian Side

The other side of my cabled pillow cover, with the modified plough and cables pattern from Sharon Hernes Silverman’s book Tunisian Crochet.

If you love Tunisian crochet (as I do), or if you’re interested in learning it, Tunisian Crochet: The Look of Knitting with the Ease of Crocheting by Sharon Hernes Silverman is a great book to own.  It has clear, detailed instructions on how to Tunisian crochet, with photos for each step in the process, which I found especially helpful.  The book also contains many beautiful patterns–the Honeycomb Skirt and the Ivory Shell are particularly lovely, and the Have It Both Ways Pillow (from which I got the plough and cables pattern) is really attractive.  It’s just a fantastic book, with projects for every skill level, and I highly recommend it.

To make your own Cabled Pillow Cover, download my pattern here:

MakerKnit Cabled Pillow Cover

 

  1. It’s all my new daughter’s fault. Alright, not really. But I’m still trying to blame the baby for everything. []
  2. I used Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Truffle. []
  3. I used Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Camel Heather. []
  4. However, if you purchase Tunisian Crochet and want to modify the pattern to fit the other side of your 14″ cabled panel, just add 8 chains to the initial chain and work another set of Tunisian purl stitches and Tunisian simple stitches over those 8 additional chains. []
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Back to the Land of the Knitting

Yesterday I cast on my first knitting project of the year.  Yes, you read that correctly.  On September 18th, I started my first knitting project of 2015.  Crazy, and a little sad, but true. Although I have a great excuse….

Last November we welcomed another daughter to our family!  She was adorable and (mostly) good-natured, but sheesh! was she needy: feed me, burp me, change my diaper, bathe me, rock me, put me to sleep.  Given her demands (and trying to keep up with my older daughter and the rest of things in life), I haven’t had the time, energy, or interest for much else for quite some time.  But now my daughter is 10 months old and she is a lot of fun.1  And having regular sleep once again, I am inspired to get back to some things that I have missed, like knitting.

IMG_5532My childhood best friend just had a baby a few days ago–a beautiful little boy–and I immediately wanted to start knitting him something as soon as I saw his photograph. With fall and winter on their ways, I thought a hat would be a nice gift.  And I had some of my favorite hand-dyed yarn in my stash in lovely shades of blue2 that would be perfect for a hat for my friend’s new son.

IMG_5528I used this same yarn, Malabrigo Arroyo, for a hat I knit for my daughter when I was still pregnant with her last year.  Like the first newborn hat I designed, this hat is just a simple Stockinette stitch hat with rolled brim, but I recalculated the pattern for the DK-weight Arroyo yarn (my original pattern used worsted weight yarn).  For my daughter, I chose the colorway 872 Purpuras, which I already had in my stash (because I wasn’t kidding when I said this was one of my favorite yarns).3

George modeling my daughter’s hat; he was so easy to work with last time that I enlisted his help again. :)

I love a rolled brim for a child’s hat because it’s so practical—it can be rolled up or unrolled as much as necessary to fit the child’s head.  I am also particularly partial to using beautiful, hand-dyed superwash merino wool. Malabrigo’s Arroyo is especially scrumptious, both in its variation of hues and its softness.  And because it is superwash wool, it’s machine-washable, which is something every new parent will appreciate.

I named this pattern “Newborn Hat, the Second” because it is my second newborn hat design and because it is for my second daughter. 🙂

To make your own newborn hat using a DK-weight yarn, download my pattern here:

MakerKnit Newborn Hat, the Second

 

  1. I can say this now that she is sleeping regularly and I am no longer chronically sleep deprived. []
  2. Malabrigo Arroyo in colorway 855 Aguas. []
  3. I also have the colorway 047 Coffee Toffee, which I’ve used for yet another newborn hat; stay tuned for that pattern! []
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Last Week It Was a Ball of Yarn, This Week It’s a Sock

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My daughter’s (very colorful) mid-calf wool socks.

A little over a week ago, my daughter was getting ready for bed and put on some summer pajamas along with the mid-calf wool socks I knitted for her.  Given that it was about 75 degrees in our house at the time, I thought she’d be way too warm in those socks.  I asked her if she’d like me to make her another pair of bed socks (the short, footie-like socks, which she has long outgrown) and she said she’d rather have socks that come up a little higher.  So I started thinking about what I might make for her that are more traditional socks but also better suited for warmer weather.

Turkish Bed Socks Adult & Child

In our matching bed socks, back when they still fit my daughter.

I went to my stash and looked at what sock yarn I had on hand.  Seeing the Cascade Fixation yarn reminded me of the pair of socks that I knitted for myself in a somewhat open, lacy pattern using that yarn, which is mostly cotton with just a bit of elastic.  The Fixation yarn with the lacy-ish pattern would make great warmer-weather socks for my daughter, and back when I originally ordered that yarn, along with the green for myself I ordered some teal, which is now one of my daughter’s favorite colors.  Hurrah!

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My daughter’s newly-finished sock, with its companion on the needles.

So last weekend I started on the new socks for my daughter, and this weekend I finished her first sock (and started on the other).  Even after all these years of knitting, I still find it amazing that in one week I can go from having a ball of yarn, which is pretty and full of potential, but not very useful in its ball form, to having a sock, which will lovingly cover my daughter’s foot and keep it warm. The sense of accomplishment from making something, especially something useful, is one of the many things I love about knitting.

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A close-up of the lovely herringbone lace pattern, which also happens to naturally create that pretty, rippled edge at the sock’s top.

The pattern I’m using is called “Herringbone Lace Socks” and the lace repeat is simple and easy to remember, but not boring.  And it produces a really lovely sock.  The pattern is by Ann Budd from her Getting Started Knitting Socks book.  This is a fantastic book for beginner sock knitters; it has step-by-step instructions for each and every part of a sock, with detailed written instructions and photographs for each step.  Plus there are patterns for socks at various gauges–from 8 stitches per inch using fingering yarn, to 4 stitches per inch using bulky yarn–and for sizes ranging from a kid’s medium (shoe size 9 to 12) to an adult’s large (women’s shoe size 11 to 14; men’s shoe size 10 to 13).  If you want to start knitting socks and buy only one book, I highly recommend Ann Budd’s Getting Started Knitting Socks.

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