LOVE, KNIT, RELAX
Cute, simple pillows can be personalized with words or names to your liking. What a great project for knitting I-cord for the first time!
19 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches/10cm
in St st. To save time, take time to check gauge.
Wrap and Turn (W&T): Work to st to be wrapped, bring yarn forward between needles, slip next st to RH needle, move yarn to back and return slipped st (which is now wrapped) to LH needle. Turn and work back. To hide wrap: Work to wrapped st. With RH needle, pick up wrap and work wrap tog with wrapped st.
I-Cord: Cast on 4 sts, do not turn, *slide sts to other end of needle, pull yarn across back, k4; rep from * until cord is desired length. Bind off.
Use the lampshade seam as an opportunity to practice Kitchener stitch on page 111. If you choose to graft the seam, use a provisional cast-on, also found on page 111, and do not bind off after the final row.
Using MC, cast on 56 sts. Work in St st for 12 inches, ending with
a WS row. Turning row (RS): Purl. Continue in St st for 12 more inches. Bind off.
Sew bound-off edge to cast-on edge. Sew 1 side seam. Cover pillow form with fabric if desired. Insert pillow form. Sew rem side closed. I-Cord Border Using CC, make 50-inch I-cord. Sew I-cord to outer edge of pillow on all 4 sides, catching only the side of I-cord abutting pillow while you sew. Sew ends of I-cord tog, then weave ends into I-cord. I-Cord Word Using scrap yarn, spell out a word you would like to place on your pillow. Cut yarn at end of word and measure. Make an I-cord the length of your scrap yarn. Write the words in cursive using I-cord. Cut I-cord and finish ends if needed for parts of letters. When you are pleased with the look, use pieces of double-sided tape to hold letters in place. Sew word to pillow front, removing tape as you go.
Note: Lampshade cover has negative ease; in other words, it is knit slightly smaller than the actual measurements of the lampshade in order to have a snug fit. Cast on 52 sts. Row 1 (RS): Knit. Row 2: Purl. Row 3: K26, W&T. Row 4: Purl. Rows 5–20: Work in St st. Rep Rows 1–20 until long edge of piece
measures 40 inches. Bind off.
Sew bound-off edge to cast-on edge. The longer edge is the bottom of lampshade. Stretch over lampshade, using curled edges to hold knitting in place on top and bottom.