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!

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19 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches/10cm

in St st. To save time, take time to check gauge.

Spe­cial Ab­bre­vi­a­tion

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.

Spe­cial Tech­nique

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.

Pat­tern Note

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.

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