Can we talk about this pillow working my last good nerve? Can we? Ok so you remember the Preparation post right? I was all proud because I followed the RULES and did the math because I was designing this pillow cover right? Yea, how bout NO!

I guess I should have looked up the formula for casting on in the round..because that first attempt. Yea the one that wasn’t even half the depth I needed BUT was contemplating cutting the pillow in half to make it fit. YUP you read it right..I couldn’t purchase more yarn (lord knows I stared at in my etsy cart for a LONG time) so I had already added another ball of different yarn and was striping it. WHAT? Westknits AND StevenBe said just keep knitting and catslapit that is what I did. I even did my bind off..I was really going to cut the pillow. Jesus be some sense, because I had none….but I was full of frustration.

After binding off and realizing that pillow would have been perfect for Jack n the Beanstalk’s GIANT! Talking about over shooting your target! Man listen, so I took it out and started again. But before I took it out I pinned it to the pillow and counted. This time I would knit it flat and make two panels. One yarn in the front and the other in the back. Ok that should work. HA! LOL NOPE it was still too wide. I would have cried if I wasn’t laughing so hard. I will tell you that I put baby in the corner. I was so over that damn pillow AND I wasn’t putting my new linen on my bed without it!

Monday rolled around and I refused to be defeated. So I tried again. The pillow was 36 inches so I casted on 72 stitches in the round and prayed for a miracle. I decided not to stripe this time, I would just knit until I ran out and then add the other color. That worked out nicely. As I was knitting I kept sliding the pillow into the tube and Woo Hoo it was working!! I was even clear enough to remember to leave enough yarn to seam..because yea I have had to back pedal for that in the past. I was finally finished and able to put my fresh new linen on my bed: SUCCESS

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Materials Used:

  • 36 x 36 pillow from Ikea
  • 1 skein of Feederbrook Farm Super Fluffy chunk (180 yrds)
  • 1 skein of custom ordered handspun/handdyed from Nicole Frost (104 yards)
  • US19 circular needle
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors

CO 72 and carefully join in the round. I knit until I ran out of yarn and then joined the second ball. I knit until I had enough left to seam the pillow closed. Seamed one end with basic whip stitch, slid the cover over the pillow and finished.

Lesson learned? NONE because I still don’t know why the math didn’t work. Was it because it was in the round? I will do the research so I know better next time.

NOTE: I did this in one day..between cooking dinner and stuff

Knit on my fiber friends..knit on

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