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Holiday Joy Pillow

Holiday Joy Pillow
Holiday Joy Pillow
This image courtesy of redheart.com

The Holiday Joy Pillow adds the perfect joyful note to your holiday home decor. Simply knit the pillow cover, then make a stockinette stitch strip and a pompom to spell out the letters. This wonderfully effective idea is so versatile and can be used for monograms or any holiday message you prefer. Whether you plan to knit this as a gift for yourself or a loved one, you are sure to add some cheer this holiday season. The bright red pillow cover with the contrasting white lettering really pops and allows this holiday knitting pattern to stand out from the crowd. This easy knit will be a great addition to your home.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge18 sts = 4” [10 cm]; 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Stockinette stitch. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizePillow measures: 12” x 16” [30 cm x 41 cm]

Materials List

  • RED HEART® With Love®: 1 skein 1909 Holly Berry A, 1 skein 1101 Eggshell B.
  • Susan Bates Knitting Needles: 5.5mm [US 9]
  • Yarn needle, straight sewing pins, 1 - 12” x 16” [30 cm x 41 cm] polyester pillow form

Instructions

Pillow

With A, cast on 68 sts.
Row 1 (Right Side): Knit.
Row 2 (Wrong Side): Purl.
Continue working in Stockinette st (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) until piece measures 24” [61 cm] from cast on edge.

Next Row: Bind off all sts.
Using yarn needle and A, sew cast on edge to bound off edge. Sew together one side seam. Insert pillow form. Sew remaining side seam closed.

JOY Lettering

With B, cast on 7 sts.
Row 1 (Right Side): Knit.
Row 2 (Wrong Side): Purl.
Continue working in Stockinette st (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) until piece measures 48” [122 cm] from cast on edge.

Next Row: Bind off all sts.
Allow side edges of piece to curl under.
With curled under edges facing pillow surface, spell out the word “JOY” using photo for placement and guide. With straight sewing pins, pin the letters to the surface of the pillow.
With yarn needle and B, sew the letters to pillow.

Pompom

With B, make a 2” [5 cm] pompom and attach to pillow above the “J”.

Finishing

Weave in all ends.

Abbreviations

A
Color A
B
Color B
cm
centimeters
K
knit
mm
millimeters
P
purl
st(st)
stitch(es)
St st
stockinette stitch

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I love this idea and I think I will adapt it for other words as well. For example, I am re-decorating our master bedroom so I want to make a pillow that says love. I think if I will trace how long I want that word to be, I will just need to extend the cord to that length and make sure the pillow is long enough to fit it. What a versatile pattern!

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