BACK (make 2)
With a single strand of A, cast on 96 sts.
Work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures about 14 1/2 in. (37 cm) from beg, end by working a RS (knit) row. Knit 5 rows for Garter st (k every row) edge. Bind off.
1. 'A' sections of chart are worked with 1 strand of A, 'B' sections of chart are worked with 2 strands of B held tog.
2. When working from chart, read RS rows from right to left, and WS rows from left to right.
With A, cast on 93 sts.
Following Row 1 of Chart, and working with 1 strand of A for A sections and 2 strands of B for B sections, knit first 21 sts of chart, then knit the 24-sts rep for a total of 3 times.
Continue in St st, following Chart until Row 8 has been completed, then rep Chart rows 1-8 until piece measures 23 in. (58.5 cm) from beg.
Wash pieces by machine on a hot wash/cold rinse cycle with detergent and several pieces of clothing to agitate. To felt additionally, dry by machine on a regular setting until almost dry. Remove from dryer and pull into shape.
1. If your felted pieces vary slightly in size, adjustments are provided in Assembly instructions below. Allow pieces to dry completely.
2. The A color yarn will felt, while the B color yarn will not.
Note: Assembly instructions that follow are based on a 20 in. (51 cm) square felted pillow. Adjust size of purchased pillow form as necessary to suit the size of your felt pieces.
Arrange Backs on a flat surface with RS facing and Garter edges overlapping slightly to form a 20 x 20 in. (51 x 51 cm) square. Sew Backs tog at overlapped edges.
With WS facing, lay Front onto Back, easing pieces to fit and trimming edges of Backs and/or Front to fit. With sewing needle and thread, sew Back to Front around entire outside edge.
Turn Pillow to RS. Sew 3 buttons evenly spaced across Garter edge on underlap of Back. On overlap edge of Back, cut 3 buttonholes. Note: Felted fabric will not ravel, you can simply cut slits for the buttonholes. You do not need to sew over the edges of the buttonholes (unless you choose to!)
Weave in ends.
Measure your finished, felted cover and purchase the appropriate size pillow form OR follow instructions below to make a custom size form.
Custom size pillow form
Cut two pieces of fabric, each 1/2 in. (1.5 cm) larger all around than felted pillow.
With fabric pieces RS tog, and using a 1/2 in. (1.5 cm) seam allowance, sew pieces tog around 3 sides. Turn to RS, stuff with fiberfill, and sew remaining side of fabric cover closed.