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Free Knitting Pattern: Neck Pillow

Lion Brand® LB Collection® Cashmere - LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo
Pattern #: L10059

We filled ours with buckwheat, which is easily heated in the microwave for uber relaxation. For a lighter, plane-friendly version, try filling with fiberfill.

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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size

11 1/2 x 18 in. (29 x 46.5 cm)



CORRECTIONS: None
 
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Knit this cashmere neck pillow for a luxurious gift. Designed by Kim Hamlin.

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Color (A)
LB Collection® Cashmere

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 483-124: LB Collection Cashmere Yarn: Toffee
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Color (B)
LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 487-126: LB Collection Cotton Bamboo Yarn: Chocolate Dahlia
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To change colors, simply select color name from the drop-down above or else click the swatch you want to change and then click a color below
LB Collection® Cashmere
Natural Powder Pink Powder Blue Cruise Navy Toffee Chocolate Terracotta
Claret Iris Sterling Pewter Onyx Sprout Basil Butterscotch
LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo
Magnolia Cherry Blossom Hyacinth Chocolate Dahlia Persimmon Hibiscus Gardenia Snapdragon
*LB Collection Cashmere (Article #483). 100% Cashmere; package size: 0.88oz/25.00 gr. (82yds/75m) pull skeins
*LB Collection Cotton Bamboo (Article #487). 52% Cotton, 48% Rayon from Bamboo; package size: 3.50oz/100.00 gr. (245yds/224m) pull skeins

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MATERIALS
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QUANTITY PRICE ALT QTY  
•  483-124 LB Collection Cashmere Yarn: Toffee
   balls
$ 50.97  
Note: (A)
•  487-126 LB Collection Cotton Bamboo Yarn: Chocolate Dahlia
   ball
$ 6.75  
Note: (B)
Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 5 [3.75 mm]   $ 2.70  
Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers   $ 2.49  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  
Additional Materials
1/2 yd. (1/2 m) of cotton fabric, washed dried and pressed Sewing needle and thread
Sewing machine (optional)
Straight pins
Scissors
12 cups buckwheat groats (available at heath food stores, also called kasha) OR fiberfill stuffing
 

Neck Pillow

Lion Brand® LB Collection® Cashmere - LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo

GAUGE:

24 sts + 32 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) with A or B.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch

STITCH EXPLANATION:

m1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting the horizontal thread lying between needles and placing it onto left needle. Knit this new stitch through the back loop - 1 st increased.
ssk (sl, sl, knit) Sl next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle, insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them together - 1 st decreased.

NOTES:

1. Pillow is worked in 2 halves; each half has a left and a right side.
2. Knit Pillow is slipped over a fabric insert. Insert can be hand or machine sewn.



 

First Half
Left Side

With A, cast on 28 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K2, m1, k to last 2 sts, m1, k2 - 30 sts at the end of this row.
Row 4: Purl.
Rows 5-12: Rep Rows 1-4 twice - 34 sts.
Continue in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures about 5 1/2 in. (14 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Note: End with a WS row means that the last row you work should be a WS (purl) row.
Next Row: K2, m1, k to end of row - 35 sts at the end of this row.
Next Row: Purl.
Rep the last 2 rows 5 more times - 40 sts.
Cut yarn and sl sts to a holder.

 

Right Side
With A, cast on 28 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K2, m1, k to last 2 sts, m1, k2 - 30 sts at the end of this row.
Row 4: Purl.
Rows 5-12: Rep Rows 1-4 twice - 34 sts.
Continue in St st until piece measures about 5 1/2 in. (14 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Next Row: K to last 2 sts, m1, k2 - 35 sts at the end of this row.
Next Row: Purl.
Rep the last 2 rows 5 more times - 40 sts.

 

Join Left and Right Sides
Next Row:
K across 40 sts of right side, cast on 18 sts, sl sts for left side from holder back to needle and k across these sts - 98 sts at the end of this row.
Beg with a purl row, work in St st for 2 in. (5 cm), end with a WS row.
Next Row: K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 - 96 sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows until 74 sts rem.

 

Second Half
Change to B.
Row 1: K2, m1, k to last 2 sts, m1, k2 - 76 sts.
Row 2: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 11 more times - 98 sts.
Beg with a RS (knit) row, work in St st for 2 in. (5 cm), end with a WS row.
Next Row:K40 for right side and sl these sts to a holder, bind off 18 sts, k to end - 40 sts rem for left side.

 

Left Side
Note:
Continue on 40 sts for left side only.
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row: K2, ssk, k to end of row - 39 sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows until 34 sts rem.
Beg with a RS (knit) row, work in St st for 5 1/2 in. (14 cm), end with a WS row.
Next Row: K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 - 32 sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row: Knit.
Next Row: Purl.
Rep last 4 rows until 28 sts rem.
Bind off.

 

Right Side
Sl sts for right side from holder back to needle and join B, ready to work a WS row.
Next Row (WS): Purl.
Next Row: K to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 - 39 sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows until 34 sts rem.
Beg with a RS (knit) row, work in St st for 5 1/2 in. (14 cm), end with a WS row.
Next Row: K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 - 32 sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row: Knit.
Next Row: Purl.
Rep last 4 rows until 28 sts rem.
Bind off.

 

FINISHING
Dampen Pillow, then stretch flat into shape and allow to dry.
Weave in ends.

 

Fabric Insert
Fold fabric in half with RS together. Lay knit Pillow onto WS of fabric, having the middle of the pillow (the line along which the color changes from A to B) lining up with the folded edge. With pencil, trace around outer edge of knit pillow.

 

 

 

Cut traced shape from doubled fabric, cutting 1/2 in. (1.3 cm) outside traced line.
Using a 1/2 in. (1.3 cm) seam allowance, and leaving a 2-3 in. (5-7.5 cm) opening, seam fabric pieces for insert.

 

 

Clip curved edges, then turn insert RS out through opening.

 

 

Insert a funnel or paper cone into opening, then fill insert with buckwheat.
If using fiberfill, stuff insert.
Sew opening closed.

 

FINISHING
Use mattress stitch to partially seam knit Pillow Halves along outer edges. Slip knit Pillow over insert and finish seaming knit Pillow.
Weave in ends.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
rem = remain(s)(ing) rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side sl = slip
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  


  Learn to Knit instructions:  http://www.lionbrand.com/learnToKnit.html


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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.0 (based on 3 reviews)
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Neck Pillow Reviewed by DIANA LANGE on 2012-04-30 ****
I am making this now for my husband as he loves buckwheat pillows. It is fun to knit and very easy however I am finding the buckwheat very hard to find and quite expensive but I am still looking. I also used microspun yarn instead of the cashmere due to cost and washability- turning out beautifully so far. :)


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