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Indian Silk Pillow

Knitting
August 2007
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
3.5 mm (E)
815 yards (745 m)
About 18" (45.5 cm) square.

Pattern description from Folk Style: “‘The starting point for my design is my own story - a U.S. citizen who grew up in India,’ shares Marilyn Webster. With this lush silk pillow she has taken something from one culture and infused it with aspects of another. A traditional patchwork pattern called Twin Sisters was the foundation. However, rather than choosing stitch patterns that might imitate calico patterns, Marilyn chose designs inspired by Indian fabric, in particular the gold borders on saris and the paisley motif. The result is a rich combination of well-defined Fair Isle color-work repeats and loose embroidered paisley swirls.”

Finished Size: About 18” (45.5 cm) square.

Yarn: DK weight (#3 Light).
Alchemy Yarns of Transformation Silk Purse (100% silk; 163 yd (149 m)/50 g): #28W teal tide (A), 2 skeins; #64F Scarlett’s dark secret (raspberry; B), #25A delphinium (purple; C), and #05F persimmon (gold; D), 1 skein each.

Needles: Size 4 (3.5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle; size E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook; pins; smooth, thin waste yarn for basting pieces together; four 7/8” (2.2 cm) buttons; 18” (45.5 cm) square knife-edge pillow form.

Notes from Folk Style:

  • Knit the first and last stitch of every row for a garter-stitch selvedge.
  • Buttonholes are arranged as two pairs with about 5” (12.5 cm) between the pairs at center back space; they are deliberately not evenly spaced.
  • The assembled back pieces measure slightly less than 18” (45.5 cm) tall so the pillow can stretch to fit pillow form snugly and smoothly.