Collingwood Pillow by Mary Shum

Collingwood Pillow

June 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Knit Stitch
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
142 - 219 yards (130 - 200 m)
Small Pillow
Flag of English English Universal
This pattern is available for free.

This just follows a knitting chart (found on the link below). Every odd row is a knit stitch and every even row is a purl row. Where you can see the numbers starting across the top is a knitting row. Follow the colour changes and just look behind your work to try not to tangle the strings too much.

I used Value Ball Stashes 8 ply in Marigold, Black and White. (50g balls 3x - I didn’t not finish using the whole ball for each). Also used Yellow Lincraft Esther Yarn I believe it was polyester but you may choose a more suitable one like acrylic or even wool if you want something warm. A more darker yellow might look even more distinct. The red yarn was an 8ply acrylic ball I bought from a discount store (Cheap as Chips or Reject Shop). Again I would have preferred a brighter red to make the Aboriginal Flag. I acknowledge we stand on the Kaurna/ Indigenous Australian Lands :)! I suggested using the AFL Panda 12 ply but you may need larger needles for that. I’ve previously used that yarn and its quite insulative & thick, very highly recommended.

The last page provides a little special that Black Lives Matter. You can use that for a bookmark or even if you’d like to make two handles with the words and make the pillow pattern a bit longer to turn it into a bag or document sleeve.

You may find it helpful to iron the product at the end as stocking stitch tends to curl up a bit. I also found it difficult to keep the tension the same especially when changing colours, it’s a good idea to keep it a bit looser to give space for stretch.

Thank you & all the best with your projects! If you need anymore help or ideas please don’t hesitate to contact me :)!