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Fair Isle Pillows

A spicy mix of color and pattern.

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The designer drew inspiration for these brightly colored, multi-patterned pillows from embroidered motifs on the richly decorated textiles from the Kutch region of India. She uses a crisp cotton yarn in colors of eggplant, sage, and fresh chiles. The buttons are used for closure, but they also form a prominent part of the design, adding more spark to these already lavish pillows.
Finished Size: Circles Pillow: About 16" (40.5 cm) square, buttoned. Dots and Diagonals Pillow: About 12" (30.5 cm) wide and 16" (40.5 cm) high, buttoned.
Yarn: Classic Elite Provence (100% cotton; 256 yd [234 m]/125 g): #2627 French red, #2619 zinnia (orange), #2652 vintner's grape (purple), #2626 plum (maroon), and #2682 asparagus (sage green), 1 skein each makes both pillows. Note: Almost all of the red is used.
Yarn weight: #2 - Fine
Gauge: 23 sts and 24 rnds = 4" (10 cm) in stranded two-color St st worked in the round.
Needles: Size 4 (3.5 mm): 24" and 16" (60- and 40-cm) circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Markers (m); tapestry needle; five removable stitch markers or safety pins; nine 7/8" (2.2-cm) buttons (five for Circles, four for Dots and Diagonals); two knife-edge pillow forms, one 16" (40.5-cm) square and one 12" x 16" (30.5 x 40.5 cm).
Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Spring 2004

SKU: EP1159

Author/Speaker/Editor: Sandy Cushman

Format: eProject