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Felted Loops Pillow
Lion Brand® Fishermen's Wool®
Pattern Number: L0221AD

SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)
SIZE: One Size
About 18 x 18 in. (45.5 x 45.5 cm), after felting.

CORRECTIONS: (applied Dec 2, 2010)
FINISHING Weave in ends. Bend knitted sections into loop shapes. With sewing needle and thread, tack each loop loosely at base to secure the loop shape. Felting 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. Trim thread tacks from base of each loop. Note: If your felted pieces vary slightly in size, adjustments are provided in Assembly instructions below. Allow pieces to dry completely.The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)

MATERIALS

150-098 Fishermen's Wool Yarn: Natural

Soft cream


Quantity needed: 3 Skeins
Estimated Price: $ 38.97

Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 9 [5.5 mm]
Quantity needed: 1
Estimated Price: $ 4.95


Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
Quantity needed: 1
Estimated Price: $ 3.59

Additional Materials
Sewing needle and thread 3 buttons, 1 in. (2.5 cm) diameter Pillow form IMPORTANT: Please read Note #1 below regarding size of pillow form before purchasing a form Optional, if you choose to make a custom size pillow form: 3/4 yd. (3/4 m) of fabric as desired and fiberfill stuffing
GAUGE:
16 sts = about 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) before felting. EXACT GAUGE IS NOT ESSENTIAL FOR THIS PROJECT. The above gauge is provided as a reference - the felting process will affect the finished size. 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
Exact gauges is not imporant to this project.

NOTES:
1.

Due to the nature of the felting process, the size of your finished piece may vary.

We strongly suggest that you wait until after you've felted and assembled your Pillow to purchase a pillow form.

Choose a form in a size that will fit into your felted piece.

If you prefer, you can make a custom size pillow form.

Follow the instructions below to sew the pillow form cover in size desired.

Stuff the cover with fiberfill, then sew closed.
2.

Pattern is designed to encourage creativity.

Use this pattern as inspiration, your Pillow may not be exactly the same as that in the photo.

During the felting process, pull the loops into sculptural shapes as desired.
3.

Pillow Back is worked in two halves.

These halves are overlapped when sewing Pillow tog to create an envelope-style back through which pillow form can be inserted.
4.

Loops on Front of Pillow are created by working sts with separate balls of yarn.

After making the Back, wind remaining yarn into 8 separate balls before beg the Front.
5.

Backs and Front of Pillow are sewn tog after felting using sewing thread and a sharp sewing needle.


INSTRUCTIONS



BACK (make 2)
Cast on 82 sts.
Work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures about 13 1/2 in.

(34.5 cm) from beg, end by working a RS (knit) row.

Knit 5 rows for Garter st (k every row) edge.

Bind off.



FRONT
Note: Wind remaining yarn into 8 separate balls before beg the Front.
Cast on 70 sts.
Beg with a purl (WS) row, work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) for 5 rows.



First Loop Section
Notes:
1.

Loops are created by working the sts in 8 separate sections.

Each section is knit with a separate ball of yarn.

After knitting the first 5 sts, drop but do not cut, the first ball of yarn, you will pick up this ball again when you knit the next row.

Join a 2nd ball of yarn and knit the next 10 sts, drop but do not cut the 2nd ball of yarn.

Join a 3rd ball of yarn and knit the next 10 sts.

Continue dropping the working ball of yarn, joining another ball of yarn and knitting the next 10 sts until you reach the last 5 sts.

Drop the working ball of yarn, with the 8th ball of yarn knit the last 5 sts.
2.

To join the additional balls of yarn.

Leave a long beg tail and start knitting with the new ball.

Gently pull on the beg tail to tighten the first st as needed.
3.

Take care when turning the work at the end of each row to avoid tangling the 8 balls of yarn.
4.

Take care not to allow the 2 strands of yarn to twist around each other when dropping one strand of yarn and picking up the next.



Row 1: K5, join a 2nd ball of yarn and k next 10 sts; join a 3rd ball of yarn and k next 10 sts; join a 4th ball of yarn and k next 10 sts; join a 5th ball of yarn and k next 10 sts; join a 6th ball of yarn and k next 10 sts; join a 7th ball of yarn and k next 10 sts; join an 8th ball of yarn and k last 5 sts.
Row 2: P5, *drop working yarn and pick up yarn from next ball, p10; rep from * to last 5 sts, drop working yarn and pick up yarn from next ball, p5.
Row 3: K5, *drop working yarn and pick up yarn from next ball, k10; rep from * to last 5 sts, drop working yarn and pick up yarn from next ball, k5.
Row 4: Rep Row 2.
Rows 5-24: Rep Rows 3 and 4, working each section separately with its own ball of yarn.
Leaving long tails, cut all balls of yarn, except first ball.
The next rows are worked with a single ball of yarn.
Row 25: Knit.
Row 26: Purl.
Rows 27 and 28: Rep Rows 25 and 26.
Do not bind off, continue to Second Loop Section.



Second Loop Section
Note: The 2nd Loop Section is worked in the same way as the First Loop Section, except that 7 separate 10-st sections are worked.
Row 1: K10, join a 2nd ball of yarn and k next 10 sts; join a 3rd ball of yarn and k next 10 sts; join a 4th ball of yarn and k next 10 sts; join a 5th ball of yarn and k next 10 sts; join a 6th ball of yarn and k next 10 sts; join a 7th ball of yarn and k last 10 sts.
Row 2: *P10, drop working yarn and pick up yarn from next ball; rep from * to last 10 sts, p10.
Row 3: *K10, drop working yarn and pick up yarn from next ball; rep from * to last 10 sts, k10.
Row 4: Rep Row 2.
Rows 5-24: Rep Rows 3 and 4, working each section separately with its own ball of yarn.
Leaving long tails, cut all balls of yarn, do not cut first ball.

The next rows are worked with the first ball of yarn only.
Row 25: Knit.
Row 26: Purl.
Rows 27 and 28: Rep Rows 25 and 26.
Do not bind off, continue to next Loop Section.



Third-Ninth Loop Sections Beg with Row 1 of First Loop Section, rep First Loop and Second Loop Sections 3 more times, then rep First Loop Section one more time, for a total of 9 Loop Sections.
When Ninth Loop Section has been completed, bind off.


FINISHING
Weave in ends.Bend knitted sections into loop shapes.

With sewing needle and thread, tack each loop loosely at base to secure the loop shape.
Felting
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.

Trim thread tacks from base of each loop.
Note: If your felted pieces vary slightly in size, adjustments are provided in Assembly instructions below.

Allow pieces to dry completely.


Assembly
Note: Assembly instructions that follow are based on an 18 in.

(45.5 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 18 x 18 in.

(45.5 x 45.5 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 through back opening.

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!)

Measure your finished, felted cover and purchase the appropriate size pillow form OR follow instructions below to make a custom sized 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.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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k = knit
p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side
St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together
WS = wrong side


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