Folk pillow cover

Folk pillow cover

Download the pattern in pdf format. The diagram of the Romanian folk motif is included.

 

Materials needed:

For a pillow case with size 43 cm x 43 cm

150 gr Elena wool

20 grams onion skins (mix of red and yellow onion)

Size 3.5 EU knitting needle

Enamel pan

Zipper – 43 cm length

Needle and thread

2 narrow linen bands – 43 cm length x 3 cm wide.

 

Preparation

Dye 50 gr of wool with onion skins. Use the same procedure as described here but instead of using 1:1 proportion of plant material to wool, use only 20 gr onion skins.

 Construction of the pillow case: 

Directions

Cast on 86 stitches

Row 1: *knit 1 purl 1*; repeat the sequence between ** till the end of the row

Row 2: purl the knit and knit the purls

Row 1 and Row 2: seed stitch

Repeat Row 1 and 2 until you get a length of 43 cm (back of the pillow case)

Topside:

Knit in seed stitch for 2,5 cm

Folk motif section:

Row 1: seed stitch 14 stitches; purl 59; seed stitch 13 stitches

Row 2: seed stitch 13 stitches; knit 59; seed stitch 14 stitches

Row 3: seed stitch 14 stitches; purl 59; seed stitch 13 stitches

Row 4: seed stitch 13 stitches; knit 3; knit line 1 from the motif diagram; knit 3; seed stitch 14 stitches

Row 5: seed stitch 13 stitches; knit 3; purl line 1 from the motif diagram; knit 3; seed stitch 14 stitches

Repeat Row 4 and Row 5, working one line at the time in the folk diagram until you reach the last line – no 53.

Repeat Row 1 to 3.

Folk motif dimensions: 59 stitches and 118 rows (29, 5 cm wide and 38 cm tall).

Finish topside with knitting the seed stitch for 2.5 cm and bind off.

Finishing details:

Wash the knitted pillow case and block it. After it is dry, fold it with the “wrong” side facing out and hand stitch along the 2 sides adjacent to the folded one. Hand stitch the zipper onto the linen bands. Attach the linen bands to the opening of the pillow case.

 

Tips: how to adjust the pattern for a particular size pillow (e.g., 50 cm wide and 40 cm tall)

 

Calculate how many stitches to cast on:

Formula, based on gauge Elena yarn: (desired cm)*20/10 = 50*20/10 = 100 stitches

Knit the back side in seed stitch for 40 cm.

Topside: knit with seed stitch (40cm – 38 cm)/2 = 2 cm /2 = 1 cm.

Knit the folk motif section. Adjust seed stitch sides as follows: (100 stitches – 59 stitches)/2 = 41/2. 20 stitches before the folk motif and 21 stitches after.

End topside with 1 cm seed stitch.  

 

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