Cabled Sweater Pillow Pattern

I have been looking forward to putting up this post for what feels like such a long time!  Some of you that have been with me since the very very beginning may know that I do, in fact knit.  Yes, I have some "grandma" qualities in me, but when I can make something that looks like it's straight out of Pottery Barn for about $8, I have to say that doesn't seem like a bad quality to me.  I've also been planning on doing some re-decorating around my house, so this not only serves as a pattern for those of you who also knit, but also as my first decor post!  I don't know where I want to put this, yet, but I absolutely love it!


Materials:

  • 2 skeins Caron Simply Soft in Burgundy
  • Size 10 needles
  • 3 - 1 1/2" buttons
  • Yarn needle
  • 16" pillow form

Pillow Cover:
Body:
Cast on 86 sts.
Row 1 (RS): {(k1, p1) 4 times, p1, k4, p1, k6, p1, k4, p1} 3 times, (k1, p1) 4 times.
Row 2 (and all WS rows unless specified otherwise): {(p1, k1) 4 times, k1, p4, k1, p6, k1, p4, k1} 3 times, (p1, k1) 4 times.
Row 3: {(k1, p1) 4 times, p1, cf4, p1, k6, p1, cf4, p1} 3 times, (k1, p1) 4 times.
Row 5: Repeat Row 1.
Row 7: {(k1, p1) 4 times, p1, cf4, p1, cf6, p1, cf4, p1} 3 times, (k1, p1) 4 times.
Repeat Rows 1-7 until piece wraps fully around pillow form.  Do not cast off.

Button Band:
Row 1-8: work k2, p1 ribbing.
Row 9: continue ribbing pattern for 15 sts, (cast off 4 sts, ribbing pattern for 22 sts) 3 times, omitting last 7 sts on 3rd repeat.
Row 10: continue ribbing pattern for 15 sts, (cast on 4 sts, ribbing pattern for 22 sts) 3 times, omitting last 7 sts on 3rd repeat.
Rows 11-17: continue ribbing pattern.
Row 18: cast off ribwise.

Finishing
Wrap pillow cover around pillow form to determine where buttons should be sewn on and attach buttons.  Slip buttons through button holes, then turn pillow cover inside out.  Line up the buttons so that they are in the center of the pillow, and sew up the left and right sides of the pillow cover, making sure to sew through all 3 layers once you reach the overlapping portions.  Weave in all loose ends.
Undo buttons, and turn pillow cover back rightside out.  Slip pillow form into pillow form, and redo buttons.  Enjoy!

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