Knit Easter Pillow – April KAL Week 2

Welcome back to week 2 of the Easter Comfort Cushion KAL! I promised that this week would be a little more challenging and hopefully enjoyable. We will be completing the first half of the front panel.

Easter Pillow KAL

Week 1: Back Panel

Week 2: Front Panel Part 1

Week 3: Front Panel Part 2

Week 4: Finishing Touches

Spring Easter Knit Pillow

I am not a fan of color working, so I often reach for self-striping or variegated yarns to do the work for me. Cloudspun did its job beautifully and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. My usual colorwork technique of using floats didn’t work with the flat panel construction and made the pillow look unnecessarily bulky. I did a lot of frogging for this project but both yarns were durable enough to withstand my abuse without pilling or looking overworked. Eventually, I switched to the intarsia technique and it turned out to be the right (and easier) option for this project.

Hopefully I go the hard part out of the way, and this goes a lot easier for you.

Materials:
US #13, 9mm knitting needles
16 inch straight or circular

Yarn

Mary Maxim Aran Chunky in Natural (A) 2 skeins – [90 g/137 yd]
Mary Maxim Cloudspun in Purples (B) 1 skein – [122 g/133 yd]

16 x 16” pillow insert
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Measuring Tape

Abbreviations (US Standard):
K – knit
P – purl
R – row
RS – right side
WS – wrong side

Gauge:
9 sts x 12.5 rows
4 x 4” in stockinette

Finished Size:
16 x 16 inches

Notes:

Stockinette stitch is worked by alternating rows of knit and purl stitches.  When using the intarsia technique, you will want to pull the new strand over the old one

Week 2 - April Knit Along - Spring Easter Pillow by The Crafty MD

Cast on 37 stitches in A

Note: From here, you can follow the written instructions, or use the chart below.

R1: Knit across (rs)

R2: Purl across (ws)

R3: Knit across

R4: P15 in A, P7 in B, P15 in 2nd ball of A

R5: K13 in A, K11 in B, K13 in A

R6: P12 in A, P13 in B, P12 in A

R7: K11 in A, K15 in B, K11 in A

R8: P10 in A, P17 in B, P10 in A

R9: K9 in A, K19 in B, K9 in A

R10: P9 in A, P19 in B, P9 in A

R11: K8 in A, K21 in B, K8 in A

R12: P7 in A, P23 in B, P7 in A

R13: K7 in A, K23 in B, K7 in A

R14-16: repeat rows 12 and 13

R17: K6 in A, K25 in B, K6 in A

R18: P6 in A, P25 in B, P6 in A

R19-26: repeat rows 17 and 18

Spring Knit Easter Pillow

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