I Actually Knit A Pillowcase

Guys, I completed a craft. Honest to goodness, I pinned something, bought the supplies, sat down every night for a week, and completed something. I’m pretty impressed with myself, so I’m taking some bragging rights by throwing it out onto the internet.

Quick background: We bought new couches a month ago (our old one was ten years old and literally hurt your back to sit in for the evening.) The couches are beautiful, and deserved better pilllows than we had. I found ones I liked, but at $60 a pop, I couldn’t pull the trigger:

Pic 1 | Pic 2 | Pic 3

See a theme here? Soft, cozy, white/cream, hygge-like. These are lovely, but were a little steep in the price department. Thankfully, Laura from Little Yellow Wheelbarrow posted a DIY for these.

I’ve never knit anything, so I had to buy a couple supplies from Joann and Amazon. I chose an oatmeal yarn instead of a stark white. (I do have three kids who are apparent magnets for dirt.)

Laura (at Little Yellow Wheelbarrow) is an experienced knitter, so I had to check out a couple other sites to get myself started. I knew NOTHING. So if you also know nothing about knitting, there’s hope! Here are the videos I found most helpful to teach the basics of knitting:

  1. Make a slip knot: Expert Village
  2. Make your first row of stitches, AKA “Cast off” Expert Village (same video). Laura cast off 12 stitches.
  3. Move the needle with the finished row (right hand) to your left hand.
  4. Knit your second row: Expression Fiber Arts. I failed to follow Laura’s directions (which I just realized when I was typing this up…) I never used a purl-stitch. I just kept on knitting. Apparently this is really really REALLY a beginner’s pillow case. Hopefully this has only just changed the look of the pillow, but not the integrity.
  5. Knit, knit, knit:
  6. Don’t knit (or purl, if you follow directions better than I) the entire length of your yarn. It will essentially look like a little blanket. Especially if, again, you can’t follow directions, and make 15 stitches in your first row instead of 12. And then somewhere along the way, have 16 stitches in each row….
  7. When there are a few feet left of yarn, you’re going to use the yarn to “seal” your pillowcase. Laura shows you how to do this.
  8. After sealing 2 sides, shove the leftover yarn tail into your pillow and pull it down to the third, open side.
  9. Slide your pillow insert in.
  10. Weave the third side shut.
  11. Tie a knot from the end of your yarn to one of the loops of the pillow.
  12. Run around the house with your amazing crafty pillow, showing it off to your husband, letting the kids rub their faces on it and squeeze it, and ultimately being ridiculously proud of yourself.

When all is said and done, your very first knitting project will look approximately like this:

It’s not perfect, but I’m pretty pleased with it! I did the math to see how much this bugger ended up costing, and it came out to $32.63 (needles and pillow insert -$13.15 – from Joann, yarn from Amazon – $19.48) I could’ve purchased a better looking one for that price (the middle pic up top). Since this cost about half the price of the other two “inspiration pics,” I’ll chalk it up to getting two knitting needles and a brand new skill as being fiscally worth it. Aso, it seems that the chunky knit is what makes it double the price on Etsy.

Huge thank you to Laura , Christine, and Chandi for providing amazing tutorials!

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(If anyone wants to see something meta (I’m hip with the lingo), Derek took a photo of me typing up this post, which I changed to black and white in hopes that you can’t see the perma-exhaustion in my eyes from him waking up earlier. and earlier. Two-year-olds are fun.)

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