Friday, September 12, 2014

Fresh Off the Needles: Knitted Monogram Pillows

Before I was married, I didn't like monograms because they reminded me of my "Rhymes with Hooters" last name. But after I got married, I developed a bit of an obsession with monograms.  As soon as I changed my name, I wanted to personalize everything. Everything. Which is why I decided to knit "J" and "K" pillows for our bed.

The pattern comes from Erika Knight's book Simple Knits for Cherished Babies, and it's written perfectly. There is nothing confusing, weird, or wonky about the written pattern or the finished product. Since it's worked flat, it only requires knit and purl stitches, and it has a very simple chart for the letter, it's perfect for a beginner just learning to read charts.

There was just one problem: I misunderstood the yarn recommendation. It said to use "Rowan All-Seasons Cotton, or any chunky yarn." My local shop doesn't carry Rowan, so I used Patons Classic Wool Roving. It's rated as bulky, and I figured chunky = bulky. Derp, I was wrong! Rowan All-Seasons Cotton is a 10 ply yarn, and I used a big, fat 12 ply. It's a LOT thicker than what the pattern requires. So thick, in fact, that it was a difficult knit. But it created a super-thick, squishy fabric that feels very luxurious, so it was worth it in the end. 

Anyway, I made the "K" pillow cover early in the spring, and I loved the way it turned out. But the pattern put me to sleep. So  many rows of stocking stitch... *yawn*. I couldn't muster any enthusiasm for the second pillow. I cast on for it, worked a few rows, and then let it sit on my needles for months. I finally picked it up again last week, cranked it out over episodes of Dr. Who, blocked it over the weekend, and sewed a Velcro closure on this week. And I love the way it turned out. Sometimes the simplest, most boring knits turn into the best finished products.

What are you making? If you're knitting, find me on Ravelry!


  1. Congratulations on a beautiful finished project! I'm sure all knitters have projects hat they get bored with and put away, I'm definitely one of them, but good for you completing them with episodes of doctor who! got a new reader in me doll!

  2. I love these. The tone-on-tone pattern makes them thoroughly modern. If I saw them sitting on a retail shelf, I'd buy a "W"!


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