Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Dogbone Pillow


You ever have the problem when you flip back in the recliner that it's just too far back for your head? I get that all the time. After too many large pillows that just make my head too hot in these summer months, I've devised the dogbone pillow.

The design is pretty simple: Take a tube and make the ends puffier than the middle. I took some yarn that I spun up in a wool/cashmere blend from WoolyRhinoceros and spun it to a fingering-type yarn (also could be called sock-weight)

Want the pattern? Here it is:




Dogbone Pillow
by Ruddawg Designs


Yarn: Handspun wool/cashmere blend in yellow : fingering weight
Needles: Size 4 double-pointed needles
Other items needed; Stitch markers (10), yarn needle, scissors.
Gauge: We don't need no stinkin' gauge. It's a pillow for crying out loud!

The wider ends keeps the pillow in place and keeps your shoulders from shrugging and getting sore. The pillow can be stuffed with whatever is good for the knitter: The original was stuffed with excess wool fiber, but bamboo, cotton, polyester or anything else can be used. While knitting the long middle part, I stuffed the one end and continued stuffing the bone while knitting. At the end, I used a knitting needle to stuff more fiber into the little hole. Once done with stuffing the pillow, use a bit of yarn and a yarn needle to sew up the holes on either end of the pillow.

CO 9 sts.: JOIN, place stitch marker at beginning of row.
Row 1: knit
row 2: kfb; 9 times (18 Stitches)
row 3: knit
row 4: kfb, k1 : 9 times (27 stitches)
row 5: knit
row 6: kfb, k1, kfb : 9 times (45 stitches) [at this point, I put stitch markers in between the 9 repeats so that I could keep my place]
row 7: knit
row 8: k4, kfb :9 times (54 stitches)
row 9: k5, p1: 9 times [I took off the stitch markers between the repeats here, as I could see the knits and purls pretty well.]
row 10: k5, pfb : 9 times (63 stitches)
row 11: k5, p2 : 9 times.
Row 12: k5, pfb, p1 : 9 times (72 stitches)
Row 13: k5, p3 : 9 times
Row 14: k5, pfb, p1, pfb : 9 times (90 stitches)
Row 15: k5, p5 : 9 times
Row 16: k5, pfb, p3, pfb : 9 times (108 stitches)
Row 17: k5, p7: 9 times
Row 18: k5 p7 : 9 times
Row 19: k5, ssp, p3, p2 together: 9 times (90 Stitches)
Row 20: k5, p5: 9 times
Row 21: k5, ssp, p1, p2 together: 9 times (81 Stitches)
Row 22: k5, p3: 9 times
Row 23: k5, p2 tog, p1 : 9 times (63 stitches)
Row 24: k5, p2: 9 times
Row 25: k5, ssp: 9 times (54 stitches)
Row 26: k5, p1 : 9 times

Continue knitting the k5, p1 rib for another 7” (approximately 65 rows) then start with the other end of the dog bone:

row 1: k5, pfb : 9 times (63 stitches)
row 2: k5, p2 : 9 times.
Row 3: k5, pfb, p1 : 9 times (72 stitches)
Row 4 k5, p3 : 9 times
Row 5 k5, pfb, p1, pfb : 9 times (90 stitches)
Row 6: k5, p7: 9 times
Row 7 k5, pfb, p3, pfb : 9 times (108 stitches)
Row 8: k5, p7: 9 times
Row 9 k5 p7 : 9 times
Row 10 k5, ssp, p3, p2 together: 9 times (90 Stitches)
Row 11: k5, p5: 9 times
Row 12: ssk, k1, k2 tog, ssp, p1, p2 together: 9 times (54 stitches)
Row 13: k3, p3: 9 times
Row 14: k1, k2 tog, p2 tog, p1 (36 stitches)
Row 15: k2, p2: 9 times
Row 16: k2 tog, p2 tog: 9 times (18 stitches)
Row 17: k1, p1 : 9 times
Row 18: k2 : 9 times (9 stitches
BO 9 stitches.