Pillow front: With the MC, cast on 49 sts. Work in St st for 14 rows. On the next row (RS), begin working the chart in Figure 13-11.

Figure 13-11:

Chart for the Intarsia Pillow.

Following the first row of the chart, knit 17 sts in the MC and 15 sts in the CC; with another ball of the MC, knit the remaining 17 sts. Continue in St st and work the remaining 43 rows of the chart. Cut the CC after Rows 6, 15, 29, and 38, and start with a fresh strand on the next row. (Otherwise, you'll be carrying the yarn too far, and it may pull between the distant stitches. It's better to weave in the ends later.)

Work the center diamond shape in the MC as shown, but work the 6 CC sts in the center of the diamond (Rows 21, 22, 23, and 24) as duplicate stitch embroidery (refer to the earlier sidebar "Doing the duplicate stitch" for instructions) when you've finished and blocked your pillow piece.

When you've worked through Row 44 of the chart, work 14 more rows with the MC in St st.

Pillow back: Cast on (or pick up from edge) 49 sts. Work in St st until the piece measures 9 inches from the beginning and bind off. Work the second half of the pillow back in the same manner.

Finishing: Weave in loose ends and block the pieces gently with steam. If you've knitted the pieces separately, close the seam along the bottom edges using the grafting technique or backstitch. Sew up the sides using the mattress stitch. (See Chapter 16 for information about blocking and seaming techniques.) Insert the pillow form, and enjoy.

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