Friday, March 21, 2014

DIY machine knitted pillow covers

owning a knitting machine means 

that everything around you suddenly should be knitted


So when my mom asked me to make her some pillow covers, I didn't even blink. 

I made these 4 pillows using a very thin cotton yarn (2/50 - used in 6 ply) passing the yarn through the paraffin 3 times. 

The finished pillows measure 42 x 42 cm (16-1/2 x 16-1/2 inches)


...and here they are, in action!

machine knitted pillow tutorial:





these are the two punchcards
I turned the two screws on the back of the carriage
so that the side stitches were making the edges 
once I all the 365 rows were done, 
I did few rows  with scrap yarn and closed the last edge with the crochet hook
The soft part of the velcro is on the crocheted bind off edge,
while the rough part onto the ribbed part with the tubular edge.
Because the tubular part will be the one on the top once closed,
I placed the velcro strip at 1/4" from the tubular, so that it wouldn't be
visible once the pillow cover is closed.
Since the velcro has been machine knitted on the edges,
close the velcro strips with the pillow cover inside-out
 

Place the opening (while firmly closed with the velcro) in the center  of the
pillow cover, and pin (and sew) the sides.

 ... and what I didn't plan right...

(or what it went wrong...)

I did the 13 rows of ribbing thinking of the width of the velcro  strip.
Once I pinned the velcro, the strip was becoming visible from the edge,
so I placed it about 1/4" farther inside the edge.
Unfortunately, now the seam of the inside part is quite visible since it's on the jacquard motif.
...but it is ON THE BACK SIDE.
Anyway: a happy mom... PRICELESS.

xox,d. 

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3 comments:

  1. That is so awesome!! How long did it take you to use the machine to make one pillowcase? I love that it uses punchcards, something from the beginning of computing is still relevant. :)

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    1. It takes about 2 hours to knit a pillowcase, and then another hour+/- to assemble .... punchcards are AWESOME! it's like being in a time-machine!! LOL

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  2. Awesome, I'm a newbie knitter but a knitting machine sounds magical, always too scared to pick one up at the thrift store though. Beautiful cushion covers.

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