Monday, May 26, 2014

The Anchor Pillow – Knitting Pattern

Step into our house and you’ll immediately know that we have a thing for sailing and anything nautical.  I grew up sailing.  I met my husband through sailing.  Many of my favorite days of the year involve sailing.  So, it's no surprise that I picked a nautical theme for my latest knitting pattern!

"The Anchor Pillow" Knitting Pattern

Anchors symbolize different things for different people.  For me, the anchor represents a safe harbor, security and being home. 

“The Anchor Pillow” (it’s such an original name, isn’t it?!) was inspired by a photo of an old brass anchor.  I used that photo as a guide when designing my anchor knitting chart.  The chart is included in the pattern...on one full page so it's big and easy to read. 

This is a two-color knitting pattern using the intarsia technique.  Experience with intarsia knitting is highly recommended!!  Even though there are only two colors, there are many transition points between the colors.  I wove in more than 30 ends.  I know…I could have woven the ends into my knitting as I was working.  However, weaving the ends in after I finished knitting gave me a chance to tighten up a few loose stitches.

Experience with two-color intarsia knitting highly recommended!
This pillow is knit with super bulky weight yarn and big needles so it knits up very quickly.  I used Loops & Threads “Cozy Wool” super bulky yarn in ‘Sapphire’ (navy blue) and ‘Fleece’ (soft white).  This pillow is designed for a 16” x 16” pillow form.  I used a very basic, inexpensive pillow form from a craft store.

"The Anchor Pillow" knitting pattern is perfect for any nautical themed decor. For a classic nautical look, use navy and white yarn.  This anchor pillow would also look great knit with any number of other color combinations.

If you are interested, this pattern is available on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.

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