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Make a Winter Wonderland Pillow

You'll need basic knitting, crocheting, and embroidery knowledge to add this pretty vignette to a decorative pillow for the holidays. Follow our step-by-step instructions below to make this winter-theme pillow for your home.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton yarn: one skein each of 170 Pistachio and 124 Pecan
  • Size 9 knitting needles
  • Size F crochet hook
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • 17×34-inch piece of linen
  • Ivory thread
  • Needles: sewing and darning
  • Embroidery floss: light gray and light blue
  • Assorted buttons: green and blue
  • 14-inch-square pillow form

Knitting and Crocheting Abbreviations

ch = chain

k = knit

sc = single crochet

st(s) = stitch(es)

tog = together

Learn five basic embroidery stitches.

Make the Trees

Note: All treetops are knitted in garter stitch.

First Treetop (on the left)

  1. Using the knitting needles and Pistachio, cast on 12 sts.
  2. Rows 1-2: Knit.
  3. Row 3: K2tog, k 8, k2tog -- 10 sts.
  4. Rows 4-5: Knit.
  5. Row 6: K2tog, k 6, k2tog -- 8 sts.
  6. Rows 7-10: Knit.
  7. Row 11: K2tog, k 4, k2tog -- 6 sts.
  8. Rows 12-15: Knit.
  9. Row 16: K2tog, k 2, k2tog -- 4 sts.
  10. Rows 17-19: Knit.
  11. Row 20: K2tog across -- 2 sts.
  12. Rows 21-22: Knit. Bind off.

First Tree Trunk

  1. Using the crochet hook and Pecan yarn, ch 8.
  2. Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across; fasten off.

Second Treetop (in the middle)

  1. Using knitting needles and Pistachio, cast on 12 sts.
  2. Rows 1-4: Knit.
  3. Row 5: K2tog, k 8, k2tog -- 10 sts.
  4. Rows 6-9: Knit.
  5. Row 10: K2tog, k 6, k2tog -- 8 sts.
  6. Rows 11-14: Knit.
  7. Row 15: K2tog, k 4, k2tog -- 6 sts.
  8. Rows 16-17: Knit.
  9. Row 18: K2tog, k 2, k2tog -- 4 sts.
  10. Rows 19-22: Knit.
  11. Row 23: K2tog across -- 2 sts.
  12. Rows 24-25: Knit. Bind off.

Second Tree Trunk

  1. Using the crochet hook and Pecan yarn, ch 16.
  2. Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across; fasten off.

Third Treetop (on the right)

  1. Using knitting needles and Pistachio, cast on 10 sts.
  2. Rows 1-4: Knit.
  3. Row 5: K2tog, k 6, k2tog -- 8 sts.
  4. Rows 6-7: Knit.
  5. Row 8: K2tog, k 4, k2tog -- 6 sts.
  6. Rows 9-10: Knit.
  7. Row 11: K2tog, k 2, k2tog -- 4 sts.
  8. Rows 12-13: Knit.
  9. Row 14: K2tog across -- 2 sts.
  10. Row 15: Knit. Bind off.

Third Tree Trunk

  1. Using the crochet hook and Pecan yarn, ch 9.
  2. Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across; fasten off.

Pillow Instructions

  1. Using a water-soluble marking pen, draw a 14-inch square in the center of the linen. Referring to the photo, pin the treetops and trunks to the square. Whipstitch the pieces in place using ivory thread.
  2. Referring to the photo, use six strands of gray floss and the darning needle to embroider a wavy chain stitch under the tree trunks. Sew two or three green buttons to each tree top using ivory thread.
  3. For the larger snowflakes: using six strands of gray floss, make each snowflake with four straight stitches and four lazy daisy stitches. Sew a blue button to each snowflake center. Randomly place the large snowflakes around the trees, varying the stitch and button sizes. For the smaller snowflakes: using six strands of blue floss, make eight straight stitches.
  4. Fold under a 1/4-inch hem twice along the short sides of the pillow linen; sew. With right sides together, fold the hemmed sides to the center to create a 17-inch square (the hemmed sides will overlap). Pin together the top and bottom edges; stitch the edges. Turn shape right side out through the opening; press. Insert the pillow form.
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