Knitted Creature Pillows

Knit these adorable critters for that special little person in your life.


Designed by Heather Lodinsky

Pillows measure 8x10 inches

For Black Rectangle Pillow:
Red Heart Pomp-A-Doodle Yarn: 2 balls in 9945 Night & Day (A)
Red Heart SuperSaver Yarn: 1 skein in 312 Black (B)
2 black buttons, 7/8-inch diameter

For Purple Oval Pillow:
Red Heart Pomp-A-Doodle Yarn: 2 balls in 9930 Plush Plum (A)
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn: 1 skein in 528 Medium Purple (B)
3 black buttons, 3/4-inch diameter

For Both:
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn: 1 skein in 311 White or purchased white pom-poms

Knitting needles: 5.5 mm [US 9] and 6.5 mm [US 101/2]
Polyester stuffing
Yarn needle

Gauge: 16 sts = 4 inches; 22 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch with smaller needles and B. Check your gauge. Use any size needles to obtain the given gauge.

Note: Knit 2 stitches on thread between pom-poms. Do not pull pom-poms through stitches.

Black Rectangle Pillow

Body
With larger needles and A, cast on 24 sts. Work in Garter st for 20 inches. Bind off.

Base
With smaller needles and B, cast on 10 sts. Working in Garter st, inc 1 st at beg of every row 10 times -- 20 sts. Work even until piece measures 4 inches from beg. Dec 1 stitch at beg of every row 10 times -- 10 sts. Bind off.

Antennae
(Make 6) With smaller needles and B, cast on 12 sts. Bind off, leaving a long tail. Cut 2 pom-poms from A for each Antenna. Sew 2 pom-poms to top of each Antenna.

Finishing
Fold Body piece in half and sew side seams, leaving cast-on and bind-off edges open. Make 2 pom-poms, each 1-1/2-inch diameter, from C. Sew buttons on pom-poms and sew to front of Body. Sew 3 Antennae to each top corner. Sew Base to open edge of Body, leaving an opening for stuffing. Stuff with polyester filling. Sew opening closed. Weave in ends.

Purple Oval Pillow

Body
(Make 2) With larger needles and A, cast on 30 sts. Work in Garter st for 5 inches. Dec 1 st at beg of next 14 rows --¿ 16 sts. Bind off 2 stitches at beg of next 2 rows, then 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows -- 6 sts. Bind off.

Base
With smaller needles and B, cast on 10 sts. Working in Garter st, inc 1 st at beg of every row 14 times -- 24 sts. Work even until piece measures 7 inches from beg. Dec 1 stitch at beg of every row 14 times -- 10 sts. Bind off.

Antennae
(Make 3) Work as for Rectangle Pillow Antennae.

Finishing
Sew Body pieces together, leaving cast-on edges open. Make 3 pom-poms, each 1-1/2-inch diameter, from C. Sew buttons on pom-poms and sew to front of Body. Sew 3 Antennae to top edge of Pillow. Sew Base to open edge of Body, leaving an opening for stuffing. Stuff with polyester filling. Sew opening closed. Weave in ends.

Abbreviations: dec = decrease; inc = increase; K = knit; st(s) = stitch(es).

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