High Desert Pillows by Cheryl Murray

High Desert Pillows

November 2011
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stranded St st
US 8 - 5.0 mm
840 yards (768 m)
Fits 16-inch square pillow form
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Practice your stranded colorwork skills and bring the warmth of the southwestern desert to your decor with this pair of Native American-inspired pillows.

Skill Level:

Finished Measurement:
15 1/2 inches square


  • Worsted weight yarn* (210 yds/ 100g per skein): 2 skeins ivory #9701 (MC); 1 skein each iron oxide #9746 (A) and rabe #9754 (B)
  • Size 8 (5mm) 16-inch circular needle and 32-inch circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Waste yarn in contrasting color
  • Stitch markers
  • 1/2 yard (45-inch-wide) fabric for back
  • Sewing needle and matching thread
  • 2 (16-inch) pillow forms

Sample was completed in Comfort (50% super fine nylon/50% super fine acrylic) from Berroco.

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