A great way to add texture and a touch of color to your home -- or to use up skeins and snippets of yarn left over from other projects -- these pillow covers have one knitted side and one of wool fabric.

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CHRISTOPHER BAKER

The process is the same no matter what size pillow you make: Start by measuring the pillow insert, and then knit a piece that is one inch longer and one inch wider, and cut a piece of felted wool the same size.

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Cast on enough stitches to equal the width measurement. Knit stockinette stitch, switching yarn when you want to add a stripe. Switch back, and continue knitting stockinette until piece equals the length measurement.

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Step 2

Cast off. Weave in ends. (Block if needed.)

Step 3

Leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew knit piece to fabric with sewing thread, leaving a hemmed opening for pillow insert. Stuff insert inside, and slip-stitch closed. (To avoid shrinkage, dry cleaning is recommended.)

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