My 12 year old wants to give her bff an olive or lime green loop stitch pillow as a birthday present.
I decide to use the pattern I’ve had bookmarked on the Lion Brand yarn website and we head to the store to see if there is a suitable color in the Wool Ease Thick and Quick that is called for.
She finds “Lemongrass” right away although she prefers the “I love this yarn” in Limelight (worsted weight acrylic but its sooo soft) and we head home to start the pillow.
Thick and Quick- now I have to tell you I was actually pretty excited considering I usually, out of my frugality, don’t spend $9 on a single skein of yarn….especially one thats only around 100 yards!
The results couldn’t have been more disappointing.
On the Lionbrand website the pillow looks soft.Pic below
But in truth it was so big and bulky looking pic below
I went up a hook size. With the P hook it still looked big and bulky. With my huuuuuuuge Q hook the same thing.
Maybe it was the shade of green, maybe it was the fact that I could feel the wool, maybe it was because it was so thick or maybe it was a combination of all those but it seriously reminded me of the fugly carpeting both my neighbor and my grandma had back in 1973.
So I dug thru my WIP’s drawer and found a practice peice that had been loop stitched in a neon worsted weight. I put that next to the thick one. Then I grabbed two balls of worsted weight and my N hook and crocheted up a few rows, double stranded.
The double stranded, worsted weight won hands down.
2 strands worsted weight yarn (I used Hobby Lobby “I Love This Yarn” Super Soft acrylic in ‘Limelight”)
Size N crochet hook
Row 1 Sc all, ch1, turn
Row 2 Sc first stitch, loop stitch until next to last stitch, sc last stitch, ch1, turnRepeat rows 1 and 2 until desired length.
***Note: I kept a single crochet at the first and last stitch of each even row so that it would be easier to sew this onto a stuffed pillow case. You could certainly loop stitch all the way across if desired.***
After crocheting the front we sewed up a satin pillow case, stuffed it with polyfill and stitched the crochet to the satin
If you would like to make a loop stitch pillow with knitting instead of crochet there is a great video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssbkMawpE-M