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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Nirvana Eye Pillow

This is a seamless pillow designed to help you relax and revitalize. Take a few minutes each day to meditate with your lavender pillow and you will notice a major difference in your mental health. Knitting it up will also help you relax as it's all stockinette stitch, making it an ideal TV watching or a car riding project. It's also quick and easy, making it a great last minute gift.

Craft: knitting
Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
Skills: knit, grafting, provisional cast on

Sizes: one size
Finished Measurements: approx. 4.75" wide and 9" long (when full) lying flat

Gauge: 24 sts and 28 rows = 4" in st st on 4 mm needles
Yarn: 50 g, 137 yds (125 m), DK weight yarn
Suggested Brand: 1 skein Noro Chirimen, 60% cotton, 24% silk, 16% wool, shown in colour 4

Needles: 4 mm dpns and medium size crochet hook (for provisional cast on)
Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook, scrap yarn (for provisional CO), fabric sack (best to sew it after your pouch is complete so you can match the size), 100 mL or grams lavender, 200 mL or grams buckwheat (recommended), wheat berries or beans


Note: If you don't want to do the grafting, CO with backwards loop method (or whatever method you prefer) and cast off as you normally would. Sew up each end (after putting the lavender sack in!).

With dpns and scrap yarn, CO 50 sts with provisional method and divide evenly on needles. Join in the rnd being careful not to twist sts. Pm for beg of rnd.

With MC, knit in the rnd in st st until piece measures 9" from CO (or desired length).

Divide your sts onto two needles and graft together (using the beg of the rnd as a starting point), leaving the CO edge open.

Make up your sack (sewn on three sides with one end open). The exact size isn't crucial, but it should be slightly smaller than your knitted pillow.

Mix up your buckwheat and lavender in a container and place into your sack. Leave the dust in the bottom, though, you probably don’t want it in your eyes. Sew up the other end.

Place inside your knitted pillow and graft the open end shut (using the beg of the rnd as a starting point).

Be sure to devote at least 10 minutes a day to your mental health. Meditate, do some yoga, read, go for a walk or just have some quiet time to yourself.

For help with provisional cast on: