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Vintage Camp Blanket Inspired Pillows ~ 3 Simple Knitting Patterns for Total Beginners

by Robin






I always have a knitting project on the go.  It's like a sickness.


But here's my secret: I am a truly mediocre knitter.  I can cast-on, knit, purl and cast-off.  That's it.  I can't, and have no interest in, doing any more.  (Try and teach me a new stitch and I'll promptly put my hands over my ears and say, "LA. LA. LA. I CAN'T HEAR YOU." Yeah, I need to work on my social skills...)


The thought of counting all my stitches and doing fussy fancy needlework holds no interest for me.  I want to zone out while I knit, not work at it.  It's a stress reliever for me..,


Psst - someone tell my husband I want this bag from Amazon... 




So this, my friends, is an incredibly easy absolute beginner knitting project!


I made these three styles of camp blanket inspired pillows to compliment the knit Hudson's Bay Blanket pillows I had made for our summer place by the river - which is a mobile home we're making over to be non-dumpy.  Together on the couch, they look cozy and fun and vintage - which pretty much describes the look I'm going for up there.






Enough chit-chat!  Onto the instructions!  Now, remember, I'm not a fluent knitter, my knitting pattern grammar will be amateurish, but the end result will be super cute.





Materials:


  • Yarn.  I used Loops & Threads Charisma yarn from Michaels, in 4 colours:
    • Charcoal
    • Off-white 
    • Dark Blue
    • Red 
  • 8mm needles
  • 18" x 18" pillow insert (or make your own) 



1) Red, White and Grey Camp Blanket Pillow:








Pattern:

This whole pattern is done in stocking stitch, (i.e. knit a row, purl the next, knit a row, purl the next...)


1.  In Charcoal, cast on 120 stitches.
2.  In stocking stitch (i.e. knit one row, purl one row and repeat) knit 19 rows.
3.  Switch to White yarn, stocking stitch for 3 rows.
4.  In Red yarn, stocking stitch for 3 rows.
5.  Switch to White yarn, stocking stitch for 3 rows.
6.  In Red yarn, stocking stitch for 3 rows.
7.  Switch to White yarn, stocking stitch for 3 rows.
8.  In Red yarn, stocking stitch for 3 rows.
9.  Switch to White yarn, stocking stitch for 3 rows.
10.  In Charcoal yarn stocking stitch for 19 rows.
11.  Cast off.
12.  Fold in half lengthwise, sew two sides.  Insert pillow form.  Sew shut.

Scroll down for printable instructions.


2) Blue and Grey Striped Camp Blanket Pillow:







Pattern:

This whole pattern is done in stocking stitch, (i.e. knit a row, purl the next, knit a row, purl the next...)


1.  In Charcoal, cast on 120 stitches.
2.  In stocking stitch (i.e. knit one row, purl one row and repeat) knit 14 rows.
3.  Switch to Blue yarn, stocking stitch for 14 rows.
4.  In Charcoal yarn, stocking stitch for 7 rows.
5.  Switch to Blue yarn, stocking stitch for 7 rows.
6.  In Charcoal yarn, stocking stitch for 7 rows.
7.  Switch to Blue yarn, stocking stitch for 7 rows.
8.  In Charcoal yarn, stocking stitch for 14 rows.
9.  Cast off.
10.  Fold in half lengthwise, sew two sides.  Insert pillow form.  Sew shut.

Scroll down for printable instructions.


3)  Swiss Army Camp Blanket Pillow:




Pattern:

This whole pattern is done in stocking stitch, (i.e. knit a row, purl the next, knit a row, purl the next...)


1.  In Charcoal, cast on 120 stitches.
2.  In stocking stitch (i.e. knit one row, purl one row and repeat) knit 20 rows.
3.  Switch to Red yarn, stocking stitch for 3 rows.
4.  In Red yarn, stocking stitch 27 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
5.  In Red yarn, stocking stitch 88 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
6. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 27 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
7.  In Red yarn, stocking stitch 88 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
8.  In Red yarn, stocking stitch 27 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
9.  In Red yarn, stocking stitch 83 stitches, switch to White for 15 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
10. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 22 stitches, switch to White for 15 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.11.  In Red yarn, stocking stitch 83 stitches, switch to White for 15 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
12. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 22 stitches, switch to White for 15 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
13.  In Red yarn, stocking stitch 83 stitches, switch to White for 15 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
14.  In Red yarn, stocking stitch 27 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
15.  In Red yarn, stocking stitch 88 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
16. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 27 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
17.  In Red yarn, stocking stitch 88 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
18.  In Red yarn, stocking stitch 27 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
19.  In Red yarn, stocking stitch for 3 rows.
20.  Switch to Charcoal and stocking stitch (i.e. knit one row, purl one row and repeat) knit 20 rows.
21.  Cast off.
22.  Fold in half lengthwise, sew two sides.  Insert pillow form.  Sew shut.

Scroll down for printable instructions.









makes: 1 Pillow 18" X 18"print

Red, White and Grey Camp Blanket Pillow

Materials:

Yarn. I used Loops & Threads Charisma yarn from Michaels, in 3 colours:
  • o Charcoal
  • o Off-white
  • o Red
  • 8mm needles
  • 18" x 18" pillow insert (or make your own)

INSTRUCTIONS:

This whole pattern is done in stocking stitch, (i.e. knit a row, purl the next, knit a row, purl the next...)
  1. In Charcoal, cast on 120 stitches.
  2. In stocking stitch (i.e. knit one row, purl one row and repeat) knit 19 rows.
  3. Switch to White yarn, stocking stitch for 3 rows.
  4. In Red yarn, stocking stitch for 3 rows.
  5. Switch to White yarn, stocking stitch for 3 rows.
  6. In Red yarn, stocking stitch for 3 rows.
  7. Switch to White yarn, stocking stitch for 3 rows.
  8. In Red yarn, stocking stitch for 3 rows.
  9. Switch to White yarn, stocking stitch for 3 rows.
  10. In Charcoal yarn stocking stitch for 19 rows.
  11. Cast off.
  12. Fold in half lengthwise, sew two sides. Insert pillow form. Sew shut.
Created using The Recipes Generator

yield: 1 Pillow 18" X 18"print

Blue and Grey Striped Camp Blanket Pillow

Materials:

Yarn. I used Loops & Threads Charisma yarn from Michaels, in 2 colours:
  • o Charcoal
  • o Dark Blue
  • 8mm needles
  • 18" x 18" pillow insert (or make your own)

INSTRUCTIONS:

This whole pattern is done in stocking stitch, (i.e. knit a row, purl the next, knit a row, purl the next...)
  1. In Charcoal, cast on 120 stitches.
  2. In stocking stitch (i.e. knit one row, purl one row and repeat) knit 14 rows.
  3. Switch to Blue yarn, stocking stitch for 14 rows.
  4. In Charcoal yarn, stocking stitch for 7 rows.
  5. Switch to Blue yarn, stocking stitch for 7 rows.
  6. In Charcoal yarn, stocking stitch for 7 rows.
  7. Switch to Blue yarn, stocking stitch for 7 rows.
  8. In Charcoal yarn, stocking stitch for 14 rows.
  9. Cast off.
  10. Fold in half lengthwise, sew two sides. Insert pillow form. Sew shut.
Created using The Recipes Generator


yield: 1 Pillow 18" X 18"print

Swiss Army Camp Blanket Pillow

Materials:

Yarn. I used Loops & Threads Charisma yarn from Michaels, in 3 colours:
  • o Charcoal
  • o Red
  • o Off white
  • 8mm needles
  • 18" x 18" pillow insert (or make your own)

INSTRUCTIONS:

This whole pattern is done in stocking stitch, (i.e. knit a row, purl the next, knit a row, purl the next...)
  1. In Charcoal, cast on 120 stitches.
  2. In stocking stitch (i.e. knit one row, purl one row and repeat) knit 20 rows.
  3. Switch to Red yarn, stocking stitch for 3 rows.
  4. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 27 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
  5. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 88 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
  6. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 27 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
  7. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 88 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
  8. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 27 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
  9. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 83 stitches, switch to White for 15 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
  10. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 22 stitches, switch to White for 15 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
  11. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 83 stitches, switch to White for 15 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
  12. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 22 stitches, switch to White for 15 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
  13. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 83 stitches, switch to White for 15 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
  14. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 27 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
  15. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 88 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
  16. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 27 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
  17. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 88 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
  18. In Red yarn, stocking stitch 27 stitches, switch to White for 5 stitches, switch to Red and finish the row.
  19. In Red yarn, stocking stitch for 3 rows.
  20. Switch to Charcoal and stocking stitch (i.e. knit one row, purl one row and repeat) knit 20 rows.
  21. Cast off.
  22. Fold in half lengthwise, sew two sides. Insert pillow form. Sew shut.
Created using The Recipes Generator




Right now, where I live it's -23C.  BEFORE the windchill!  I can't wait until this weather thaws and we can return to spending warm weekends in our (mobile) home away from home.  For now, knitting is going to have to keep me feeling warm enough.


Are you working on a knitting project?  I'd love to hear about it!  


AND if you make one of these pillows, will you come back and let me know?  That would make me positively giddy!


These pillows play very nicely with this Hudson's Bay Blanket inspired one - also from our Mobile Home Makeover series:







6 comments:

  1. Pillows have been having a significant effect to rooms as they offer boundless impacts to home insides. Today, inventive beauticians can make utilization of toss Pillows as art.

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  3. As pretty as this pillow is, it is so much more special since it has memories attached to it. Finding a way to use something like your blanket is much better than letting it sit in a closet or drawer. I think your pillow is a perfect ..

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  4. It is my most fav style . I always love the blanket pillow. Thanks for sharing me such styles
    Thanks once again

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  5. I like your style. I always love the blanket pillow. Thanks for sharing me such styles
    Thanks once again

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