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Faux Fur Pillow

Fur is a hot trend for fall fashions and we’re going to have you covered from silly to sophisticated.

Why go to the department store and buy what everyone else is buying when you can go to your local yarn store and make something unique?

Today we’re going to take a look at Faux Fur from Euro Yarns. This new yarn is 100% Polyester with approximately 27 yards per 200g. The recommended needle is a US 35, but you can also use a US19. Faux Fur is available in six colors. I have #1-Beige and grey.

Faux Fur by Euro Yarns

Faux Fur by Euro Yarns

Now, I love natural fibers as much as the next knitter or crocheter who isn’t allergic, but Faux Fur is pretty fierce. It is so soft you’ll want to plunge your hands into it and cuddle it.

You know those stuffed animals you see at the mall kiosks that convert into pillows? It’s that soft.

Lovely, deep plush

Lovely, deep plush

As you can see, it has a nice, deep plush for luxuriously squishy projects.

We have a number of free patterns on our main website for hats and shawls using one or two balls of this lovely yarn.

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This cozy Faux Fur Shawl, for instance, takes two skeins of Faux Fur and will work up double quick on US 35 needles.

When I saw it for the first time I immediately thought “pillow.” It would be fun, shaggy, and cuddly and would add a touch of whimsy to rooms ranging from a child’s bedroom, to a college dorm, and even the living room.

Weekend Project

My weekend is ready.

My weekend is ready.

On Friday I gathered my equipment and set to work. Download the FREE Faux Fur Pillow pattern. Add the Faux Fur Pillow to your Ravelry queue.

I put the Faux Fur on my swift to wind it, but I balled it by hand knowing it would be too big for my ball winder.

Since seaming would be difficult because of the deep plush, I decided knitting in the round would be the way to go.

Judy’s Magic Cast On seemed the best bet since it would mean I’d only have to close one opening. You can see a photo tutorial for this method on Knitty.com.

The fur will hide the worsted weight, smooth yarn.

The fur will hide the worsted weight, smooth yarn.

Then it was just a matter of knitting until I was almost out of yarn.

As the end of the ball approached, I inserted the pillow. The opening allowed by me needles was smaller than the pillow and I was afraid I might drop stitches if I tried to stretch it.

The solution was a simple matter of attaching another cord to my Denise Interchangable needles. If you don’t use a set of interchangable needles you might want to transfer some of the stitches to another circular needle or another yarn holder instead. The goal is to not drop stiches!

Then I worked a three needle bind off over the pillow using some Ella Rae Classic Wool in color that coordinated with my Faux Fur. As I expected, the fur fluffed up and hid the worsted weight yarn. I did have to jam the pillow down into the cover to get it out of my way, but it was easy to fluff up afterward.

Great for home or college!

Great for home or college!

Ta-da! After just a few hours of knitting a fun and fluffy pillow was mine. I started it Friday and finished it Saturday night. Just over six hours of knitting, and that’s taking into account that I was making it up as I went along.

On Sunday my husband noted the “soft, new pillow” and Samson seems to approve, too.

Samson approves

Samson approves

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll mention that I had a 16″ x 16″ pillow form. I used up every inch of yarn knitting my cover. There was enough for my pillow, but it was a little touch and go. I think it would have been easier with a smaller pillow, so the finished pattern calls for a 14″ x 14″ pillow form.

Faux Fur is already on the shelves at local yarn stores across the USA. You can locate a local or online store by using the “find a store” feature on our main website.

Would you use Faux Fur for a garment or home decor?


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