Blue Pillow Case

You start out with a project, finished idea in your head, and you crochet along thinking ofcourse I have enough wool and ofcourse it will work out. Well, there goes my judgement of wool requirement by eye flying out the door!

In my first post I had mentioned that I inherited my mother’s wool. I thought it was time to start finding crochet projects to use up the wool and let my creativity run free. It was a lot of wool! But oh so inviting!!!

Wool Basket

I keep all of my wool in this beautiful wicker basket – easy to move around when needed, and where else am I going to store this much wool?! You can see all the weird and wonderful colours, not all of them to my taste but I have found a way of making them work. As you can see the basket’s already full, so a plan shall have to be made when I next visit the haberdashery :-P. One can NEVER have too much wool 🙂

For this project I decided to use a fluffy dark blue wool. I have been inspired by many bloggers on the web with their wonderful creations and it was time I made my own! Instead of going to the store to buy new wool, why not try out a simple rectangle pillow case with the wool that I had? Perfect! And I was over the moon that my first pillow case would be really fluffy and textured.

Pillow and Wool

I started with a tail 2.5x the width of the pillow case, crocheted enough double crochet stitches onto the tail to create a ring and then used trebles to form a tube in continuous rounds. I don’t start with chains, I just chain 2 and then double crochet directly onto/in the tail piece that is premeasured. In the photo you can see I’ve already used up a ball of wool, and how textured it is!

Blue Pillow Case started

However, things are not always what they seem. After taking this photo I ended up pulling out all of my hard work and restarting 3 times!!! Oh hell! Apparently I made a few miscalculations with the number of stitches needed and took me a while to get it just right. The texture also made it difficult to see the stitches, so perhaps I skipped a few or increased without knowing it. Then, to my utter dismay – I ran out of dark blue wool half way!!! :-0

Blue Wool

Before imploding and wondering what to do with a half-finished pillow case, I remembered I had a ball of lighter blue and white wool, with similar fluffiness. Problem solved! Not only did I finish the light blue wool (!) but I barely had 1 meter of white wool left over when I was finished. It seems pillow cases take a lot more wool than I thought.

I closed the pillow case at the white end by using single crochet stitches, and have left the dark blue end open for a zip. I’ve decided to add a zip so that the pillow case can be removed and washed when needed without having the hassle of washing the pillow itself.

And it’s finished!

Finished Pillow Case

I absolutely love how my fluffy crocheted pillow case turned out! I’m so happy when I see it on the couch, handmade items are worth the effort to make!

Moral of the story: if it doesn’t work out how you originally planned, then just go with it and be creative in solving the issue!

I am definitely making more pillow cases, so watch this space for more projects! Who knows, maybe I went to the wool shop and came back with a purple assortment of wool and a new zigzag pattern to try 🙂 Watch this space!

 

Update (12 March 2014)

Well, FINALLY! It’s finished! It’s so strange when you have >4 crochet projects on the go how fast they become “to be continued…”

Luckily I had a long blue zip and some left over blue wool!

 

Zip items

 

I sewed the zip in and secured both ends very well at the corners to stop it unravelling. I made sure there was also enough allowance on each side of the zip so that my wool wouldn’t get caught each time I open or close the pillow case.

 

Zips finished

And here it is! Complete and all closed up! It’s a wonderfully soft and fluffy pillowcase. I’m definitely going to look for similar wool to make other lovely crochet items from. Perhaps circular pillows with ruffles?

 

Finished Pillowcase with Zips

Next up: the finished Purple Zig Zag pillowcase!