Many of you know that Lisa is a genius with color work. She's also a Queen Hostess, and has a tremendous gift with helping retreat attendees really chill out, both through yoga and knitting (not to mention Holden's whoopie pies). Today, I present to you a gift from Lisa, one that combines the joys of knitting with that whole get-centered-feel-better energy thing that we get from yoga. She's designed these really gorgeous chakra-inspired pillows and the pattern is yours for the knitting.
Chakra Pillow Set
Seven stackable pillows in graduated sizes
[note: pattern and photos copyright LB Evans. You may enjoy this pattern for your personal pleasure but you may not use it for profit.]
Nashua Handknits Julia, 50 gr balls
A Geranium (6085) - red
B Orange (0121) - orange
C Golden Honey (2163) - yellow
D Spring Green (5185) - green
E Bright Blue (4037) - blue
F Midnight Blue (6416) - indigo
G Purple Basil (3158) - violet
Size 7 (4.5mm) needles.
½ yd cotton fine weave muslin, natural color
Various herbs and crystals (see below for ingredients), optional
Sewing thread to match fabric
20 sts and 24 rows to 4 inches (10cm)
Wrap & turn (w&t):
RS: Slip next stitch purlwise, yf, slip st back to lefthand needle, yb; turn work over and work row.
WS: Slip next stitch purlwise, yb, slip st back to lefthand needle, yf; turn work over and work row.
Note on yarns:
Any natural fiber yarn can be used for this project as long as it coordinates with the indicated colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Needle size would be determined by yarn choice and actual pillow sizes would vary depending upon the gauge of the chosen yarn.
Beginning with the red pillow working in color A, read pattern instructions thus to coordinate each individually sized pillow with its special color:
A (B, C, D, E, F, G).
Work the following repeat 5 times for each size pillow. Repeat is complete when * is reached in instructions. At this point begin a new repeat.
Cast on 17(15, 14, 12, 11, 9, 8) stitches.
Row 1 P12(11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6) sts, K5(4, 4, 3, 3, 2, 2) sts,
cast-on 12(11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6) sts.
Row 2 K12(11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6) sts, P5(4, 4, 3, 3, 2, 2) sts, K2, w&t.
Row 3 P2 sts, K5(4, 4, 3, 3, 2, 2) sts, P2 sts, w&t.
Row 4 K2 sts, P5(4, 4, 3, 3, 2, 2) sts, K3 sts, w&t.
Row 5 P3 sts, K5(4, 4, 3, 3, 2, 2) sts, P3 sts, w&t.
Row 6 K3 sts, P5(4, 4, 3, 3, 2, 2) sts, K4 sts, w&t.
Row 7 P4 sts, K5(4, 4, 3, 3, 2, 2) sts sts, P4, w&t.
Row 8 K4 sts, P5(4, 4, 3, 3, 2, 2) sts, K5 sts, w&t.
Row 9 P5 sts, K5(4, 4, 3, 3, 2, 2) sts, P5 sts, w&t.
Row 10 K5 sts, P5(4, 4, 3, 3, 2, 2) sts, K6 sts, w&t.
Row 11 P6 sts, K5(4, 4, 3, 3, 2, 2) sts, P6 sts, w&t.
Row 12 K6 sts, P5(4, 4, 3, 3, 2, *) sts, K7 sts, w&t.
Row 13 P7 sts, K5(4, 4, 3, 3, 2, *) sts, P7 sts, w&t.
Row 14 K7 sts, P5(4, 4, 3, 3, *, *) sts, K8 sts, w&t.
Row 15 P8 sts, K5(4, 4, 3, 3, *, *) sts, P8 sts, w&t.
Row 16 K8 sts, P5(4, 4, 3, *, *, *) sts, K9 sts, w&t.
Row 17 P9 sts, K5(4, 4, 3, *, *, *) sts, P9 sts, w&t.
Row 18 K9 sts, P5(4, 4, *, *, *, *) sts, K10 sts, w&t.
Row 19 P10 sts, K5(4, 4, *, *, *, *) sts, P10 sts, w&t.
Row 20 K10 sts, P5(4, *, *, *, *, *) sts, K11 sts, w&t.
Row 21 P11 sts, K5(*, *, *, *, *, *) sts, P11 sts, w&t.
Row 22 K11 sts, P5(*, *, *, *, *, *) sts.
Fabric Filler pillows
After completing each individual pillow, place the flattened knitted piece on top of cotton fabric and trace outline of pillow onto fabric with a pencil. Cut out 2 traced circular shapes. With matching cotton thread sew fabric pieces together with a stitch small enough to prevent flax seed from slipping through seams. Leave a ¼” seam allowance and a 1” opening for filling fabric pouch.
Fill fabric pouch with flax seed until it is firm but not hard packed. Optional filler items such as herbs, crystals, or essential oils (see list below) can be added now if desired.
Carefully sew closed opening to pouch and trim loose threads.
After creating fabric filler pillow, carefully stuff inside knitted pillow covering and close seam using a Mattress or reversed Kitchener stitch, tapestry needle and matching yarn.
Additional, optional Pillow Fillings:
Each pillow is designed to coordinate with each of the 7 chakras in both size and color. In addition to the flax seed filling, there are other ingredients that may be added to the fillings of each pillow which are also associated with the various chakras.
Below is a list with its special significance and coordinating crystals, and herbs or oils. Select any or all of the items listed below to personalize your own pillow set.
Crown chakra (violet): Connection and alignment with source, sense of being guided in life. Amethyst, diamond; lotus, lavender, rosewood
Third eye chakra (indigo): Intuition, inner knowing, vision of desire. Lapis, blue sapphire; star anise, camphor, patchouli
Throat chakra (blue): Individuality, manifesting the voice and ones personal truth. Turquoise, lapis lazuli; frankincence, tea tree, cypress
Heart chakra (green): Self love, wholeness, love of the heart.emerald. Rose quartz; lavender, rose, eucalyptus
Solar plexus chakra (yellow): Self will, boundaries, self reliance. Amber, topaz; peppermint, lemon grass
Sacral chakra (orange):. Creativity, self acceptance. Carnelian, coral; gardenia, rose, jasmine, bergamont
Root chakra (red): Strengthen presence in the world, grounding, soothing anxieties. Ruby, garnet; cedar, clary sage, rosemary