My knitting has been a bit sidelined the last few months as home decor projects have been eating up the usual time and attention given to knitting. Then it finally dawned on me that since I was so distracted with home projects it might make sense to do some knitting for the house.
These are my Chevron Cabled Pillow Shams knit with Babe softcotton chunky (cotton/acrylic) color 01. I consulted the stitch dictionary and simply calculated as many repeats of the chevron cable was was needed for the width of the pillow and kept knitting until I had the necessary length.
I chose to knit the back of the sham in straight stockinette so they'd lie flat when I wanted them to. Then I seamed the sides and one end and slipped them on over a zippered pillow cover. Using thread I stitched one end to the zippered end of the pillowcover. So now they can zip off easily for washing.
I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. They make the bed feel cozy and inviting at this time of year.
(If you want to make a pair yourself, the chevron cable pattern is an 8 row repeat. Starting with a Purl row, knit in stockinette for all but row2. On row 2 you'll *k1, slide next three stitches to dpn and hold to the back, knit 3, then knit 3 from dpn; sl3 stitches to dpn and hold in front, k3, then k3 from dpn: repeat from *, end k1)