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Old 03-30-2005, 07:59 PM   #1
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Give a Mouse a Cookie Pattern
“Give a Mouse a Cookie” Pillow Pattern

Disclaimer: I do not recommend this pattern. I used it to make a very pretty blue pillow. Have you ever read the children’s book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” By Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond?

Go to the yarn store and find some beautiful yarn.
Buy one skein.
Take the wrapper off and throw it away.
Decide to make a pillow.
Use the 14” needles that don’t have a project on them.
Cast on as many stitches as it looks like will make “throw pillow size”.
Decide to do the whole thing in garter stitch.
Get tired of just knitting.
Decide to do some stockinet stitch.
Go to your yarn stash.
Find something soft fluffy that matches a color in the yarn you bought.
Stockinet stitch for a while, then decide …
To go back to knitting.
Decide you should probably put a couple of more fluffy stockinet stripes on the pillow.
Knit some more till the piece is pretty much a square.
Go back to the yarn store to find matching yarn for the back.
Bring it home and decide that it really isn’t the same.
Go back to a different store a few days later (don’t look at the name on the yarn you just bought)
Buy the very same kind you bought before.
Decide it must be the same.
Try to remember what size needles you used for the front and how many stitches to cast on.
Find 14” needles that don’t have a project.
Cast on the same amount as for the top.
Decide to do the whole back in stockinet stitch.
After about 1-1/2 inches knit two rows, which messes up the stockinet stitch.
Put in two knit rows every so often so it looks like you meant to make a bumpy stripe.
Cast off when it is about the same size as the top.
Take the top to the store and lay it over pillow forms till you find one that fits.
Notice that the one you love is a 14” down insert that costs $19.00.
Wait till the pillow form goes on sale for 40% off and purchase it.
Try a few ways to put the top and back together. (Right sides together, one right side one wrong side - oops, blanket stitch)
Baste three sides of the pillow top and back wrong sides together with a running stitch.
Insert the pillow form, baste the last side. (down is very forgiving when it comes to fit)
Whip stitch close together all the around the pillow, making it look like a “piped” edge.
Go to the yarn store and find some beautiful yarn.

Matching One Pair Needle Bag

Cast on to a #10 or smaller needle, the length of your needles (the ones the bag is for) minus two or three inches, remember your knitting will be longer than your cast on. I spread the cast on way out to estimate. Use any stitch, adding embellishing yarn where you want it until there are enough rows to fold in half and the needles you are making the bag for will fit inside. Cast off. Stitch right sides together on side and bottom. Turn right side out. Embellish with yarn and beads. You can also crochet an edge around the top.

“If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he’ll probably ask for a straw …”
From “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff
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