For this class, I wanted a simple project that was more interesting than a garter stitch scarf. I decided to focus on the very basic skills of casting on, the knit and purl stitches, and binding off. In addition, I wanted to teach my students how to recognize a knit versus a purl stitch on their work, and to be able to switch between knitting and purling in the middle of a row. Finally, I wanted to give my students a sample of garter, stockinette and reverse stockinette stitches. The result was this pillow project!
Note that my students always have the option of using this "sampler" for something other than a pillow. If a pillow is the goal, my students produce two pieces to sew together and stuff.