Craft: Knitted pillows

Add texture to your home with a soft twist.



• Wool yarn such as Big Wool from Rowan, 100% merino wool; approx. 80m (87yds)  per 100g (3½oz) ball

• Eternal – approximately 200g (7oz)/160m (174yds)


Pair of US 15 (10mm) knitting needles


• Large cable needle

• 45 x 45cm (18 x 18in) pillow pad

• Fabric for back of pillow

• Pins

• Sewing needle

• Sewing thread

GAUGE (tension)

8 sts and 12 rows to 10cm (4in) over rev st st using 10mm (US 15) needles


Cast on 42 sts.

Row 1: K1, [p4, k8] 3 times, p4, k1

Row 2: K1, [k4, p8] 3 times, k5

Rows 3-6: Rep rows 1–2 twice more

Row 7: K1, p4, k8, p4, C8F, p4, k8, p4, k1

Rows 8-12: Rep rows 2–6 once more

Row 13: K1, p4, C8F, p4, k8, p4, C8F, p4, k1

Rep rows 2–13, 3 more times

Rep rows 2–6 once

Bind (cast) off


1Weave in all loose ends. Press the knitting gently, avoiding the cabled sections, following the instructions on the yarn wrapper.

2 I chose a vintage fabric for the back of this pillow. Cut the fabric 1cm (3⁄8in) larger than the knitted panel to allow for fraying.

3 Right sides together, pin the fabric to the knitted panel. Taking a 1.5cm (5⁄8in) seam allowance on the knitted panel, sew around three sides using a sewing machine, or by hand using backstitch.

4 Turn cover right side out and insert pillow pad. Hand-sew final side closed with slipstitch.

Washing warning

This yarn says that it can be hand-washed, but in order to keep the super chunky texture, I have found that it is best not to wash it.

*Extracted with kind permission from Hand-Knit Your Home**by Melanie Porter (CICO Books, $29.99). Available at*

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