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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 Homeby Melanie Porter (CICO Books, $29.99). Available at

About Louise Richardson

Louise Richardson planned to work at New Zealand Woman’s Weekly from an early age and having achieved that career pinnacle, she’s stayed put for 18 years – nearly a quarter of the magazine’s 80 year history. She never gets bored because no two days are ever the same, and she gets to work with her real-life passions, decorating, travel and fashion.

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