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Herringbone Pillow Cover

knitting Nicki Trench

This is a really thick, padded stitch that makes a great pillow cover. The bright pink pompom edging zings out against the lovely, color-blocked greens; a tassel edging would work equally well. This pillow is backed with fabric, but you could make a second panel for the back instead -although you’ll then need twice as much yarn.

 Color Block Knits


Caron Chunky Cakes (100% acrylic, approx. 296yds/271m per 9⅞oz/280g ball) bulky (chunky) weight yarn

     1 ball of 17004 Lime Cream

US size 11 (8mm) knitting needles

Yarn sewing needle

Approx. 17in (45cm) square of lining fabric

Approx. 70in (180cm) of bright pink pompom edging

16in (40cm) square pillow form


FINISHED MEASUREMENT To fi t 16in (40cm) square pillow form


GAUGE (TENSION) 15 sts x 12 rows over a 4in (10cm) square in herringbone stitch, using US size 11 (8mm) needles.



approx. approximately

k knit

k2tog knit 2 stitches  together

LH left hand

p purl

p2tog purl 2 stitches together

rep repeat

RS right side

Sl slip

St(s) stitch(es)




Knit very loosely throughout.

Cast on 62 sts.

Row 1: Sl first st knitwise, sl next st knitwise, insert LH needle, from left to right, into front of both slipped sts and k2tog but drop only one loop off  needle, *sl next st purlwise, sl next st knitwise, insert LH needle, from left to right, into front of both slipped sts and k2tog, but drop only one loop off  needle; rep from * to last st, k into back of last st.

Row 2: *P2tog but drop only fi rst loop off  needle; rep from * to last st, p last st.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 until work measures 16in (40cm).

Bind (cast) off.



Use the knitted piece as a template to cut the lining fabric, allowing an extra ⅝ in (1.5cm) seam allowance on each side. Pin and then hand-sew the pompom edging all around on the RS edge of the fabric, with the pompoms facing inward and working within the seam allowance.

With RS together, pin the knitted piece and the fabric pieces together, making sure the pompoms are on the RS between the layers. Sew around three sides with a ⅝in (1.5cm) seam allowance.

Turn RS out and insert the pillow form. Sew the last side together neatly, enclosing the pillow form.


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