How to Knit Throw Pillows

Use this knitting pattern to create some great throw pillows for your sofa or bed. A couple of new knitted pillows can really liven up your décor, and the knitting will give you a chance to hone some new skills. This basic pattern creates a simply textured pillow in a single color.

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Here are the project's materials and vital statistics:

  • Yarn: Berrocco Ultra Alpaca (50% alpaca, 50% wool); 215 yards (198 meters) per 100 grams; 2 skeins; color: 6282 Cranberry

  • Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) needles, or the size needed to match gauge

  • Other materials: Yarn needle; 14-inch pillow form

  • Size: 14 inches square

  • Gauge: 20 stitches and 26 rows per 4 inches in stockinette stitch

This throw pillow is worked in two pieces and then stitched up:

  1. Cast on 70 sts and work 1 inch in stockinette stitch (knit RS rows, purl WS rows).

  2. Work in garter stitch (knit all rows) for 2 inches.

  3. Work in stockinette stitch for 3 inches.

  4. Work in garter stitch for 2 inches.

  5. Work in stockinette stitch for 3 inches.

  6. Work in garter stitch for 2 inches.

  7. Work in stockinette stitch for 1 inch.

  8. Bind off and weave in ends.

  9. Block your finished pieces to measure 14 inches square.

  10. Using the working yarn and a yarn needle, sew three sides together.

  11. Insert the pillow form and sew the last side closed.

If you want more knitted throw pillows with less knitting, use cloth for the backs of your pillows. Cut the fabric into a 15 1/2-inch square, and then hem the edges so that the backing measures 14 inches square. Then, you can attach the fabric to your knitted piece with a needle and thread.

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