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12-Inch Knit Square Pillow

This project juxtaposes two different (but rich) textures of wool.


  • Size 8 needles
  • 1 skein merino yarn, in Turquoise
  • 1 skein merino yarn, in Wheat
  • 13-inch square piece of wool fabric
  • Sewing supplies
  • 12-inch square pillow insert


  1. Step 1

    Cast on 48 stitches (12 inches) in turquoise yarn and, using a stockinette stitch, knit 18 rows.

  2. Step 2

    Switch to wheat yarn, and knit 4 rows.

  3. Step 3

    Switch back to turquoise and knit 56 rows, or until piece measures 12 inches.

  4. Step 4

    Cast off. Weave in ends.

  5. Step 5

    Leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew knit piece to fabric with sewing thread, leaving a hemmed opening for pillow insert.

  6. Step 6

    Stuff insert inside, and slip stitch closed. (To avoid shrinkage, dry cleaning is recommended.)