A great way to add texture and a touch of color to your home -- or to use up skeins and snippets of yarn left over from other projects -- these pillow covers have one knitted side and one of wool fabric.
Photography: Christopher Baker
Source: Martha Stewart
The process is the same no matter what size pillow you make: Start by measuring the pillow insert, and then knit a piece that is one inch longer and one inch wider, and cut a piece of felted wool the same size.
Similarly weighted worsted wool in a variety of colors
Felted wool fabric
Cast on enough stitches to equal the width measurement. Knit stockinette stitch, switching yarn when you want to add a stripe. Switch back, and continue knitting stockinette until piece equals the length measurement.
Cast off. Weave in ends. (Block if needed.)
Leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew knit piece to fabric with sewing thread, leaving a hemmed opening for pillow insert. Stuff insert inside, and slip-stitch closed. (To avoid shrinkage, dry cleaning is recommended.)