Knitted Stool with Gray Feet
"Benchwarmer" has no negative connotations here. Soft, bulky yarn makes comfortable woolen covers for wooden stools. These call for a slight variation on the simple rectangle: Each cover is shaped like a cross with very short arms that are then folded down and stitched to make the corners.
Photography: Christopher Baker
Source: Martha Stewart
Resources: Lofty wool-blend yarn, in Snowdrift, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from joann.com. Saddle seat stool, 24", stackandstacks.com. Norden bench, ikea.com. Vintage round stool; and foot stool, abchome.com. Saddle seat stool; and conductor step stool, stacksandstacks.com. Wallpaper, in Scrapwood-02, wallpapercollective.com.
Size 17 needles
3 skeins lofty wool yarn
18-inch saddle-seat stool
Cast on 17 stitches. Knit in stockinette for 5 rows (1 3/4 inches).
Increase 4 stitches at the beginning of next row, as well as at the end. Continue knitting in stockinette for 17 1/2 inches.
Decrease 4 stitches at the beginning of next row, as well as at the end. Continue knitting for 5 more rows.
Cast off. Weave in ends. (Block if needed.)
Stitch together all corners, creating a slipcover.
Place batting on seat of stool. Place slipcover over batting. Staple excess to underside of stool.