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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.

Knitted Stool with Gray Feet

Photography: Christopher Baker

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Make a matching Knitted Stool with Black Feet or Knitted Stool with Nubby Seat.

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.

materials

  • Size 17 needles

  • 3 skeins lofty wool yarn

  • 18-inch saddle-seat stool

steps

  1. Cast on 17 stitches. Knit in stockinette for 5 rows (1 3/4 inches).

  2. Increase 4 stitches at the beginning of next row, as well as at the end. Continue knitting in stockinette for 17 1/2 inches.

  3. Decrease 4 stitches at the beginning of next row, as well as at the end. Continue knitting for 5 more rows.

  4. Cast off. Weave in ends. (Block if needed.)

  5. Stitch together all corners, creating a slipcover.

  6. Place batting on seat of stool. Place slipcover over batting. Staple excess to underside of stool.

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