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Knitted Stool with Black 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

Introduction

Make matching stools with our how-tos for a Knitted Stool with Gray Feet and a Knitted Stool with Nubby Seat.

Resouces: Bulky yarn in pluto, by Blue Sky Alpacas, purlsoho.com.

materials

  • Size 15 needles

  • 3 skeins bulky wool

  • Synthetic batting cut to seat size

  • 12 1/2-inch square step stool

  • Stapler

steps

  1. Cast on 23 stitches. Knit in garter stitch for 6 rows (2 inches).

  2. Increase 4 stitches at the beginning of next row, as well as at the end. Continue knitting in garter stitch for 45 rows.

  3. Decrease 4 stitches at the beginning of next row, as well as at the end. Continue knitting for 6 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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