Classic Garter Stitch Knit Pillow

A great first knitting project when you want to make something other than a scarf.

Skill Level | Beginner
Finished Size | 16″ x 16″

The garter stitch has a beautiful texture that’s great for all sorts of projects but especially pillows. Learn the knitting basics and create something functional in the process.

Introduction

About this Pattern


If you’re brand new to knitting and you want to make something a little more involved than a scarf, you’re in the right place. Even if you aren’t a beginner knitter this classic garter stitch knit pillow is a great addition to your couch or bed.

With this project you’ll get lots of practice knitting the garter stitch, the most basic (yet still beautiful) stitch there is. It comes together in three separate pieces so you can take it off and throw it in the wash.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We prepared a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations you’ll need to get started, a few video tutorial recommendations to get you started and, of course, written instructions to walk you through the entire project from start to finish.

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getting started

Recommended Supplies


  • Approx 600 yds; Bernat Maker Home Decor
  • Color A – Cream; approx 300 yds
  • Color B – Clay; approx 300 yds
  • US 11 (8 mm) Circular Needle, 24″
  • 16″ pillow Form
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

FAQ: Can I use a different yarn?
Sure, as long as it is in the same weight category. Check your gauge to make sure this substitution won’t effect the sizing and keep in mind the recommended amount will likely be inaccurate.

Additional Resources: Ultimate Guide to Yarn Weight


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pattern details

Abbreviations


  • CO Cast On
  • K knit
  • Rep Repeat
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
Finished Size

16″ x 16″
pillow

Gauge

12.5 sts x 22.5 rows = 4″
(garter stitch)

This project is worked in three separate pieces: the front panel and two back panel sections. When sewn together, the back panel has an opening to remove the pillow form for washing.

the pattern

Written Instructions


Front Panel

With color B, CO 47 sts.

Rows 1-30: K all sts.

At end of row 30, drop color B and add color A.

Rows 31-32: With color A, k all sts. Drop color A.

Rows 33-34: Pick up color B, k all sts. Drop color B.

Repeat: Rep rows 31-34, 16 more times. This makes 18 stripes total. Break color B.

Rows 67-84: With color A, k all sts.

Last Row: Work a simple knitting bind off.

Back Panel Bottom Section

With color B, CO 50 sts.

Rows 1-30: K all sts.

At end of row 30, drop color B and add color A.

Rows 31-32: With color A, k all sts. Drop color A.

Rows 33-34: Pick up color B, k all sts. Drop color B.

Repeat: Rep rows 31-34, 16 more times. This makes 18 stripes total. Break color A.

Last Row: Work a simple knitting bind off.

Back Panel Top Section

With color A, CO 50 sts.

Rows 1-30: K all sts.

At end of row 30, drop color A and add color B.

Rows 31-32: With color B, k all sts. Drop color B.

Rows 33-34: Pick up color A, k all sts. Drop color A.

Repeat: Rep rows 31-34, 16 more times. This makes 18 stripes total. Break color B.

Last Row: Work a simple knitting bind off.

Assembly

Step 1: Lay front panel right side facing up. Lay back bottom panel on top of front panel, right side in, being sure the colors match. Lay back top panel on top of front panel, right side in, allowing it to overlap the back bottom panel.

Step 2: With yarn needle, sew along all four edges using any stitch you like.

Step 3: Fold right side out and add pillow form through opening in center of the cover.


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see how it’s done

Long Tail Cast On Tutorial

Garter Stitch Tutorial

Simple Knitting Bind Off

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