Hi, Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by! Today we’re going to be going over how to make your very own stockinette throw pillow.

I decided to knit this pillow with no pattern from scratch because I couldn’t find a pattern that used the yarns and needles that I already had. 

It’s super important to me that knitting is accessible to everyone. I have a pretty big yarn stash and sometimes I just want to knit something right now and I don’t want to go get more supplies. I mean I always want more yarn but that’s not always feasible. 

I wanted to share how you can pick up and knit with any supplies, any yarn or needles. 

So to get started with this pillow I picked my yarns and what size needles I wanted to use. I wanted to knit with multiple strands of yarn to achieve my own colorway. I also wanted to use larger needles so I could have larger, more obvious stitches (I also wanted it to knit up a little faster).

I used three strands of yarn but less than a full skein of each of them. I picked Lion Brand’s Wool Ease, Thick and Quick, Lion Brand’s Jiffy, and a variegated worsted weight yarn from my stash. That’s a super chunky (size 6), chunky (size 5), and worsted (size 4). 

I also used US 19, 15 mm circular knitting needles because they gave me the stitch definition I was looking for.

Now let’s get into it.

Supplies

Your choice of knitting needles 

Crochet Hook (Optional)

Your choice of yarns

Scissors 

Yarn/Darning needle

Stitch Marker

Measuring Tape

Pick Your Supplies 

You don’t have to pick three strands of yarn like I did. You can use as many or as few as you’d like. When picking your needles make sure that you pick a pair that work with what you choose.

You might not like the outcome, if you pick one strand of worsted weight yarn and really large needles that give you super loose stitches. Be sure that you pick needles that make sense with your yarn choice.

Make your Gauge 

This is the most important part for this project. I personally hate making a gauge swatch, but sometimes it’s a necessary evil.  When I knit this pillow I started over at least 3 times because I didn’t want to make a gauge swatch, but I eventually gave in.

To make your gauge swatch, be sure to use the needles and the yarns you want to use for your pillow. Then knit a square using stockinette stitch.

This pillow is knit in the round but your gauge will be knit flat.

If you’re using lots of chunky yarn cast on at least 10 stitches.

To knit stockinette flat, knit your first row and purl your second, and repeat. Knit until your square measures over 6 inches by 6 inches.

After you finish with your swatch, don’t cut your yarn. You can unwind it and use that yarn for your pillow, so you don’t waste any yarn.

Next pull out your measuring tape.

Measure how many stitches and rows you have in 4 inches. Let’s say it’s 6 stitches in 4 inches.

I used a 16 x 16 pillow form.

So next is a bit of math.

We’ll call the amount of stitches for you cast on S.

6 stitches / 4 inches = S / 16 inches

6 x 16 = 96. 4 x S = S4

96 = S4

96 / 4 = S

S = 24

So to achieve a 16 inch wide pillow you need to cast on 24 stitches. 

I enjoy knitting this pillow in the round because you only have to close the top and bottom. 

Your next step is to double the cast on and I added 2 stitches to accommodate for the sides. You want the pillow cover to be snug but to still fit.

So your cast on would be 50.

Knit Your Pillow 

Knit in the round until your pillow cover measures 17 inches long and bind off all your stitches.

I knit in stockinette stitch. Because you’re knitting in the round you will knit every stitch. 

Finishing Up Your Pillow 

I used a crochet hook to close the top and bottom of my pillow. I only used one strand of yarn to crochet the top and bottom. 

Because white was the base color of the pillow I used white yarn to close the pillow.

To close pillow single crochet through your cast on and bind off stitches.

If you don’t have a crochet hook use your yarn needle to whip stitch the pillow closed.