If you've had a chance to spend time browsing through upscale home decor stores, you may have noticed chunky knit cable pillows and throws are a hot item for that casual cottage look. Knitters just take one look at the price tag and know how quickly and inexpensively they can whip up a similar version.
Here is our version of the Muskoka Cottage Pillow, a super quick project to finish in a weekend. The secret is in the fabric backing, just knit the front with two balls of aran weight cotton and sew a pretty scrap piece to the back.
Muskoka Cottage Pillow
Finished Size: 20 in x 16 in
Yarn: 100g Aran Weight Cotton
Needles: 4.00 mm
Tension: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4 in
Cast on 94 sts. Work in Pattern St as follows-
Row 1- (WS) P3, *K2, P4, K2, P2*, rep *to*, end, P1
Row 2- K3, *P2, K4, P2, K2*, rep *to*, end, K1
Row 3- as Row 1
Row 4- K3, *P2, C4B (place 2 sts on Cable Needle at back of work, K2 sts from Left Needle, K 2 sts from Cable Needle), P2, K2*, rep *to*, end, K1
Row 5- as Row 1
Row 6- as Row 2
Rep these 6 rows until work measures 16.5 in ending with a Row 4. Cast off all sts on next row. Fasten off. Sew in ends.
Cut a fabric backing from scrap cotton material- approx 18 in x 22 in. Pin right side of pillow together with right side of fabric. Sew pieces together 1/4 in. from outside edge of knit piece, leaving a 4 in. opening for stuffing. Trim corners of fabric. Turn pillow to right side of work. Fill with pillow stuffing. Sew opening together with a Blind St.