Small round bolster pillows can add interest to your home decor. Covered in knitting they can be the perfect touch (especially for a knitter's home)!

Consider the shape of this pillow: It's a tube enclosed by 2 circles.

You have choices for a tailored, custom fit pillow cover:
  • Knit separate circles and attach them to the tubular body
  • Knit the body horizontally or vertically depending on your yarn and stitch pattern
  • Knit the body and the circle-shaped ends at the same time
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3 Pieces (circle ends)

Bolster Pillow (3 pieces)
This bolster pillow cover has short row circles for the end caps. Knitting the body separately allows you to incorporate different stitch patterns and color work without having to work short rows in pattern.

Included are instructions for knitting the body in either direction - your choice!

Get creative ... 14 common pillow form sizes are included. Consider knit weave, textured stitch patterns or colorwork. The sky is the limit!

Bolster Pillow (3 pieces)

Free Pattern
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With the purchase of this pattern you will be able to generate this pattern 3 times in your own specified yarn gauges.
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One-Piece Bolster Pillow

Bolster Pillow (One-Piece)
Bolster pillow in a wide range of sizes. Spice up your room with a few colorful pillows in a decorator shape.

The pillow is knit in one piece, making it a fast project. You will be knitting short rows on both ends. We suggest making a sample pillow in one color and in plain stockinette before getting creative with stripes or stitch patterns (or knitweave butterflies!)

Bolster Pillow (One-Piece)

Free Pattern
Purchase This Pattern
With the purchase of this pattern you will be able to generate this pattern 3 times in your own specified yarn gauges.
This pattern is FREE with a yearly subscription to Knit It Now
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Tips for Knitting These Shapes

You could just gather up the ends of a tube for your pillow cover, but for a more finished look, use short row shaping.

Pinwheel Circles - Shortrow Fun

Knitting a 1-Piece Bolster Pillow

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Construction Tips

For purely decorative pillows, invisibly seam the tube with Kitchener Stitch.

For a washable cover, finish the edges with a hem and a reverse hung hem and add a zipper or Velcro.

Kitchener Stitch on the Machine - Knit Side

Kitchener Stitch on the Machine - Purl Side

Hung Hem Basics

Reverse Hung Hem

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Knitweave Fun

Knitweave is a great stitch option for pillow covers. You can use small quantities of designer yarns and get creative with texture without a lot of hand manipulation.

Why not try Knitweave with Pickup for unusual texture? Check out some unusual stitch patterns here.

Knitweave

Knitweave Without Brushes

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Get Creative! Design your Own

Get inspiration from the web. Use the Knit it Now patterns, your choice of yarn and colorways. Add an unusual stitch pattern ... make it your own!
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