Feather Your Nest


March07 007

Simple textured pillow shams. In the summer I get the urge to spruce up the house; this fix up is economical, stylish and doesn’t involve drywall dust. This idea is so simple you can do it in any yarn & pattern. Simply knit a swatch in your desired pattern, measure your gauge, measure your pillowcase. Divide your pillow case width by 4 then multiply by the number of stitches you get to 4 inches in your gauge at this point adjust any decimal points, up or down, to work with the # of stitches needed for your pattern repeats. This will be your cast on #. Work in your desired pattern until you reach your desired length. For finer yarns you will want to work additional rows of single crochet to form the border.

Materials needed

Rondo Sandesgarn [70% acrylic, 30% wool; 74m per 100g skein] Bulky; colour: orange; 6 balls, 1 set 9 mm /US #13 straight needles, 1 /US #K crochet hook, 2 standard pillows, 2 standard pillow cases in a matching or contrasting shade

Finished Size

Width: 19.5 inches
Length: 28.5 inches


8 sts/15 rows = 4 inches (10cm) in seed stitch

Pattern Make 4

Cast on 36 sts.
Row 1: K1, p1.
Row 2: P1, k1.

Work in seed stitch until you have knit 106 rows or until you have reached desired length. Bind off loosely in pattern. Work single crochet around 3 edges (2 long & 1 short) attaching 2 pieces each together and working three single crochets in each corner. On the 4th edge work the single crochet only on the front piece leaving an opening to slip in your pillow.


Sew in ends and block. Insert pillows in pillow cases & insert into shams.

Copyright Ellen Mallett 2007