Coffee & Cream Pillows

By  Sandra Lebrun  for  Stackpole Books, ©2014

size: varies

  • Coffee & Cream Pillows


  • T-shirt yarn, one ball each: off-white, beige, light brown


  • Knitting needles, size US 17
  • Yarn needle or crochet hook

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler
  • Gauge
  • 1. Gauge may vary due to thickness of yarn. Approximate gauge is 1 stitch = 1/2". Knit first row, then measure width to determine gauge or knit a small test square to see how many stitches you get per inch.
  • Pillow Covers
  • 1. Measure one side of pillow. Cast on enough stitches to cover that length.
  • 2. For brown and off-white pillows, use garter stitch to knit every row. For beige pillow, use stockinette stitch to alternate rows of knit stitches and purl stitches.
  • 3. Work back and forth until piece is long enough to cover entire side of pillow. Bind off stitches and fasten off.
  • 4. Repeat to make second panel for back of cover.
  • 5. To hide seams, as in the off-white and beige pillows, place panels with right sides together. For visible seams, as in the brown pillow, place panels with wrong sides together. On three sides, either sew together or single crochet along edge, working through both pieces of fabric using matching yarn. To create border as in brown pillow, use contrasting color of yarn.
  • 6. Turn panels right side out (if sewn using hidden seams) and slide pillow inside before sewing last side closed.
  • Tip
  • 1. The firmness of the pillow will depend on the elasticity and thickness of your yarn, as well as how tightly you knit. The brown pillow is very soft and supple, while the beige pillow is much tighter and firmer.