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Knitting Pattern for a Pillow Cover

Knit cover for Rectangle pillow (c) D. Trainor

Today I am happy to share with you the knitting pattern for this rectagular pillow cover. Knit in cotton, it will provide plenty of comfort in any room of your home while adding a pop of color to your decor.

This pattern is part of the Finishing Touches KAL hosted by the Underground Crafter. Complete information about the year long KAL can be found HERE.


U.S. Size 5 knitting needles

Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend-

1 skein of Ocean Breeze (A)

1 skein Whipped Cream (B)

1 12×16 Rectangle Pillow Form

Pattern Notes

This simple knit pillow cover is worked flat and seamed.  The eyelet holes on each side are lined up and ribbon is thread through them to secure the sides.

The flat piece may appear wide but when it is wrapped around pillow form, it will fit securely.

Carry yarn not in use along the side of piece, always bringing the new color behind the yarn being carried to avoid holes.


Cast on 96 stitches with (A)

Row 1: (RS) (A) K2, YO, K2tog, K88, K2tog, YO, K2

Row 2: (A) K4, P88, K4

Row 3: (B) K2, YO, k2tog, K88, k2tog, YO, K2

Row 4: (B)K96

Row 5: (A) K2, YO, K2tog, K88, K2tog, YO, K2

Row 6: (A) K4, P88, K4

Row 7: (B) K2, yo, K2tog, K88, K2tog, yo, K2

Row 8: (B) K96

Row 9: (B) K2, YO, k2tog, P88, k2tog, YO, K2

Row 10: (B) K96

Repeat Rows 1-10 until piece measures 23 inches unstretched and fits comfortable around pillow when stretched.

Repeat Row 1

Cast off


With right sides together, sew cast on edge to cast off edge

Insert pillow form.

Match up eyelet holes on front and back of pillow.  Using ribbon, thread the ribbon through the eyelet holes held together to secure.

If you prefer, using a crochet hook, slip stitch through the eyelet holes.

You’ll find a square pillow cover pattern HERE to compliment your rectangular pillow.

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