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Cabled Pillow.

Cabled Pillow.

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Cable Crazy:

This sweet little pillow would make a great accent piece in a living room, bedroom, or even baby's room. The cable pattern looks complicated, but it's pretty easy to get into the rhythm and move quickly.

This would be a great weekend project and is a good way to use up small amounts of yarn, since you can make the two sides different colors.


  • about 100 yards medium weight 100 percent wool yarn in one or two colors (I used two one-ounce skeins of Black Water Abbey 2-ply worsted weight in sky and dark slate)
  • one pair size 7 US needles
  • one cable needle
  • scissors
  • yarn needle
  • materials to make a pillow form


20 stitches and 28 rows per four inches (5 stitches and 7 rows per inch) in cable pattern. Gauge is not critical.


Finished size is about 5 inches wide and 10 inches long (for one side of the pillow).


  1. Cast on 28 stitches.
  2. Knit in Basket Cable for 10 inches:
    • Rows 1, 3 and 5: Knit 2, purl to last 2 stitches, knit 2.
    • Rows 2 and 4: Knit.
    • Row 6: Knit 2. *Slip 4 stitches on cable needle and hold in back, knit 4, knit 4 from cable needle. Repeat from * to last two stitches. Knit 2.
    • Rows 7, 9 and 11: Repeat row 1.
    • Rows 8 and 10: Knit.
    • Row 12: Knit 6. *Slip 4 stitches on cable needle and hold in front, knit 4, knit 4 from cable needle. Repeat from *, end knit 6.
    • Repeat these rows for pattern.
  3. After finishing last row of pattern when piece measures around 10 inches, bind off.
  4. Knit another in the same way.


  1. Use yarn and a sewing needle to sew three sides of the two pieces together.
  2. Make a pillow form out of cotton fabric in a matching color and place the form inside your pillow case.
  3. Sew the last side closed.

About the Yarn:

Black Water Abbey is a small Colorado-based yarn distributor that sells 100 percent wool yarn from Ireland. Their yarn is prefect for cables because it produces very well-defined stitches.

The yarn is slightly scratchy, but you're probably not going to snuggle up with this pillow anyway.

Any 100 percent wool could be substituted, and since each pillow side only uses about 50 yards of yarn, you could easily use up some of the bigger remnants in your stash making these little pillows.

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