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Home : Patterns : Checkers Felted Pillow

Free Knitting Pattern: Checkers Felted Pillow

Lion Brand® Fishermen's Wool® - Vanna's Glamour®
Pattern #: L0219
Rating: ****4.0 (based on 1 review)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size

About 16 x 16 in. (40.5 x 40.5 cm), after felting.

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Color (A)
Fishermen's Wool®

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 150-126: Fishermen's Wool Yarn: Nature's Brown
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Color (B)
Vanna's Glamour®

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To change colors, simply select color name from the drop-down above or else click the swatch you want to change and then click a color below
Vanna's Glamour®
Diamond Lapis Sapphire Ruby Red Red Stone Copper Purple Topaz Jewel
Moonstone Platinum Onyx Topaz Gold Bronze Garnet Rhinestone Pink
Fishermen's Wool®
Natural Oatmeal Brown Heather Nature's Brown Oak Tweed Maple Tweed Birch Tweed
*Fishermen's Wool (Article #150). 100% Pure Virgin Wool
Only 202: 78% Pure Virgin Wool, 13% Acrylic, 9% Rayon ; package size: 8 oz  (227 g), 465 yards (425 m)
ONLY 202: 6 oz (170 g), 348 yards (318 m)
*Vanna's Glamour (Article #861). 96% Acrylic, 4% Metallic Polyester; package size: 1.75oz/49.61 gr. (202yds/185m) pull skeins

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•  150-126 Fishermen's Wool Yarn: Nature's Brown
$ 25.98  
Note: (A)
•  861-149 Vanna's Glamour Yarn: Moonstone
$ 9.38  
Note: (B)
Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 9 [5.5 mm]   $ 4.95  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  
Additional Materials
Sewing needle and thread
3 buttons, 1 in. (2.5 cm) diameter
Pillow form IMPORTANT: Please read Note #1 below regarding size of pillow form before purchasing a form
Optional, if you choose to make a custom sized pillow form: 1/2 yd. (1/2 meter) of fabric as desired and fiberfill stuffing

Checkers Felted Pillow

Lion Brand® Fishermen's Wool® - Vanna's Glamour®


16 sts = about 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) before felting.
The above gauge is provided as a reference - the felting process will affect the finished size.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


1. Due to the nature of the felting process, the size of your finished pieces can vary. We strongly suggest that you wait until after you've felted and assembled your Pillow to purchase a pillow form. Choose a form in a size that will fit into your felted piece. If you prefer, you can make a custom size pillow form. Follow the instructions below to sew the pillow form cover in size desired. Stuff the cover with fiberfill, then sew closed.
2. Pattern is designed to encourage creativity. Use this pattern as inspiration, your Pillow may not be exactly the same as that in the photo.
3. Pillow Back is worked in two halves. These halves are overlapped when sewing Pillow together, to create an envelope-style back through which pillow form can be inserted.
4. Backs and Front of Pillow are sewed together after felting, using sewing thread and a sharp sewing needle.

BACK (make 2)
With A, cast on 70 sts.
Work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures about 13 in. (33 cm) from beginning, end by working a RS (knit) row. Knit 5 rows for Garter st (knit every row) edge. Bind off.


Pillow Front is worked with 1 strand of A and 2 strands of B.
With A, cast on 77 sts.
Knit one row, purl one row.
Begin checkers pattern
Row 1: With A (1 strand) k1, *with B (2 strands) k1, with A (1 strand) k1; rep from * across.
Note: Continue to work with 1 strand of A and 2 strands of B.
Row 2: With A, p1, *with B, p1, with A, p1; rep from * across the row.
Row 3: With B, k1, *with A, k1, with B, k1; rep from * across the row.
Row 4:With A, p1, *with B, p1, with A, p1; rep from * across the row.


Rep Rows 1-4 until piece measures about 19 1/2 in. (50) from beg, end with a Row 2 or 4.
With A, knit one row.
Bind off.



Wash pieces by machine on a hot wash/cold rinse cycle with detergent and several pieces of clothing to agitate. To felt additionally, dry by machine on a regular setting until almost dry. Remove from dryer and pull into shape.
1. If your felted pieces vary slightly in size, adjustments are provided in Assembly instructions below. Allow pieces to dry completely.
2. A color yarn will felt, while the B color yarn will not.


Assembly instructions that follow are based on a 16 in. (40.5 cm) square felted pillow. Adjust size of purchased pillow form as necessary to suit the size of your felt pieces.
Arrange Backs on a flat surface with RS facing and Garter edges overlapping slightly to form a 16 x 16 in. (40.5 x 40.5 cm) square. Sew Backs together at overlapped edges.
With WS facing, lay Front onto Back, easing pieces to fit and trimming edges of Backs and/or Front to fit. With sewing needle and thread, sew Back to Front around entire outside edge.
Turn Pillow to RS. Sew 3 buttons evenly spaced across Garter edge on underlap of Back. On overlap edge of Back, cut 3 buttonholes. Note:Felted fabric will not ravel, you can simply cut slits for the buttonholes. You do not need to sew over the edges of the buttonholes (unless you choose to!)


Weave in ends.


Measure your finished, felted cover and purchase the appropriate size pillow form OR follow instructions below to make a custom sized form.


Custom size pillow form
Cut two pieces of fabric, each 1/2 in. (1.5 cm) larger all around than felted pillow.
With fabric pieces RS together, and using a 1/2 in. (1.5 cm) seam allowance, sew pieces together around 3 sides. Turn to RS, stuff with fiberfill, and sew remaining side of fabric cover closed.

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k = knit p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) RS = right side
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.0 (based on 1 review)
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Checkers Felted Pillow Reviewed by Georgine Hartenfels on 2011-03-09 ****
Finished all the knitting and didn't even finish 1 ball of Fisherman's Wool!!!

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