The Olivia Pillow

The Olivia Pillow

Who doesn’t need a chunky knit pillow? My house is a constant renovation, but my bedroom is finished and needs a color to off-set the blue/grey walls. That’s where this pattern came in! I’m obsessed with this yarn color and will eventually make a whole blanket. For now though, here’s how to make this pillow!

The Olivia Pillow is named after my sweet niece! She and her twin each have their own pattern named after them. At the time of this write up, she is 9 months old and super bald. She is also the sweetest little thing. If you’re holding her and look away, she will pull your face back to look at her and smile.

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This pattern uses two strands of size 6 yarn. I used 2 skeins of Lions Brand Wool Ease Thick and quick in Butterscotch! It took approximately 80 yards of each skein.

This is the yarn I used

Knitting needles
36 inch US 19 / 15mm
Yarn needle and Scissors

I knitted a square in stockinette with 9 across and 9 rows measures 6 inches wide and 4 inches tall.

Stitch Abbreviations

Knit – K
Purl – P
Notes: This pattern can be tricky to follow. (It sure was for me when I was knitting my first one in the car!) The left side and the right are mirror images of each other. Keeping track of the stitch count was the most difficult part. Be sure to take a look at the right side after each row to see if the pattern is even. There is a stitch chart to assist.

This shows the pattern that should show through on the front side


Cast on 25 using the long tail cast on
Row 1 – P all stitches (25) This will be the wrong side facing (WS)
Row 2 – k4, p1, k7, p1, k7, p1, k4 (Right side or RS)
Row 3 – p3, k3, p5, k3, p5, k3, p3 (ws)
Row 4 – k2, *p2, k1, p2, k3,* repeat * to * once, p2, k1, p2, k2 (rs)
Row 5 – p1, k2, p3, k2, p1, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p1, k2, p3, k2, p1 (ws)
Row 6 – k1, p1, k5, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, k5, p1, k1 (rs)
Row 7 – p4, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p4 (ws)
Row 8 – k3, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1, k3 (rs)
Row 9 – p2, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p2 (ws)
Row 10 – k1, p1, k5, p1, k2, p1, k3, p1, k2, p1, k5, p1, k1 (rs)
Row 11 – Repeat row 9
Row 12 – Repeat row 8
Row 13 – Repeat row 7
Row 14 – Repeat row 6 (You get the idea!)
Row 15 – Repeat row 5
Row 16 – Repeat row 4
Row 17 – Repeat row 3
Row 18 – repeat row 2
Row 19 – Purl all stitches
Cast off and weave in the ends.

The Back Panel
Cast on 25 stitches and repeat the front panel with or without the design.

Seaming the edges

With one long strand of yarn, begin at the upper right hand corner and use the mattress stitch to seam across the top of your pillow. Continue with mattress stitch down the short side and along the bottom edge. With the one remaining short side open, stuff your pillow inside. Once your pillow is in place and properly positioned, finish seaming the remaining edge. Tie off and weave in the ends!

Stuff your new pillow

You can just cram a bunch of batting in there and finish your remaining side! I made a pillow insert because I didn’t trust myself to not pull out the stuffing.

In case you want to sew a pillow insert:
Measure your finished pillow after giving it a bit of a stretch. Mine measured 17” x 10”. Cut two pieces of fabric to be ¼ of an inch larger on all sides. Pin the two pieces around to be sure the edges line up. Either hand sew or use a machine if you’re fancy (I just got a sewing machine and I’m a little afraid of it). Be sure to leave an opening along the short edge to add the stuffing. I like really puffy pillows so I over stuff mine a bit. Once you’re happy with your puffiness, sew the opening together.

Please feel free to share your finished pillows with me on Instagram! @ginger.knots or #gingerknots #theOliviaPillow Thank you!!!