Stripes ’n’ Dots Throw Pillow
Tricot / Knitting
Working stranded knitting in the round Do you think stranded knitting is only for cold-weather wear?
Think again. Knit this throw pillow to make your already-comfy couch a little cozier!
Approximately 16" × 16"/[40.5cm × 40.5cm] square, not including border
JCA/Reynolds’ Soft Sea Worsted: 4-weight, 100% wool, each approximately 1¾
oz/[50g] and 77 yds/[70.5m].
3 hanks of Avocado #9652 (A),
2 hanks each of Chocolate #9470 (B) and Camel #9412 (C),
and 1 hank of Harvest Gold #9742 (D)
Size 8 (5mm) 24"/[60cm] circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Size 8 (5mm) double-pointed needles
Four stitch markers
One pillow form, 16"/[40.5cm] square
Blunt-end yarn needle
18 stitches and 18 rows = 4"/[10cm] in Stranded Pillow Pattern.
To save time, take time to check gauge.
Stockinette Stitch (any number of stitches)
Row 1 (RS): Knit across.
Row 2: Purl across.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for the pattern.
Stranded Pillow Pattern (multiple of 8 stitches).
With A, cast on 152 stitches.
Place a marker on the needle to indicate the beginning of the round, slip the marker every round.
Join, being careful not to twist the stitches.
Work even in Stockinette Stitch following the Stranded Pillow Pattern chart until the piece measures approximately 16½"/[42cm], ending after Round 4.
Weave in all remaining yarn tails.
Block the piece to the finished measurements.
Use mattress stitch to sew the bottom seam, placing the beginning of the round at one side edge. Insert the pillow form. Use mattress stitch to sew the top seam.
First Round of I-Cord Place a marker in each corner stitch of the pillow.
With the right side facing, using the circular needle and B, pick up and knit 1 stitch for every row or stitch around the outside edge of the pillow.
Continuing with B, use the cable cast-on method to cast on 3 stitches onto the tip of the circular needle, these 3 stitches will form your I-cord.
Using a double-pointed needle in your right hand, work applied I-cord as follows (here):
ssk (joining the 3rd I-cord stitch with 1 picked-up stitch on the pillow),
do not turn,
slip the 3 stitches from the double-pointed needle back to the circular needle,
repeat from * around until you reach a marked corner stitch.
Joining the corner stitch (3 rows):
K3 (without joining stitches with an ssk),
then slip the 3 stitches back to the circular needle,
ssk (joining the I-cord with the marked corner stitch—keep the marker in the corner stitch),
then slip the 3 stitches from the double-pointed needle back to the circular needle,
then slip the 3 stitches back to the circular needle.
Continue working applied I-cord on the straight edges and working the 3 corner rows at each marked corner stitch until you have worked all around the pillow.
Use mattress stitch to sew the 2 ends of the I-cord together.
Hide the yarn tails inside the I-cord.
Second Round of I-Cord With the right side facing,
using the circular needle and A, pick up and knit 1 stitch for every I-cord row,
then cast on 3 stitches onto the tip of the circular needle. (If you are counting stitches, this round will have 8 more stitches than the previous one.)
Work as for the first round of applied I-cord, remembering to work 3 rows at each marked corner stitch.
Third Round of I-Cord
With B, work as for the 2nd round of I-cord. (If you are counting stitches, this round will have 8 more stitches than the previous one.)
Suggested alternate colorways
Alternate Colorway 1,
left: JCA/Reynolds’ Soft Sea Worsted in Tan #9742 (A), Dark Green #9661 (B), Natural #9260 (C), and Purple #9321 (D)
Alternate Colorway 2, right:
Natural #9260 (A), Black #9220 (B), Red #9968 (C), and Cobalt #9501 (D)