Last December I received a comment on a photo I posted of a cabled pillow cover I created. The commenter called my design “spectacular” and asked me to share my pattern. How nice is that?
Well, it’s only taken me 9 months,1 but I’m finally responding to this kind comment and posting the pattern for my Cabled Pillow Cover (see below).
My original pillow used two different colors of yarn and had a different pattern on each side. I designed a cabled pattern for the one side and used dark brown yarn2 to knit it. For the other side I modified a plough and cables pattern I found in the book Tunisian Crochet by Sharon Hernes Silverman, and I used a light brown yarn to make that panel.3 Then, to tie it all together, both physically and visually, I single crocheted the two panels together using a strand of each color of yarn.
My pattern is only for the cabled panel that I created. You can knit two cabled panels and make both sides of the pillow cover the same, or you can choose a different pattern for one side, as I did. The plough and cables pattern that I used is very pretty, but it’s not included with my Cabled Pillow Cover pattern since I didn’t create it.4
If you love Tunisian crochet (as I do), or if you’re interested in learning it, Tunisian Crochet: The Look of Knitting with the Ease of Crocheting by Sharon Hernes Silverman is a great book to own. It has clear, detailed instructions on how to Tunisian crochet, with photos for each step in the process, which I found especially helpful. The book also contains many beautiful patterns–the Honeycomb Skirt and the Ivory Shell are particularly lovely, and the Have It Both Ways Pillow (from which I got the plough and cables pattern) is really attractive. It’s just a fantastic book, with projects for every skill level, and I highly recommend it.
To make your own Cabled Pillow Cover, download my pattern here:MakerKnit Cabled Pillow Cover
- It’s all my new daughter’s fault. Alright, not really. But I’m still trying to blame the baby for everything. [↩]
- I used Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Truffle. [↩]
- I used Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Camel Heather. [↩]
- However, if you purchase Tunisian Crochet and want to modify the pattern to fit the other side of your 14″ cabled panel, just add 8 chains to the initial chain and work another set of Tunisian purl stitches and Tunisian simple stitches over those 8 additional chains. [↩]