Knit Along Club

Difficulty: 3-Intermediate


Welcome to the Stag Head Pillow KAL!

This handsome pillow is a study in knitting cables. The stag head and surrounding motif are “drawn” using 38 different cables!

In this KAL, we are converting the Stag Head Pullover pattern into a pillow. You will need the pullover pattern in order to complete this pillow.  The instructions for the pillow refer to the body panel chart and stag chart in the pullover pattern.

In this KAL you will learn how to:
  • Make a proper swatch to test your gauge
  • Accurately predict the size of your finished pillow
  • Do a variety of cables, with or without a cable needle
  • Read a chart
  • Knit an applied I-cord
  • Make button holes
  • Make pattern alterations (we are converting a sweater pattern to a pillow)

Participants must know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off prior to starting this KAL.

Yarn Selection

I recommend using worsted weight yarn or thicker, in a medium to light solid or semi-solid color. Some yarns that we carry in the shop that would be good choices are:

  • Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash – worsted weight & superwash (3 skeins)
  • Cestari Mount Vernon Worsted – this is actually Aran weight yarn, 100% merino (3 skeins)
  • Kraemer Naturally Nazareth – worsted weight, 100% domestic merino (3 skeins)
  • Kraemer Perfection Super Bulky – 70% acrylic, 30% domestic merino, machine washable (5 skeins)

All of these yarns will produce nice cables, which is essential for this pattern. Worsted weight yarn should yield a 12” pillow. Thicker yarns will make a bigger pillow.

Tools You Will Need

  • Knitting needles two sizes smaller than you would ordinarily use for the yarn you select. If you are using single point needles for the pillow, you will also need the same size DPNs or circular needles for the i-cord trim.
  • Knitting needles one size smaller than your main needles for the ribbing
  • Cable needle (we prefer Brittany cable needles)
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle
  • 5 buttons, at least ⅞”
  • Pillow form to match the size of your finished pillow
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