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Stag Head Pillow KAL

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.

Recommended Supplies

  • Stag Head Pullover pattern (click here to purchase the pattern)
  • Worsted weight yarn or thicker, in a medium to light solid or semi-solid color. We have several great choices available below that 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.
  • 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

KAL Store

For your convenience, we have available for sale the yarn and pattern you need for this KAL. Save time and support our small business by purchasing what you need here. Click on the item name to see more details and larger photos. If you do not need your yarn immediately, we are happy to special order whatever color you like! Just call or text (423) 218-2238 or email, and we’ll help you find the perfect yarn!

ImageNamePriceBuy Short Description
Cestari Mount Vernon Worsted$15.99

Cestari Mount Vernon Worsted is a 2-ply 100% merino wool yarn. Though it is called “worsted”, it is actually an aran weight yarn spun on a traditional woolen system. 178 yards/100 grams

This yarn is NOT superwash and will felt.

Hover over any color to see the color name; click any color to see a larger sample at left and quantity available below.

Clover Locking Stitch Markers$5.49

These durable Clover locking stitch markers are the most versatile stitch markers. You can use them on your knitting needles or pin them to your fabric to keep track of your stitches and progress.


Clover Soft Stitch Ring Markers$5.25

These flexible Clover soft stitch ring markers are pliable and easy on your hands. The package includes 10 small and 20 large stitch markers. The small stitch markers fit needle sizes 0 to 5 and the large stitch markers fit needle sizes 5 to 11.


Dritz Tapestry Needles$2.19

Large-eyed tapestry needles with blunt points that allow the needle to pass easily between fabric yarns. Five size 16 tapestry needles in each pack.

Kraemer Naturally Nazareth$9.49

Naturally Nazareth is a versatile 3-ply yarn with great stitch definition. Made in the USA with wool grown in the USA! 100% U.S. Merino Wool Blend; 100 grams / 200 yards

Hover over any color to see the color name; click any color to see a larger sample at left and quantity available below.

Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash$15.99

Worsted Merino Superwash by Plymouth Yarn Company is a 12-ply superwash fine merino wool yarn. The multiple plies make it a nice “round” yarn – great for fancy stitch work! 218 yards/100 grams

Hover over any color to see the color name; click any color to see a larger sample at left and quantity available below.

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