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Pillow and Cushion Free Knitting Patterns including cable, brocade, lace, animal and fun shapes

Scroll down to see pillow cushion covers knitting patterns for every taste and decor! Everything from sophisticated brocade to dinosaurs, cable and aran textures to stars and hearts, delicate lace to bobble sheep.

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Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern and Class for Steeked Fair Isle Pillow

Steeked Fair Isle Pillow

Steeking makes fancy colorwork patterns much easier to knit, because you can knit in the round and then open your work up to lay flat. Kristin Nicholas shows step by step how to knit in the round, reinforce your steeks, cut them and then add mitered corners to create this stunner of a pillow and shed all of your steeking fears once and for all. Pattern and instructional video class available for free with a free trial at Creativebug.

Free Knitting Pattern for Shadow Magic Pillow

Shadow Magic Pillow

This cushion cover is created from mitered magic squares with their own shadow so that the colors seem to float above the surface. Great stash buster for using scrap yarn. Designed by Frankie Brown.

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Oversized-Cable Pillow

Easy Oversized-Cable Pillow

Pillow cover features a large central cable in front and button fastening in back. Finished pillow cover measures 20” x 20” (51 x 51 cm). Quick knit in jumbo yarn. Designed by Stacey Gerbman for Red Heart.

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Free Knitting Pattern for Kitty Bolster Pillow

Kitty Bolster Pillow

Adorable cat-faced cushion from Yarnspirations. Approx 19″ [48 cm] long x 7″ [18cm] diameter.

Checkerboard Cushion Cover Free Knitting Pattern and more free pillow knitting patterns


Checkerboard Cushion Cover

This easy pillow cover by Julia Marsh is knit flat with three strands of Aran/worsted weight yarn held together. It’s a perfect project for beginners. Fits a 40cm x 30cm / 16″ x 12″ cushion pad

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Pillow Trio

Easy Pillow Trio

Large easy pillows with an interesting texture from Yarnspirations. Approx 20″ [51 cm] square.

Free knitting pattern for While Away the Flowers Pillow and more pillow knitting patterns

While Away the Flowers

Jordana Paige’s design is worked in Stockinette stitch, using three colors to create shadow and light.

Free Knitting Pattern for Mossy Dots Pillow

Mossy Dots Pillow

Easy pillow worked in seed stitch and stockinette from Yarnspirations. Approx 18″ [45.5 cm] square

Butterfly Pillow Free Knitting Pattern and more free pillow cushion knitting patterns

Butterfly Pillow

This fair isle design by Yarnspirations is shaped and colored like a butterfly approximately 16 x 16 ins [40.5 x 40.5 cm]

Free Knitting Pattern for Seat Cushion

Seat Cushion

Easy chair cushion knit in seed stitch from Bernat. Approx 16″ [40.5 cm] square. I’ve used the recommended Bernat Maker Home Dec cotton yarn and it cleans very easily.

Bobble Sheep Pillow Free Knitting Pattern and more free cushion knitting patterns

Bobble Sheep Pillow

Purl Soho designed this squeezable sheep pillow with a bobble coat of super chunky yarn and a head and feet of sport weight yarn. 19 inches by 14 inches.

Free Knitting Pattern for Athena Owl Pillow

Athena’s Pillow

Designed by Kalliopi Aronis after ancient Greek designs of the symbol of the goddess of Wisdom.

Free Knitting Pattern for Star Cushion

Star Cushion / Sternkissen

Annette Maas designed this pillow that can be knit in any size.


Mesh Pillow Cover

Easy stylish cover with a 4 row 3 stitch repeat. Cover measures 20″x20″ (51 x 51 cm) when stretched to fit form.

Aran Leaf Pillow Free Knitting Pattern and more pillow cushion knitting patterns

Aran Leaf Pillow

This sophisticated design by Yarnspirations features a triangular aran panel. Approx. 16 x 16 ins [40.5 x 40.5 cm]

Free knitting patterns for Florentine Pillow, Harlequin Pillow and more free pillow knitting patterns

Florentine Pillow, Harlequin Pillow, and Simple Striped Pillow

The Harlequin Pillow (back left) is designed with knit edge resembling ribbons with tassels and is spprox. 18 ins [45.5 cm] square.The Florentine pillow (front center) with a knit brocade pattern is about 12 x 16 ins [30.5 x 40.5 cm]. Simple Striped Pillow (back right) features dramatically outlined stripes and is about 12 x 16 ins [30.5 x 40.5 cm].

Bold Art Deco Pillow Free Knitting Pattern and more free cushion knitting patterns

Bold Art Deco Pillow

This design by Joleen Kraft works well in bold colors and is easy to knit. For pillows about 16” x 16”.

Mohair Lace Pillows Free Knitting Pattern and more free pillow knitting patterns

Mohair Lace Pillows

Joanne Yordanou designed these two lace pillow covers using mohair lace. 16″ x 16″ (40.5 cm x 40.5 cm)

Christmas Cables Pillow Free Knitting Pattern and more cushion knitting patterns

Christmas Cables Pillow

This design by Yarnspirations might have had a holiday inspiration but its look is timeless for everyday use. Approx 16″ [40.5 cm] square.

Free knitting pattern for Two Easy One Piece Cushion Covers and embellishments and more free pillow knitting patterns

Two Easy One Piece Cushion Covers With Embellishments

Ali Hamilton designed these two patterns for an envelope cushion cover and button fastened cushion cover. The pattern includes instructions for creating motifs without intarsia and fabric covered buttons to embellish the covers.

Heart Pillow with Pocket Free Knitting Pattern and more pillow knitting patterns

Heart Pillow With Pocket

This soft cuddly pillow has a pocket for a note, card, or small gift to show your love. Approx 13 x 12”/33 x 30.5cm

Ring Bearer's Pillow

Ring Bearer’s Pillow

The knit lace strip shows up beautifully on the beige linen and can be changed to match the colors of the wedding party. Pillow measures 7 x 7″ (18 x 18 cm) square. Pillow cover measures 4½ x 10½” (11.5 x 26.5 cm)

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Bow-Wow and Meow-Meow Pillows

Knitting Pattern for Bow-Wow and Meow-Meow Pillows

Bow-Wow and Meow-Meow Pillows

Playful pillow covers with dog or cat face and pockets for storybooks or other treasures. Approx 14 x 16”/35.5 x 40.5cm. Two of the patterns in 60 Quick Knitted Toys. Designed by Amy Bahrt

Knitting Pattern for Dog, Cat, and Fox Neck Pillows

Dog, Cat, and Fox Neck Pillows

3 knitting patterns in 1 for animal neck pillows or toys large enough to fit up to and adult neck size.

Knitting Pattern for Lego Pillow

Lego Pillow

This Building Brick Pillow is approx 7 x 12 x 4½”/18 x 30.5 x 11cm. One of the patterns in 60 Quick Knitted Toys. Designed by Amy Bahrt

Knitting Pattern for Celtic Knot Pillow

Celtic Knot Pillow

Pattern is for two sizes –  16″/40 cm and 18″/45cm square pillow inserts and is knit using worsted/#4/aran weight yarn.
With the option of either an envelope or 3 button closure on the reverse, it will be easy to remove for laundering.

Knitting Pattern for Rose Pillow or Purse

Rose Pillow or Purse

2 patterns in one for knit and felted pillow or purse.

Knitting Pattern for Two Become One Wedding Pillow

Two Become One Pillow

This pillow features two intertwined cable trees. Makes a great wedding pillow or gift.

Knitting Pattern for House Pillow

House Pillow

Personalize this pillow to match your house or for a gift recipient. Uses a combination of intarsia and stranded (fair isle) knitting. Great housewarming gift!

Knitting Pattern for Unicorn and Cloud Pillows

Unicorn and Cloud Pillows

2 patterns in 1. Finished Dimensions: Unicorn (without horn) 17″ x 9.75″ (43cms x 25cms); Cloud: 15″wide x 9.5″ high (38cms x 24cms). You could also leave the horn off the unicorn to make a horse pillow.

Dinosaur Pillow Knitting Pattern


Dinosaur Pillow

Approximately 18″ tall (to the tip of the spike on the head) and 23″ wide (to the tip of the tail).

Oliver Fox Pillow

Oliver Fox Pillow Softie

This huggable fox doubles as a pillow and a softie toy. Designed by Amanda Berry, it is knit as a square with some basic intarsia for the color changes. The cushion is approximately 25cm wide (not including the tail) and 28cm tall.

Alligator Pillow Knitting Pattern and more pillow knitting patterns

Hungry Alligator Pillow

This design features an alligator with a closed mouth and bird peacefully sleeping on the front and an alligator with an open mouth and a wary looking bird on the back. Approximately 17″ tall to the top of the bird’s head and 16″ wide.

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