Knitting patterns for cushions and pillows in fun shapes. Updated 2/24/23.
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Crayon shaped pillow is perfect for kids, nurseries, and artists of any age. Even more colorful in self striping or self patterning yarns. Size 16 inches long. DK weight yarn. Designed by Lion Brand.
"Pineapple, Banana, Watermelon Pillows
Oversized fruit themed pillows perfect as body or floor pillows with banana, melon, or pineapple designs. Size Height: approx. 70cm/28in. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Louise Walker for Cygnet.
- Get the free WATERMELON knitting pattern
- Get the free PINEAPPLE knitting pattern
- Get the free BANANA knitting pattern
Asterisk Star Pillow
Star shaped cushion looks lovely in self striping or self patterning yarns. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Gudrun Ohle. Available in English and German
Big Pink Pig
This pig pillow or toy softie is designed for maximum huggability by Purl Soho and is 15 inches high and 38 inches in circumference.
Easy Daisy Pillow
Flower shaped cushion with garter stitch petals. Worsted weight yarn. Size 16 ins [40.5 cm] diameter (petal to petal). Designed by Patons.
Bunny and Teddy Bear Pillow Pals
Large cuddly pillows that are great for kids to use on floors, beds, and more. Pillow measures 21” high x 19” wide. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Nancy Anderson..
This quick and easy cushion or toy makes a fantastic gift for students, teachers, writers, and anyone who puts pencil to paper! Super Bulky weight yarn. Size 18" (45.5cm) long. Designed by Anna Hrachovec.
Compass, and compass needle are knit separately and then sewn onto the pillow with a button in the middle. Aran weight yarn. Size Pillow measures 18" [45.5cm] x 18" [45.5cm]. Designed by Jodi Lewanda for Yarnspirations.
When life gives you lemons, knit your stress away with a lemon pillow to squeeze. Designed by Twinkie Chan for Craft Yarn Council. Bulky weight yarn. There's also a crochet version and a smaller lemon stress ball.
- Get the free KNTITTING pattern
- Get the free CROCHET pattern
- Get the free LEMON STRESS BALL knitting pattern
Baby’s Buddy Inchworm Pillow
Soft cuddly cushion cradles baby’s head and doubles as toy or neck pillow for older child. Worked flat and shaped with short rows. Length after stuffing: about 29 inches / 73.5 cm. Ravelrers said they completed this in a day. Designed by Helen Ralph. Pictured projects by jennyr and jmaines.
Ice Cream Cushion and Beach Fun Blanket
Pillow shaped like a large ice cream cone with diamond texture on the cone and sprinkles on the ice cream. Matching free pattern for cute afghan featuring blocks inspired by beach motifs including beach cabanas, puffy suns, ice cream cones, anchors, foaming waves, sandy beach texture. Designed by Jane Burns. DK weight yarn.
More Free Patterns
Easy Rainbow Pillow
Easy rainbow-shaped plush cushion knit in 2 flat pieces, with simple decreases creating the rainbow shape. Rated easy by designer. Approx 18" [45.5 cm] wide x 13" [33 cm] tall. There's also a crochet version. Quick knit in super bulky yarn.
Sunny Nap Pillow
Round cushion cover knit in the round and finished with triangle garter stitch rays. Fits a round pillow, approx. 50 cm = 19 3/4” in diameter. Designed by DROPS Design. Aran weight yarn. Available in English, Danish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and more
Big Snowy Owl Softie
This huggable stuffed owl is a foot and a half tall and a yard around, perfect for cuddling!
Big Cuddly Bunny
This bunny’s designed for maximum huggability by Purl Soho and is 15 inches high and 38 inches in circumference.
Head in the Clouds Pillow
Cloud shaped cushion approx 19¼ x 14¼" [49 x 36 cm] with embroidered face. Rated easy by the designer and many Ravelrers. Designed by Julia Madill for Yarnspiratons. Use a chenille yarn to give it a fluffy no-stitch texture. Pictured projects by the designer and craftycoug. Super Bulky weight yarn.
Huge D20 Dice Pillow
20 sided dice shaped pillow knit with triangles and filled with foam to create a polyhedron. Fun for gaming or gifts to gamers. Designed by Sarai Kramer. DK weight yarn.
Goodnight Moon Pillow
This man in the moon crescent shaped softie is knit in the round, with no seaming required. The pattern is easily memorized because it is the same three rounds repeated from one end to the other. Gussets are added for the nose and mouth. The night cap can be personalized with stripes, tassels, embroidery, etc. Measurements after stuffing are 12 X 6 inches. Designed by Sara Elizabeth Kellner.
16 ins [40.5 cm] long and 11½ ins [29 cm] wide.
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
This fair isle design by Yarnspirations is shaped and colored like a butterfly approximately 16 x 16 ins [40.5 x 40.5 cm]
Designed by Homespooled
Count Frankenstein Pillow
Pillow design is a hybrid of the two favorite monsters in stranded colorwork. Designed by Sassy Skein.
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.
Popeye Strong Arm Cushion
Joo-young Yoon designed this arm shaped cushion complete with anchor that reminds me of Popeye.
Patterns for Purchase
Amanda The Panda Pillow
Adorable panda cushion. There are only 3 seams in this pattern. SIZE: Finished size after stuffing is approximately 17” (43.2 cm) width X 14” (35.5 cm) height. Designed by Ira Rott. The designer also offers crochet and quilt versions.
Bear and Fox Pillows
Pillows shaped like cute animals, a bear or fox, that can be used as toys or cushions. Both included in the pattern. One size: Approximately 30*45 cm. DK weight yarn. Designed by JanuaryKnit.
Whale shaped pillow. All pieces are knitted flat (back and forth) on a pair of straight single-pointed knitting needles. One size: 30cm tall x 30cm long x 14cm wide / 12in x 12in x 5in (not including the tail or flippers). DK weight yarn. Designed by Amanda Berry.
Elephant cushions with lace ears knit seamlessly in 1 piece. The pattern is written row-by-row, including photos, knitting diagrams, stitch abbreviations, and explanations for the required techniques. 2 sizes Small in Worsted - 25” (63.5 cm) width. Big in Bulky yarn - 30” (76.2 cm) width. Designed by Ira Rott. The designer also offers crochet and quilt versions.
Feather-shaped pillow knit in stockinette with some stranded colorwork for details. Size: 26" Long. Designed by Erin Black. Aran weight yarn.
Make a Splash! Fish Cushions
These fish pillows are knitted flat, using garter stitch and stockinette. They're perfect for beginners, or for knitters of all levels who are looking for a quick and enjoyable project. Sizes: The plain fish measures approx 48 cm from tail to nose and 29 cm high The Striped Fish measures approx 46 cm from tail to nose and 37 cm high. Designed by Ruth Maddock. Super Bulky weight yarn.
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.
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
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.
Rose Pillow or Purse
2 patterns in one for knit and felted pillow or purse.
Approximately 18″ tall (to the tip of the spike on the head) and 23″ wide (to the tip of the tail).
This cute pillow cover is made to fit around a 14″ X 14″ pillow form.
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.
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.