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Star Pillow Knitting Pattern

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Learn how to knit pillow covers with button closures. The knit pillow is constructed by using seed stitches, and the star pattern is done by colorwork. Scroll down to get the pattern and how to knit it.

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How To Knit Pillow Covers

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A brand new year, a brand new start!!! Happy New year!!!! It is 2015 and it is the 7th year since I started sharing my crafts’ patterns and tutorials in Craft Passion (started in the year 2008). May 2015 brings you and your family greater health, happiness and peace!!! P.S.: I have changed my profile picture on the sidebar and on my About page too and show you my latest look with the long hairstyle.

As the very first pattern of 2015, I am excited to share with you the Star Pillow knitting pattern which I knitted before Christmas. The knitted pillow always gives a warm and cozy touch to the home. I love the star pillow a lot and it compliments my fireplace so much that I can sit there to do more knitting and crochet.

knit pillow pattern

Knitting Yarn

I used Lion brand’s Homespun, you may buy them from Amazon or from Lion Brand.
I used the stashed yarn for the blue star, the yarn is Jaeger’s Iona Tweed Aran. I used a double strand to make up the equivalent tension gauge. Since I bought the yarn many years ago, I am afraid it is already discontinued from the market. Alternatively, you can use Lion brand’s Homespun (Colonial). Using the same yarn series will ensure that you have a consistent tension gauge.

Managing Colorwork

The star pattern of this pillow is created using colorwork, you need to change yarn color during knitting. I use the Intarsia method for the color change instead of carrying the yarn across the back of the star pillow knit piece.

You may adapt this knit pattern to create a striped pillow or any other colorwork design.

What’s Next

  • Start knitting and share your completed handmade on Facebook and/or Instagram. Remember to tag us, @craftpassion, so that we are able to see them.
  • Pin it to Pinterest for future To-Knit List
  • Share with your knitting groups for a knit-along event.
  • Browse more free knitting patterns to make.


Yield: 19″ (W) x 19″ (H) STAR PILLOW
Active Time: 2 days
Total Time: 2 days
Difficulty: Avid Beginner/Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $35 - $40

The pillow is knitted with seed stitches pattern and the star pattern is done by colorwork. Get the pattern and how to knit it on the second page after this jump.

You may adapt this knit pattern to create a striped pillow or any other colorwork design.

Enjoy knitting them!

Download and print separately: Pattern Charts (in pdf)



  • HomeSpun (Hepple White), Lion Brand, 300g (less than 2 balls)
  • *Iona Tweed Aran (double strand), Jaeger, 60g (less than 2 balls)
  • Some stashed plain white yarns for seaming and sewing buttons to the pillow
  • Remark *: Iona Tweed is my stashed yarn and it could be already discontinued. I recommended that you use the Lion brand’s Homespun (Colonial). Using the same yarn series will ensure that you have a consistent tension gauge.


  • 4 nos of 1″ to 1 1/4″ wooden button


  • Knitting needle: 4.5mm - Ribbing pattern, 5.5mm Seed Stitch pattern
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors


Download: Star knit pattern chart in pdf format

star knit pattern

12 sts x 18 row to 4″ x 4″ [10cm x 10cm] on 5.5mm needles in Seed Stitch.
Always perform a test gauge to check your tension for the best result.

Note: You may adjust the tension or the numbers of sts and rows accordingly to meet the dimension. The ratio of the star shape might be distorted a little by adjusting the number of sts and row.

· k – knit
· p – purl
· k2tog – knit 2 sts together
· YO- yarn over
· st(s) – stitch(es)

More Details On How To Knit A Star Pillow Cover

Seed Stitch Pattern
Odd numbers of stitches
row 1: P1, K1 till end

Even number of stitches
row 1: P1, K1 till end
row 2: K1, P1 till end

knit seed stitch chart

Ribbing Pattern
Odd numbers of stitches
row 1: P1, K1 till end
row 2: K1, P1 till end

Even number of stitches
row 1: P1, K1 till end

knit ribbing pattern chart

Star Pillow Knitting Pattern
Cast on 59 sts on a 4.5mm knitting needle
R1 – R8: ribbing pattern
Change to 5.5mm knitting needle and continue to need from R9 onwards.
R9 – R51: seed stitch pattern
R52 – R124: Refer to the Star pattern chart to knit in seed stitch and change yarn color according to the chart
R125 – R167: continue with all white yarn seed stitch
R168 – R170: ribbing pattern
R171: Ribbing pattern for 14 sts, *YO, k2tog, ribbing pattern for next 8 sts, repeat * 3 times, YO, k2tog, ribbing pattern for next 13 sts [button holes row]
R172 – R175: ribbing pattern
Bind off

Instructions with pictures to assist in knitting Star Pillow

  1. Gather the yarn and tools.1 homespun knit cushion

  2. Perform a tension gauge test by knitting 20 sts x 24 rows of the seed stitch pattern.
    Measure the test piece to check if you can get 12 sts x 18 rows to 4″ x 4″.
    Adjust knitting tension or change your needle to slightly bigger or smaller if you can’t get the dimension right.
    Cast on 59 sts and begin the project.2 cast on rib

  3. This is the star pillow knit piece before seaming up.
    The left edge is the starting row and the right edge is the finishing row.
    The tiny colorful ring hooks are the stitch markers.3 knit star

  4. This is the buttonhole, there are 4 of them in a row.4 button hole

  5. Fold the pillow knit piece into 3 parts, overlap at the ribbing, with the ribbing that has buttonholes at the top.
    The corners are at R46 and R129.
    Use a plain white yarn and tapestry needle to seam the pillow.5 seam

  6. Mark the button positions and sew the buttons on the bottom ribbing.
    You may adapt this knit pattern to create a striped pillow or any other colorwork design.7 button up knit cushion

knit star cushion pattern


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Monday 16th of November 2020

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Sue Steiner

Monday 28th of December 2015

The pattern is so cool I can't figure out how to do the striping. Could you please send me the directions for that?

Craft Passion

Monday 28th of December 2015

I will try to develop the pattern soon as I didn't write it down while doing it. Please give me some time.

Phyllis Coosaia

Saturday 12th of December 2015

Please forward pattern for striped pillow. thanks

Susan Hechtman

Tuesday 21st of July 2015

The star pattern is not in a one square = one stitch graph. I had problems shaping the star. do you have a different graph?

Craft Passion

Tuesday 21st of July 2015

Hi Susan, I have checked through the pdf pattern and it looks alright with the square vs stitch graph. Here is the direct link just in case you have mixed out something.

Margaret McLean

Thursday 26th of February 2015

could you please give me the pattern for the striped cushion . thank you

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