Recently I completed my Norwegian Cabled Pillow for one of my close friends’ birthday.
The Pattern: Originally written in Norwegian, I had to translate FlettePute so that I could create this pillow. I’m pretty sure I followed it precisely. My gauge actually turned out to be a little larger than the pattern, so I did add several more cable repeats to produce an 18 by 18 inch square at the end. It was kind of a surprise… I thought my pillow was a nice looking 16×16 square. But then I seamed up the openings, thinking I was all done, and wound up with a very rectangular pillow on a very square pillow form. As it turned out, I wasn’t able to anticipate the “relaxed shape” of the cables very well. As shown below, I really had to take the pillow off the needles (right image) before I could predict the shape. I probably would have used smaller needles or modified the pattern to produce a smaller pillow, by 18×18 is satisfactory. I have included my pattern at the bottom of this post.
The Yarn: I used Lion Brand Jiffy in White (three balls). It’s a soft, brushed yarn, and I think it feels very luxurious. It’s listed as bulky weight, but it completely feels worsted to me. I would definitely use this again, but probably not for a project requiring bulky yarn. I wanted to make this pillow in pink, but I couldn’t find anything that was sufficiently “pastel pink” and not too “baby pink.” I decided that white was a safe choice for matching perfectly with any decor.
What’s Next for Me: I still have a giant blanket on my needles that I’m making for my boyfriend. It has been waiting patiently while I work on gifts for other people, but now it’s its turn!
Norwegian Cabled Pillow
Needles: Size 7, 29″ circular knitting needles
Yarn: 4 balls of Lion Brand Jiffy in White
Size: 18″ by 18″
Long tail cast on 160 stitches.
Rounds 1-7: *Knit 2, purl 2, knit 8, purl 2, knit 2* 10 times
Round 8: *Knit 2, purl 2, slip 4 stitches purlwise onto cable needle and hold in front, knit 4, knit 4 from cable needle, purl 2, knit 2* 10 times
Rounds 9-96: Repeat 8 round pattern 11 more times (for a total of 12 cable twists).
Rounds 97- 103: Repeat rounds 1-7 one last time.
Bind off using kitchener stitch.
Insert pillow and seam cast on edge shut.