How to make a quick chunky knit pillow

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How to make a quick chunky knit pillow using yarn from your stash – Get the chunky look by knitting with a big needle and multiple strands of yarn from your stash!

You gotta love a stash buster pattern and this chunky knit pillow fits the bill. As much as we knitters love knitting, we also love collecting, hoarding, buying yarn faster than we can knit with, always with the best intentions and patterns in mind. If you have a yarn stash hidden away from your better half, raise your hand here!

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To make these chunky knit pillows I used yarns from my stash and a size 19 knitting needles that make this a super quick project. I don’t really have exact links for the yarns I used, I have left the closest options in the boxes above. I didn’t need a whole skein, just about half a skein of each should work for a pillow. I am knitting with 3 strands of yarn (one strand of each skein- a thick ochre yarn, a blue one and a strand of twine!) held together as one which results in this fun tweed like texture and color.


You will also need a crochet needle, fabric for the back of the pillows (my fabric is actually the excess I cut off the bottom of our IKEA curtains) and a sharp pair of scissors.


Cast on stitches with three different colored yarns held together as one. I have done this kind of multiple strand knitting before in my Rainbow Knit Blanket Pattern and my Bulky knit blanket free pattern but I always doubled up the same color and kind of yarn. This time I upped my game and used triple strands and different yarns and one of them is actually just basic twine. I like how the thin white twine breaks up the color in the knit fabric.


Knitting with multiple strands of yarn is a great way to achieve a nice chunky knit stitch. But we don’t need to go out and buy an expensive chunky yarn for that, we are just mixing and matching yarns from our stash itself. If you would like a monochromatic chunky knit pillow simply use all strands of yarn from the same color family.


Knitting the front of the pillow is easy as it uses a basic Stockinette stitch. Cast off when your required length is achieved.


I joined the knit pillow fronts to the back fabric with a row of crochet. This is not the best method I agree, but  it worked perfectly for me and was a quick shortcut.


What I did was cut tiny tiny holes about 1/4 inch inside from the edge of the fabric. I cut each hole about 1/2 inch apart and then while joining I inserted the crochet hook into each of these holes as I single crocheted around. I was lucky that the fabric I chose did not fray at the cut areas and that is a factor to note while choosing your fabric. Alternately, you can just knit 2 squares per pillow- one for the front and another for the back and join them together to cover the pillow.



The finished Chunky Knit pillow not only looks great, but is so soft and pretty to look at. I am a big sucker for large stockinette stitch fabric – and so I knit 3 of these cushion covers. See the image at the top of this post. I used a beige yarn for this pillow, a pink yarn for another and a blue yarn for the last pillow.

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For a printable version of this Chunky Knit Pillow, simply click on the download button below and it will then open a pdf in a new window browser and you can print directly from there. Or you can then right click and select “Save as” to save it on your computer.

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If you find this Chunky Knit Pillow pattern useful and like this article, please share it with your friends and maybe leave me a comment below as to what you would like to see me knit next? A yarn stash buster or something rainbow themed? If you are looking for more great Knitting ideas, FaveCrafts has tons of easy free projects that are great for beginners.

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13 thoughts on “How to make a quick chunky knit pillow

  1. Love love love ❤ I think this may be my next project. May I ask what kind/type of material you used? Oh, I guess I need to learn the single crochet stitch 😳 Hope it’s not to hard!!

    1. Erica single crochet is super easy to learn! Don’t worry! The fabric was leftover from our IKEA curtains, that’s all I remember

  2. This looks like such a squishable pillow! I love it and the different weights of yarn. I’m pinning for a summer project. Thanks!

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