Peeks & Waves Knit Pillow

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With Mother’s Day coming up, it’s time to start working on quick, but thoughtful gifts for mom. For this pillow cover, you need only to knit one piece and attach it to an existing pillow, letting its color peek through the front while the back remains uninterrupted. 

Peeks & Waves Pillow


1 Ball each of 3 Colors of Sport-Weight Bamboo, Cotton, or Rayon Yarn

US Size 9 Needles

Tapestry Needle

Black 19”x19” Pillow (I found mine at Target)

Black Thread

Sewing Needle

Sewing Pins


Finished Measurement

Approx 19”x19”


Wavy Pattern Stitch

Rows 1-2: Knit all sts.


Row 3: K 6, *YO, K1, YO2, K1, YO3, K1, YO2, K1, YO, K6. Repeat from * to end


Row 4: Knit all knit sts, drop all YOs.


Rows 5-6: Knit all sts.


Row 7: K1, *YO, K1, YO2, K1, YO3, K1, YO2, K1, YO, K6. Repeat to last 5 sts. YO, K1, YO2, K1, YO3, K1, YO2, K1, YO, K1.


Row 8: Repeat row 4.



With Jack & Sally, CO 65 sts. Work 8 rows in Wavy Pattern Stitch.


Join and switch to Ennis & Jack. Work 8 rows in Wavy Pattern Stitch.


Join and switch to Joel & Clementine. Work 8 rows in Wavy Pattern Stitch.


Continue established 3 color stripe pattern (24 rows), twice more.


Join and switch to Jack & Sally. Work 8 rows in Wavy Pattern Stitch.


Bind off.


Pin finished piece onto front of pillow. Using sewing needle, thread and small stitches, attach knitted piece to pillow by tacking on

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20 Responses to “Peeks & Waves Knit Pillow”

  1. Melissa

    Love the pattern! I’m thinking that this would make a beautiful shawl! Now, my wheels are turning!

  2. Angie

    beautiful pattern! i think that this is one of those projects where you knit not only one for your mother, but one for yourself. Love the colors too!

  3. Anonymous

    Love the look of the this pillow! It would look so good in my daughter’s room. The only problem is that there are no retails store in Minneapolis,MN (which I’m really disappointed to find out) that carries your yarn. Is it possible to buy it online?

  4. Theresa

    Ohhhh…this is SO pretty! I can’t wait to make it. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the pattern. By the way, I sent my photo of the peacock scarf I made to your webmaster, per your request. πŸ™‚ I hope I can do THIS pattern some justice, too. Plus, I really want to try out your beautiful yarns!!!

  5. Jennifer

    love this pattern…i think i might need to make some sort of scarf or shawl out of it…maybe call it “The Vickie”? : )

  6. Anonymous

    I’m not sure how to post a comment here, but this is about the third try. Vickie, I know this is off the subject of the free pattern for April, but I was wondering where I can find and purchase the pattern fro the lovely turquoise ascot or neck scarf you have on in the picture for your blog? It is so pretty. Thanks!

  7. annette

    Thank you vickie for making knitting exciting. I am a beginner. My childhood best friend has been here visiting and now I have her hooked.

    You are awesome


  8. Vickie Howell

    Melissa, I agree! As I was knitting I was thinking the same thing. It drapes really nicely. Please send pictures if you decide to turn it into a shawl. πŸ™‚ Oh and thanks for answering the yarn question for me. It’s been a den o’ sick over here for the past few days, so I’m a little slow in responding.

    Anonymous, the blue ascot pattern is available through yarn stores–I’m going to ask SWTC if they mind me posting it but if you don’t tell anyone, I could probably e-mail it to you. πŸ˜‰
    More on the scarf in my profile pic, tomorrow!

    Annetee, Awwww, thanks! So glad to hear your friend digs the knitting!


  9. annette

    Vickie I tried posting on your previous blog entry.
    This past weekend I bought shorter needles and thicker yarn. Watched you links you gave me…I am computerwheelie on myspace. Somehow I just caught on.

    The shorter needles work for me because they don’t get caught in my vent tube. As I progress (hopefully so) will I necessarily need to get longer needles????

    I am addicted to knitting now and so is my friend. She left today with yarn and a pair of needles.

    you just rock!!!!


  10. Sonia

    Thank you Melissa. Still trying to figure out were the yarn shops are around here.

  11. Anonymous

    I would be glad to purchase the pattern, but I live in Augusta, GA and neither knitting shop carries your new yarn or patterns. I’d love to know of a mailorder place to get it. Also, I’m not sure how to get you my email. Thanks!


  12. Roe

    I love this pattern!! I will definitely try this for my mom’s Mother’s Day gift! Thanks for posting!

  13. Anonymous

    Hey Vickie,
    I Love you for getting me back interested in knitting,my dad was the first when i was 8 yrs old and he bought me some yarn and needles kit the yarn was brown and chunky and I made a very long scarf hey i was only 8..lol I love your show and I love you for making it so easy to understand. Now my 7 yr old daughter wants too learn any suggestions on how too get her started? is it better for her too use big needles or smaller ones? Help!
    knister girl,

  14. Vickie Howell

    Kimmee- I suggest using size 8-9 short needles for teaching children. Melanie Falick wrote a great knitting book for kids called appropriately enough, Kids Knitting. It’s got instruction, cute, easy projects and even a little poem to help children remember the steps of a knit stitch. Hope that helps!

    Jennifer–I’d be honored!

  15. Teenuh

    Hi Vicki,

    I just wanted to let you know that there is one correction to the pattern you should make. The cast on needs to be 66 stitches, not 65!

    I just started this today, hopefully I will have pictures to share before too long. πŸ™‚


  16. Liz

    Like Cheryl, I would love to know anywhere that is selling the patterns for your new yarn online (especially if they provide them free with purchase like some of the LYSs). Unfortuantely I have not yet seen your yarn available in Columbus, OH. I did order some LOVE online and I do adore it!


  17. Jackie Lee

    I was surfing the net today and found your blog. It’s interesting and fun to read.

    I have a site where I provide craft ideas for pillows and pillow forms. I thought it might be mutually beneficial if we swapped blogroll links.

    Please take a look at my site and see if it’s something you might be interested in. http://pillowforminfo.com If you are at all interested please shoot me an email and let me know the text you want me to use in your link. I’ll get it up right away and then send you the text for my link.

    Look forward to hearing from you.