Nordic Bolster Pillow

This pillow pattern draws on classic Nordic patterning in the round lending to easier fair isle knitting. This pattern draws the eye to the middle Nordic stars and symmetrical patterning along either side.

Time: Weekend Project

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 6’’ diameter, 16’’ long

Gauge: 16 sts and 18 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after steam blocking


Yarn: Berroco Ultra Wool Chunky (100% Superwash wool; 145 yards [133 meters]/100 grams): 4301 Cream (MC, 1 ball), 4350 Chili (CC1, 1 ball), 43138 Delphinium (CC2, 1 ball)

Needles: US size 10.5 (6.5 mm) 16” circular needles, DPNs

Notions: 4 stitch markers, Tapestry needle, Bolster Pillow Insert 6’’ in diameter, 16’’ in length

Pattern Notes

Pillow is knit as a tube in the round. Stitches along either edge are picked up and end caps are knitted on after pillow insert is added.

Knit fabric should have approximately 2’’ of negative ease for circumference to fit pillow insert well.



With MC, CO 64 sts, join to work in the rnd.

Work stranded colorwork in St st.

Rnd 1: Work Row 1 of 16-st chart 4 times around, placing a marker after each chart repeat.
Rnds 2-77: Work Rows 2-77 of chart.

Bind off. Weave in all ends. Slip tube onto pillow insert before continuing.

End Cap (make 1 on each end)

With MC, pick up 64 sts along one of the open tubular edges, join to work in the rnd.
Rnd 1: [K16, pm] 4 times around.

Rnds 2-8: [Ssk, k to 2 sts before next m, k2tog] 4 times. (8 sts.rem)

Cut yarn, leaving a 4” tail. Draw the tail through rem sts, pull tight to close, and fasten off.


Weave in all ends, steam block.

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