Sugar Stripes Pillow

Sugar, stripes and everything nice, this pillow is inspired by the pastel shades of French macarons. Wavy stripes add interest to this simple and cozy design.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 16” [40.5 cm] square

Gauge: 20 sts and 21 rows = 4” [10 cm] in pattern lightly blocked.

Medium weight yarnYarn: Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 (100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 220 yards [201 meters]/100 grams): 9641 Purple Tourmaline (MC, 1 skein), 4192 Soft Pink (CC, 1 skein)

Needles: US size 7 (4.5mm) 24” circular needles

Notions: Tapestry needle, nine 0.5” buttons, one 16” square cushion pad.

Pattern Notes

This cushion is worked in the round from the bottom up.

Waves Pattern

Rnd 1: *Using MC k7, using CC k3; rep from * to end.

Rnd 2: *Using CC k1, using MC k5, using CC k4; rep from * to end.

Rnd 3: *Using CC k2, using MC k3, using CC k5; rep from * to end.

Rnd 4: *Using CC k7, using MC k3; rep from * to end.

Rnd 5: *Using MC k1, using CC k5, using MC k4; rep from * to end.

Rnd 6: *Using MC k2, using CC k3, using MC k5; rep from * to end.

Rep Rnds 1-6 for patt.


Using MC, CO 160 sts, join to work in the rnd being careful not to twist.

Using MC, knit 2 rnds.

Join CC and work Rnds 1-6 of Waves Pattern 13 times.

Upper edge

Using MC, knit 1 rnd.

Using MC, BO 80 sts, k to end. (80 sts)

Break MC, use CC only from this point onwards.

Next Row: Purl.


Row 1 (RS): K2, *p1, k2; rep from * to end.

Row 2: P2, *k1, p2; rep from * to end.

Row 3: K2, p1, k2tog, yo, *(p1, k2) twice, p1, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 3 sts, p1, k2.

Row 4: Rep Row 2.

Row 5: Rep Row 1.

Row 6: Rep Row 2.

BO all sts in patt.


Weave in all ends. Wet block lightly being careful not to overstretch.

Once completely dry sew on buttons lining them up with the buttonholes.

Insert cushion pad.

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  • Gertrude P.

    Making this pillow can I ask you if bobbins should be used for color changes thank you

    • Nicola P.

      Hi Gertrude! We’ve reached out to the designer for clarification and she or I will reply as soon as possible. Thanks! – Nicola

    • Nicola P.

      Hello Gertrude! No you don’t need bobbins, it’s stranded colorwork so can work just using the two different color balls of wool. Hope that helps! – Nicola


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