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Lemon Pillow Knitting Pattern

By: Lori Steinberg for Craft Yarn Council
Lemon Pillow Knitting Pattern
Lemon Pillow Knitting Pattern
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This precious lemon pillow knitting pattern will let you hug your stress away! This pattern is a breeze to knit, and the bright colors make it so much fun. If you're new to knitting in the round, you'll especially love this pattern because you can just do the knit stitch to your heart's content and get a lovely stockinette pillow while also learning a new technique. Keep in mind, though, that this pattern uses a super simple 3-needle bind off.

Whether you're in the mood for a bright and cheerful pattern or your skies are cloudy and gray, this delightful pillow pattern is just what you need to lift your spirits. So pick up your knitting needles and watch your stress melt away.

When you're done with your pillow, share a picture of your creation with the hashtag #stitchawaystress!


Knitting Needle Size15 or 10 mm

Gauge10 stitches and 14 rows to 4” (10cm) over stockinette stitch using size 13 (9mm) needles, OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE. However, exact gauge is not as critical in this pattern

Finished SizeApprox 30”/76cm long and 48” /122cm around at widest point after stuffing, not including stem.

Materials List

  • Yellow yarn: 5 skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA Pittsburgh Yellow or 4 skeins of Bernat Blanket Brights School Bus Yellow or 2 skeins Red Heart With Love Daffodil double stranded
  • Green Yarn: 1 skein of Lion Brand Hometown USA Key Lime or 1 skein of Bernat Blanket Brights Go-Go Green or 1 skein Red Heart With Love Lettuce double stranded 
  • Brown Yarn: 1 skein of Lion Brand Hometown USA Santa Fe Tweed or 1 skein of Bernat Blanket Taupe or 1 skein of Red Heart With Love Chocolate double stranded
  • One set (5) size 15 (10mm) double-pointed needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
  • One size 15 (10mm) circular needle, 24” (60cm) long OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle
  • Approx 48oz of polyester stuffing (1 1/2 32 oz. bags)


Note: How to Do a 3-Needle Bind Off

  1. Hold right sides of pieces together on two needles. Insert third needle knitwise into first st of each needle, and wrap yarn knitwise.
  2. Knit these two sts together, and slip them off the needles. *Knit the next two sts together in the same manner.
  3. Slip first st on 3rd needle over 2nd st and off needle. Rep from * in step 2 across row until all sts are bound of


  1. With double-pointed needles and Yellow, cast on 8 stitches. Place marker and join, being careful not to twist stitches. Knit 1 round.

  2. Rnd 1 Kfb 8 times around—16 sts

  3. Rnd 2 Knit

  4. Rnd 3 *K1, kfb; rep from * around—24 sts

  5. Rnd 4 Knit

  6. Rnd 5 *K2, kfb; rep from * around—32 sts

  7. Knit 3 rnds,
    Next rnd *K3, kfb; rep from *around—40 sts

  8. Knit 3 rnds,
    Next rnd *K4, kfb; rep from *around—48 sts.

  9. Knit 3 rnds,
    Next rnd *K5, kfb; rep from *around—56 sts.

  10. Knit 3 rnds,
    Next rnd *K6, kfb; rep from *around—64 sts.
    Note: Change to circular needle.

  11. Knit 1 rnd,
    Next rnd *K7, kfb; rep from *around—72 sts.

  12. Knit 1 rnd,
    Next rnd *K8, kfb; rep from *around—80 sts.

  13. Knit 1 rnd,
    Next rnd *K9, kfb; rep from *around—88 sts

  14. Knit 1 rnd,
    Next rnd *K10, kfb; rep from * around—96 sts.

  15. Work even for 13”/33cm.

    Stuff the bottom and continue to stuff as you go.
    Note: Change to double-pointed needles when there are too few sts to fit comfortably on circular needle.

    Shape Top

  16. Next rnd *K10, k2tog; rep from * around—88 sts

  17. Knit 3 rnds.
    Next rnd *K9, k2tog; rep from * around—80 sts.

  18. Knit 3 rnds.
    Next rnd *K8, k2tog; rep from * around—72 sts

  19. Knit 1 rnd.
    Next rnd *K7, k2tog; rep from * around—64 sts.

  20. Knit 1 rnd.
    Next rnd *K6, k2tog; rep from * around—56 sts

  21. Next rnd *K5, k2tog; rep from * around—48 sts.

  22. Next rnd *K4, k2tog; rep from * around—40 sts.

  23. Knit 8 rnds.
    Next rnd *K3, k2tog; rep from * around—32 sts.

  24. Next rnd *K2, k2tog; rep from * around—24 sts.

  25. Next rnd *K1, k2tog; rep from * around—16 sts.

  26. Next rnd *K2tog; rep from * around—8 sts

  27. Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread the tail loosely
    through the open stitches and check the stuffing, adjusting as
    needed. Pull the tail tight and thread through the 8 stitches
    again. Hide the end.


  1. With double-pointed needles and brown, cast on 9 sts. Place marker and join, being careful not to twist stitches. Work for

  2. Next rnd K2, k2tog, k to end of rnd.

  3. Place stitches evenly on 2 dpns and close using 3-needle bind off. Stuff lightly and sew to top of lemon.


  1. With Key Lime, cast on 3 stitches

  2. Row 1 (RS) Knit.

  3. Row 2 Purl.

  4. Row 3 K1, yo, place marker, k1, yo, k1—3 sts

  5. Row 4 Purl

  6. Row 5 K to marker, yo, k1, yo, k to end—2 sts increased.
    Rep rows 4 and 5 for 5 times more—15 sts.

  7. Next row Purl, placing marker in center st.

  8. Next row Knit to 1 stitch before marker, SK2P, k to end—2 sts decreased.
    Rep last 2 rows until 3 sts rem.

  9. Next row P3tog

  10. Press lightly if necessary


  1. Sew Stem to top of Lemon.

  2. Sew Leaf to base of Stem.

  3. Hug!

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Omg, this is SO CUTE and I want to make it immediately.

Wowlol, that is not what I was expecting at all when I read lemon pillow! I was expecting to find something more in the line of just a lemon yellow pillow, regular square sized or a square pillow with little lemon designs knitted into the pattern. That is a BIG lemon! Awesome.


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