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Saltwater Taffy Pillows

If you love the pastel shades and intricate swirls of saltwater taffy candies, then you'll love this pillow cover pattern. These Saltwater Taffy Pillows will give your couch a sweet and salty flavor--sweet like handcrafted home-goods and salty like bold fashion statements. Full of childhood nostalgia, this pillow pattern recalls the poignant taste of saltwater candies. Bring in the comfort of your fondest memories with these soft and comfy knit pillows. These colorful pillows will bring old time charm and cheerful memories into your living room.


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)


  • Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (50 g/1.75 oz;73 m/80 yds)Main Color (MC) Robins Egg (13215) 3 Balls
  • Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (50 g/1.75 oz;73 m/80 yds) Contrast A (Color No Longer Available) 1 Ball
  • (Single Color Version) Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (50 g/1.75 oz;73 m/80 yds) (Color No Longer Available) 5 Balls
  • Set of four size 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) double-pointed needles
  • Size 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) circular knitting needle 24 ins [60 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 16 ins [40.5 cm] round pillow form

Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st

Measurements: Approx 16 ins [40.5 cm] diameter

Abbreviations: Inc1P = Increase 1 stitch purlwise in next stitch by purling into back and front of stitch


2 Color Version

Front and Back (make 2 pieces alike) With MC and set of 4 needles, cast on 4 sts.
1st rnd: Inc 1 st in each st. 8 sts. Divide sts onto 3 needles: (2, 3, 3). Join in rnd, placing a marker on first st.
2nd rnd: *Inc 1 st in next st. Rep from * around. 16 sts.
3rd rnd: *Inc1P. P1. Rep from * around. 24 sts.
4th rnd: Purl.
5th rnd: *Inc 1 st in next st. K2. Rep from * around. 32 sts.
6th rnd: Knit.
7th rnd: *Inc1P. P3. Rep from * around. 40 sts.
8th rnd: Purl.
9th rnd: *Inc 1 st in next st. K4. Rep from * around. 48 sts.
10th rnd: With A, (K6. Place marker) 8 times.
11th rnd: (Purl to 1 st before marker. Inc1P. Slip marker) 8 times. 56 sts.
**12th rnd: With MC, purl.
13th rnd: (Knit to 1 st before marker. Inc 1 st in next st. Slip marker) 8 times. 64 sts.
14th rnd: Knit.
15th rnd: (Purl to 1 st before marker. Inc1P. Slip marker) 8 times. 72 sts.
16th rnd: Purl.
17th rnd: (Knit to 1 st before marker. Inc 1 st in next st. Slip marker) 8 times. 80 sts.
18th rnd: With A, knit.
19th rnd: (Purl to 1 st before marker. Inc1P. Slip marker) 8 times. 88 sts.** Rep from ** to ** for pat, inc 8 sts every alt rnd and changing to circular needle to accommodate added sts when necessary until work from center measures approx 8 ins [20.5 cm] for a diameter of 16 ins [40.5 cm], ending on a 16th rnd of pat. With MC, cast off loosely knitwise.

Single Color Version:
Work as for 2 Color Version omitting all references to color changes.

Sew Front and Back tog, leaving 10 ins [25.5 cm] opening. Insert pillow form. Sew opening closed.

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This is a good way to practice knitting in the round and you wind up with a lovely pillow to boot. I really like it. Round pillows are always welcome. They seem to fit into the edge of the couch better than a square one. You can use a variety of colors with this pattern as well. I like working with cotton yarn. It washes up well. Thank you.

I really enjoy working with cotton yarn so this round pillow pattern looks like a great one to try. I think it would be fun to see how it comes out using self-striping yarn, if you would get stripes or more like patches of color. These have some retro vibe to them too, very cool!


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