Kristin Nicholas Design


KP-Field of Diamonds Pillow

The Field of Diamonds pillow originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of the now sadly no longer published House & Garden Magazine. For me - a real shelter magazine groupie - it was one of the most exciting things to happen for me professionally as a designer. To have two of my pillows featured as a hot trend in HG was awesome to say the least!

When visitors come to my house, many of them think the Field of Diamonds Pillow is needlepointed. I tell them that it is knit and they are amazed. The design is worked in two colors - green and a dark henna brown. After the knitting is completed, other colors of yarn are added in duplicate stitch to create the needlepoint look. Doing the duplicate stitch is very relaxing and a lot of fun - it transforms a rather plain pillow into a kaleidoscope of colors. The full-color embroidery chart is easy to follow, and working it is similar to following a needlepoint or cross-stitch chart.

The project is knit in my Color By Kristin wool, mohair, and alpaca which is a worsted weight yarn.

Techniques you will learn:

How to follow a chart

Two-color Fair Isle

Duplicate stitch


Mitered corners

Check out the Turkish Leaves Pillow which was also featured in House and Garden. They make a lovely pair.

Skill Level: For intermediate knitters with some experience in knitting with more than one color.

Finished Size: Approximately 20" square


US size 6 (4 mm) straight or circular needles for pillow front; three 29" (70 cm) US size 6 (4 mm) circular needles for border; stitch markers; 20" down pillow insert; 5/8 yard 45" fabric for pillow back; matching thread and sewing needle; blunt-pointed tapestry needle for embroidery; T-pins for blocking

Please note: This pattern is a DIGITAL FILE. Shortly after you pay for your pattern, a file link will be e-mailed to you with instructions on how to download your digital pattern. The e-mail you use on your PayPal account is the address the file will be shipped to. If you do not receive the file links in 30 minutes, check your spam folder.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the patterns.

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