Kristin Nicholas Design


KP-Turkish Motifs Pillow

The Turkish Motifs 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!

The Turkish Motifs pillow combines many different knitting techniques to create a true masterpiece of color and texture. The pillow is knit in the round with steeks. Working a chart like this in the round is much easier than working it back and forth. Trust me.

Techniques you will learn:

How to follow a chart

Two-color Fair Isle

Duplicate stitch



Mitered corners

Decorative embroidery.

This pillow is a fabulous vehicle to increase your knitting skills and mastery of new techniques. You will be rewarded with an heirloom-quality piece of decorative needlework for your home.

Check out the Field of Diamonds Pillow which makes a nice pair and was also featured in House and Garden.

Skill Level:A skill stretcher for adventurous intermediate knitters.
Finished Size: Approximately 28" x 26"


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; 24" (60 cm) 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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