Kristin Nicholas Design


KP-Sunflower Pillow with Embroidery

Several years ago, my husband Mark wanted to buy a piece of farmland three miles from our house. I agreed to the scheme with one condition: that he grow some sunflowers on it. Since then, the sunflowers have grown and grown, and people have come to admire them and buy flowers for their churches, mothers, girlfriends, and themselves. I decided to celebrate the sunflowers by knitting them into one of my designs, which became this pillow.

The front of the Sunflower Pillow is knit in the round as a tube with steek stitches. During finishing, the tube is cut to form a flat pillow front, the mitered trim is added around the edges, and then the pillow is embellished with chain stitch, spider web stitch, French knots, and fern stitch embroidery. A purchased fabric backing is handsewn to the back of the knit pillow.

The Sunflower Pillow is knit in my Color By Kristin yarn - a lovely blend of wool, alpaca and mohair which comes in a great range of colors.

Skill Level: For intermediate knitters or adventurous beginners, includes charted colorwork pattern, instructions for cutting and securing steeks, and a detailed embroidery tutorial.

Finished Size:
Pillow front 11.25" (28.5 cm) high and 13" (33 cm) wide without mitered edging; finished size can be adjusted by working more or fewer rounds of mitered trim.


Circular needles (16"/40 cm) in US sizes 5 (3.75 mm) and 7 (4.5 mm); stitch markers; tapestry needle; 1/2-yard (1/2-meter) piece of backing fabric; 12" (30.5 cm) down pillow insert; sewing needle and matching thread; T-pins for blocking.

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