This knitted bolster pattern was inspired by my sister, who lives in the Bay Area, where there tends to be a lot of foggy days. She asked me to knit her a simple cover for her favorite little pillow that she uses to rest her head! So during my visit we had to check out the coolest yarn store in Berkeley and see what we could find to make her bolster dream come true.
The ladies at Avenue Yarns helped us pick out the kind of yarn that would make a chunky-soft-but-not-to-scratchy for my delicate flower of a sister. 🙂 We settled on this gorgeous squishy yarn called RASTA by Malabrigo. Colorway – FOG. Perfect.
To finish the ends I actually crocheted circles and then sewed them with a tapestry needle. As we admired the completed piece in the afternoon light of her beautiful home, we both looked at it and named it — the FOG LOG.
Finished pillow is 16″ around and about 14″ long
Gauge: 8 stitches x 12 rows = 4×4″ square
- 1 Bolster pillow that measures 14″ long and about 16″ around
- 1 Skein Rasta by Malabrigo (90 yards, 150gr 5.25oz) Kettle Dyed, Pure Merino Wool or other chunky weight yarn
- Size US 15 Double Pointed Needles for knitting in the round
- Size H Crochet Hook (5mm)
- Tapestry Needle
- With Size 15 Needles cast on 32 stitches (divide 8 per needle) and begin knitting in the round (knit every row).
- Continue knitting every row until piece measures 14″
- Cast off.
- Round 1: With crochet hook make a magic loop and single chain 6 times in the loop. Join with a slip stitch. = 6 stitches
- Round 2: Chain 1, make 2 single chains in each stitch. Slip stitch to join = 12 stitches
- Round 3: Chain 1, 2 sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch – repeat around. Slip stitch to join = 18 stitches
- Round 4: Chain 1, 2 sc in next stitch, sc in next 2 stitches – repeat around. Slip stitch to join = 24 stitches
- Round 5: Chain 1, 2 sc in next stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat. Slip stitch to join = 36 stitches
Finishing (Tapestry Needle)
With a tapestry needle, sew the crocheted circles to each end by going through the two loops of each knitted stitch. See photo: