How To Knit A Pillow Case?

Knitting a pillowcase can be a rewarding and cozy project for both novice and experienced knitters. To knit a pillowcase, you’ll need to select your yarn and knitting needles, decide on the size and design, cast on the required number of stitches, and knit according to your chosen pattern until you reach the desired dimensions. Once your knitting is complete, you’ll sew it up on three sides, leaving one side open to insert the pillow, and then sew the final edge to secure the pillow inside.

Materials and Tools Needed

Before you start knitting your pillowcase, you need to gather some essential materials and tools:

  • Yarn: The choice of yarn will depend on the texture and durability you want for your pillowcase. A soft, washable yarn like cotton or acrylic is ideal for pillowcases.
  • Knitting Needles: Select needles appropriate for your yarn’s weight. Look at the yarn label for recommended needle size to get the correct gauge.
  • Tape Measure: To measure your knitting as you go to ensure it fits your pillow appropriately.
  • Scissors: For cutting your yarn when you finish knitting.
  • Yarn Needle: A blunt needle for sewing up the sides of your pillowcase.
  • Pillow Form or an Old Pillow: To insert into your case once it’s knitted. Keep its measurements in mind when planning your project.
  • Stitch Markers (optional): To mark important spots in your pattern or to keep track of stitch counts.

Choosing Your Pattern

Simple Pillowcase for Beginners

If you’re new to knitting, you might start with a simple design. This could simply involve knitting a large rectangle in the garter stitch (knitting every row), which doesn’t curl at the edges and has a pleasant, squishy texture.

Intermediate and Advanced Patterns

For those with more experience, you may choose to include intricate patterns like cables, lacework, or colorwork into your pillowcase for a more decorative touch. Patterns like these might require reading charts and more complex stitch techniques.

Sizing Your Pillowcase

Pillows come in various shapes and sizes, and your pillowcase should be knitted to fit the pillow you intend to use. Here’s how to determine the size you need to knit:

  • Measure the height and width of your pillow form.
  • Add an extra inch or two to the width for seam allowance and a snug fit.
  • For most standard pillows, casting on enough stitches to get a width of about 16-18 inches (after factoring in the gauge) will suffice. The length will be twice the height of your pillow, plus an extra 1-2 inches for seam allowance.

Knitting the Pillowcase

Starting Your Project

  • Begin by making a gauge swatch to determine how many stitches per inch you knit with your chosen yarn and needles.
  • Based on your gauge, calculate how many stitches you need to cast on to achieve the desired width of your pillowcase.
  • Cast on using your preferred method. The long-tail cast-on provides a stretchy, neat edge that’s good for seams.

Working the Pattern

  • Knit your chosen stitch pattern, keeping track of your rows to maintain the correct length.
  • For a simple pattern, just knit every row until you reach double the length of your pillow form plus a few inches for the seams.
  • If you’re working with a more complex pattern, follow the instructions and keep a consistent tension to ensure even stitches.

Finishing the Knitting

  • Once you’ve reached the desired dimensions, bind off all stitches loosely, especially if the edge will form part of the seam.
  • Weave in any loose ends with your yarn needle.
  • If the yarn you used is blockable and your pillowcase has been knit in a stitch pattern that would benefit from it, you should block your knitting at this point, following the yarn’s care instructions.

Constructing the Pillowcase

With your knitted fabric ready, it’s time to transform it into a pillowcase:

  • Fold your knitted fabric in half with the wrong side facing out.
  • Using the yarn needle and a length of the same yarn, seam two of the open sides using the mattress stitch, which creates an almost invisible seam on the right side of your work.
  • Turn the pillowcase right side out and insert your pillow form.
  • Sew the remaining side closed with the same method, or, if you prefer, add buttons or a zipper so you can remove the pillow for washing more easily.

Decorating Your Pillowcase

If you want to add a decorative touch to your knitted pillowcase, consider these options:

  • Surface Stitching: Using a contrasting yarn to add embroidery-style designs.
  • Knitted Appliques: Knit small shapes and sew them onto the finished pillowcase.
  • Pom-poms or Tassels: Attach to the corners for a fun, whimsical touch.
  • Buttons or Ribbons: Attach as practical elements or simply for an added decorative feature.

Finishing Thoughts

Knitting your own pillowcase is a fantastic way to personalize your home decor or create a thoughtful handmade gift. Whether you choose a simple stitch pattern or an intricate design, the process allows you to infuse your personality and creativity into your living space. Remember to pay attention to gauge, sizing, and seam finishing to ensure your pillowcase looks polished and professional. Most importantly, have fun with the project and enjoy the cozy comfort of your hand-knit creation.


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