A Chunky Knit Pillow Cover Anyone Can Make

If you know basic knitting skills – this DIY to Try is for you! Using this easy seed stitch pattern, I loosely knit this lumbar pillow in less than an hour.

Don’t let this DIY scare you away!

Let me start by saying I’m not a knitter. I mean, I can knit, and have shared a few things on the blog before, but it’s basic novice skill level over here.

If you know the difference between knit 1, purl 1 – friend, you are in luck!

I was shopping at Michaels the other day and noticed their yarn was on sale.

I saw this Chunky chenille and loved the texture. When I picked it up to feel it, I saw this on the yarn cover.

Look at that texture! It was going to be a perfect finishing touch for my Sunroom Makeover. Plus, I had to extra pillows in my craft closet that would be perfect for this!

Then I noticed that it said – FREE PATTERN ON LABEL!

I’m all about free! I may have done a happy dance right there in the store.

So I grabbed 2 skeins and some jumbo knitting needles and ran to the checkout.

Let me show you how I did it! First, let’s start with what you need.

Chunky Knit Pillow Cover Anyone Can Make – Materials Needed

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Chunky Yarn – I used Bernat Blanket Big in the color Vintage
Size 50 knitting needles
Lumbar Pillow – I had this one on hand
Canvas Pillow Cover from Hobby Lobby

I wanted this cover to be a loose knit and definitely didn’t want to see that busy pattern underneath.

I found these canvas pillow covers and squeezed each pillow into a cover and zipped it up!

No more ugly pattern!

Now I was ready to get my knit on.

First I took a gander at that free pattern.

It had been about 3 years since I had last knit anything, so I was rusty to start, but had my groove by the third row.

A Chunky Knit Pillow Cover Anyone Can Make
Yield: Pillow Cover

A Chunky Knit Pillow Cover Anyone Can Make

Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

If you know basic knitting skills, like I do, you an create this Chunky Knit Pillow Cover Anyone Can Make in less than an hour.



  1. Cast on 11 stitches. Be sure to leave a long tail to weave the ends together to finish the pillow.
  2. Loosely Knit 1, Purl 1 to the end of each row until you have finished the skein. Cast off - again leaving a long tail. It doesn't have to be perfect!
  3. Take the canvas pillow cover and insert your lumbar pillow. Fold the finished knit around the pillow.
  4. Using the long tails, weave together the ends to close the pillow up.
  5. Finish all three side and tie off. You can hide the remaining tail inside the finished knit and trim the excess with scissors.


  • This is a great pattern for a novice, beginner knitter.
  • You can adjust the tension of the knit by knitting a tighter or looser pattern. It's truly to your liking!

This Chunky Knit Pillow cover anyone can make is super duper easy peasy lemon squeezy.

I knit one for my recently covered arm chair.

And then another one for my sofa.

I love how that canvas pattern barely peeks through.

It adds that cozy texture to the room that I was hoping for.

Friends, if this novice baby beginner knitter can make this pillow, then you can too!

Let me know what you think in the comments below. You can find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram

And if this inspired you to DIY one for yourself – send me a pic! It always means so much to hear from my readers!

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  1. That’s a great question! I like to lightly vacuum my pillows to keep them fresh. If there are stains that don’t come out, I take a damp cloth and wipe away any dirt.

    Hope that helps!

  2. It’s a beautiful pillow and looks so nice in your room. I have a question.. how will you wash/clean it?

  3. This turned out great. I love the texture it adds. You’re cranking on the sunroom.


  4. Great job and the pillows add such a cozy touch. Kind of like the cherry on top of the sundae. Good to see you picking up the knitting needles again.
    Nice job Jen!

  5. Stupid cute!!!!πŸ˜²πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»