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Knit Pillow Pattern: Christmas Trees & Pom Poms

Download this free Knit Pillow Pattern to add cozy pillows to your Christmas decor and/or give as gifts this holiday season. Complete with White on White Christmas Trees, Gold Embroidered Stars, and Gold Speckled Pom Poms, this Christmas Pillow will be a hit with everyone. Basic Knit and Purl skills are all that is needed to make this festive knitted pillow for your holiday home decor.

This knit pillow pattern uses only knit stitches and purl stitches, suitable for even the beginner knitter. Because this is a reversible knit pattern, there is not necessarily a right side or wrong side; you can choose which side you would prefer. My finished pillow shows knit rows for the background of the pillow, with purl rows making up the Christmas trees. The different textures between the two stitches create the contrast to make the subtle Christmas tree pattern pop.

These knit pillows work up quickly, making them a perfect project if you want to make gifts this year.

Materials Needed for Throw Pillow

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Pillow measures 18″ by 18″

Instructions to Knit Christmas Tree Pillow:

Gauge: 18 stitches and 24 rows for 4” by 4” square.

Skill Level: Beginner or Easy

With standard 14”  knitting needles, you could cast on and knit both sides of the simple knit pillow simultaneously. It would be snug, but this ensures that the back of your pillow is the same size as the front of your pillow. Use two skeins of yarn, one for the front and one for the back.

Cast on 80 stitches with one skein and then, on the same needle, cast on another 80 stitches with the second skein. You could also use circular needles instead of straight needles if you prefer your work to be less snug. Follow the chart pattern below for one piece and knit the other piece in stockinette stitch.

· Cast on 80 stitches.

· 1st—6th row: work stocking stitch

· Download the pattern PDF for the stitch pattern chart. Click the button above for that download.

· 7th Row (should be the right side): [K8, P3, K17, P3, K9] x 2

· 8th Row: [P9, K3, P17, K3, P8] x 2

· 9th Row: [K4, P11, K9, P11, K5] x 2

· 10th Row: [P4, K13, P7, K13, P3] x 2

· 11th Row: [K4, P11, K9, P11, K5] x 2

· 12th Row:  [P7, K7, P13, K7, P6] x 2

· 13th Row: [K5, P9, K11, P9, K6] x 2

· 14th Row: [P7, K7, P13, K7, P6] x 2

· 15th Row: [K7, P5, K15, P5, K8] x 2

· 16th Row: [P7, K7, P13, K7, P6] x 2

· 17th Row: [K7, P5, K15, P5, K8] x 2

· 18th Row: [P9, K3, P17, K3, P8] x 2

· 19th Row: [K9, P1, K19, P1, K10] x 2

· 20th –23rd Row: Stocking Stitch

· 24th Row: K2, [P17, K3] x 3, P17, K1

· 25th Row: P1, [K17, P3] x 3, K17, P2

· 26th Row: K6 [P9, K11] x 3, P9, K5

· 27th Row: P6, [K7, P13] x 3, K7, P7

· 28th Row: K6, [P9, K11] x 3, P9, K5

· 29th Row: P3, [K13, P7] x 3, K13, P4

· 30th Row: K5, [P11, K9] x 3, P11, K4

· 31st Row: P3, [K13, P7] x 3, K13, P4

· 32nd Row: K3, [P15, K5] X 3, P15, K2

· 33rd Row: P3, [K13, P7] x 3, K13, P4

· 34th Row: K3, [P15, K5] x 3, P15, K2

· 35th Row: P1, [K17, P3] x 3, K17, P2

· 36th Row: [K1, P19] x 4

· 37th-40th Row: Stocking Stitch

· 41st-74th Row:  Repeat rows 7-40

· 75th-91st Row:  Repeat rows 7-23

· 92nd & 93rd Row:  Stocking Stitch

· Bind Off

· If you didn’t knit the back of the pillow at the same time as the front, then CO 80 and knit in stocking stitch for 93 rows. BO

(A note about the chart: The chart is worked from the right side to the left side. When you turn your work at the end of row 7, you begin row 8, working the chart from left to right.)

Wash and Block both sides

Embroider Stars:

A close-up of a gold embroidered star.
  • Thread needle with all 6 strands of gold metallic thread.
  • Tie a tight knot in the end and bring the needle up from the wrong side of the work, THROUGH the yarn of the second purl down from the top of the center of a tree. See diagram. Going through the yarn helps secure the knot.
  • Follow the diagram below, coming up at each number and then back into the center of the star.
  • Embroider a star at the top of each Christmas Tree, tying off your embroidery floss after each tree.


Close up of a gold embroidered star.

Finish Knit Pillow Pattern:

Put Pillow Together:

Your finished pillow cover should fit snugly around an 18” by 18” pillow. You might have to pull a little, but that is better than it being too loose. Before you start sewing your pillow together, check and see that with a  1/4—1/2” seam all the way around, it will fit snugly. If you need to, increase your seams to get a snug fit.

  • With wrong sides together and starting at one of the bottom corners, use mattress stitch to go up one side, across the top, and back down the other side.
  • Insert pillow form and continue to use the mattress stitch to close that last side.

 Make Pom Poms:

  •  If you have a pom pom maker, then, by all means, use that!
  • If you don’t have a pom-pom maker, here’s my easy way to make a pom-pom. Trace a circle on stiff cardboard the same diameter you want your pom-pom to be. Mine was 2.5”, but I think you could even go a bit bigger if you are so inclined.
  • Then trace a smaller circle in the middle. My smaller circle is 1” in diameter.
  • Cut out your big circle and then cut through one side of your big circle so that you can cut out your smaller circle.
  • It will look like the letter C.
Cardboard cut in a \'c\' shape to make a pompom.
  • If you want a sprinkle of gold in your pom-poms, then divide and cut the second skein of gold embroidery floss into four lengths. Then separate each of the four lengths, with three strands in each section. You should have eight lengths of gold embroidery floss, two for each pom.
  • Take one end of your main yarn and start wrapping your yarn around it at one end of your C. Use the yarn you are wrapping to secure the loose end by wrapping the yarn over it.
  • When you get to the other end of the C, turn around and come back for the 2nd wrap.
Yarn wrapped on cardboard \'c\' shape.
  • If you want to add some gold thread to your pom-pom, you will do it after the 4th wrap. After you have wrapped 4 times, wrap your gold thread around at the end opposite your yarn thread.
Yarn wrapped on cardboard \'c\' shape.
  • Wrap the entire length of your C and then pick back with your white yarn, using your yarn to catch the gold thread.
  • Then, wrap yarn 4 more times for a total of eight and then add another round of gold thread.
  • After the gold wrap, wrap 2 more times. You will have a total of 10 yarn wraps for each pom.
Yarn wrapped on cardboard \'c\' shape.
  • Holding the yarn in place with one hand, use your scissors to cut through the side of the yarn. Do your best to hold all the yarn in place.
Scissors cutting yarn on \'c\' cardboard shape.
  • Cut a piece of yarn about 10 inches long and wrap it around the pom center, using the cardboard pattern as a guide. At the opening of your C, some of your yarn will want to escape; push it back in and catch it with the yarn you are using to tie it together. Tie your knot as tightly as possible against the pom-pom center, and then tie a second knot as tightly as possible.  An extra set of hands is helpful here. Try to get the pom-pom tied as tightly to the middle of the piece of yarn as possible. Don’t cut the ends of the yarn you just tied your pom with. You will use this yarn tail to attach the pom-pom to your pillow.
  • Trim any ‘wild hairs’ with your scissors.

Attach Pom Poms to your pillow!

  • Thread a needle with one of the long tails of yarn on your pom pom; alternately, you could use a crochet hook to attach the pom-pom.
  • Come down about 1 inch from one of the corners of your pillow and insert the needle or crochet hook through to the other side, about 1 inch down on the other side.
Sew pom pom on knit pillow.
  • Pull the yarn through and then tie that end of the yarn to the other end of the yarn on the pom-pom.  Tie it twice, snugly.
White on white Christmas trees with gold stars on pillow.

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    1. Hi Barb, for whatever reason, you weren’t in the queue to get that pattern. I have added you, so you should receive it shortly. Please let me know if you haven’t received it within an hour.

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