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Knit a Pillow in Hurdle Stitch (Knitting Pattern)

Knit a Pillow in the easy Hurdle Stitch Pattern. This pattern texture became instantly popular with everyone, so I thought it would be fun to design a project using this simple stitch, too.

Pillows give your home decor an instant pop of color, both indoors and out! We are getting ready for an outdoor party and it’s been fun knitting up something new for the festivities in the yard.

This free knitting pattern also includes my fun video tutorial that gives you an overview of everything you need to know, so make sure to check it out! 

Two knitted pillows in hurdle stitch texture in shades of blue yarn color on a white adirondack chair.

MATERIALS to Knit a Pillow in Hurdle Stitch Pattern

Materials to Knit a Pillow in Hurdle Stitch Pattern

I’m knitting up my pillows in Bernat Maker Yarn, but please feel free to use any bulky #5 yarn of your choice. My written patterns below include knitting instructions to create a 14-inch square pillow, as well as a larger 20-inch square size. I’m also adding the specific stripe patterns I chose for each pillow design. Of course, this is your unique design, so please feel free to knit your pillows up in any fiber, colors, and stripe patterns you desire.

  • Pillow Form – 14-inch or 20-inch square
  • Yarn – Bulky Weight (#5)
    Sample uses Bernat Maker Yarn. Feel free to knit your pillow up in any Bulky Weight #5 yarn of your choice.
  • Knitting Needles – Size 11 US (8 mm) 36-inch Circular Knitting Needles
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO TUTORIAL


Knit a Striped Pillow in Hurdle Stitch Pattern by Studio Knit

WRITTEN KNITTING PATTERN
Pillow in Hurdle Stitch Pattern

KNITTING GAUGE
4” x 4” = 12 Sts and 16 Rows in Hurdle Stitch Pattern.

HURDLE PATTERN
Row 1 (RS): Knit All
Row 2 (WS): Knit All
Row 3: * K1, P1 * (repeat between * *)
Row 4: * K1, P1 * (repeat between * *)

KNITTING STRIPES?
Change yarn color on Row 1.
See my Color Chart and Written Pattern below!

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PILLOW FRONT – Make 1

CAST ON
14” Pillow = 44 Stitches
20” Pillow = 64 Stitches

KNIT THE HURDLE PATTERN
14” Pillow = 14 times (56 rows)
20” Pillow = 20 times (80 rows)
Repeat Row 1 and Bind Off.

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PILLOW BACKS – MAKE 2

CAST ON
14” Pillow = 44 Stitches
20” Pillow = 64 Stitches

KNIT THE HURDLE PATTERN
14” Pillow = 10 times (40 rows)
20” Pillow = 15 times (60 rows)
Repeat Row 1 and Bind Off.

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Weave in Ends, as needed.

Overlap 2 Pillow Backs to match Front to create the center opening in which to insert your pillow form.

Seam outer edges with Right Sides Facing, then turn Right Side Out. 

Insert Pillow Form… and you are done!


COLOR STRIPE PATTERN IDEAS
Pillow in Hurdle Stitch Pattern

Please feel free to knit up your unique pillows in any color combinations of your choice. For your convenience, here are the color stripe patterns that I used in each of my sample pillows.

Chart of Hurdle Knit Stitch Pattern Pillow 14" Square Pillow with 3 Colors by Studio Knit14″ Square Pillow with 3 Colors

Color A = Teal
Color B = White
Color C = Royal Blue

Rows 1 – 12 (3 Hurdle Stitch Repeats): Color A

Rows 13 – 16 (1 Hurdle Stitch Repeat): Color B

Rows 17 – 20 (1 Hurdle Stitch Repeat): Color C

Rows 21 – 24 (1 Hurdle Stitch Repeat): Color B

Rows 25 – 32 (2 Hurdle Stitch Repeats): Color A

Rows 33 – 36 (1 Hurdle Stitch Repeat): Color B

Rows 37 – 40 (1 Hurdle Stitch Repeat): Color C

Rows 41 – 44 (1 Hurdle Stitch Repeat): Color B

Rows 45 – 56 (3 Hurdle Stitch Repeats): Color A

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Chart of Hurdle Knit Stitch Pattern Pillow 20" Square Pillow with 2 Colors by Studio Knit20″ Square Pillow with 2 Colors

Color A = Royal Blue
Color B = White

Rows 1 – 20 (5 Hurdle Stitch Repeats): Color A

Rows 21 – 28 (2 Hurdle Stitch Repeats): Color B

Rows 29 – 36 (2 Hurdle Stitch Repeats): Color A

Rows 37 – 44 (2 Hurdle Stitch Repeats): Color B

Rows 45 – 52 (2 Hurdle Stitch Repeats): Color A

Rows 53 – 60 (2 Hurdle Stitch Repeats): Color B

Rows 61 – 80 (5 Hurdle Stitch Repeats): Color A


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