Fisherman’s Rib Accent Pillow
Fisherman’s Rib Accent Pillow

Fisherman’s Rib Accent Pillow

Happy Friday!

I hope your Friday is going well so far. This week has been an awesome week for me! First, I have to mention that after trying endlessly to get it on Craftgawker and failing, I am noticing that the Budding Infinity Scarf has finally got it’s recognition on Pinterest. I am so happy that knitters and non-knitters alike are enjoying my work 🙂 My goal for this blog is to share my creations and the techniques that I’ve learned to the knitting world. I am by no means an expert and I am constantly learning as I go, but I do believe in the power of sharing. Whether if it’s sharing stories, ideas, or tangible items, sharing is what sparks innovation and allows us to bond as a society. So here I am sharing with you all what I’ve learned and what I’ve created.

Okay, enough with the blabbing. Now on to the main reason why you are reading this and why I am creating this post. My friends on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) already know that I recently bought a chair this week. This is another reason why my week has been so fantastic! I bought this armchair last week from Pier 1 and after eight long days, it finally arrived on Wednesday. Check it out:

Arm chair

No, the dog did not come with it.

While I waited for its arrival, I decided to knit an accent pillow for my chair. During the brainstorming process, I knew I wanted to use very chunky yarn. I searched high and low but unfortunately, I was not able to find what I was looking for. Side note: there are not many good yarn stores around here and I did not want to order it online.

So, I finally settled for combining two yarns to achieve the gauge and thickness I was envisioning. The project turned out great but if I were to knit it again, I would definitely knit it with just one very, very bulky yarn. Because I used two yarns both with differing weights, it created some non uniformity but also a very unique textured look. Take a look:

Two yarns

This is all about personal preference. If you like this look, then all is swell (yes, I said swell). But if you prefer your stitches to be uniform, I would recommend knitting with one yarn just as long as you can obtain a gauge that is close to the pattern (Fisherman’s Rib is very stretchy so it does not have to be exact). This is the finished product:

Fisherman's Rib Accent Pillow

Fisherman's Rib Accent Pillow Back

I used Stockinette stitch for the back and I created a flap for the buttons. Note: When looking for buttons, search for ones with very large holes so the chunky yarn and tapestry/yarn needle will fit through.

Are you ready to knit now? Alright, here is the pattern…


4 skeins of Patons Bohemian yarn (color I used: Casual Cream)
2 skeins of Bernat Roving (color: Rice Paper)
16″ (approx. 40.6 cm) accent pillow
US 15 (10mm)
2 large buttons (approx. 4cm)
Tapestry needle


8 sts and 9 rows=4″ (approx. 10cm)


Note: This pattern is knitted in one large piece but instruction is broken down into panels.

Back Panel: Stockinette

CO 30 sts.

Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Repeat Rows 1-2 until work reaches 14.5″ (approx. 37 cm) or about 40 rows. Make sure you end on a purl row.

Front Panel: Fisherman’s Rib

Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: *P1, K1B, rep from * to last 2 sts, P1, K1.
Repeat Row 2 until panel reaches 20″ (approx. 51 cm) or about 78 rows.

Note: I recommend occasionally measuring it against your pillow like so:

Measuring pillow

Buttons Flap: Stockinette

Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Repeat Rows 1-2 until you get to the 11th row. This is where you will be adding the button holes.

Row 11: K6, make a 3-stitch button hole, knit until there are 9 sts left. Make another 3-stitch button hole, k6.

Row 12: Purl.
Row 13: Knit.
Row 14: Purl.
Bind off.

Sewing The Piece Together

Place the piece over your pillow and position it accordingly. Mark where and how you would like your edges to line up. Turn the work inside-out and begin to sew up the sides.

Note: The front (20″) panel is longer than the back (14.5″) panel because the front/Fisherman’s Rib is designed to go over the top and underneath the pillow.

Sew together

Finished SewingOnce finished, turn the pillowcase right side-out and sew your buttons on accordingly. I know, this picture quality is horrible.

Weave in loose ends and you are ready to insert your pillow!

Fisherman's Rib Accent Pillow 2

 There you have it! Hope you enjoy and until next time, happy knitting!


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  1. Joann

    I just love this pillow and want to give it a try. But, I have totally different knitting supplies on hand. My pillow insert is a 36cm (14″ x 14″). My Yarn is Paton’s Bulky Classic Wool (3 skeins) which suggests using Size 11 needles. How do I convert your pattern with all of my “ingredients” into this beautiful pillow cover? Or should I look for something else? Or try to design something myself? I’m a beginner/intermediate.

    1. Purl Avenue

      First read the gauge on your yarn label. For example, if it says 5 stitches per inch then you would multiply 5 by 14 (this is the width of your pillow) and you get 70. This is the number of stitches you would need to cast on. I would cast on a few more stitches than this because you have to take into account that you will need extra fabric to sew the ends together (maybe an extra inch). You are okay as long as you cast on an even number of stitches for this pattern because almost all rib patterns are done in multiple of 2 stitches. Hope this helps.

  2. JoAnn

    Dear ‘Purl’:
    I’m sorry to bother you again, but I’m having problems with my Fisherman’s Rib stitch. I’ve had to unravel the project twice and am scared to proceed for fear the next time I might have to unravel, the whole thing might come apart. (-; Anyway, I wanted to get one thing straight, the rib stitch starts on a purl row, right? If so, at least I have that part correct. Now to get my rib stitch right. Instead of getting ribs, I get slipped/dropped stitches. The other thing I wanted to tell you is that the cover of JoAnn’s Fabrics Nov./Dec. 2014 Class Catalog, which is only a few pages, has a pillow pictured on the front which looks very similar to yours. It’s called the Chunky Yarn Pillow, but the whole thing might be in Fisherman’s Rib. I can’t tell for sure. I picked up an extra copy if you want me to mail it to you. I didn’t take the class, because it’s $40! No need to publish this note, but if you would be so kind to let me know about that Fisherman’s Rib stitch and if it starts on a purl row, I’d be very grateful!

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