Independence Pillow – Part 2

I hope you enjoyed the cable pattern covering our Pillow Front.  Whether you chose to use a cable needle or not, this classic design is a perfect accent in any home decor.

Part Two brings us to the Buttonhole Band that will become a part of the back of the pillow.  Having a pillow that closes with buttons allows you to easily remove the pillow form to launder the knitted cover.  This design also allows us to focus on buttonhole construction.  There are a wide variety of buttonhole techniques available to knitters.  Many of us are familiar with the simple buttonhole that is comprised of a yarn over followed by a k2tog.  This style works in many situations but it produces a loose and somewhat untidy buttonhole.  For a sturdy horizontal buttonhole, I prefer the one row horizontal buttonhole.  This buttonhole retains its shape after repeated uses and has a very tidy appearance.  These properties make it perfect for use in garments where the buttonholes are located at a stress point in the knitted piece.  Watch my Buttonhole Video to try your hand at this fundamental skill.

The buttonholes are situated in a handsome rib.  The rib will stretch to hug the pillow form and act as a nice complement to the cabled front.  The Buttonhole Band is cast on with only 51 stitches compared to the Front’s 62 stitches.  The Front required more stitches due to the dense cable work.

Enjoy the buttonholes!

Buttonhole – Sl 1 wyif, (sl 1 wyib, psso) 3 times, return the last bind off stitch to left hand needle, turn.  Using Cable Cast On, cast on 4 stitches, turn.  Sl 1 wyib from left hand needle, pass last cast on stitch over this stitch and off the needle. See Buttonhole Video

psso  – pass slip stitch over.  See PSSO Video

sl – slip.  See Slip Stitch Video

wyib – with yarn in back.

wyif – with yarn in front.


Part Two

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Buttonhole Band

Cast on 51 stitches using Long Tail cast on.

Rib Pattern

Row 1. (RS)  K3, *p1, k3; repeat from * to end.

Row 2.  P3, *k1, p3; repeat from * to end.

Work above rib pattern for 6 rows.


Buttonhole Row (worked once in place of Row 1):

With right side facing, (k3,p1) 3 times, buttonhole, (k3, p1) 2 times, buttonhole, (k3, p1) 2 times, buttonhole, (k3, p1) 2 times, k3.

Continue in established rib until piece measures 7 ½”.

Bind off.

Happy knitting!

16 thoughts on “Independence Pillow – Part 2

  1. I would work the pattern as written in the Building Blocks book. Seam three sides together as instructed in the book – top seam using the Horizontal Seam (Overcast Stitch) and the Vertical Seam. There are videos for both of these techniques. Insert the pillow form. Close the 4th side using Overcast Seam. Hope this helps!

  2. I will be patient and wait to see how much trouble I can get into with this pillow. I had thought of doing a completely different block for the back but then I got myself stuck.
    How do I put them together do I do the boarded or just do the inside and sew it to the
    inside of the boarder so there is only 1 or do I do the complete pillow on the 9 and just
    sew the outsides together nothing like making a big project on this but I am planning on
    making 9 pillows and need HELP HELP as I have never made a pillow before knitting
    quilting or needlepoint or cross stitch no probem but I am STUCK Hopelessly what a work lol . The only thing is that I started the 3rd pillow per your instructions but I thoug
    since I am making so many it would be pretty to have each one different Thanks Joan

  3. No questions are silly! You work the ribs for 6 rows. After the 6 rows, the buttonhole row is worked. Upon completion of the buttonhole row, work the established rib (Rows 1 and 2) until the piece measures 7 1/2″. I hope this helps!

  4. I think that you should knit a lovely stitch pattern for the back as well and then you can reverse the pillow for a different look. I am not a big fan of putting in a zipper on this pillow since you can achieve the same results with the buttons. Why don’t you wait for the KAL and see if you would like to use its pillow back for your block pillow?

  5. I know this might be a silly question,but I need to ask it. Do I do the rib pattern 6x or repeat row 1&2 3x for a total of six rows?

  6. Hi, Finished the front of the pillow from the book but, always a but for the back since I did it like the block what do you suggest for the back?? I hate to waste all those beautiful
    stitches for the back and I do not know if I should boarder it like the front or go in the
    4 stitches on all 4 sides and just sew it together?? How hard is it to put a zipper in it??
    I know today I am full of questions. I am working on the second pillow of the kal in
    another color and I am doing that just like the kal. You know those Thursdays are so far
    apart when you are having fun. Thanks for a wonderful project Joan

  7. this is the hardest part of your KALs….finishing early and having to wait patiently for the next tantalizing part…..always worth the wait but I struggle w being patient! 😀

  8. The rib on the back serves two purposes: 1. It looks very handsome with the cabled front. 2. It will expand and contract to accommodate any variations of the front measurements. I would not be worried!

  9. Very cool technique! I can see some creative blocking in my future though as, even though I checked gauge before starting part 1, my front ended up closer to 12-1/2″ in order to be square rather than 11-1/2″; this rib pattern is back on gauge at 11-1/2″ wide….

  10. Like this buttonhole technique so much better than the original that I learned. Thank you for sharing, Michelle!

  11. I leave long tails as a rule because you never know when you will be able to use them to seam. This pillow uses 1 1/2 skeins so you do not have to worry about running out of yarn.

  12. I agree. A perfect summer project. I get so excited I get the clues done way too fast and am left with nothing till next Thursday,

  13. Ooh, I just LOVE this new button hole technique. Thanks for sharing, Michelle. The front of the pillow is awesome. I can’t wait to put all of the pieces together.

  14. Do we need to leave a super long tail for the cast on/cast off like we did for the front for seaming? Thanks – I’m really enjoying this project! 😀

  15. Just brilliant, as always enjoyed learning a new technique…like the rib pattern as well. Maybe now I will consider doing a sweater…on second thought it’s to hot. Thanks Michelle for sharing your knowledge.

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