WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Yarn — I decided to use acrylic yarn for our plant pillows. Given how damp San Francisco can be, we wanted something that would be less likely to rot. For this pillow, I’ve used Red Heart Blue Tones Super Saver Economy Yarn.
Needles — Size 8 US. I have both bamboo and plastic needles in this size and I’ve found the plastic ones easier to knit with the Red Heart yarn.
Darning or tapestry needle
Soil — we used succulent potting mix.
Plants — three or four succulent cuttings.
Rooting powder (optional) — makes for happy plants.
Step 1: Knitting the body of the pillow
The main body of the pillow is stockinette stitch. Knit the 1st row and then purl the 2nd row. Repeat this until you have 32 rows. I like to mark the 24th row with a stitch counter marker as this will be where we make the bottom fold.
We’ll start creating the window on the 33rd row. Knit 5 stitches, purl the next 7, and then knit the last 5 stitches. On the next row, purl 5 stitches, knit 7, and then purl the last 5 stitches. Repeat this for a total of 8 rows. You’ll see your “window” being created.
Return to stockinette stitch for the last 6 rows.
Cast off — you’re done knitting the body of your plant pillow. Woot!