Picture of Plant Pillows
These are instructions for knitting and planting something that we call a Plant Pillow. When planted, you can hang it in your garden or elsewhere for an extra bit of colour.  The Plant Pillow is a slight variation on the open top Plant Pocket . In this version, the front and back are the same length with window where you’ll insert a few succulent cuttings.


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

Picture of Knitting the body of the pillow
Cast on 17 stitches, leaving a tail of yarn that you’ll weave in. (The final pillow will be approx. 4 inches wide.)

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!
nuthara2 months ago

thank you for the idea

fonzuzu3 years ago
this is so unique!, but does the yarn start spoiling after a while? A good idea would be to knit with plarn so it can be sorta water tight and it wont spoil. There are a bunch of plarn instructables here!
hchamp (author)  fonzuzu3 years ago
Because San Francisco is a "moist" town, I've been knitting the pockets with acrylic yarn as natural fibres would likely rot. I will definitely look into plarn. Sounds interesting.
fonzuzu hchamp3 years ago
cool let me know what u find!
sunshiine3 years ago
This is totally awesome! Thanks for sharing and do have a splendorous day!
hchamp (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Thank you... you too.