Pillow Cover with Intarsia Penguin

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Add a touch of whimsy to a child’s bedroom with Winslow, a sleepy penguin ready for a cuddle. This irresistible fellow is worked in intarsia from three shades of Shelter, and his pillowcase fastens with a moss stitch button flap for artisan good looks and easy removal for cleaning. The pillow is knit flat in pieces and seamed with decorative slipped selvedge stitches exposed. If you’ve never worked intarsia before, this project is a great way to begin, and the method is thoroughly explained in the pattern. Penguins love company, so you may find Winslow needs a cousin to join him on the sofa!



Worsted weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:

  • 625 yards Color 1 (C1), 35 yards Color 2 (C2), 45 yards Color 3 (C3)


Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g):

Please note: the stitch patterns in this pillow are charted only.

  • 19 stitches & 31 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch with Size A needle, after blocking

Size A (for Main Fabric):

  • One 24” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)

Size B (for Closure Flap):

  • One 24” circular needle, one size smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)
Finished dimensions
  • 18¼” wide; 18¼” long (seamed and with flap closed)
  • Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern


  • Intarsia
  • Blocking (Suggested method: Wet-Blocking)


  • One-Row Buttonhole
Julie Hoover
Pattern By
Julie Hoover

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