Marigold Pincushion

Need a stash-reducing project? A cute last-minute gift? A small knit to give you an instant gratification? Use leftover yarn to make this lovely little pincushion!

You will need:

Yarn: circa 100 m of sport weight yarn* in colours A and B

A set of 4(5) dpn’s, metric size 2.5mm

A tapestry needle

A button

* Use any yarn and go down one size from the needle size recommended on the yarn tag.


k – knit

p – purl

YO – yarn over

k tbl – knit through the back loop

k3tog – knit 3 stitches together

sl 1, k1, psso – slip 1 stitch as to knit, knit 1 stitch, pass slipped stitch over

CO – cast on

rep – repeat

sts – stitches

rnd – round

CO 7, join in the round taking care not to twist.

Rnd 1: *YO, k1*, rep around (=14 sts).

Rnd 2: *k1tbl, k1*, rep around.

Rnd 3: *YO, k2*, rep around (=21 sts).

Rnd 4: *k1tbl, k2*, rep around.

Rnd 5: *YO, k3*, rep around (=28 sts).

Carry the green yarn loosely at the back of your work to avoid deforming the surface.

Rnd 6: *k1tbl, k3*, rep around.

Rnd 7: *YO, k1, YO, k3*, rep around (=42 sts).

Rnd 8: *k1tbl, k1, k1tbl, k3*, rep around.

Rnd 9: *YO, k3, YO, k3tog*, rep around (=42 sts).

Rnd 10: *k1tbl, k3, k1tbl, k1*, rep around.

Rnd 11: *YO, k5, YO, k1*, rep around (=56 sts).

Rnd 12: *k1tbl, k5, k1tbl, k1*, rep around.

Rnd 13: p all (= 56 sts).

Rnd 14: k all.

Rnd 15: p all.

Rnd 16: k all.

Rnd 17: *sl 1, k1, psso, k6*, rep around (=49 sts).

Rnd 18: *sl 1, k1, psso, k5*, rep around (=42 sts).

Rnd 19: *sl 1, k1, psso, k4*, rep around (=35 sts).

Rnd 20: *sl 1, k1, psso, k3*, rep around (=28 sts).

Rnd 21: *sl 1, k1, psso, k2*, rep around (=21 sts).

Rnd 22: *sl 1, k1, psso, k1*, rep around (=14 sts).

Fill the pincushion with wool, cotton or synthetic fiber before you continue.

Rnd 23: *sl 1, k1, psso*, rep around (=7 sts).

Cut thread, pull the tail through the remaining sts, then use it to sew on the button.

Tip: Manage yarn tails as they appear, you won’t be able to fix them when the pincushion is ready.