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I'm a writer, reader, knitter, yoga instructor, and raw vegan living in the Texas Hill Country. I love designing items that are easier than they look, but I also enjoy the challenge and beauty of ...

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Irene Adler Pillow

from A Texas Girl Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Irene Adler Pillow
Irene Adler Pillow Irene Adler Pillow - A Texas Girl Knits
Irene Adler Pillow Irene Adler Pillow - A Texas Girl Knits
Irene Adler Pillow Irene Adler Pillow - A Texas Girl Knits
Irene Adler Pillow Irene Adler Pillow - A Texas Girl Knits

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knitting
  • Purling
  • Cabling
  • Working in the round
  • Casting on in the middle of a round (for buttonholes)
  • 3-needle bind-off
  • Researching skills you're unfamiliar with

Pattern Description:

Irene Adler. Her red fingernails. Those red lips. The little red Christmas gift she leaves for Sherlock on his mantle. Love and danger.

Irene Adler. Duplicitous. Engaging. Unreadable. Arms crossed over her battle dress. Texting behind her back. Consorting with the enemy. Always on display. Always hiding something. Cross. Recross. Doublecross.

Irene Adler. The woman.

*The* Woman.

Knit from the top down in the round, the pillow cover begins with a few rounds of linen stitch, where you'll make 2-stitch buttonholes. Then you'll move on to a 12-round doublecross cable pattern, instructions for which are both written and charted. Designed to lightly hug the pillow to best show off the cables.

You should be comfortable knitting cables.


18 stitches and 14 rows = 4 inches in Doublecross Cable pattern

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • One size, to fit a 16" pillow form.


  • 1 29" US 11/8mm circular needle
  • 1 US 11/8mm straight or double-pointed needle for 3-needle bind-off
  • Made in America Yarns American Lamb [100% Merino wool; 146yd/133.5m per 3.5oz/99.22g hank]; Wine Glass, 3 hanks.

You Will Also Need:

  • Stitch markers
  • Cable needle
  • Yarn needle
  • 1 16" pillow form
  • 5 1" buttons

Suggested yarn:

438 yards of Bulky weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Made In America Yarns American Lamb


Wine Glass, 3 hanks

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