Celtic Knit Aran Pillow by Glenna C.
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Celtic Knit Aran Pillow

October 2012
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
550 yards (503 m)
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This cozy Aran pillow is the perfect project to enjoy knitting during long winter evenings!


Reading cable charts is required for this pattern.

Row 5 should read as follows:
K7, p2.
This section worked twice-->work Row 1 of Simple Braid over next 6 sts, p2, work Row 1 of Saxon Braid over next 
24 sts, P2 <--
Work Row 1 of Simple Braid over next 6 sts, p2, k7.


  • 3 skeins Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran Weight (100% superwash merino wool)
  • 4.5mm needles
  • cable needle
  • stitch markers
  • blocking pins
  • tapestry needle
  • 3 buttons, 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 ins wide
  • 16-inch square pillow form

- 18 sts and 24 rows over 4 ins in stockinette stitch on 4.5mm needles, after washing and blocking