At long last, I’ve finished my nephew’s Christmas present (ahem, originally meant as his birthday present in July)! I got the pattern from Vogue Knitting’s Quick Gifts, although I must say this knit zebra pillow was anything but quick. (Easy, yes, but frankly no matter how fast a knitter you are, it takes a while to knit anything that’s 24″ x 16″ plus four legs and a head!) Despite some genteel cursing as I cut 40 strands of yarn for the mane as a finishing touch, I’m pretty pleased with this fellow. I had a pillow toy that I loved when I was growing up, so I’m hoping this one is a hit, too!

  • Laura Cochrane

    I love it Arwen! Your nephew will love it too! Yeah, I always roll my eyes when I see “quick and easy” in reference to a knitting project. I’m a slow knitter, so for me the only thing that’s quick and easy is casting on.

  • Jamie

    I love this!! It is SO adorable, and it looks as if you did a perfect job. I am crafty in many ways, but knitting is not one of them, so I wish I could find this somewhere to purchase!!!

  • Arwen O’Reilly Griffith

    Oh, don’t be scared off from knitting! Like I said, this wasn’t a super quick knit, but it honestly couldn’t have been easier. All you need to know are casting on, making knit stitches and purl stitches, increasing and decreasing by a stitch at a time, and casting off. There are a lot of great tutorials (video or step-by-step photos) online to teach you knitting basics.

  • Lisa

    I love this pillow!!
    I think I need to totally try to modify it for crochet and make one!! (I can’t knit – pathetic, I know, but I just don’t get it!!)
    I LOVE the floppy legs and head!!

  • Jessica

    The zebra is fantastic — and a bit Eeyoreish. I love it.

  • Dale

    The Zebra is fantastic. Have tried to find the pattern on line could you please help.?

  • Arwen O'Reilly Griffith

    I’m afraid I got the pattern from the Vogue Knitting book linked to in the post, but I see it’s now on sale at least!

  • http://knittingwebsite eileen

    love the pillow but is there a pattern for the actual zebra stripe please

    • Dale

      Eileen, found the pattern on the internet linked to Arwens post, Voque Knitting book. I ordered it from Ontario. Should be here in the new year. There is also a cute horse pillow I bought that is really cute but hard.