Pastille Bolster by Emma King – issue 31

Pastille Bolster by Emma King – The Knitter issue 31Slip stitch patterning can be used to produce lovely effects. Here, Emma King has used these techniques to create a textured pattern in five shades of Rowan Handknit Cotton.

“The sweet shop was the inspiration for this bolster cushion,” says Emma. “The bright sugary shades of cotton worked in an all-over slip stitch pattern are reminiscent of sprinkles on top of a delicious cupcake!”

You can get hold of this pattern by buying a digital version of The Knitter Issue 31.

The circular bolster ends are finished with buttons, created by knitting a small section of fabric and attaching it to a self-cover button.


45cm long/17cm diameter


Rowan Handknit Cotton (DK weight; 100% cotton; 85m/50g balls)

Yarn A shade 334 (Delphinium) x 2 balls

Yarn B shade 310 (Shell) x 2 balls

Yarn C shade 309 (Celery) x 1 ball

Yarn D shade 341 (Mist) x 1 ball

Yarn E shade 313 (Slick) x 2 balls

Needles & Accessories

1 pair 4mm (UK 8/US 6) knitting needles

1 pair 3.25mm (UK 10/US 3) knitting needles

Bolster cushion pad (45cm long/17cm diameter)

6 medium-sized press studs

2 large self-cover buttons (you only need the front, not the back)


19 sts and 40 rows to 10cm using 4mm needles over measured moss stitch