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Ring bearer pillow knitting pattern

Bring a handmade touch to tying the knot with Sarah Murray’s stunning lace ring pillow, or fill it with lavender to add a sweet scent to a drawer.

How to make a ring bearer pillow

We really love this sweet little ring bearer pillow – it’s perfect for soon-to-be newlyweds. Try making it your own by knitting the border in another colour, and changing the ribbon colour to match the happy couple’s wedding scheme.


This pattern was designed by Sarah Murray for Simply Knitting magazine issue 147, and with such a simple chart to follow, we reckon you could knit it up in a few crafternoons! If you need help with the border section, check out our lace knitting tutorial for more tips and tricks.

For best results take your time when sewing the seams of this ring bearer pillow, and remember that tension is just as important when sewing up as it is when knitting. Make sure you don’t pull your stitches too tightly or leave them too loose, otherwise the seam could bunch up or be a little holey. It may help to lie your work on a flat surface when you’re sewing up.

Not attending any weddings this year? Try stuffing this pillow with lavender instead and use it to keep your yarn stash nice and fresh!
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Ring bearer pillow lace
The lace edging is knitted separately and joined on after sewing up the ring bearer pillow.

To make this ring bearer pillow you will need

  • King Cole, Merino Blend DK (100% wool, 50g/104m), 1 ball of White (001)
  • A pair of 3¼mm (US 3) knitting needles
  • A length of ribbon (approx 40cm/16in long)
  • Stuffing

Visit Deramores to buy the yarn, needles and toy stuffing you need for this project.

How to make a ring bearer pillow


Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 23 sts and 32 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over stocking stitch using 3¼mm needles


Cushion: 10x10cm (4x4in)

Border: 3cm (1in) deep, to fit around edge of cushion


The cushion pad can be used with either side as the right side. Sarah made the pillow with one side with the heart motif in stocking stitch and the other side in reverse stocking stitch.

At the given tension, there are approximately 5 border pattern repeats along each edge of the cushion (a total of 20 pattern repeats).

Ring bearer pillow

(Make 2 sides)

Cast on 23 sts using 3¼mm needles.

Begin working from Chart (below), reading RS rows from right to left and WS rows from left to right, until all 32 Chart rows have been worked.

Cast off.

Ring bearer pillow chart

How to use our charts: Start at the bottom right-hand corner. Read right side rows from right to left and wrong side rows from left to right. A row of squares represents a row of knitting.

Ring bearer pillow border

Cast on 5 sts using 3¼mm needles.

Foundation row Knit.

Row 1 Sl1, K1, yo, k2tog, kfb. [6 sts]

Row 2 Purl.

Row 3 Sl1, K2, yo, k2tog, kfb. [7 sts]

Row 4 Purl.

Row 5 Sl1, K3, yo, k2tog, kfb. [8 sts]

Row 6 Purl.

Row 7 Sl1, K4, yo, k2tog, kfb. [9 sts]

Row 8 Cast off 4 sts, purl to end. [5 sts]

Rows 1–8 form border pattern.

Repeat until the border is long enough to fit all the way around the side seam of the cushion.

Cast off rem sts.

Ring bearer pillow ribbon
Use ribbon in the couple’s wedding colours to give the ring bearer pillow that perfect finishing touch.

To make up the ring bearer pillow

Join side seams of cushion on three sides, stuff lightly then close remaining seam using mattress stitch. Pin border around the side seam of the cushion, so that the cast-on and cast-off edges meet at the bottom centre of the cushion. Ease the border around the corners and sew in to place. Thread the ribbon so that it lies in the centre of the heart between the two lobes. Use the ribbon to secure the rings when desired.


Download the ring bearer pillow pattern

Get your free knitting pattern here: How to make a ring bearer pillow PDF

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