Welcome to Blue Pelican on Hatteras Island, part of North Carolina's Outer Banks

Allow me to introduce my first "published" pattern.

Note: it has not been tested. It probably has a lot more information than experienced knitters are used to.

Comment below if you have questions or corrections.

I'm so EXCITED about how this turned out! I hope you will like it, too!

Thought for the Day:

“Whatever it takes to finish things, finish. You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something you never finished.”
― Neil Gaiman

Rule of Thirds Pillow


You will need:

  • Size #10.5 16 inch Circular Needles
  • Size #9 Straight Needles
  • Mazzo Yarn - 1 ball
  • Marmo Yarn - 2 Skeins
  • 16 inch square pillow form
  • 34 inch x 19 inch Fabric to cover pillow - OPTIONAL
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch Markers (Preferably 22 locking or crochet stitch markers or large safety pins)

  • With Mazzo yarn and circular needles, cast on 110 stitches (I used long tail cast on)
  • Place stitch marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist
  • Knit four rows.  As you knit the fourth row, placing a locking stitch marker on every 10th stitch (not on the needle but on the stitch).  This will help you line up the panels.
  • Continue to knit every row until your work is approximately 8 inches tall
  • Bind off using your favorite stretchy or elastic method. (I used elastic bind off)
  • Count four rows down from the top and place stitch markers every 10th stitch - the same stitches as you did on row four.

  • With Marmo yarn and circular needles, cast on 35 stitches (I used long tail cast on)
  • Knit 22 rows in Garter Stitch (knit every row)
  • Knit 42 rows in Stockinette Stitch (Knit odd rows, Purl even rows)
  • Knit 22 rows in Garter Stitch (knit every row)
  • Bind off using your favorite stretchy or elastic method. (I used elastic bind off)

You will need two of these panels; one for each side of the pillow.  I used a separate skein for each side to be able to keep the stripes/colors in the repeat pattern.  I chose not to "match up" the colors of stripes on each side.


Optional: Cover the pillow form with material.  You can either sew it on or use iron-on fusing.  **This step is not necessary, I just liked the added pop of color behind the knitted cover.

Mazzo Stitch Markers

Diagram 1 - Mazzo Stitch Markers

  • Turn the Mazzo "tube" inside out, so that the wrong side faces you, and fold it in half.  The first stitch marker should be in the middle of the top side, as shown by diagram 1 on the left.


  • Find the middle row of one of the Marmo panels and, with right sides facing, attach that row to the Mazzo tube using the locking stitch marker #1.
  • Repeat that process with the second Marmo panel and the stitch marker #1 on the opposite end of the Mazzo tube.

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  • This is an optional step if you have no problem lining up a seam where the stitches are knit in two different directions, or if you're happy to "eyeball" pictures when you are hanging them.  However, if uneven things bother you, this step will line everything up. (I used the eyeball method on my sample, as imperfections are fine with me as part of handmade items...and also because I didn't realize how to use stitch markers to line everything up until I was writing this pattern.)

Diagram 2 Attatching Mazzo to Marmo

  • Move the second stitch marker five stitches to the right (on Mazzo) and use it to attach the first row of stockinette stitch (of Marmo).  Move stitch marker #11 five stitches to the left (on Mazzo) and use it to attach the first row of stockinette stitch (of Marmo). Repeat for the second panel.  The Marmo panels should be on top of the rolled edges of the Mazzo tube.
  • Sew up the two seams, marking sure the left and right sides of the Marmo panels are even with the folded edge of the Mazzo panel.

Note:  if you want the rolled edges as shown in my finished product photo, you are not sewing edge-to-edge.  You are sewing the edges of the Marmo panels to the fourth row of the Mazzo panel.  (That's why I suggested you put the markers on the 4th row stitches.) If you don't want the rolled edges look, or those directions don't make sense, just sew the sections edge-to-edge.

  • Flip your work over so that the wrong side of the Mazzo tube is still showing but you're looking at the right side of the Marmo panels.  Fold the top Marmo Panel in half, towards the center of your pillow cover, so that the outside edges are overlapping the Mazzo Tube.  You can use the stitch markers to hold it in place, lined up so the 4th row of Mazzo and the edge of Marmo are the same on the back and the front.

    Diagram 3 Attaching Marmo to Mazzo on the 2nd side


  • Sew the seam.
  • Turn your work inside out and put the pillow inside, as if the pillow cover is an envelope.  Use the stitch markers to line up the final seam edge of your pillow cover and sew that seam.
  • Each of the corners will have an open seam where the edges of the Marmo panels come together.  Fold that edge inward so that your pillow has the shape you want it to have and sew up the seams.
  • Finish, if you want to, with tassels or pom poms.