I designed these lovely textured cushions to go with my new sofas. I wanted to create a depth of texture and a mock checkered look to co-ordinate with the faint checks of the tweedy sofa fabric. The cushion is named after our cat, as she thinks we ordered the sofas for her special use!
3 x 100g balls Libby Summers Chunky (photographed in shade 100 Elderflower Cream and 011 Apple Blossom)
Pair 8mm needles
7 buttons (1.5cm width)
Darning needle for sewing up
30cm [12 in] x 40cm [16 in] cushion pad
12 sts and 13 rows to 10cm [4in] measured over stocking stitch
The cushion pad measures 30cm [12 in] x 40cm [16 in] when sewn up and buttoned up.
k = knit
p = purl
st = stitch
sts = stitches
yf = yarn forward
sl 2 = slip 2 sts from left hand to right hand needle without knitting them
yb = yarn back
RS = right side
WS = wrong side
RH = right hand
LH = left hand
st st = stocking stitch (knit on right side rows, purl on wrong side rows)
*When you slip 2, you are carrying yarn across the front of work on the RS and back of work on the WS. Make sure you don't pull this too tight. The tension of the carried yarn should be roughly equivalent to 2 knitted stitches. It will naturally pull in slightly, so don't worry about this, but just make sure you don't bunch up your stitches on your needle when working so that it doesn't pull in too much.
**cast off 1 st = knit 2 sts, pass first st over 2nd st
Cast on 52 sts.
Work in waffle stitch pattern as follows:
Row 1: K.
Row 2: P.
Row 3: (K1, yf, sl 2*, yb) rep to last st, k1.
Row 4: (P1, yp, sl 2*, yf, p1) rep to last st, p1.
Repeat last 4 rows 16 times more and Rows 1 and 2 again. (70 rows altogether).
Cast off on RS knitwise.
Pick up and knit 37 sts evenly along LH edge. Knit 15 rows.
Next Row: K3, cast off 1 st**, (k until 4 sts on RH needle, cast off 1 st) rep to last 2 sts, k2. (makes 7 buttonholes)
Next Row: K3, cast on 1 st**, (k4, cast on 1 st) rep until last 3 sts, k3.
Knit two rows. Cast off knitwise.
Pick up and knit 36 sts evenly along RH edge. Knit 9 rows. Cast off knitwise.
Cast on 38 sts. Work in st st until work measures exactly 30cm [12in] ending with a RS row. Cast off knitwise.
I prefer to use mattress stitch for sewing up, but you can also use back stitch. Mattress stitch is carried out with RS of work facing you and back stitch is done with WSs of work facing you.
As the tension of the front and back are different and so the number of cast on stitches for the centre sections of the front and back are different, you will find that for this section you need to sew up 1.5 stitches from the front to every 1 stitch for the back when sewing up the top and bottom of the cushion.
Sew RH side of front to RH side of back, matching up garter stitch sections. Sew cast on edge of front to cast on edge of back, matching up garter stitch sections. Sew cast off edge of front to cast off edge of back, again matching up garter stitch section. Leave RH side open. Sew buttons in position on the back of cushion to correspond with buttonholes on LH side of front. You might find it helpful to mark the position with a pin before sewing them on to ensure they are evenly spaced.
This colourful cowl or neck warmer has rapidly become one of my favourites. As an avid knitter, yarn purveyor and knitwear designer, I do of course own a cowl in every colour for every occasion, but this cowl is just a great all-round performer in every category! The size of the cowl is a snug fit around the neck. To make a longer cowl work an extra pattern repeat. (You may need extra yarn).
3 x 50g balls Libby Summers Fine Aran in 660 Sailor's Blue
1 x 50g ball Libby Summers Fine Aran in 101 Coastal Cream
1 x 25g ball Libby Summers Fine Aran in 862 Sea Jewel
1 x 25g ball Libby Summers Fine Aran in 829 Emerald
1 x 25g ball Libby Summers Fine Aran110 Sea Spray
1 x 25g ball Libby Summers Fine Aran in 890 Sunset Sky
1 x 25g ball Libby Summers Fine Aran in 760 Coral
1 x 25g ball Libby Summers Fine Aran in 874 Vintage Green
1 x 25g ball Libby Summers Fine Aran in 730 Wild Heather
1 x 25g ball Libby Summers Fine Aran in 108 Applemint
Pair 4.5mm needles
19 stitches and 20 rows to 10cm [4in].
(NB. taken after blocking and sewing up so does not exactly match stated tension)
35cm wide and 60cm diameter
35cm wide and 30cm high
Cast on 173 stitches in 862 Sea Jewel. Working in stocking stitch throughout, repeat Chart pattern across row, starting and ending with the first 3 stitches of the Chart pattern on each row. (When working a purl row, remember to start with stitch no. 3 and work from left to right. When working a knit row, start with stitch no. 1 and work from right to left). Work 4 Chart repeats in all (132 rows). Cast off on RS in 862 Sea Jewel. Use the stranded technique for changing colour on the 3rd and every following 3rd row, taking care not to pull yarn too tight across back of work. Cut yarn after each block of colour and rejoin next time you work that stripe. Don't try and carry yarns up the side of work as there are two many rows between the colour repeats.
Cast on 173 stitches in 660 Sailor's Blue. Working in stocking stitch throughout, work 132 rows. Cast off on RS using 660 Sailor's Blue.
Sew in ends from colourwork. Block each piece separately, or lightly press under a clean damp tea towel. Sew cast on edge to cast off edge for each piece using mattress stitch. Then sew back to front along sides using mattress stitch.
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