Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Free Cushion Pattern

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HAND SPUN CUSHION

MATERIALS:

I knit the original in my own handspun wool (250g at approx. 9 WPI), but the pattern could also be made with commercial knitting worsted as long as you can achieve a GAUGE of 15-16sts over 4 inches of stockinette stitch. You will also need a 14 inch square pillow form, 4 large buttons and a tapestry needle for sewing up. *note* Knitted piece is designed to be slightly smaller than the pillow form to achieve a slight stretch and “full” appearance to the finished pillow.

CAST ON 50 sts with 4.5 mm needles (or whatever size you need to achieve the gauge).

Rows 1-3: Knit across.

PATTERN STITCH:

Row 1: K1, * K8, P2. Repeat from * across to last 9 sts. K9.
Row 2: Purl across.

Work in Pattern Stitch until piece measures 32 inches from beginning, ending with a wrong side row.

BUTTONHOLE BAND
Purl 7 rows.
On wrong side: P8, * K2 tog, yarn over twice, K2 tog, P6. Repeat from * across to last 2 sts. P2.
Next row: P9, * purl and knit into the double yarn over, P8. Repeat from * across, to last stitch, P1.
Purl 6 rows.
Cast off knitwise on wrong side.

Block finished piece 14 inches x 34 inches. Try knitted piece on pillow form, overlapping ends and pinning sides together. Sew seams, including sides of overlap. Sew buttons under button holes (centered on purled stripes).

This pattern is provided free for your personal use. If you would like to share it with friends please send them around to my blog to say hello.

http://wovenflame.blogspot.com/2005/06/free-cushion-pattern.html

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Simple, elegant design. I like it!

Trish

Leisel said...

THANK YOU!

jess said...

Thank you! I love that! I am going to try to spin up some yarn to make it... :)

dragon knitter said...

i like yours better than daily knitters. i looked at it, and in homespun, with what i think are cables, it looks too busy. yours is simple and elegant. love that.

Michelle said...

Thank you for taking the time to write up a pattern for your cushion. I have it saved and look forward to making a couple.

Anonymous said...

From a B.C.'er as well, your pattern is lovely. I'm also a Capricorn with 2 grown children.

ShelbyD said...

Thanks for posting. It looks great.

Wool Winder said...

Thanks so much for sharing this pattern. It's wonderful! I just finished knitting a two-tone version of your pillow using bulky weight handspun and it turned out great.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I'm knitting one right now.

knitterbeader said...

Thank you for publishing your pattern. The cushion is beautiful and I'm headed to my LYS to find some beautiful yarn to make it. Would make a great Christmas gift (or two or three)!!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Thank you so much for the lovely cushion pattern! I think I will make a couple of these for Christmas presents.
Cheers
Mary Anne

Lisa S. said...

Love the pattern! The link to the instructions for the buttonhole isn't working-- do you have an alternate link?

Diane said...

this is just whjat i need for a gift for my friend, im going to start it today, thank you for the pattern

Charlane said...

This is a beautiful pillow - I am making a collection of linen and flax collored pillows and your pattern was the inspiration for this collection. Thanks

Kate Noble said...

ooh just found this pattern, can't wait to get started :)

Anonymous said...

Excuse my lack of knowledge, but what do you mean by the "wrong side"?! Oh dear, I must swot up on my knitting terms! :)

Marlene said...

Right side is the "public side" on and item. "Wrong side" is the side of your knitting that would be inside a sweater, or in this case, the inside of the pillow...the side of your knitting that won't show when the pillow is sewn up.

Heather's House said...

Hi there.... just started knitting this great pillow this evening. I just wondering if we really start the pattern after only 3 rows of knitting at the start. So we are actually starting the pattern on the wrong side. I'm confused! I've never done it that way before and don't want to get it all done and be wrong. Thanks for your help.

Marlene said...

"Wrong" side and "Right" side are not always determined by odd or even numbered rows, Heather's House. The term "right side" just refers to the public side of the item, as described in my answer to "Anonymous", and which side that will be is determined by the designer.

In this case the purpose of those first few knitted rows before you start the pattern is just to prevent the edge from curling. If you would rather knit one more row before you start the pattern stitch so that your right side rows end up being odd numbers feel free to do that. It really won't make much of a difference in the end. The beginning edge ends up tucked under the button flap anyways.

Cynclair said...

I'm just finishing up this project - I love the pattern. The link how to sew side seams doesn't work - do you have a specific stitch that you recommend? Thanks.

Marlene said...

Nothing too special , just a "mattress stitch" seam. Here's a new link:

http://www.domiknitrix.com/howtos/mattress_stitch.cfm

Anonymous said...

What is the asterisk for in front of the K8? Does anyone know? Thanks

Marlene said...

The * is the point at which you repeat. Where it says repeat from * it means to repeat everything from the * on.

Anonymous said...

thanks for share.

Stephenie said...

Thanks for the pattern! I was looking for something to make for a wedding gift and this fits the bill. Beautiful!

Marlene said...

You are welcome Stephenie. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

jonesing4jewelry said...

Love the pattern. Just not sure how the P9, * purl and knit into the double yarn over, P8 works out.

BUTTONHOLE BAND
Purl 7 rows.
On wrong side: P8, * K2 tog, yarn over twice, K2 tog, P6. Repeat from * across to last 2 sts. P2.
Next row: P9, * purl and knit into the double yarn over, P8. Repeat from * across, to last stitch, P1.
Purl 6 rows.
Cast off knitwise on wrong side.

Marlene said...

jonesing4jewelry
P9 is purl 9 stitches of course. Then when you come to the double yarn over there will be two loops on your left hand needle. Purl the first loop without pulling the second one off the left needle. Knit into that second loop. You are creating two stitches out of the one long loop that was created by the double yarn over in the previous row.

If you prefer you may substitute a 2 stitch buttonhole of your choice. You could also completely leave out the buttonholes, sewing the end of the knitting down with the pillow inside, and using the buttons only decoratively. If you do that though you will not be able to remove the pillow cover for laundering.

Anonymous said...

Terrific pattern, but wondering if you have also written out specific pattern for a lumbar-size pillow, i,.e, not sure, but small rectangle.
I'm sure I could figure it out myself, but thought I'd first check with the expert! Thank you!!

Marlene said...

Sorry Anonymous, but I haven't worked out any other sizes. Should be simple enough for you though. Have your pillow form on hand and just knit only until the piece wraps around your form as snuggly/loosely as you wish.

Anonymous said...

This was a fairly easy project for a beginner. I am very pleased with the result.
Diane