Knitted Snowflake Cushion - Free Pattern!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

This cover, inspired by a traditional Danish design, conjures up thoughts of cold winter nights.

This cover, inspired by a traditional Danish design, conjures up thoughts of cold winter nights. The chosen yarn comes in a huge range of colours so the combinations can be varied to suit your taste.

 

Size

To fit a 16in (41cm) cushion pad

 

Tension

17 sts and 21 rows to 4in (10cm) measured over stocking stitch using 5mm needles.

 

Materials

Artesano Aran, 50% alpaca, 50% wool (144yds/132m per 100g skein)

2 x 100g skeins in C834 Midnight (dark blue) (M)

Oddment of same or similar yarn in cream (C)

Pair of 5mm (UK6:US8) needles

Pair of 4mm (UK8:US6) needles

Large darning needle

6–8 x buttons ¾in (2cm) in diameter

 

Tip

Make sure you do not pull the yarn too tightly across the back when working the Fair Isle panels.

 

 

Click the image the enlarge

Front

Using 5mm needles, M and the cable cast-on method (see below), cast on 62 sts.

Work 12 rows in stocking stitch.

Begin pattern:

Join in C and work the 12 rows of the chart using the Fair Isle method (see below), working backwards when the centre point is reached.

Break off C and work 10 rows in stocking stitch using M.

Join in C and work the 12 rows of the chart as before.

Break off C and work 10 rows in stocking stitch using M.

Join in C and work the 12 rows of the chart as before.

Break off C and work 12 rows in stocking stitch using M.

Cast off.

 

Back

Using 5mm needles, M and the cable cast-on method, cast on 62 sts.

Work 9½in (24cm) in stocking stitch.

Change to 4mm needles and work 8 rows in k1, p1 rib.

 

Flap

Using 5mm needles, M and the cable cast-on method, cast on 62 sts.

Work 5in (12.5cm) in stocking stitch.

Change to 4mm needles and work 2 rows in k1, p1 rib.

Mark position of buttonholes.

Next row (buttonholes): Rib to position of first buttonhole, yf, k2tog; rep along the row until all buttonholes have been worked, then rib to end.

Next row: Rib.

Work 4 further rows in rib.

Cast off in rib.

 

Making up

Place the cast-on edge of the front and the cast-on edge of the back together, right sides outermost. Pin in place and join by oversewing. Repeat with the cast-off edge of the front and the cast-on edge of the flap. Join sides using mattress stitch (see below), overlapping button band appropriately. Attach buttons. Darn in ends.

 

Cable cast-on

1 For a firmer edge, cast on the first two stitches as shown (right).

2 When casting on the third and subsequent stitches, insert needle between cast-on stitches on left needle, wrap yarn round and pull through to create a loop. Slide loop onto left needle. Repeat to end.

 

 

Fair Isle

This is worked by picking up or setting aside different shades of yarn as needed. Yarn that is not in use is stranded or carried across the back of the row. Twist each shade of yarn every few stitches, and take care not to pull the yarn too tightly across the back of the work.

1 Begin working with the first shade, then drop it when you need to use the second. To work with the first shade again, bring it under the second.

2 When picking up the second shade again, drop the first and take the second over it.

 

Mattress stitch

Place the pieces to be joined on a flat surface laid together side by side, with right sides towards you. Using matching yarn, thread a needle back and forth with small, straight stitches. The stitches form a ladder between the two pieces of fabric, creating a flat, secure seam.

 

Taken from Knitted Cushions by Alison Howard, published by GMC (£9.99, available from www.thegmcgroup.com)

 

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