Knitted Cushions for the Seaside

Knitted Cushion

These took rather a long time to make, but then I am not the speediest, nor the most experienced knitter, so perhaps in more skilled hands, they would be super quick! Anyway, given the effort, I’m pretty chuffed! My aim was to make two cushions for my new flat by the sea using a simple pattern that showed off the colour and softness of the wool, which in turn was meant to show the colours of the sea – I reckon I achieved this pretty well. Unfortunately The Man doesn’t agree, nor does he like them. Hmmm.

They are very simply made, it is just a length of basket weave knitting with holes at one end for buttons. These I then folded and sewed at the seams to create the cushion and sewed on some buttons – super straight forward! Unfortunately I did have to redo a fair amount of both of them due to making them too small, running out of wool, etc – all the usual problems!

The pattern is inspired by a similar one in a great book – Knitty Gritty: Knitting for the Absolute Beginner – which I adapted and tweaked for my wool, buttons and cushions. So here are the deets incase you’re interested, though I suspect it might be a bit simple for the avid knitter…

You will need:
Wool – 150g NORO Kochoran Col no 75
(this equates to 1.5 balls per cushion)
Needles – 6mm
8 random buttons
40 x 40cm cushion pad – John Lewis aren’t a bad price

Abbreviations
K – Knit
P – Purl
YF – Yarn forward
YB – Yarn to the back
K2tog – Knit two stitches together
P2tog – Purl two stitches together

Instructions
– Cast on 48 stitches
– (K8, P8), repeat until the end of the row.
– Repeat for the next 4 rows.
– (K4, YF, K2tog, K2, P4, YB, P2to, P2), repeat until the end of the row
– (K8, P8), repeat until the end of the row.
– Repeat for the next 3 rows.

– (P8, K8), repeat until the end of the row.
– Repeat for the next 9 rows.
– (K8, P8), repeat until the end of the row.
– Repeat for the next 9 rows.

– Repeat this 20 row pattern another 7 times

– (K8, P8), repeat until the end of the row.
– Repeat for the next 4 rows.

– Cast off and weave in the ends.

– Fold in half, inside out, so the button holes are on the inside in the middle.
– Sew the sides up, working from the centre to the edge.
– Turn it the right way round and sew on your 8 buttons to correspond with the holes.

Fill up with a cushion and enjoy!

As I say, I am not a super knitter – so please forgive any errors, let me know and I will adapt the pattern!

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Comments

  • chez January 27, 2014 Reply

    Maudie Bee, they look wonderful. Chuck the man out! Keep the cushions in! xxx

    • Maudie January 27, 2014 Reply

      Thanks! They’re definitely staying – I LOVE them!

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