How to knit a cushion cover

CushionThe techniques used to make this cushion cover are easy to master and the yarn weight means that the project will knit up quickly.

 

Materials

  • Three 100g (3 1⁄2oz) balls of Rowan Creative Focus Worsted in red
  • Pair of 5mm needles
  • Pair of 5mm circular needles
  • Pins or safety pins
  • Tapestry needle
  • Sewing needle
  • Two 25cm (10in) zippers
  • Sewing thread to match the yarn
  • 10 x 10cm (4 x 4in) piece of cardboard
  • 40 x 40cm (16 x 16in) cushion insert

Size

Cushion insert size: 40 x 40cm (16 x 16in)
 

Download a PDF of the cushion project

Knitting

Tension swatch
Make a slip knot 50cm (20in) from the end of the yarn and, using the thumb cast-on method and 5mm straight needles, cast on 27 sts.
Row 1: Knit (k) .

 

 

Row 2 (wrong-side – WS): [K3, bring yarn forward
 
slip three stitches purlwise (sl3 pwise)], take yarn back.

 

Rep the stitches within the brackets three times more, knit the last 3 sts.
These 2 rows form the pattern (patt).

It is important not to pull the yarn too tight behind the slipped stitches as this will distort the final width. To help prevent this, stretch the stitches out along the needle after every repeat.

Cont in patt until the work measures 15.25cm (6in) from the cast-on edge. End with a WS row.

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Knit the next 3 rows.

Next row (WS): [K1, sl1 pwise] rep to the last st, k1.
Next row: Knit.

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Rep the last 2 rows until the work measures 30cm (12in) from the cast-on edge.
End with a WS row.
Cast off all the stitches.

Counting rows and stitches
There should be 19 stitches and 48 rows to 10cm (4in). Each large slip-stitch loop counts as 2 rows.

Making the cushion

Using 5mm circular needles in the same way as straight needles, make a slip knot 90cm (36in) from the end of the yarn and, using the thumb cast-on method, cast on 111 sts.

Row 1: Knit.
Row 2 (WS): [K3, sl3 pwise] eighteen times, k3.
Cont in patt until the work measures 27.5cm (10 3⁄4in) from the cast-on edge. End with a WS row.
Knit the next 3 rows.
Next row (WS): [K1, sl1], rep to last st, k1.
Next row: Knit.
Rep the last 2 rows until the work measures 56cm (22in) from the cast-on edge.
End with a WS row.
Cast off.


Finishing

Block and press gently. Take particular care to press the edges.

Fold the corners into the center, right sides together.
 
Flat stitch the two halves of the cast-on edge together. Then flat stitch the two halves of the cast off edge together.
Turn the cushion right side out. Working from the right side, pin the closed zippers to the inside of the remaining open seams so that the pull tags are in the center and the knitting just meets over them.
 
Open the zippers and turn the cushion inside out. Close zippers. Thread a needle with sewing thread and, using small whip stitches, baste the zipper tapes to the WS of the cushion.

 

Turn the cushion right-side out and sew the zippers in place, using small back stitches close to the zipper teeth.

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Using knitting yarn and flat stitch, close the seams between the end of the zippers and the corners.
Weave in ends.
 

Tassels (make 2)

Wind the yarn around the cardboard twenty times.
 
Secure with a short length of yarn drawn under the wound yarn and tightly knotted. Take the yarn off the cardboard.


Thread a tapestry needle with yarn and wind it around the looped yarn about 2cm (3⁄4in) from the top. Use the needle to secure the yarn with small back stitches.

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Cut the looped yarn.
Tie a tassel to each zipper tag.

 

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The content on this page is taken from First Knits, published by Collins & Brown. 

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