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Knit your own cushions

Transform your living space with these bold accessories.

By Louise Richardson

Lots of you have told us how much you enjoy our knitting patterns, so here’s a couple which have been created especially for Weekly readers. Smart and stylish, these cushions bring your living spaces alive this coming season.

SKILL LEVEL EASY

MATERIALS AND MEASUREMENTS
• Naturally Loyal
DK/8ply (50gr)
Chevron: #907 (A)
4 balls + #900 (B) 4 balls
Striped: #907 (A)
3 balls + #900 (B) 4 balls
Centre stripe: #907 (A)
5 balls + #900 (B) 2 balls
• 3.75mm and 4mm needles
• 4 markers
• 5 buttons each for both chevron and stripe pillows
• 3 large snap fastener
for centre stripe pillow
• Pillow insert

ABBREVIATIONS
Beg – beginning; cm – centimetres; inc – increase; k – knit; meas – measures; NR – next row; patt – pattern; rem – remaining; rep – repeat; RS(F) – right side (facing); st(s) – stitch(es); Stst – Stocking stitch; tog – together; WS(F) – wrong side (facing) M1L – make 1 stitch left, pick up running thread from front to back, k it through the back loop; M1R – make 1 stitch right – pick up running thread from back to front, k it through the front loop; s2-k1-psso – slip 2 sts as if to work k2tog, knit 1, pass the 2 slipped sts over
(= centre st sits over top)

From left: Chevron, Centre Stripe, Striped
From left: Chevron, Centre Stripe, Striped

STRIPED PILLOW

  1. With 3.75mm needles and A, cast on 101 sts.
  2. K1, p1 rib for 4 rows and inc 1 st at centre of last row – 102 sts.
  3. NR (RS) buttonhole row – Rib 14, cast off 2 sts, [rib until 16 sts on needle after cast-off, cast off 2 sts] 4 times, rib to end.
  4. NR – Purl across and cast on 2 sts over cast off sts of previous row.
  5. Change to 4mm needles.
  6. Beg Striped Pattern
  7. A, Stst 8 rows.
  8. B, Stst 10 rows.
  9. Rep these last 18 rows until stripe patt section meas approx 99cm from beg, end with a row 8 of A.
  10. Change to 3.75mm needles.
  11. A, k1, p1 rib for 4 rows. Cast off in rib.

CENTRE STRIPE PILLOW
1. With 4mm needles
and A, cast on 230 sts.

  1. Row 1 (RS) – A, p6,
    k to last 6 sts, p6.
  2. Row 2 – P all sts.
  3. Rep last 2 rows for 14cm, end with a WS row.
  4. **Using B, patt 6 rows.
  5. Using A, patt 4 rows.
  6. Using B, patt 4 rows.
  7. Using A, patt 4 rows.
  8. Using B, patt 2 rows.
  9. Using A, patt 6 rows.
  10. Using B, patt 4 rows.
  11. Using A, patt 4 rows.**
  12. Rep from to again.
  13. Using B, patt 2 rows.
  14. Using A, patt until piece meas 51cm from beg, end with a WS row.
  15. Cast off loosely.

CHEVRON PILLOW

  1. With 3.75mm needles and A, cast on 123 sts.
  2. K1, p1 rib for 4 rows.
  3. NR (RS) buttonhole row – Rib 12, [cast off 2 sts, rib until 22 sts on needle after cast-off] 4 times, cast off 2 sts, rib to end.
  4. NR – Purl across and cast on 2 sts over cast off sts of previous row.
  5. Change to 4mm needles.
  6. Beg main pattern
  7. Row 1 (RS) – A, k2, [M1L, k10, s2-k1-psso, k10, M1R, k1] 5 times, k1.
  8. Row 2 – P all sts.
  9. Rep last 2 rows 3 times more.
  10. Change to B and work 10 rows in patt.
  11. Change to A and work 8 rows in patt.
  12. Rep these last 18 rows until main patt section meas approx 99cm from beg (take meas at shorter point of patt), end with a row 8 of A.
  13. Change to 3.75mm needles.
  14. A, k1, p1 rib for 4 rows. Cast off in rib.

CHECK YOUR TENSION

TO COMPLETE THE STRIPED AND CHEVRON PILLOW::
Fold in half lengthwise, fold garter stitch edges under. Join sides. Join approx 10 to 12cm from each side seam at bottom edge. Sew the 3 snap fasteners evenly in place.
Measure approximately 20cm from buttonholes and mark each side (ensure to place markers halfway of either black or white to end up with matching seam later), then mark each side 46cm up from first set of markers (again halfway of either black or white). Fold at markers and join sides, ensure buttonhole end is on top. Sew on the buttons.

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