Garter Stitch Round Cushion Pattern

Whilst on holiday, I’m reposting this pattern as you may have missed it first time round. This has been one of my success stories!

UPDATE – I have made a floor cushion out of this pattern – if you’d like to see it and the pattern please follow the link.

http://blog.monsteryarns.co.uk/2013/05/28/round-floor-cushion-pattern/

Spring is coming. It is. We’re all on a promise. And since today is the first day of Spring, for me anyway, my thoughts turn to spring cleaning and more pleasantly, making the house pretty. Nothing updates a look quicker and cheaper than new cushions. Choose colours to cheer and not too much matchy-matchy. That is so last Tuesday!!

This pattern is easy garter stitch, with the tactile round shape produced by lovely short rows in between the knit rows. Mix and match your colours. Hold two different colours together. Go wild with the pompoms. And the final good news is – it’s bulky yarn so you can whip up a cushion in no time at all!! Post me your projects please – feedback is ALWAYS gratefully received.

And I am trying with my photos….

Cushion

There are two sizes available – 80cms and 130cms (prior to sewing). The smaller is perfect for cushions on sofas and the larger one is good as floor cushions.

Materials:
You will need two 100g of Bulky weight yarn for the small cushion and ten for the large floor cushion.
Size 9mm knitting needles
Large blunt needle for sewing
Either foam or stuffing to fill the cushion.
Optional: lining (pillow case will do)

Instructions:
Gauge not important
Pattern uses 2 strands held together. If you use different colours, the pillow will look even more textured.
Larger cushion pattern in brackets.

Cast on 30 (55) stitches
1st row: Knit all stitches
2nd row: For large cushion only, knit all stitches.
3rd row: Knit 25 (40) stitches, yarn forward, slip stitch knitwise, yarn back, slip stitch back, turn work and leave rest of stitches unworked.
4th row: Knit 20 (25) stitches, yarn forward, slip stitch knitwise, yarn back, slip stitch back, turn work and leave rest of stitches unworked.
5th row: Knit 15 (35) stitches, yarn forward, slip stitch knitwise, yarn back, slip stitch back, turn work and leave rest of stitches unworked.
6th row: Knit 10 (45) stitches, yarn forward, slip stitch knitwise, yarn back, slip stitch back, turn work and leave rest of stitches unworked.
7th row: Knit 20 (35) stitches.
8th row: For small cushion only, knit all stitches. For large cushion only knit 25 stitches, yarn forward, slip stitch knitwise, yarn back, slip stitch back, turn work and leave rest of stitches unworked.
9h row For large cushion only knit 40 stitches yarn forward, slip stitch knitwise, yarn back, slip stitch back, turn work and leave rest of stitches unworked.
10th row For large cushion only knit all stitches.
You should have 30 (55) stitches in all rows.

Repeat rows 3 (2) to 8 (10) until cushion measures 80 cm about 127 rows (135 cm, about 162 rows).

Insert lining (if using) and then stuffing. Pick up the live stitches and sew them to their cast on opposites – you will have a cushion shaped like a bolster. Stitch round each stitch on one of the remaining openings and pull tight and secure. Repeat for the other end. You will now have a round ball shaped cushion.

If you prefer a slightly more structured shape, make two pompoms (large buttons will also work) out of your remaining yarn and secure each to the opposite sides of the cushion, pulling tight so the pompoms make the pillow dimple.

Send me some pictures of your finished cushions!!
Happy Spring.

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8 Responses to Garter Stitch Round Cushion Pattern

  1. this is a great pattern, I love it

  2. maggie says:

    knitted your cushion small love it

    • monsteryarns says:

      Thanks! I’m making the large one at the moment. It’s actually hard work as I’m using 6mm needles to get a really firm texture for the floor cushion. Watch this space…

  3. maggie says:

    I found it a bit hard to sew up the cast on edge to the cast off edge have you any tips?
    Maggie.

    • monsteryarns says:

      Hi Maggie,
      Please don’t cast off – in the instructions I suggest lining up your last row of live stitches with the cast on stitches. If you’re not comfortable handling so many live stitches, the best thing is to cast on using the long-tail method or something similar, to have a loose row of stitches.
      Let me know if that helps! Thanks for your feedback.

  4. monsteryarns says:

    My pleasure. Let me know if you have any questions on the pattern.

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