What you need
- Aran weight yarn, e.g Drops Big Merino
- Size 5mm knitting needles
- Darning needle
K, k knit
sl slip stitch
RS right side
WS wrong side
wyif with yarn in front
k1uls knit 1 under loose strands ~
insert right needle under the two loose strands, then knit the next stitch on the left needle, bringing the new stitch behind the loose strands.
What to do
Make 1 square (size approx. 12.5cms x 12.5 cms sq)
N.B with this pattern the even numbered rows are wrong-side facing (WS) and the odd numbered rows are right-side facing (RS)
The right side facing (RS) is always having the “tail” on the left-hand of your work.
Cast on 23 sts
Rows 1-4 Knit every st (garter st).
Row 5 (RS) K4, *wyif sl 3 purlwise, k1; rep from * three more times, k3.
(4 loops made)
Row 6 (WS) K3, p17, k3.
Row 7 Same as row 5.
Row 8 Same as row 6.
Row 9 K5, *k1uls, k3; rep from * three more times, k2.
Row 10 Same as row 6.
Row 11 K3, wyif sl 2 purlwise, k1, *wyif sl 3 purlwise, k1; rep from * twice more, wyif sl2 purlwise, k3. (5 loops made)
Row 12 Same as row 6.
Row 13 Same as row 11.
Row 14 Same as row 6.
Row 15 K3, *k1uls, k3; rep from * four more times, k3.
Row 16 Same as row 6.
Repeat Rows 5-16 once more, then Rows 5- 10 again.
Row 35 (RS) Knit.
Rows 36-39 Knit (garter st).
Row 40 (WS) Cast off.
Finishing Tips & Techniques
Once you have completed all nine squares, it is now worth spending some time on a few simple finishing techniques for completing your cushion cover.
Blocking and Darning in ends ~
Blocking can transform your work. It is a process of either steaming or wetting your knitted project so you are able to set the finished size and even out the stitches.
This project has involved many different stitch combinations for textural effect, so it is important to use wet blocking so that we do not flatten any of the stitches in the pattern.
Blocking your finished squares will help to shape your squares and make it easier for sewing them together.
For blocking use Wet spray Blocking by
- Laying your squares on a blocking mat or towel.
- Pin to size and shape.
- Gently spritz with water and gently ease the fabric out with your hands.
- Allow to dry
Now that you squares are neat and regular you can darn in your loose ends ready to sew together.
Week 4: Making Up
- how to lay out your squares,
- sewing your squares together
- final blocking
- sewing your knitted piece to your backing fabric to complete.