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Knitted pincushion

Knitted pincushion


This pincushion needs nothing more than a pretty stitch. Once the purl cluster has been mastered, it's an easy stitch to remember. The reverse stockinette stitch edging is as effective on the wrong side as it is on the right side.

Tools & Materials

Hand-dyed sport weight wool: 50yds (45.75m)

Knitting needles: Size 2 (2.75mm)

Polyester fiberfill

Special abbreviations

kfb = knit into front and back of next stitch to increase by 1 stitch.

pc = purl cluster—purl 3 sts together, leave on left hand needle, yarn over needle, purl the stitches again this time removing them from needle.

Panels—make two

Cast on 25 sts.

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: P1, (pc, p1) to end.

Row 3: Knit.

Row 4: P3, *pc, p1* to last 2sts, p2.

Rep these four rows until work measures the desired size. Bind off on a knit row.


Cast on 5 sts.

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Slip 1, p4.

Row 3: K1, kfb 3 times, k1. (8 sts)

Row 4: Bind off 3 sts purlwise, p to end.

These 4 rows make the pattern. Work until edging is desired length when slightly stretched, ending on Row 4. Bind off.

Assembly and finishing

If the edging has started to curl it can be blocked. Sew the two sides together, stuffing as you work the fourth side.

Slipstitch the edging in place.