Knitting for home Fair Isle cushion

Fair Isle cushion

Fair Isle cushion



What better time than the bleak depths of winter for a bit of in-your-face romance? This delightfully bright and bold cushion has got us swooning. Get a load of all those hugs, kisses and hearts worked in double crochet stitches.

YOU WILL NEED

■ Rooster Almerino Aran (50% baby alpaca, 50% merino, 50g/94m), 5 balls of: Yarn A Brighton Rock (07) 1 ball of Yarn B Rooster (10)

■ A 4mm (US G/6) hook 

■ 6 buttons, 2cm (1 in) in diameter

 

■ 40x40cm (16x16in) cushion pad

TENSION

15 sts and 16 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over double crochet using a 4mm hook

MEASUREMENTS

40x40cm (16x16in)

NOTES

For the cushion Front, follow the Chart.

On the chart, each square represents 1dc stitch.

Read all RS rows from right to left, and WS rows from left to right. 

When changing colour mid-row, twist the ends of the two colours together.

Pick up the new colour in the last yrh of the previous stitch. 

Carry the unused strands of yarn across the WS of the work. 

CUSHION FRONT

With Yarn A, ch61.

Follow the Chart from Rows 1-60, working as follows:

Row 1 (RS) Beginning in the second ch from the hook, 1dc in each ch to end, turn. [60 dc]

Rows 2-60 Ch1 (does not count as st), dc into the first dc and each dc across to end, changing the yarn colour as required, turn.

Fasten off at the end of Row 60. 

CUSHION BACK

PART 1

With Yarn A, ch61.

Row 1 Beginning in the second ch from the hook, 1dc in each ch to end, turn. [60 dc]

Rows 2-40 Ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc into the first dc and each dc across to end, turn.

Fasten off at the end of Row 40.

PART 2

With Yarn A, ch61.

Row 1 Beginning in the second ch from the hook, 1dc in each ch to end, turn. [60 dc]

Rows 2-39 Ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc into the first dc and each dc across to end, turn.

Row 40 Ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc into the first dc, 1dc in each of the next 5 dc, *ch3, skip 3 dc, 1dc in each of the next 6 dc; repeat from * to end, turn. [6 buttonholes made]

Rows 41-42 Ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc into the first st and each st across to end, turn. [60 dc]

Fasten off at the end of Row 42. Weave in all ends.

TO MAKE UP

Align the three pieces of the cushion on top of each other, right sides together, making sure the piece with the buttonholes is the centre layer.

Square up the pieces and seam around the outside using a small running stitch.

Turn right side out and sew on the buttons to line up with the buttonholes.