Knitting for home Knitted cushion

Knitted cushion

Knitted cushion

NORO’SSELF-STRIPING Kureyon yarn in a colour way of heathery moorland colours has beenusedto create this soft-looking cushion. Designed by Helen Ardley, it has a stocking stitch fabric highlighted with chunky bobbles, which give the cushion real character. The finished cushion cover is felted to shrink it by about one-fifth of its size. It’s then fitted with a zip fastening along the bottom opening.

SIZE: 50cm x 48cm (193/4 x 183/4in) before washing

40cm x 40cm (153/4 x 153/4in) after felting

YARN: Noro Kureyon (Chunky weight; 100% wool; 100m/109yds per 50g ball)

Shade 287; 6 x 50g balls


1 pair 5.5mm (UK 9/US 5) needles 40cm (143/4in) zip

Needle and thread for sewing in zip 40cm (16in) square cushion pad

TENSION 16 sts and 20 rows to 10cm over st st on 5.5mm needles before felting


MB: Make bobble. Knit into front, back, front, back and front of next st, turn, and starting with a purl row work 3 rows in st st over these 5 sts. Pass 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th sts over first st, then knit this st again.


Cast on 74 sts.

Purl 1 row.

Now work pattern as follows:

Rowl (RS): *K10, MB, rep from * to last 8 sts, K8.

Next and all WS rows: Purl

Row 3: K4, *MB, K13; rep from * to end.

Row 5: K13, MB, *K13, MB; rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.

Row 7: *K7, MB; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2.

Row 9: K3, MB; *K15, MB rep from * to last 6 sts, K6.

Row 10: Purl

These 10 rows form the pattern.

Cont in pattern for a further 92 rows.

Cast off.


Cast on 74 sts.

Starting with a RS row work in st st for 110 rows.

Cast off.


Placing wrong sides together, sew around both sides and the top of cushion using mattress stitch.

Put the cushion into the washing machine at 60C. Please note that all washing machines are different, so you may prefer to felt it more slowly by washing the cushion at 40C then again at 40C. Once felted, pull the cushion into shape and leave to dry.

Close the zip and pin to the inside edge of the cushion where you want the opening to be, so it is hidden by the knitting. Carefully stitch in place close to the teeth, hiding the ends inside. Insert cushion pad.