Knit a stylish jacquard cushion

Inspired by boudoir wallpaper patterns, this petite cushion is knitted in two colours using a simple stranding technique. It is worked in mercerized cotton, backed in sumptuous velvet, and trimmed with either braid or tassels.

By Erika Knight

Materials
• Any super-fine-weight mercerized cotton yarn, such as Yeoman Cotton Cannele 4 Ply (A: 1 8-3/4 oz/250 g cone in black; B: 1 8-3/4 oz/250 g cone in turquoise)
• Pair of size 3 (3.25 mm) knitting needles
• Medium-size blunt-ended yarn needle
• Approximately 1/2 yd (50 cm) of black velvet fabric and matching sewing thread for cushion back
• Pillow form 12 in x 12 in (30.5 cm x 30.5 cm) to fit finished cover
• 1-1/2 yd (1.3 m) of braid trimming for edging (optional)

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Size
One size, approximately 12 in x 12 in (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Gauge
29 sts and 36 rows = 4 in (10 cm) over pattern using size 3 (3.25 mm) needles or size necessary to obtain gauge.

Pattern notes
• For the reverse colourway, use A for B and B for A. The yarn amount specified is enough for both cushions.
• When working the stockinette stitch colour pattern from the chart, read odd-numbered rows (knit rows) from right to left and even-numbered rows (purl rows) from left to right.
• Work the colour pattern using the stranding (Fair Isle) technique, stranding the yarn not in use loosely across the back of the work. Do not carry the yarn over more than three stitches at a time, but weave it under and over the colour being worked.

To make cushion front
Using size 3 (3.25 mm) needles and B, cast on 90 sts.
Beg with a k row and chart row 1, work 110 rows following chart.
Bind off.

To finish
Weave in any loose yarn ends.
Lay work out flat and gently steam.
For cushion back, cut two pieces of fabric, each 10-1/2 in (27 cm) by 13 in (33 cm).
Along one long edge of each piece fold 1/2 in (1.5 cm) to wrong side twice and stitch to form a double hem.
Lay knitting right-side up and place both back pieces wrong-side up on top, so that raw edges extend 1/2 in (1.5 cm) past edges of knitting and hemmed edges overlap at centre.
Pin and stitch around all sides, taking a 1/2 in (1.5 cm) seam on fabric and stitching close to edge on knitting. Turn right-side out.
Sew braid around edge (optional).
Insert pillow form.



Excerpted from Glamour Knits at Home, copyright 2007 by Erika Knight. Excerpted with permission from Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced without permission in writing from the publisher.

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