A pattern by Mary Hancock-Richens http://unravelandmend.blogspot.co.

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This cushion is knitted using the Fair Isle technique. It is knit flat and sewn together.* A braided trim is added, and tassels are created at each corner. DIMENSIONS • Approximately 13” x 13” when flat • Approximately 38cm x 38cm when flat MATERIALS • Colour A: Two balls of Rico Design Essentials Cotton DK in Nature • Colour B: Two balls of Rico Design Essentials Cotton DK in Anthracite • Colour C: Two balls of Rico Design Essentials Cotton DK in Melon • Fiberfil stuffing or ready-made cushion insert NEEDLES & NOTIONS • Straight or circular knitting needle size 3.25mm (US size 3) • Darning needle • Thread to match Colour C • Sewing needle GAUGE 31sts and 27 rows in Fair Isle = 10cm x 10cm DIRECTIONS Using Colour A cast on 112 stitches. Work the chart in stockinette stitch. Cast off in Colour B. Repeat for a second side of your cushion.

This pattern is provided for personal or charity use only. Copyright Mary Hancock-Richens 2012.

Please note that there are some long carries across the back of this pattern. This is not really a problem when knitting a cushion as the carries won’t catch on anything. However if you plan to use the chart for a knitted garment, it will be essential to catch the carried strand every 5 stitches as shown in the image.

FINISHING Line up your chevron stripes with ride sides of the cushion cover facing each other. Using Colour A, neatly sew the top and sides together using a mattress stitch. Stuff the pillow to your taste or insert your ready-made cushion. Then whipstitch the bottom closed, also using Colour A. Weave in any ends. MAKE THE BRAIDED TRIM Using Colour C, cut 18 pieces of yarn that are at least 55cm long. Tie the pieces together with scrap yarn no more than 1 inch from the base, and braid (plait) the entire length using 3 sections of 6 pieces of yarn. Secure the braid with scrap yarn at the end. Repeat three more times to make four braids. A braiding tutorial is found here: http://www.wikihow.com/Braid. ATTACH THE BRAID Centre one of the braids along the bottom seam of your cushion. Using the thread and sewing needle, attach the braid with a whipstitch along the cushion seams. A couple of inches of braid will overhang at the corners of your cushion. Repeat this process three times, on each seam of your cushion. CREATE TASSELS Now you are going to create tassels at each corner of your cushion by binding together two braids. Using Colour C, wrap your yarn several times around the two braids and tie off the binding in a tight knot. Unbraid the tassely bit if necessary. Smooth out the tassel, and trim it to approximately 3cm.

*Please note that this is my first attempt at knitting and writing this pattern, and it has not been test knitted at date of first publication. Next time I will knit one piece in the round. My hope is that this will resolve some minor tension issues that can occur along the edges of the two pieces when knitted flat. Only the top and bottom seams will need to be sewn up, saving time and yarn. Any comments and suggestions are most welcome!

This pattern is provided for personal or charity use only. Copyright Mary Hancock-Richens 2012.

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This pattern is provided for personal or charity use only. Copyright Mary Hancock-Richens 2012.