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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Cushions


When I went to the Knitting Show at Earl's Court in the spring I bought a really huge ball of chunky Aran wool. I've had the idea to knit some cushion covers for myself, and our holiday seemed the perfect time for this "big for me" knit. 

This was my first cushion, and I was delighted with how it turned out. It is a 50cm cushion pad, so quite big. The pattern worked out perfectly with exactly five leaf designs on it. It may look a bit like cable knitting, but isn't, just a combination of knitting together and increasing. I am going to put the pattern for this Leaf Cushion online soon, though may knit another one in a deeper colour first.


I had enough wool left for a second cushion, and thought I would try something a bit more pictorial. I had a few problems, as originally the tree was going to be in a frame of leaves. Something went wrong and I had to unravel, which is why there is just a leaf in each corner. I was really pleased with the tree, which I planned out on a grid of paper. You can see my enormous grid below, which is actually 9 pieces of paper glued together. I had thought of writing it up as a pattern, but I am not sure that anyone else would want to follow such an enormous chart, or even how I would get it into a document. I even got a bit confused myself near the top of the tree, but thought that so long as I keep the right number of stitches, no one will be able to tell if the odd leaf is not in the place I originally planned. So this is probably going to be just for me. I may have a go at another similar cushion, as it was fun to do, and I would like to make the tree a bit more asymmetric, and knit it in a deeper colour.





37 comments:

  1. Oh I really love your cushions. The tree is gorgeous. I am so impressed with your pattern creating. I'm sure other people would love to make it.
    Ali xx

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  2. Wow, very impressive. The tree cushion is a real delight.

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  3. Lovely cushion I do love the tree one
    Clare x

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  4. So very pretty. Something about all white knitting is so comforting.

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  5. The tree is just amazing! Love it!!

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  6. Truly amazing. You are so very talented- love the tree.

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  7. What an accomplishment! Those pillows are so elegant.

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  8. Wow, the cushions are amazing! The tree one is especially beautiful. (I really like the first one too!)

    If you're interested, I'd love to have you link up at my Yarn Fanatic Party! http://philwife.blogspot.com/2014/08/yarn-fanatic-party-3.html

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  9. I love knitted cushion covers - they're also super comfy to lie on :)

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  10. Gosh that tree one especially - stunning!

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  11. Beautiful, beautiful. The cover all in white is stunning and with the leaf pattern and the tree it is even more stunning!

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  12. I love your tree, just beautiful! Who needs colours when you can create something in white that is so stunning!

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  13. Wow, how clever are you! These are fabulous, the tree is amazing. xx

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  14. Gorgeous....all I can knit is scarves :) xx

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  15. amazing knitting! i adore that tree cushion cover! just fab!

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  16. Wow! that tree is just so clever! I really wish I could knit! xx

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  17. They are beautiful, you must be very chuffed. You have far more patience than me!

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  18. Gorgeous, both the your cushions look fabulous!
    Wow the tree cushion does look complicated, I think its turned out great tho x now to make it complicated and make the background a different from the tree, hee hee xx

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  19. Super cushions, I can feel a nap coming on zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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  20. They are gorgeous. I love the pattern on the first cushion and the tree is simply stunning. I wouldn't know where to start in designing knits yet it's just second nature to you xx

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  21. They are both beautiful but I especially love the tree. WOW!

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  22. I love both of these pillows! The design with the cream yarn is stunning.

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  23. Beautiful cushion covers, I bet they're really comfortable to snuggle up with.

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  24. Oh, I love that cushion with the tree. It's so beautiful! I need to learn how to knit, I truly do.Thanks so much for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week's issue.

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  25. Those are amazing! I love the tree pattern. Will you share it? I think it's neat that you have a leafy pattern and then a tree.

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    1. I have just started knitting a second leaf cushion, and when I have finished that am going to publish the pattern. But I am going to have to put a bit of thought of how to get the tree design into a chart, so am going to give it a go, but that may take a bit longer.

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  26. Those cushions are simply gorgeous! I like them in this color--sophisticated. The first one looks quite intricate to knit and really seems to be made of cable knitting... which leaves me intrigued as to how you managed that. :-)

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  27. Those are really really lovely cushions, and the self-designed tree is more than impressive!

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  28. How lovely! It would also look great in a long run yarn. Thanks for sharing.
    Sheila
    http://sheilazachariae.blogspot.com/2014/09/holiday-knitting-and-crocheting-part-1.html

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  29. Fabulous, really amazing, love that tree! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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