This deceptively simple round cushion, made in timeless linen yarn and finished with natural horn buttons, uses a technique called short row shaping. Before completing a full row of stitches, you turn, wrap the end stitch and continue in the opposite direction, hence the term short row. Some designers hide the wraps made at each turning point, however, I love the effect they give and prefer to incorporate them into the design.
Finished size of cushion once made up:
approximately 38cm diameter by 8cm deep
Actual size of knitted piece: 44cm diameter
3 x 50g balls of DK-weight linen-blend yarn, such
as Rowan Lenpur Linen LIGHT
Pair of 4mm knitting needles
40cm diameter round feather cushion pad
Large blunt-ended sewing needle
2 four-hole buttons, 2.5cm diameter
22 stitches and 30 rows to 10cm square over
stocking stitch using 4mm needles
round cushion 103
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To make the Round Cushion
Cast on 44 sts.
Work in stocking stitch – knit one row and purl
one row alternately – and short rows as folls:
Row 1 Knit to end.
Row 2 Purl to end.
Row 3 Knit 42 sts, wrap next stitch, turn.
See Masterclass on short-row shaping, overleaf.
Row 4 Purl to end.
Row 5 Knit 40 sts, wrap next stitch, turn.
Row 6 Purl to end.
Cont working in short rows as set, leaving 2 sts
more unworked on every knit row until there are
no more sts to knit.
This completes the first segment of the circle.
Beg again with Row 1 and cont until 8 segments
have been worked to form a full circle.
Do not cast off sts, but join last segment to first
segment by grafting one stitch from the needle
with the corresponding stitch on the cast-on
Make exactly as for Front.
Weave in any loose yarn ends.
Lay the work out flat and gently steam the
finished pieces on the reverse.
Join two pieces together around the curved edges
using backstitch, leaving an opening for inserting
the cushion pad.
Insert the cushion pad and neatly sew the
opening to close.
Take a thread and gently gather together the
small hole in the centre of both the Front and the
Back. Sew a button to both the Front and the Back
of the cushion at the same time, stitching through
all the layers. Fasten securely.