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Round Cushion
Knit a padded round seat cushion.

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.

Stitches used…
Stocking stitch

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

Extract from

Simple Knitting: A Complete How-to-Knit Workshop with 20 Projects by Erika Knight

Simple Knitting is a unique workshop-based, how-to-knit book that will teach you the key techniques while creating an enviable collection of knitted items. Each of the 20 projects in the book teaches a new skill, as well as building upon and consolidating those knitting techniques already learned through preceding projects. With a series of workshop-style masterclasses Erika Knight explains all the essential information--from achieving a perfect tension and substituting yarns or stitch textures, to more advanced cables and shaping--alongside broader design principles, such as building a color palette.
Providing a unique opportunity to learn the design secrets of one of the world's most highly-respected knitwear designers, Erika shares her special tricks of the trade within this book. Erika's signature style, for which she has become renowned worldwide, is her sophisticated simplicity. Simple Knitting is the embodiment of that elegant reductivism. Her designs prove that you can make wonderful, original items for your home and yourself at the same time as mastering a repertoire of skills. Likewise, her preference for a refined natural palette of earthy shades with the odd highlight hue is perfectly in tune with the current mood for relaxed, homely interiors.
With inspiring photography by Yuki Sugiura that showcases each of the beautiful designs, supported with clear charts and artwork, Simple Knitting is the ultimate learn-to-knit book.

© 2015 Erika Knight · Reproduced with permission.


  • Step 1

    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

  • Step 2

    Make exactly as for Front.
    To finish
    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.

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kenzie c.
kenzie c.

Can you post more pictures! its sooooooo beautiful I would hate to miss out on any of it!
P.s. is there a crochet version?

Claira · 10 projects

I wish I could knit as well as you, would love that cushion!

NicoliSunshine · Springfield, Missouri, US

This is so adorable. I love the spiral effect. I'm totally inspired to try it Happy thanks for sharing!

katcar~ · 27 projects

it reminds me of the underside of a sea urchin Happy pretty! makes me wish i could knit.

Janie R.
Janie R. · Eastern, Kentucky, US · 25 projects

I am very new to knitting, but this looks so neat that I will try it. I don't understand the wrapping part, but I will look it up. Thanks!


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