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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

Posted by Erika Knight Published © 2024 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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