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This felted floor cush­ion has a bright, mod­ern Fair Isle pat­tern

The Knitter - - Contents - HE­LEN ARD­LEY

Large felted Fair Isle cush­ion

HE­LEN ARD­LEY’S mod­ern take on tra­di­tional Fair Isle com­bines cheer­ful colours and geo­met­ric mo­tifs. Its large size makes it ideal as a floor cush­ion, and it has a thick and cosy fabric, as the cover is felted in the wash­ing ma­chine af­ter knit­ting.

FRONT

Us­ing 4mm nee­dles and yarn C, cast on 168 sts. Beg with a K row, work 2 rows in st st. Change to yarn G and knit 2 rows. Work rows 1-40 of Chart. These 40 rows form the re­peat. Work rows 1-40 of Chart 3 more times, then rows 1-18 once more. Change to 3.25mm nee­dles and yarn F. Next row: *K4, P4; rep from * to end. Rep last row 5 times more. Next row (but­ton­hole row): K4, P4, *K2, yo, K2­tog, P4, K4, P4; rep from * to end. Work a fur­ther 5 more rows in rib. Cast off.

BACK

Us­ing 4mm nee­dles and yarn B, cast on 148 sts. Beg with a K row, work 10 rows in st st. Change to yarn C and work 10 rows in st st. Change to yarn D and work 10 rows in st st. Change to yarn H and work 10 rows in st st. Change to yarn E and work 10 rows in st st. Change to yarn A and work 10 rows in st st. Change to yarn F and work 10 rows in st st. Change to yarn G and work 10 rows in st st. These 80 rows form the stripe pat­tern. Cont in stripe patt once more. Change to yarn C and work 10 rows in st st. Change to yarn D and work 10 rows in st st. Change to 3.25mm nee­dles and yarn D, and cont as folls: Next row: *K4, P2, rep from * to end. Rep last row 11 times more. Cast off.

TO MAKE UP

Weave in loose ends. Plac­ing WS to­gether and us­ing mat­tress stitch, sew down both side seams and cross the bottom. Very care­fully felt the cush­ion in the wash­ing ma­chine. Wash on a quick wash once, see how much it has felted. If it needs fur­ther felt­ing, then wash on a quick wash again; if you think it has shrunk enough then pull into shape and leave to dry. Note that all wash­ing ma­chines wash dif­fer­ently, so test it with a swatch first to help you to judge how long you will need to leave the cush­ion in the ma­chine. Sew but­tons onto rib at top to cor­re­spond with but­ton­holes.

The fabric is felted af­ter knit­ting

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