In­tar­sia pea­cock cush­ion

Note The Cush­ion is knit­ted us­ing the in­tar­sia tech­nique.

Simply Knitting - - Contents - By Su­san Cow­per

The mag­nif­i­cent tail feath­ers of a shim­mer­ing pea­cock make the per­fect mo­tif for a fab­u­lous cush­ion.

FRONT

Cast on 94 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and Yarn A.

Beg with a knit row and us­ing the in­tar­sia tech­nique, work in st st through the 119 rows of the Chart, bring­ing in other colours where needed. Re­mem­ber to twist the yarns when you change colour to pre­vent holes form­ing.

Cast off.

Weave in ends.

BACK

PIECE 1

Cast on 94 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and Yarn A.

Row 1 *K1, P1; rep from * to end. Re­peat last row 3 times more.

***Beg with a knit row, work in st st for 4 rows.

**Keep­ing Yarn A still at­tached, join Yarn C. Beg with a knit row, work in st st for 2 rows.

Break Yarn C and con­tinue with Yarn A. Beg with a knit row, work in st st for 4 rows.

Keep­ing Yarn A still at­tached, join Yarn B. Beg with a knit row, work in st st for 2 rows.

Break Yarn B and con­tinue with Yarn A. Beg with a knit row, work in st st for 4 rows.

Keep­ing Yarn A still at­tached, join Yarn D. Beg with a knit row, work in st st for 2 rows.

Break Yarn D and con­tinue with Yarn A. Beg with a knit row, work in st st for 4 rows.

Re­peat from ** twice more.

Cast off.

Sew ends in.

PIECE 2

Cast on 94 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and Yarn A.

Row 1 *K1, P1; rep from * to end.

Row 2 (But­ton­hole row) (K1, P1) 11 times, yo, k2­tog, rep from * twice more, (K1, P1) 11 times. [94 sts]

Row 3 *K1, P1; rep from * to end.

Re­peat last row once more.

Work as given for Piece 1 from *** to end.

MAK­ING UP

1 Lay the Front out flat with the RS fac­ing up. Take the pom­pom edg­ing, no­tice how the pom­poms are at­tached to only one side of the trim. Pin the trim to the cush­ion so that the side of the trim with the pom­poms is near­est the cen­tre of the cush­ion and the trim edge with­out pom­poms sits on the edge of the knit­ting.

2 Take Back Piece 2 and lay this with RS down on top of the Front. Take care to tuck the pom­poms in­side.

3 The fi­nal piece goes face down on the lower half of the Cush­ion Front. The first four rows of this Back sits on the first 4 rows of the but­ton­hole back. Pin into place all round.

4 Sew all round with a length of Yarn A; the ta­pes­try nee­dle will go through the pom­pom trim. Turn RS out.

5 Cut 3 pom­poms from the trim and with a length of Yarn B sew them on the back edge to cor­re­spond with the but­ton­holes from the other side. Push the nee­dle through the cen­tre of the pom­pom a few times, just as you would with a but­ton. Once sewn on, you can fluff and re­shape the pom­pom back to a ball.

6 In­sert your 46cm square cush­ion in­sert and push the pom­pom ‘but­tons’ through the but­ton­holes.

Start at the bot­tom right-hand cor­ner. Read right side rows from right to left and wrong side rows from left to right. A row of squares rep­re­sents a row of knit­ting.

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