Cromer

Shadow knit­ting is used to cre­ate dy­namic stripes on this vi­brant cush­ion cover

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Shadow-knit cush­ion

BY AL­TER­NAT­ING sec­tions of knit and purl stitches, and two con­trast­ing colours, the fab­ric on this cush­ion ap­pears to have curv­ing bands of tex­ture. This tech­nique is called shadow (or illusion) knit­ting.

PAT­TERN NOTES

In shadow knit­ting, work the first row of a colour from the right side of the fab­ric in all knit stitches. Fol­low the sec­ond row from the chart, work­ing from wrong side. Change to the sec­ond colour and knit across the row; then fol­low the chart for the next row, work­ing from the wrong side again. So, use one colour for two rows, and then the other colour for two rows. Ev­ery row is worked in only one colour. When viewed from the right side of the fab­ric, the first row of a colour is al­ways all knit stitches. The only place you use both knits and purls in a row is on the odd rows of a colour, work­ing from the wrong side of the fab­ric.

CUSH­ION COVER

Us­ing 3.75mm nee­dles and yarn A, cast on 78 sts.

RIB

Row 1 (WS): K2, (P2, K2) to end. Row 2: P2, (K2, P2) to end. Rep these 2 rows 2 more times, then Row 1 once more (7 rows to­tal).

FRONT AND BACK

Change to 4mm nee­dles. Work knit and purl de­sign from Chart as folls be­low, work­ing sts 1 to 30 across twice, then sts 31 to 48. The Chart shows WS rows only; work RS rows as fol­lows: Row 1: K in yarn B. Row 3: K in yarn A. Rep these two RS rows through­out to cre­ate a four-row, two-colour stripe. Work Rows 1-64 three times, then work rows 1-26 once more. Work 1 row in yarn A.

RIB

Change to 3.75mm nee­dles. Row 1 (WS): K2, (P2, K2) to end. Row 2: P2, (K2, P2) to end. Buttonhole row 1: (K2, P2) twice, *cast off 2 sts, (1 st rem on RH needle af­ter cast-off) P1, (K2, P2) 4 times, rep from * twice more, cast off 2 sts, (1 st rem on RH needle af­ter cast-off), P1, K2, P2, K2. Buttonhole row 2: (P2, K2) twice, *cast on 2 sts, K2, (P2, K2) 4 times, rep from * twice more, cast on 2 sts, (K2, P2) twice. Rep Rows 1 and 2 once more. Cast off in patt.

MAK­ING UP

Lay piece RS up and with but­ton­holes at the top. Fold down 14cm on top edge, then fold up bot­tom edge to over­lap ribs so RS are to­gether and the cover meas 40cm by 40cm. Pin and tack in place. Back­stitch the side seams and turn through. Sew but­tons in place un­der but­ton­holes.

Cover is worked in one piece, then seamed and fas­tened with but­tons

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