Shadow knitting is used to create dynamic stripes on this vibrant cushion cover
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.
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.
Using 3.75mm needles and yarn A, cast on 78 sts.
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.
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.
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