COLOUR WHEEL CUSHION
Fill your home with colour and boost a plain chair or sofa with this smile-inducing cushion from Erika Knight. Work it in the colours suggested or carve out your own colour wheel with muted tones of your choosing.
NOTES Short row shaping For the short-row shaping, when the instructions say ‘turn’ at the end of the row, this means that the remaining stitches are not worked.
Wrap stitch To avoid creating a hole when turning on a knit row, work a wrap stitch – knit as far as instructed, then slip the next stitch purlwise onto the right-hand needle, bring the yarn forward between the two needles, slip the stitch back to the left-hand needle and take the yarn to the back between the two needles, turn, and purl to the end of the next row as instructed.
Colour sequence for cushion-cover top A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H
Colour sequence for cushion-cover base H, G, F, E, D, C, B, A
CUSHION COVER TOP Using A, cast on 42 sts. **Work in st st and short rows as follows: Row 1 (RS): Knit. Row 2 (WS): Purl. Row 3: K to last 2 sts, turn (see note on above on how to ‘turn’ in short-row shaping). Row 4: Purl. Row 5: K to last 4 Row 6: Purl. Continue working in short rows as set, leaving 2 stitches more unworked on every knit row until there are no more stitches to knit.**
This completes the first colour segment of the circle.
Change to B and rep from ** to ** for next colour segment picking up and knitting wraps together with each wrapped stitch.
Continue repeating the pattern from ** to ** for each colour segment until 8 segments have been worked to form a full circle, following the colour sequence for the cushion-cover top. Highlight your beautiful colour choices by making your transitions as neat as possible
Do not cast off stitches, but join last segment to first segment by stitching one stitch from needle to corresponding stitch on cast-on edge.
CUSHION COVER BASE Work as given for cushion-cover top, but cast on with H and use colour sequence for the cushion-cover base.
MAKING UP 1 Weave in any loose yarn ends. 2 Lay the work out flat and gently steam on the reverse. 3 Using a length of yarn and a tapestry needle, gently gather together the small hole in the centre of each piece and fasten securely. 4 Sew the top and base pieces together, matching the colours along the seam and leaving an opening for inserting the cushion pad. Insert pad and stitch shut. 5 Insert the cushion pad and sew the opening closed.