Handmade Knitted Cushion

One of my favourite things about soft furnishings for the home is texture and how that can be used to add contrast and variety to a space. At the moment I am loving any chunky knit cushion covers and throws, Pinterest is a great source of inspiration and is currently full of the most beautiful, soft knitted blankets and pillows (Check out Lauren Ashton for some serious chunky knit envy!).

Knitting is something I dabble in and out, I am not particularly amazing and definitely have to be concentrating of those needles 100% in order to avoid adding massive holes into my work. Which is why I quickly moved on to using chunky wool, it is a lot more forgiving when those needles may slip and the best thing is if like me you lack patience you can finish you project in at least half the time!

With these dark and cold January evenings, it has been really nice to have a bit of a project on the go especially as it requires being curled up indoors with a steaming mug of tea in front of another episode of The Crown. If like me the evenings often run away with you and before you know it its 11pm and you ready should be going to bed then I would recommend cheating a little! As much I love a chunky knit, I also really like a vintage floral print which is why for my cushion I combined the two. For this project I knitted one side of the cushion cover in moss stitch and then machine sewing this to a pretty vintage floral fabric for the other side. Only knitting the one side means that you can definitely finish this cushion over a couple of evenings and it allows you mix and match the printed fabric in with the rest of your interiors.

I picked up my chunky wool from John Lewis but there are lots of great independent wool shops too, I also used size 10 needles for my cushion cover to give a relatively chunky knit- it is also a lot quicker I promise! I decided to use moss stitch here as I really like the basketweave effect, moss stitch is simply made by alternating your knits and purls on every stitch. Once one side of my cushion cover was complete (approx 50cmx50cm) I cut out a matching second size in a sweet printed cotton fabric and then simply sewed three sides together right sides together using the sewing machine. Once complete, I turned the cover through to the right side and inserted the cushion pad. To finish I simply hand sewed closed the final seam using a small blanket stitch. Voila- you have a super cosy chunky knit cushion!

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