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Knit by Bit Free garter stitch cushion cover knitting pattern at LoveKnitting

Published on May 9th, 2016 | by Angie

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Knit by Bit: free garter stitch cushion cover knitting pattern

Love huge cushions? So do we, and this free garter stitch cushion cover knitting pattern is simple and perfect for beginners. 

Knit by Bit: free garter stitch cushion cover knitting pattern at LoveKnitting Click this image for a downloadable version of this pattern

On a recent trip to Ikea, I went in on a quest to get hanging pot holders, and I came out with four cacti plants, a new welcome mat for the front door, a set of tiny bowls, five new mugs, two plant holders, and three large cushions.

Aside from my apparent lack of self-control, I now have three 50 cm (19″) square cushions to cover. What some see as an inconvenience, I see as an opportunity to dig through my yarn stash and make something fun and practical. I’ve been on a mission to refresh my (very tiny) balcony and make it a usable space that I actually want to use – and there’s nothing that brings a bit of comfort to an outdoor space like a big, fat, (machine washable) cushion.

Knit by Bit: free garter stitch cushion cover knitting pattern at LoveKnittingClick this image for a downloadable version of this pattern

Materials

2 balls of Stylecraft Special Chunky (I used the Aspen shade)

2 balls of Stylecraft Carnival (I used the Sydney shade)

12mm (US 17) long single pointed needles, or a medium circular needle

Yarn needle 

4 buttons

I also love the idea of mixing Stylecraft Chunky in Silver and Stylecraft Carnival in Rio, as seen below. It’s great to give a punch of color to an outdoor (or indoor!) space.

Stylecraft yarns for the free garter stitch cushion cover knitting pattern on LoveKnitting

Pattern

You will be using one strand from each of the four balls of yarn together, to create a super-ultra-chunky knit that will be done before you know it. After all, with the weather warming up, who has time to spend weeks knitting something in a small gauge?

Knit by Bit: free garter stitch cushion cover knitting pattern from LoveKnittingClick this image for a downloadable version of the pattern

Cast on

Holding one strand of each yarn (for a total of four strands), cast on 80 stitches. Knit every row with all strands and your chunky needles, until you have 23 garter stitch ridges and the piece measures 14” (35 cm) unstretched.

Make the flap

On your next row, cast off the first 40 stitches. Continue knitting the remaining 40 stitches in garter stitch until you have 8 garter stitch ridges and the flap measures 6” (15 cm) unstretched. Cast off these remaining 40 stitches.

Finish your cushion

To finish your cushion, you’ll first need to seam up the bottom and the side to create the pocket to put your cushion in.

Next, sew the buttons to the short side of the cushion cover (ie: don’t sew them to the flap). Thanks to the supreme stretch of the garter stitch, your buttons should fit through the stitches without button holes; if not, you can make four short i-cord sections and sew them to the flap to act as button loops.

Knit by Bit: free garter stitch cushion cover knitting pattern on LoveKnittingClick this image for a downloadable version of the pattern

I love sitting outside with my plants and my cushions now, and I’m excited to continue my balcony garden renovation project. You can bet I’ve been spending way too much time on Pinterest planning my next move – I think I’ll end up building a wood bench next weekend, and we all know those are perfect for cushions and reading in the shade. Bring on summer, I say!

Knit by Bit: free garter stitch cushion cover knitting pattern on LoveKnittingClick this image for a downloadable version of this pattern

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Jack of all trades, Master of Netflix and video games. A musician by passion, a gamer by choice, and a crafter by chance: I write about knitting and crochet, design fun patterns, and blog at GamerCrafting!


Last updated: May 9th, 2016.

5 Responses to Knit by Bit: free garter stitch cushion cover knitting pattern

  1. J Critchell says:

    Hi I have two 18×18 inch cushions to cover, can you tell me how many stitches I need to cast on please. Thank you .

  2. HowseKnits says:

    This pattern is nice and easy and good for those beginner knitters looking for a easy starting pattern, lovely design and i love the style of wool, lovely and thick

  3. Angeline Geary says:

    I have not knitted for years am 70 so what would you surgest I start again with

  4. Diane Marcia Cooper says:

    I bought the stated wool and followed the pattern but I am sorry to say it did not work out. I do not know where I went wrong. I had used all the wool before getting 23 garter st ridges / 14″. Very disapointedd

    • Siân says:

      Hello there, I’m sorry to hear you ran out of yarn 🙁 This may have been caused by the tension it was being knitted at. I would suggest going down a needle size and that should help 🙂

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