Knit by Bit: free cabled cushion cover knitting pattern
With winter in full swing, we all want a little bit of comfort to pull us through. This free cabled cushion cover knitting pattern will teach you how to do a traveling cable, and you’ll have a lovely addition to your sofa in the process.
I don’t know about y’all, but in the winter I exist to snuggle up on the couch and knit while I binge watch The Good Wife on Netflix. #CantBeTamed. There’s nothing I love more than pajamas, a fluffy blanket, more pillows than I can count, and a cup of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows. Yes, it’s true, I live a life on the edge. I am a party animal.
I wanted a cabled cushion cover knitting pattern for a small 14″ square cushion that’s been laying around for awhile, so I figured I would design a tulip traveling cable, knitted in super bulky yarn, for those of us with knitting commitment problems. (Speaking of knitting commitment problems, have you seen our #FrogOrFinish challenge?)
2 balls of Twilley’s Freedom Wool (I used Red Pepper)
1 pair of 10 mm (US 15) single point needles
Cast on 25 stitches using the long tail cast on method.
Work in double moss stitch for 34 rows.
(Double moss stitch is as follows: row 1, K1, P1, to end. Row 2, knit all purled stitches and purl all knit stitches. Row 3, P1, K1 to end. Row 4: purl all knitted stitches, and vice versa. Repeat these 4 rows.)
Begin the traveling cable pattern
You can use this written version, or follow the chart as seen above.
Row 35 (RS): P11, 2/1 RC, p11. (25 sts) (2/1 RC = Put 2 stitches on the cable needle, hold in back. Knit next stitch; knit 2 stitches from the cable needle.)
Row 36 (WS): P11, k3, p11.
Rows 37 – 38: Repeat rows 35 – 36.
Row 39: P7, 1/1 LPC, p2, 2/1 RC, p11. (1/1 LPC = Put stitch on cable needle, hold in front. Purl the next stitch; knit stitch from cable needle.
Row 40: Repeat row 36.
Row 41: P10, 1/1 RPC, k, 1/1 LPC, p10.
Row 42: P10, (k, p) x 2, k, p10.
Row 43: P9, 1/1 RPC, p, k, p, 1/1 LPC, p9.
Row 44: P9, (k, p2) x 2, k, p9.
Row 45: P8, 1/1 RPC, p2, k, p2, 1/1 LPC, p8.
Row 46: P8, (k, p3) x 2, k, p8.
Row 47: P7, 1/1 RPC, p3, k, p3, 1/1 LPC, p7.
Row 48: P7, (k, p4) x 2, k, p7.
Row 49: P6, 1/1 RPC, p4, k, p4, 1/1 LPC, p6.
Row 50: P6, (k, p5) x 2, k, p6.
Row 51: P5, 1/1 RPC, p5, k, p5, 1/1 LPC, p5.
Rows 52 – 54: P5, (k, p6) x 2, k, p5.
Row 55: P5, 1/1 LPC, p5, k, p5, 1/1 RPC, p5.
Row 56: Repeat row 50.
Row 57: P6, 1/1 LPC, p4, k, p4, 1/1 RPC, p6.
Row 58: Repeat row 48.
Row 59: P7, 1/1 LPC, p3, k, p3, 1/1 RPC, p7.
Row 60: P12, k, p12.
Row 61: P8, 1/1 LPC, p2, k, p2, 1/1 RPC, p8.
Rows 62 – 64: P9, k7, p9.
Knit in reverse stocking stitch for 3 more rows.
Begin the envelope closure
Begin knitting in the double moss stitch pattern and continue for 4 rows.
To make the buttonholes, continue knitting in the established pattern for 5 stitches. Slip the next stitch and bring the yarn to the front. Slip the next stitch, bringing the yarn back. Pass the first slipped stitch over the second. Slip another stitch, and repeat. Using the cable cast on method, cast on 3 stitches. Continue in the established pattern for 13 stitches, and repeat the buttonhole process. Knit the remaining stitches in the established double moss stitch pattern.
Seam up the sides of the cushion, and sew buttons on the first moss stitch portion to fit through the established buttonholes. Weave in ends.
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Last updated: January 18th, 2016.