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.
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.
2 balls of Stylecraft Special Chunky (I used the Aspen shade)
2 balls of Stylecraft Carnival (I used the Sydney shade)
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.
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?
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.
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!
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Last updated: May 9th, 2016.