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Cornflower Cable Cushion - Free Pattern

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I made this lovely cushion cover for my living room out of some hand dyed DK yarn I had in my stash for some time. The colour matched my throw and curtains so it just had to be!

I backed the cushion with some pretty green and lilac tartan effect fabric but you can choose fabric that matches your own decor or knit a plain reverse stocking stitch back.

Thought I'd share !

Finished size: 14” x 14” when blocked

Yarn: 100 grams hand dyed Bluefaced Leicester Aran weight

Needles: 4.5 mm / US 7 / UK 7

Gauge: Approx 23 stitches, 26 rows = 10 cm / 4 inch in stocking stitch

Notions:- Cable needle

Here it is with my other crafty cushions and throws.



Cast on 80 stitches using the cable cast on method.

Consists of 28 edging stitches, 24 pattern stitches and 28 edging stitches again.

The pattern below is just for the centre 24 stitches. The 28 edging stitches should be purled on the RS and Knit on the WS.

Row 1 (RS) : P10, C4F, P10

Row 2: K10, P4, K10

Row 3: P8, C4B, C4F, P8

Row 4: K8, P8, K8

Row 5: P6, T4R, K4, T4L, P6

Row 6: K6, P2, K2, P4, K2, P2, K6

Row 7: P4, T4R, P2, C4F, P2, T4L, P4

Row 8: K4, P2, K4, P4, K4, P2, K4

Row 9: P2, T4R, P3, T3R, T3L, P3, T4L, P2

Row 10: K2, P2, K4, P3, K2, P3, K4, P2, K2

Row 11: P1, T2R, T2L, P3, T3R, P2, T3L, P3, T2R, T2L, P1

Row 12: K1, P1, K2, P1, K3, P8, K3, P1, K2, P1, K1

Row 13: T2R, P1, T2R, P3, K2, P4, K2, P3, T2L, P1, T2L

Row 14: P1, K2, P1, K4, P2, K4, P2, K4, P1, K2, P1

Row 15: T2L, T2R, P4, T3L, P2, T3R, P4, T2L, T2R

Row 16: K1, P2, K6, P2, K2, P2, K6, P2, K1

Row 17: P1, T2R, P6, T3L, T3R, P6, T2L, P1

Row 18: K10, P4, K10

The pattern is worked in 18 row repeats following the pattern above.

Work rows 1-18  5 times

Work rows 1 and 2 one more time.

Bind / Cast Off lightly.


C4B          Slip 2 sts on to  the cable needle, take them to the back of the work,  knit the next 2 sts and then knit the 2 sts on the cable needle.

C4F         Slip 2 sts on to  the cable needle, take them to the front of the work,  knit the next 2 sts and then knit the 2 sts on the cable needle.

K             Knit.

P             Purl.

T2L         Twist 2 left - Cross 1st stitch in front, purl 1, knit 1.

T2R         Twist 2 right - Cross 2nd stitch in front, knit 1, purl 1.

T3L         Twist 3 left - Cross 1st and 2nd stitches in front, purl 1 , knit 2.

T3R        Twist 3 right - Cross 2nd and 3rd stitches in front, knit 2, purl 1.

T4L        Twist 4 left - Cross 1st and 2nd stitches in front over 3rd and 4th stitches,  purl 2, knit 2.

T4R       Twist 4 right - Cross  3rd and 4th stitches in front over 1st and 2nd stitches, knit 2, purl 2.

To Finish:

Weave in any yarn ends.

Without squashing the cables, press the knitted piece very lightly on the wrong side of work.

Cut a piece of fabric  ½ “ larger all round than the knitted front (should be approx 15”square).

With the right sides facing , sew the fabric back to the knitted front , taking a ½ “ seam allowance on the fabric and sewing right to the knitted edge.

Turn the cover to the right way and insert a cushion inner. Sew the last side closed.

If you prefer working from charts then here is the chart for the 24 stitch centre panel:-



Interested in more cable cushions?

Knitting Kit available to knit this gorgeous cream cable cushion in Blue Faced Leicester yarn, truly scumptious.




These hand knitted ones are available in The Feminine Touch Designs web store too.

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  1. joyc Whan

    love the pattern pillow covers

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  2. Marge

    What do you mean by the twist stitches? T4L. How do you do this? T4L Twist 4 left - Cross 1st and 2nd stitches in front over 3rd and 4th stitches, purl 2, knit 2. Another way of saying it is T4L Twist 4 left - Put the first 2 stitches onto a cable needle and hold in front of the work, purl 2, knit 2 from the cable needle.

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  3. Lorene Frischknecht

    Your pillow patterns are awesome. I love every one!! Thanks for sharing.

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