I’ve always loved cable knitting, it’s such a beautiful and intricate pattern for knitting that looks really tricky (to me anyway). Because it looks so tricky I’ve actually never tried doing it before but then I kept seeing all these beautiful pictures of variations of cable knitting like this one on pinterest and I just couldn’t get the idea out of my mind to learn how to do it.
A couple of youtube videos and a 4” square of cable knitting later I was hooked. I was severely tempted to start a new blanket pattern but I’d only bought 1 ball of chunky yarn and I wanted more of an instant gratification project considering blankets take weeks to finish. So I had an idea to make a cushion cover that would be knitted on the front and fabric on the back.
I made up a simple pattern that’s a mixture of ribbing and cabling and thanks to the chunky yarn this knitting up very quickly – in the space of couple hours watching Netflix on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
K = knit
P = Purl
C8F = Transfer 4 stitches onto cable needle and hold in the front of the work. Knit the next four stiches. Place the stiches from the cable needle back onto the left needle and knit the four stiches.
Cast on 68 stitches.
Row 1 – (K2, P2)x2, K8, (P2, K2)x3, P2, K8, (P2, K2)x3, P2, K8, (P2,K2)X2
Row 2 – (P2, K2)x2, P8, (K2, P2)x3, K2, P8, (K2, P2)x3, K2, P8, (K2, P2)x2
Row 3 – as row 1
Row 4 – as row 2
Row 5 - (K2, P2)x2, C8F, (P2, K2)x3, P2, C8F, (P2, K2)x3, P2, C8F, (P2,K2)X2
Row 6 – as row 2
Repeat this pattern for as long as you want the cushion cover to be and then cast off. I managed to get about 12 repeats of the pattern out of my ball of yarn () which ended up being about 16 inches long. When finished the piece was approx. 12 inches wide because the cables keep the stitches pulled in tight but it very easily stretched out to 16 inches.
I cut out a square of fabric that was 16”x16” and then cut in in half along the diagonal and inserted a zipper. I decided to do a diagonal zipper because I didn't want the hassle of trying to sew the zipper to the knitted piece along one of the edges and I also think it looks kinda cool. Then I trimmed fabric slightly to ensure it still measured 16”x16” after the zipper insertion and then pinned the first side of the knitted piece to the fabric.
With the right side of the zipper and the right side of the knitting facing each other, I started sewing one of the unstretched longer edge piece first so that I could match everything up properly at the end. Then I sewed the second long edge to the other side of the fabric square. The top and bottom of the squares were a little harder as I had the stretch out the knitting a little as I sewed it to keep it even. Right before I sewed the last edge closed, I opened up the zipper so that I could turn the cushion cover the right way around.
It took a bit of pushing and maneuvering but I managed to get the thick knitting through the sewing machine and then I stuffed the cushion with the insides of an old cushion that I no longer wanted.
I love this more than I actually expected to! I mean I knew that I’d like it but I’m surprised by how much I really love it. It now has pride of place on the IKEA-hacked bench in the living room and it makes me smile every time I look at it.
Of course it goes without saying that I’ve since been bitten by the cabling bug and, yep you guessed it I’ve started a huge big cable knit blanket project that I’m smitten with and I can’t wait to share with you too!