I starting making this knitted patchwork cushion cover purely because I wanted to attempt intarsia knitting on a project that wasn’t the huge massive blankets I normally commit to making. I even had plans to donate it when it was finished or to give it away to someone who wanted it through the blog because I wasn’t sure I’d really like it – I wanted to make it but I wasn’t convinced I wanted to own it….
…you can probably guess where this is going right? I ended up falling for it the moment I stuffed an old pillow form inside. I plopped it down in the corner of the couch beside the (now-looking-the-worst-for-wear) teal blanket that covers Boomer’s usual spot and realised that I actually like how it looks there. So it’s staying in the living room.
This was a really fun knitting project to make. It took me a while to get used to twisting the yarns for the intarsia and also to follow the chart pattern; I’m more used to written instructions, but once I got the hang of both of those things it was a quick finish. Well, the knitting was a quick finish but weaving in all those yarn ends as quick a slow process.
The pattern came from a book called “Mastering Color Knitting” that I borrowed from my local library. I did change out one little thing though, I decided to attempt adding a zipper along the seam rather than stitching the whole thing closed…..anyone that lives with a dog or small children will understand exactly why all furnishings been to be removable and washable!
I’d never tried to add a zipper to a knitted project before and it turned out way better than I expected (after at least 2 rip out and re-tries). It’s probably my favourite bit of the entire cushion, well that or the border which was another first for me. The pattern called for picking up stiches along the seams and knitting a border with mitered edges…trickier than I expected it to be and it’s not perfect but I love the result.
So if I wanted to make another little project like this…you know one that I didn’t need (all in the sake of practice!) and wanted to find a new home for it would anyone be interested in a giveaway?