I made a cushion. Not a cushion cover, but an entire cushion, in one. This is extreme knitting, folks!
I started with a 400g ball of aran weight yarn. I needed 20 strands, so I took my digital kitchen scales and started winding into 20g balls. I was expecting a ‘baker’s dozen’ of yarn, but was surprised to find that my 20th, final ball of yarn weighed only 13 grams. So actually the ‘400g’ ball was 393g. Bah!
I placed the 20 strands together, threw the 20 balls into a box, and started to cast on.
I used the knit cast-on, and I deliberately twisted the yarn a bit with each new stitch, to give a nice firm edge. One stitch equals 2.6cm (one inch), so only 17 stitches were needed.
I discovered that the essential thing with this technique is to keep all 20 strands as even as possible. With every stitch I was combing through the yarn with my fingers to keep it straight. Each time I wound it around the needle, it formed a natural twist. The twist gradually built up down the yarn as I progressed. Every couple of rows some untwisting and untangling was required.
It took me 3 false starts before I was happy with the tension. I didn’t know how many rows I would be able to work, so I just kept going until I ran out of yarn. I was about 4 rows short of a perfect fit for my kitchen chairs. So really I need 500g for a complete cushion.
The cats were fascinated by what I was up to. A large cardboard box is one of their favourite things in the world! And it was filled with little balls of yarn – second favourite. And said balls of yarn were being constantly jiggled about! This was heaven in a box for them so I had to distract them with loads of other toys and then wait till they were sleepy.
What I like about this cushion is that it’s firm and soft, and it doesn’t look like you’ve just knitted a rectangle in garter stitch. It doesn’t really look like garter stitch at all. Just big, chunky ridges of yarn.
Hope you are seeing some progress with your own projects,
Till next time,