Project: Cushion Covers

The thing about this project is that I’m not using a pattern. Wild, I know! I figure it’s doable because I’m just knitting a square…I’m not going to say “what could go wrong?” Because I will live to regret those famous last words, for sure! I want to make a really good job of these and I’m hoping they turn out the way I want them to. In my head, I’m envisioning my friends complimenting them and I will be able to say “I made them myself” which will result in more compliments and them telling me how amazingly skilled I am. This could happen, right?

Day 1

First I needed to work out the number of stitches required to make the square wide enough. I knitted a little 20 stitch square using the twice knitting technique I’m planning to use. The 20 stitches came to 5.5 cm wide. My cushions are 49 cm wide so I figured if I aim for 55 cm wide, that will give me plenty of extra for the seams. This meant I needed to cast on 200 stitches! It took forever! I ended up only having time to knit 2 rows. I also wasn’t sure if they would all fit on my needles. Do you get extra long needles? How are you supposed to knit a blanket?

Because I was going for twice knitting, I had to use a twice knitted cast on. It was new to me, and quite difficult because for some reason the stitches became very tight. I’m not sure why. I had to start again so many times! I ended up using 2 needles to cast onto, to keep the loops loose. That was a little hint that I found in my knitting book. It made it so much easier, especially because I could use the groove between the two needles to get my right needle in to pick up the stitch. I like the end look of this cast on method, because even though I made loose loops with the two needles, the start of my knitting still looks neat. Does anyone else feel like when using the finger cast on that the bottom row is wider and baggier than the rest of the piece?

Once I had cast on a gazilion stitches, I got started on knitting away. The twice knitting technique involved knitting two twitches together but only letting the first stitch slip off, then knitting the remaining stitch with the next one on the left needle. It was really easy once I got used to it, and I think the look you get at the end looks much more complicated than it actually is.

Day 2

It’s a Saturday morning, and it’s cold outside. I think that calls for some knitting and the Christmas channel. 

  
I’m rediculously excited for Christmas. I love this time of year. The lights are going up and the Christmas market is now open. There is an ice rink and mulled wine right outside my flat. Pretty soon it will be Christmas jumper time. I’ve already cracked out some winter knits but I’m still eagerly awaiting the day that it’s acceptable to wear in-your-face-christmassy jumpers. I got a new one this year from Joules that I can’t wait to wear! It is so soft!

Anyways, the 200 stitches makes for slow progress but I’m getting there. Will let you know how I get on.

Toodle Pips!

S.

7 thoughts on “Project: Cushion Covers

  1. I’m not familiar with the term finger cast on (I suspect I know it under a different name) but different cast ons yield different results! 🙂 I like the long tail cast on for stretchy items and because it comes out neat. Other cast ons can end up baggy or too tight for what you knit. There’s a cast on for every project though!

    Do you have a Ravelry account by chance?

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    1. It’s the one where you add stitches using your thumb. Perhaps it is meant to look more baggy then. I just thought I was doing it a bit wrong.

      I don’t have a ravelry account. I’ve seen it mentioned on here a lot though! From what I gather, it’s a place to share patterns? Is it free to join?

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      1. Ah yes! I know it as the backwards loop cast on, myself: http://www.lionbrand.com/faq/532.html

        This cast-on is really easy to put on, but very hard to keep your tension even on. I’d like to consider myself an advanced knitter and it’s my least favorite cast-on when I want pretty looking edges. So yeah, it can very easily look baggy. An alternative I like to use for it is the knitted cast on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xocjmpglM1Q It is super easy and it’s easier to control tension on it.

        And yes, Ravelry is free! I use it mainly to store my projects in and keep track of them, as well as my stash and needles so I don’t always have to rummage through everything to know whether I have it or not. It also keeps a record/copy of the patterns you download from the site, and there are groups and forums you can join. Very useful if you have questions about a pattern. And you can see what other people made from a certain pattern. 🙂 If you join and want to add me, my Ravelry is linked to from my blog!

        Also in regards to your question about long needles, I use circular needles for all my knitting – flat, in the round, magic loop etc. I have almost all sizes on a 100cm circular, which lets me knit a pair of socks but also a whole sweater. (And I never drop or lose a needle as they’re attached!) They come in different sizes, but I find the 100cm ones suitable for any project with enough room for all stitches. 🙂

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      2. Wow, thanks for all the information. I didn’t realise you could use the circular needles for just anything. They do appeal to me, as the seem less easy to break (since I have bamboo ones at the minute and one has already met an untimely end due to being sat on).

        I will definitely have a look at Ravelry and see what I think.

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      3. No problem! Circulars are also awesome for heavier projects cause the weight rests on the cables, and not the needles you’re knitting with, it can prevent aching. 🙂

        I use Lana Grossa’s chrome coated brass needles, but there are tons of variations and brands out there. It’s worth investing in a set. Exchangable sets are also wonderful if you want a variety in sizes.

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