Charleston Cushions and Bolster
Patterns for two different square cushions and a bolster cushion.
First published in The Knitter, the Charleston Cushions are an ideal way to practice short-row shaping and colourwork without the trauma of thinking ‘will it suit me?’. Easily re-coloured to suit most interiors and tastes…
Tension - 36 stitches and 36 rows to 10cm over fairisle pattern on 3mm needles, 28 stitches and 39 rows to 10cm over stocking stitch stripe pattern on 3mm needles.
Finished cushion size: approximately 40cm (16”) square.
Finished bolster size: approximately 17cm (6¾”) by 45cm (17¾”) long.
Lang Yarns Jawoll Superwash, 75% wool, 18% nylon, 7% acrylic 210m (227 yds) per 50g ball.
Cushion 1: 2 balls shade 83.0094, Cream, 1 ball each shade 83.0116, Leaf Green, 83.0088, Teal, 1 83.0198, Green, 83.0043, Yellow and 83.0184, Cerise Pink.
Cushion 2: 2 balls shade 83.0116, Leaf Green, 1 ball each of shade 83.0094, Cream, 83.0043, Yellow, 83.0184, Cerise Pink and 83.0190, Purple.
Bolster: 1 ball each shade 83.0094, Cream, 83.0116, Leaf Green, 83.0043, Yellow, 83.0198, Green, 83.0198, Teal, 83.0088, 83.0184, Cerise Pink, and 83.0190, Purple.
All 3 cushions can be knitted using 4 balls Cream, 2 balls each of Yellow, Leaf Green and Green, and 1 ball each Cerise Pink, Teal and Purple.
2.75 and 3mm needles, or the size required to give you the correct tension.
Buttons: 5 per cushion, approximate size 15mm, 9 per bolster, approximate size 7mm with 2 optional end buttons approximately 25mm diameter.
Your preferred needle / latch hook for darning ends in.
Instructions for stripe sequences used are both written and charted, fairisle patterns used are only charted.