Custom Cushion by Leigh Radford

Custom Cushion

September 2005
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch (St st)
US 10 - 6.0 mm
1794 yards (1640 m)
20" x 24" x 4" deep

Pattern description from Alterknits: “I love exploring thrift stores and flea markets. When I scored this leather chair, I immediately started thinking about knitting a new cushion for it. I knew I would enjoy the marriage of the worn leather and the soft, shiny kettle-dyed wool. The original cushion was pretty beat-up and practically flat, but before tossing it in the trash, I measured it carefully so I could have a new piece of foam cut to the exact dimensions I needed. When knitting the back and side panels, follow the color sequence given, or choose your own by planning it out carefully in your Alterknits notebook or by throwing all of the yarn in a pile and picking each color randomly (letting serendipity be your guide). Most upholstery shops can cut foam for you or at least refer you to another resource. if you don’t have a chair that needs a cushion, consider making this one to be used on the floor.”

Yarn: Manos del Uruguay (100% wool; 138 yards/100 grams): 6 skeins #G coffee (A), 2 skeins #68 citric (B), 2 skeins brick (E), 2 skeins #M bing cherry (D), 1 skein Kohl (C).

Needles: One set straight needles size US 10 (6 mm). Change needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Recycled chair, 18” zipper, 20” x 24” x 4” piece of foam. (Note: I took the foam to an upholstery shop - they wrapped the foam with a couple layers of cotton batting and then sewed a cotton twill case for it.)