Zafu: A Churro Cushion by Joanne Seiff

Zafu: A Churro Cushion

September 2009
Bayeta Gordo Navajo-Churro Rug Weight Yarn
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
10 stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches
in with 2 strands of yarn in stockinette stitch
US 11 - 8.0 mm
15" diameter by 6.6" height by roughly 47" in circumference
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A zafu is a thick, round meditation cushion, ideal for sitting on the floor. This Asian-inspired cushion is ideal for the couch, for use as an ottoman, or for additional floor seating. Hardwearing Navajo-Churro rug yarn works well if you’d like a cushion that lasts. Purchasing this rug yarn helps maintain the Navajo-Churro sheep, king of the Southwest rug tradition and a rare breed sheep. Knit in the round, you build this cushion as you go and choose how tall to make it, how to stuff it, and even the perfect buttons.

This yarn comes from Cerro Mojino Woolworks and was produced by Connie Taylor. Here’s a link to more information about her yarns and efforts at supporting Navajo-Churro sheep.

800 yd. (732m) of any rug weight or bulky yarn with the
appropriate gauge
U.S. size 11 (8mm) double-pointed needles
U.S. size 11 (8mm) circular needle, 40” (102cm) long, or
size to obtain gauge
7 stitch markers
Tapestry needle
9” (23cm) matching zipper
Stuffing: Wool batting or roving, eco-friendly
fiber fill, or Organic Cotton stuffing
Sewing needle and matching thread
2 buttons, 1” (25mm) diameter