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Project info
Scrappy Fair Isle Cushion
Knitting
Needles & yarn
US 7 - 4.5 mm
743 yards
Handspun: Skeinz Crossbred Grey/Pastel
36.1 yards (33.0 meters), 10 grams
Gray
Handspun: Berry Leftovers
41.6 yards (38.0 meters), 20 grams
Red
Handspun: Smoke and Mirrors Tussah Silk
56.9 yards (52.0 meters), 18 grams
Brooklyn Tweed Loft
none left in stash
1 skein = 275.0 yards (251.5 meters), 50 grams
124.1530
Blue
Schachenmayr Regia Pairfect Design Line By Arne & Carlos
93 yards in stash
0.05 skeins = 23.3 yards (21.3 meters), 5 grams
22805
Skeinz Perendale DK 8ply
none left in stash
0.2 skeins = 22.0 yards (20.1 meters), 10 grams
Blue
Zealana Performa KAURI Fingering
none left in stash
0.4 skeins = 66.8 yards (61.1 meters), 16 grams
Green
Zealana Performa KAURI Fingering
167 yards in stash
0.25 skeins = 41.8 yards (38.2 meters), 10 grams
Red-purple
Zealana Performa KIWI Lace
none left in stash
0.25 skeins = 54.3 yards (49.6 meters), 10 grams
Green
Zealana Performa RIMU Fingering
none left in stash
0.75 skeins = 125.3 yards (114.5 meters), 30 grams
Green
Notes

How to use up a bunch of scraps with many different weights and fibres when you’re not in the mood for a crochet blanket? Fair isle cushion! As well as the above yarns I used lots of little leftover bits and pieces, some so small they only lasted for one row.

I cast on 144 stitches (a very good number because it has many factors, which is handy for fitting different patterns in - it just worked out that way with my gauge and the cushion inner I happened to have) and knit bands at whim. Some of the patterns came from Pinterest & Google Image searches, some I just made up on the fly.

The value/contrasts aren’t always ideal, but I was determined not to buy or dye any new yarn so it is what I could do with what I had. Ditto with the buttons, they’re not what I would have picked at the store for this cushion but I had them and they’re doing the job.

Lace weight yarns were held triple, fingering and sport held double, DK and worsted held single.

About 3/4 of the way through I put half the stitches on waste yarn, cast on the same number, and kept knitting in the round. This made the opening. Then after the cushion was done I went back and used the last of my yarns to knit some ribbing to both edges so they’d stay flat and overlap, and added button-holes and buttons.

The bottom edge was grafted shut, and the top edge closed with a three-needle bind off from the inside. In hindsight I should have used a provisional cast on so I could have done the same bind off on the bottom, but I didn’t and you can’t ever see both ends at once so it’s fine! Lesson for next time :)

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Finished
March 30 2017
April 10 2017
 
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by Zealana
Lace
40% Merino, 30% Possum, 30% Cotton
217 yards / 40 grams
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  • Project created: April 5, 2017
  • Finished: April 13, 2017
  • Updated: July 21, 2017
  • Progress updates: 2 updates