Dwelling Cushion by Helen Stewart

Dwelling Cushion

Knitting
November 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Chevron
US 7 - 4.5 mm
562 yards (514 m)
One Size
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The Dwelling Cushion Cover is the 4th of 6 mystery patterns in the Knitvent 2019 Collection

Dwelling is a very pretty word for home, with a fairytale sound. It conjures up thatch and cobblestone, hobbit holes and toadstools and all those old-fashioned signifiers of someplace where you know you’ll find a crackling fire, an overstuffed armchair, and a pantry stuffed with tasty morsels. But dwelling sometimes has a different meaning, one that’s tinged with worry. To dwell on something is to set up camp and hunker down with a problem, to live amid our anxieties. The challenges in our lives do need attention and care, but we deserve a sanctuary in our own home, someplace we can shut out all distractions and just be with our own thoughts. A place where trouble cannot follow us. Social media and messy kitchens, current events and squabbling relatives, overstuffed to-do lists and overdue correspondence can all wait. Fill your favourite mug with something fragrant and steamy, close the door, sit down, and breathe. This corner, and this moment, is yours and yours alone.

The Dwelling Cushion Cover is a soft place to land, the perfect accessory to mark your favourite chair or window seat as your own particular dwelling place. It’s also a lovely gift for anyone who could use a little extra comfort in their life. Designed to use up scraps of DK-weight yarn, this is an easy, speedy knit and a lot of fun. The pattern is written for a 40cm cushion insert but is extremely simple to modify. Artful chevron stripes of random widths offer the creative opportunity to play and experiment with colour. The resulting cushion cover is a lovely blend of contemporary style and cottage charm.

s i z e
One size – easily customisable
40cm (16”) square

y a r n
DK weight yarn approx. 260g
(approx. 200m/218yds per 100g
skein)
Sample used approximately:
Colour A - Purple 72g, 144m/157yds
Colour B - Grey 60g, 12m/131yds
Colour C - Yellow 28g, 56m/61yds
Colour D - Speckled 35g, 70m/76yds
Colour E - Burgundy 63g,
126m/137yds

n e e d l e s
4.5mm (US 7), 100cm (40”) long
circular needles (or size to obtain
gauge)

n o t i o n s
Tapestry needle
Stitch marker

g a u g e
20 sts/28 rows = 10cm (4”) in
chevron stitch pattern after blocking