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Cable cushions

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Where does the time go? I made these cushions during the winter but have only just managed to find the time to finish them off! It’s not that they needed a lot of work but if truth be told I somehow ran out of steam and put them to one side. In a fit of finishing off jobs last week I made them up and cleared the pile of clothing needing repairs, left me feeling rather virtuous.

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Made with lovely squishy yet hard wearing Jacob Yarn from The Knitting Gift Shop. It’s simple moss stitch finished with three wooden buttons. Worried that it was a little too plain I hooked up five roses using this pattern from Attic 24. Looks rather good I think.

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There was also some lovely mid grey Jacab yarn that needed using up and as I was on a roll with cushion making and had recently mastered a cable or two I set to and made another.

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A relatively simple stag horn cable pattern free from New Stitch a Day.

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Once I got into the rhythm of this it was a joy to knit.

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Don’t you just love envelope cushion covers? Such little sewing to do. Closures for this are 6 mis-matched buttons from my stash.

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Of the two I think I prefer the grey, probably because I think I’m hooked on cables, I just love the texture and the Jacob Aran wool from The Knitting Gift Shop is just perfect for it. You can see my previous cable attempt here

Cabled cushion

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Only once before have I attempted a cable and that was on a pair of mittens for my daughter. I found it quite difficult but  persevered and was actually quite glad when it was over. Why then did I decide to create a cable cushion? perhaps it was the luscious Jacob aran yarn from The Knitting Gift Shop. You can buy it now in cream and silver grey.

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I’m quite proud of it. I must have done the first couple of dozen rows about seventeen times before I really got the hang of the pattern and started to make progress.

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The cable part of the pattern is a saxon braid which I found here, the remainder I made up myself with a lot of angst involved.

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The Jacob aran is a beautiful wool to work with. One of the most helpful tips I found on the internet was to use a lifeline which is just a spare piece of yarn in a contrasting colour which you can thread though every few rows whilst the stitches are still on the needle. If you then make a mistake you can then unravel the last few rows without it going further. Although this was suggested for use with lace knitting it was extremely useful with cables. Being a beginner with cables I couldn’t always determine which way the stitches were twisting, the lifline meant I could pick them up again all facing in the correct direction.

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A favourite part of finishing a project is choosing buttons from Duttons for Buttons and I think these suit this project particularly well. I have more of the black Jacob which I’m knitting into a second cushion, not a cable this time but still textured.