Tuesday, 5 March 2013

The one where she knits a really big thing

Alrighty. Knitting is a new skill for me. And not one I've mastered yet either, but I felt the need to actually make something and have a project to call my own.




I'd seen these floor cushions on the web here and recently on the high street. 'I can make that!' I thought to myself.

(and a lot blimmin' cheaper, too).




So I armed myself with some of my Hooplayarn and some mahoooooosive needles and set about finding a pattern to work with.....



This is what I used:

  • Pattern from Drops Design here (free, yay!)
  • 20mm needles
  • 3 skeins of Hooplayarn [T-shirt yarn] (I bought mine aaaages ago online. Don't worry -the pattern suggests other yarns you could use, too)
  • Bean bag filling (I bought mine from this great seller here on eBay)
  • Lining material to match your yarn choice (details below)


This is what I did:

I worked with doubled yarn, cast on 24 stitches and followed the instructions to make the cushion.

It grew quite quickly as the pattern is very easy.



I made mine until it measured 120 cms in length and boy, did it weigh a tonne to work with by the end.


I followed the instructions for how to assemble the cushion: you'll need to gather up the stitches around the bottom first..


PAC-man's knitted cousin


...sew up the sides and insert the filling.

Now, the pattern suggests you could use feather duvets. Not something I have going spare in my house, so I opted for bean bag filling. Luckily, the beanbag I bought came with an internal bag o'beans, so I stripped it of its outer cover and attempted to stuff it into the cushion.



Hehehe. Comedy failure.

Too many beans and the white material showed in a not-good way through the stitches.




So I bought lining material. No I didn't. I bought a £4 grey jersey snood from Primark, which happened to be the exact size I needed.


I used elastic bands to secure the bottom of the lining, added my beans (having removed a fair few first), stuffed the bean-filled grey snood into the cushion cover and secured the top with another elastic band.



I then gathered the stitches around the top of the knitted cushion and voila!


One floor cushion-y thing!


And my kids have already sat on it.

(I admit to holding my breath in case it all came unravelled, but so far, so good)

These would look great in different colours, and you can easily adapt the number of stitches/ rows to make bigger or smaller sizes.

Have a try. It really was a nice beginner's project.

Enjoy your week. Xx