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My stripy knitted cushion using a Zoë Mellor pattern

This project has taken me many years to finish. I guess I am a faddy person because I find that I start projects and then move on when something new and exciting comes along! Back in November 2020, I posted some images on Instagram of a couple of projects that I wanted to resurrect and finish. One of them was this stripy cushion. The other was a colour-block throw (I’m now approaching half-way on the throw project!). I was inspired to start knitting again by my good friend Victoria of Nelvana Knitting.

The pattern I used was from Zoë Mellor’s Head to toe knits: 25 colorful accessories for your home and children, published by Collins & Brown Publishers in 1998. I don’t think it’s in publication any more as there are only some used copies being sold on Amazon. (I’m not sure why the US spelling of colourful was used when this is a British publication by a British author!)

Head to toe knits: 25 colorful accessories for your home and children

I changed the colours from the original pattern to give the cushion a cute Cath Kidston-like style and I found that the Rowan Handknit DK Cotton yarn was really easy to work with and created a smooth, matte finish.

  • 215 Rosso (Red)
  • 219 Gooseberry (Green) – Main colour which was also used on the back
  • 303 Sugar (Pink)
  • 324 Bermuda (Blue) – No longer available
  • 336 Sunflower (Yellow) – No longer available

Here are some photos of my cushion:

I used 4 mm knitting needles for the project apart from 3¼ mm needles for the ribbing on the opening in the back. The pointed edging, knitted in moss stitch, was quite complicated (I am not a very experienced knitter), but after knitting a couple, I soon got the hang of it. I found the making up of the cushion difficult because the back turned out bigger than the front, and it was hard to sandwich the pointed edging in between. I found using a back stitch with a big darning needle the best way to sew it all up.

The cushion is quite small, 12″ x 12″ (30 cm x 30 cm), and I bought a small cushion pad from Amazon. The square, red buttons I used on the back were from a big pot of buttons I have collected and inherited, so I have no idea what they are called or where they are from.

I wanted to link Zoë Mellor in this post, however I can’t see that she is on Instagram or Facebook. I visited the publisher’s website and discovered that she owns Toby Tiger, a children’s clothing website.

What do you think of this cushion? Please let me know in the comments.


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