Charleston Cushions and Bolster by Belinda Boaden

Charleston Cushions and Bolster

July 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stranded stockinette stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
Cushions: to fit 40cm square cushion pad; Bolster: to fit 17cm diameter, 45cm long pad
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Patterns for two different square cushions and a bolster cushion.

First published in The Knitter, the Charleston Cushions are an ideal way to practice short-row shaping and colourwork without the trauma of thinking ‘will it suit me?’. Easily re-coloured to suit most interiors and tastes…

Tension - 36 stitches and 36 rows to 10cm over fairisle pattern on 3mm needles, 28 stitches and 39 rows to 10cm over stocking stitch stripe pattern on 3mm needles.

Finished cushion size: approximately 40cm (16”) square.

Finished bolster size: approximately 17cm (6¾“) by 45cm (17¾”) long.

Lang Yarns Jawoll Superwash, 75% wool, 18% nylon, 7% acrylic 210m (227 yds) per 50g ball.

Cushion 1: 2 balls shade 83.0094, Cream, 1 ball each shade 83.0116, Leaf Green, 83.0088, Teal, 1 83.0198, Green, 83.0043, Yellow and 83.0184, Cerise Pink.

Cushion 2: 2 balls shade 83.0116, Leaf Green, 1 ball each of shade 83.0094, Cream, 83.0043, Yellow, 83.0184, Cerise Pink and 83.0190, Purple.

Bolster: 1 ball each shade 83.0094, Cream, 83.0116, Leaf Green, 83.0043, Yellow, 83.0198, Green, 83.0198, Teal, 83.0088, 83.0184, Cerise Pink, and 83.0190, Purple.

All 3 cushions can be knitted using 4 balls Cream, 2 balls each of Yellow, Leaf Green and Green, and 1 ball each Cerise Pink, Teal and Purple.
2.75 and 3mm needles, or the size required to give you the correct tension.

Buttons: 5 per cushion, approximate size 15mm, 9 per bolster, approximate size 7mm with 2 optional end buttons approximately 25mm diameter.

Your preferred needle / latch hook for darning ends in.

Instructions for stripe sequences used are both written and charted, fairisle patterns used are only charted.