Sankofa Pillow Cushion Cover by Sylvia Watts-Cherry

Sankofa Pillow Cushion Cover

May 2023
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
512 yards (468 m)
Approx 40.5 / 16 in square
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Sankofa is an Adinkra symbol from West Africa. It represent the need to reflect on the past to build a successful future.

Sankofa cushion/pillow cover is worked in pieces then sewed together after completion. The front piece is worked from a chart using the intarsia colourwork technique and the back is worked as two pieces which are overlapped when seaming to leave an opening for the pillow/cushion form.

The pillow or cushion cover has been knit with yarn generously given by Urth Yarns as yarn support but any DK/Worsted yarn that gives the correct gauge will be suitable. A smaller needle than usual has been used for a tighter gauge.

Approx 40.5 cm/16” square.

Urth Yarns 16 Worsted; 200 m/220 yds per 100g skein; 100% Ultrafine Merino
Main Colour (MC): 2 skeins shade R40
Contrast Colour 1 (CC1): 1 skein shade G10
Contrast Colour 2 (CC2): approx. 5g shade G60
Contrast Colour 3 (CC3): approx. 5g shade Y20

Approximate yardage required
MC: 360 m/396 yds
CC1: 88 m/97 yds
CC2: 10 m/11 yds
CC3: 10 m/11 yds

20 sts x 32 rows = 10 cm/ 4” using 3.75 mm/ US 5 needles in stocking stitch after blocking. Choose the needle size that gives you the right gauge.

3.75 mm / US 5 knitting needles

Tapestry needle
40 cm / 16 in square cushion/pillow insert/form