How to make a Fair Isle knitted cushion cover

Add a little homespun style to your bedroom for a sweet spring update with Monica Russel’s pretty cushion cover.

Knitted cushion cover

Spring is the perfect season to breathe new life into your home, and it’s easy to do with just a few balls of yarn and a pair of needles. Monica Russel has designed this pretty Fair Isle pattern in soft pinks and blues reminds us of spring blossoms against the sky, but with ten shades of Sublime Evie to pick from you can change the colours to match your décor!

This project would suit a confident Fair Isle beginner, as it has a repetitive, rhythmic stitch pattern. Need a reminder on how to knit the perfect Fair Isle? Check out our handy Fair Isle tutorial.

Here’s a top tip: work your buttonholes to fit buttons, rather than looking for a button to fit the hole – otherwise you’ll have to take the whole cover with you to the shop! If your buttonholes are too big, though, you can make them smaller by using blanket stitch around the edges. This project uses purl stitching, so check out our guide to how to do a purl stitch if you’re a beginner.

If you like this project, why not try your hand at some of our other knitted home favourites? We love this Fair Isle mug hug pattern by Kirsty McLeod, or how about trying arm knitting with this huge arm-knitted lounger?

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Knitted cushion cover

To make this knitted cushion cover you will need:

  • Sublime, evie (94% cotton,
    6% nylon, 50g/115m)
    2 balls of Yarn A nougat (0508) 1ballofeach:
    Yarn B Zola (0515)
    Yarn C Haze (0512)
    Yarn D luna (0516)
  • A pair of 5mm needles
  • 6 medium-sized buttons
  • A 36 x 36cm (14 x 14in) cushion pad

Knitted cushion cover pattern

Tension

Yarn used knits as aran to this tension: 20 sts and 22 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 5mm needles

Size

36 x 36cm (14 x 14in)

Abbreviations

You’ll find our standard knitting abbreviations in this pattern. This pattern is written in UK metrics but it’s really easy to convert, just check out our yarn weight conversion chart and beginner’s guide.

FRONT

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Cast on 63 sts using 5mm needles and Yarn A.

*Row 1 Knit in Yarn A.

Row 2 Purl in Yarn A.

Work rows 1–6 from Chart A, noting the pattern is repeated 21 times across the row.

*Row 9 Knit in Yarn A.

Row 10 Purl in Yarn A.
Work 8 rows from Chart B, noting the pattern is repeated 9 times across the row.**
Rep from * to ** 3 more times.

Next row Knit in Yarn A.

Next row Purl in Yarn A.

Work rows 1–6 from Chart A.

Next row Knit in Yarn A.

Next row Purl in Yarn A.

Cast off.

BACK

Knitted cushion cover

LOWER BACK

Cast on 63 sts using 5mm needles and Yarn A.
Work as Front from * to ** 3 times. Work 2 rows st st using Yarn A.

Cast off.

UPPER BACK

Cast on 63 sts using 5mm needles and Yarn A.
Work as Front from * to **.

Next row Knit in Yarn A.

Next row Purl in Yarn A. Work rows 1–6 from Chart A.

Next row Knit in Yarn A. Next row Purl in Yarn A.

BUTTONHOLE BORDER

Knitted cushion cover

Row 1 *K3, P3; rep from * to last 3 sts, K3.

Row 2 *P3, K3; rep from * to last 3 sts, P3.

Row 3 K3, P3, K1, cast off 2 sts, P2, K3, P2, cast off 2 sts, K1, P3, K3, cast off 2 sts, K3, P3, K1, cast off 2 sts, P2, K3, P2, cast off 2 sts, K1, P3, cast off 2 sts, P3, K3.

Row 4 Work rib as set casting on 2 sts over where you have cast off on the previous row.

Row 5 *K3, P3; rep from * to last 3 sts, K3.

Row 6 *P3, K3; rep from * to last 3 sts, P3.

Cast off.

TO MAKE UP

Join the lower back to the front with right sides facing using mattress stitch. Join the upper back to the front with the buttonhole rib overlapping the lower back. Sew 6 buttons in place corresponding their placing to the centre of the buttonholes. Weave in all loose ends.

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Knitted cushion cover
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