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Rare Earth Cushions

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Rare Earth Cushions
Rare Earth Cushions © Moira Ravenscroft, 2013
Rare Earth Cushions © Moira Ravenscroft, 2013
Rare Earth Cushions © Moira Ravenscroft, 2013
Rare Earth Cushions © Moira Ravenscroft, 2013

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic knitting skills, plus increasing & decreasing.

Pattern Description:

You can never have too many cushions. Scattered over a comfy sofa they add a homely touch to any room, softening the look of a bare area and making it feel warm and welcoming.

The pattern includes five different looks, all from the same sequence of stitches, giving a co-ordinated set of cushions. Knit just one or two cushions to add to your existing collection, or all five for a brand-new look. The covers are easily removed as they are buttoned over the cushion pad underneath, making it easy to change the look in your room as you move from season to season.

Difficulty Rating: Intermediate

NB: A co-ordinating pattern for a matching rug, the "Rare Earth Rug" is also available in the Craftsy store.

The pattern uploaded here includes stitch charts and full line-by-line instructions. It is available for immediate download as a zip file, with two versions formatted for:
. US/Letter-sized paper
. & UK/A4 stationery.
Please select the version you prefer from the two provided to save to your hard-drive. The pdf files can be printed out or viewed on a computer, iPad or iPhone directly.

(c) Moira Ravenscroft, 2014
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Errata: 13-Aug-2013: In the Seeded Chevron Pattern, the chart is correct but Row 6 of the line-by-line instructions should be:
Row 6: Sl 1, k1, *k2, p3, k3, p1, [k1, p1] twice, k3, p3, k3; rep from * to last st, sl 1.

& 13-Jul-2013: This update now includes the set-up row that had been omitted at the start of the 2nd panel.


17 sts & 28 rows : 10cm/4 ins in Four-&-Two Basketweave Patt using 5.0mm/US#8 ndls.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • To fit 40x40cm / 16x16 ins cushion/pillow form


  • 60gm/2.5 oz of handspun or commercially available Worsted wt yarn in each of 5 co-ordinating colors per cushion
  • For a set of 5 cushions you will need a total of 250gm/9 oz of yarn in each of your 5 chosen colors
  • 40cm/16 ons cushion pad/pillow form

You Will Also Need:

  • 4.5mm/US#7 circular needle, 80cm/32 ins or longer
  • 5.0mm/US#8 circular needle, 80cm/32 ins or longer
  • 3 x 2cm/0.75 inch buttons per cushion (15 for a set of 5 cushions)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Thread markers

Suggested yarn:

600 meters of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Handspun or Cascade 220 / Knit Picks WOTA Worsted


Naturals / Browns

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