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Cascading Cables Pillow Cover


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I had wanted to make this pillow cover for some time. Having sat behind a lady wearing a sweater with a similar pattern, I thought it would translate beautifully into a pillow cover. When it came to creating it however, the simple effect proved much harder to reproduce. In fact I started twice and twice pulled out the work I'd done before enlisting the help of my Mum and Sister (both great knitters!) to modify the design. I love the result, and especially the fact this was a family collaboration! The 16"/40cm square cushion cover uses a repeating pattern of a simple rope cables. I knit it using a medium/aran/worsted/#4 pure wool yarn. The envelope closure allows for easy removal to change your dcor or for washing and I chose coconut buttons to add another element of visual interest. If you are familiar with using a cable needle you should have no trouble with this pattern which is written line by line, not as a chart. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit purl cable GAUGE 4"x4" (10 x 10 cm) on 5.5mm/US9/UK5 needles over pattern = 20 stitches and 26 rows SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 16"/40cm square SUGGESTED YARN 400 yards of Worsted weight

Recommended with this pattern

  • 1 pair 5.5mm/US9/UK5 needles
  • 1 pair 4.5mm/US7/UK7 needles
  • large-eyed blunt sewing needle

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Originally from the UK, and after almost 13 years in Texas, I now live in beautiful Colorado with my husband and sons. Easily outnumbered by boys in my house, I am queen of my little realm, hence the title Ladyship! Ever since my Mum taught me to knit and sew I have loved the creative process and experimenting with design. I find pillow covers to be the perfect way to combine my love of design and the textures that can be created with a single strand of yarn. I especially love experimenting with cable patterns.