Can you believe it? The KAL is finally done! In case you hadn’t spotted the links from Rowan yet, the making up directions are available here.
My Ravelry project page is here: http://ravel.me/angelsasha/kfmkal
For the small cushion version that I’ve made, I needed a cushion pad. A quick trip to my local Dunelm Mill provided just what I needed, a 56cm pad. Now I just needed to decide how to finish the cushion off. I’m not a fan of zips in knitwear and I also didn’t want to sew the cushion closed as I wanted to be able to easily wash the cover and replace/clean the pad if needed in the future.
During an evening at my knitting group, I mentioned my quandary about how to complete the project. Luckily my fellow knitters are a wonderfully clever and helpful lot, who gave me a whole range of suggestions to think over. In the end I decided to make an internal flap like you get in a pillowcase so that I could tuck the cushion pad inside and remove it easily if needed.
To achieve this, I first needed to get sewing. After sewing all the squares together using the long cast on and cast off tail ends that I’d intentionally left, I had the front and the back of the cushion completed. Next I decided which way up I wanted to sew the panels together (in the end I inverted them) so that I knew which edge of the back panel would be the “bottom”. I picked a needle size smaller than I’d used for the squares, grabbed three shades of yarn for which I had plenty leftover and with the first one I picked up stitches all along the bottom edge of the back panel. I then knit in 2×2 rib until I had about one third of the height of a square. Switch to shade 2 and repeat, then shade 3. I now had a ribbed panel in three stripes that was as long as one square.
The next step was to sew the side seams, and when I got towards the bottom I made sure to sew the edge of the ribbed panel in with the front and back panels. That way the pillowcase flap was formed. Obviously the bottom seam was left open to fit the cushion in.
So here it is! I’m really happy with the final result, the colours are divine and it’s a great size. The cushion pad is just right too, squashy enough for comfort but with enough substance for decent support. Having long-standing lower back issues, this is the perfect cushion for when I’m sat on the sofa and need something extra to prop me up.
Is yours finished yet? I’d love to see photos of your cushion, bolster or Afghan.