Easy Cabled Cushion

Using the tutorial on the previous page, knit this cushion with simple cables to adorn any couch. The cushion cover is striped on one side, cabled on the front and closed with a button band on the back for ease of washing.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: One size; see schematic for details

Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking



Medium Weight Yarn Studio Donegal Soft Donegal (100% merino; 207 yards [189 meters]/100 grams): Báinín (MC, 2 skeins), Orange (CC, 1 skein)
Needles: US size 6 (4.0 mm) straight needles, US size 7 (4.5 mm) straight needles
Notions: 5 buttons, tapestry needle, cable needle 


S st: Stocking st: Knit one row, purl one row.
Moss st: K1, * p1, k1; rep from * to end.
KFB: Increase 1 st by knitting into the front and back of the next st.

Special Stitches

C6F: Worked over 6 sts. Slip the next 3 sts to CN and hold at the front of your work, k3 from LHN, k3 from CN.
C6B: Worked over 6 sts. Slip the next 3 sts on to CN and hold at the back of your work, k3 from LHN, k3 from CN.

Pattern Notes

The cushion is knit flat starting with a moss st button band, before progressing in to two colour stockinette stitch stripes. Stitches are increased to allow for the cables, which are worked across the row in a mirrored formation. The cable crosses are uniform in width but the number of rows between crosses varies from cable to cable. The stitches are decreased again before returning to work in St st stripes again, finishing in a moss st button hole band.


With smaller needles and CC, CO 77 sts. 

Buttonhole Band

Work 6 rows in Moss St. 

Cushion Back

Change to MC and work 6 rows in St st.
Change to CC and work 6 rows in St st.
Rep the last 12 rows 4 more times.
Change to MC.
Next Row: Knit

Cable Cushion (or work from Chart)

Change to larger needles.
Row 1 (WS): P5, (pfb, p10) 6 times, pfb, p5. (84 sts)
Row 2 and all RS rows: P3, (k6, p6) 6 times, k6, p3.
Row 3: K3, (C6F, k6) twice, C6F, (k6, C6B) 4 times, k3.
Row 5: K3, (p6, k6) 6 times, p6, k3.
Row 7: K3, C6F, (k6, p6) 5 times, k6, C6B, k3.
Row 9: K3, (p6, k6) twice, C6F, k6, p6, k6, C6B, (k6, p6) twice, k3.
Row 11: K3, C6F, k6, C6F, (k6, p6) 3 times, (k6, C6B) twice, k3.
Row 13: Rep Row 5.
Row 15: K3, C6F, k6, p6, k6, C6F, (k6, C6B) twice, k6, p6, k6, C6B, k3.
Row 17: Rep Row 5.
Row 19: Rep Row 11.
Row 21: Rep Row 9.
Row 23: Rep Row 7.
Row 25: Rep Row 5.
Row 27: Rep Row 3.
Row 29: Rep Row 5.
Row 31: Rep Row 7.
Row 33: Rep Row 9.
Row 35: Rep Row 11.
Row 37: Rep Row 5.
Row 39: Rep Row 15.
Row 41: Rep Row 5.
Row 43: Rep Row 11.
Row 45: Rep Row 5.
Row 47: K3, C6F, k6, p6, (k6, C6F) twice, k6, C6B, k6, p6, k6, C6B, k3.
Row 49: Rep Row 5.
Row 51: Rep Row 11.
Row 53: Rep Row 9.
Row 55: Rep Row 7.
Row 57: Rep Row 5.
Row 59: K3, (C6F, k6) 4 times, (C6B, k6) twice, C6B, k3.
Row 61: Rep Row 5.
Row 63: Rep Row 7.
Row 65: Rep Row 9.
Row 67: Rep Row 11.
Row 69: Rep Row 5.
Row 71: Rep Row 47.
Row 73: Rep Row 5.
Row 75: Rep Row 11.
Row 77: Rep Row 9.
Row 79: Rep Row 7.
Row 81: Rep Row 5.
Row 83: Rep Row 59.
Row 85: P5, (p2tog, p10) 6 times, p2tog, p5. (77 sts)

Cushion Back

With smaller needles, change to CC, and work 6 rows in St st.
Change to MC and work 6 rows in St st.
Change to CC and work 6 rows in St st.

Buttonhole Band

Change to MC and k 1 row.
Work 2 rows in Moss st.
Next Row: K9, K2tog, YO, (K12, k2tog, YO) 4 times, K10.
Work 2 rows in Moss st.
BO all sts.


Weave in all ends.
Fold Cushion along bottom purl row, sew both side seams with mattress st along edges to button band. Fold top flap down and align button-hole band with button band. Sew both side seams with mattress st along edges to button-hole band.
Add buttons along button band, aligned with corresponding button-holes.
Block to dimensions. yarn ball

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