Measurements 40 cm x 40 cm (16in x 16in)
2-100 gram ball Main Colour (approximately 420 meters) Aran/Worsted yarn, plus small amounts of various contrast yarns
Any Aran/Worsted yarn can be used for the main yarn so long as it gives the same tension as below.
The cushion shown is knitted in Sirdar Supersoft Aran for the main yarn and various colours in either 2 strands of double knitting yarn or 1 strand of Aran/Worsted yarn.
Other suggested yarns:
Berroco Vintage, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, James C. Brett with Wool Aran, King Cole Big Value Aran, King Cole Merino Blend Aran, Rico Design Essentials Soft Merino Aran, Sirdar Supersoft Aran
Knitting Needles – 1 pair of 5 mm (UK6 – US8) and 1 pair of 4 mm (UK8 – US6)
Other Materials – 4 buttons (instructions are given for knitted buttons as an alternative to purchased buttons), yarn bobbins, darning needle
Tension: 18 sts and 24 rows to 10 cm (4 inches) over stocking stitch
As you can see from the reverse of the knitting (see picture to the right) a combination of Intarsia and Fair isle knitting has been used. When carrying yarn across the back twist the colour you are not using around the colour in use every 2, 3, or 4 stitches. You are catching the yarn at the back of the knitting. To avoid a hole where the colours change in the intarsia knitting, you change yarns on the wrong side of the knitting by twisting the new colour around the old colour. Alternate between twisting clockwise and counter clockwise to prevent the yarn from getting tangled.
The more colour blocks you are knitting, the more helpful using bobbins will be. Wind yarn around the bobbin (a piece of cardboard cut to approximately 8 cm or 3 in). Use one bobbin for each block of colour. The bobbins can hang freely from the back of your work, and as you need to use a colour, you can unwind the amount you need. If you need only a small amount of colour, you can cut lengths of yarn (usually no longer than 90 cm or 36 in)