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Flower Teacosy & Cushion Knitting Pattern

Flower Teacosy & Cushion

Designer: Monica Russel

Celebrate the coming of spring with Monica Russel's matching set for the home.

Green and pink are brilliant springtime shades and are the ideal way to lift your spirits after a dreary winter. Homewares are a fantastic opportunity to get to grips with colourwork motifs. This set features two bold floral designs that are worked using intarsia with a small amount of stranding.

Click here to download the cushion chart.
Click here to download the teacosy chart.

FLORA

NOTE: yarns are held doubled throughout.

Front
Using yarn A cast on 36 sts
[] Row 1: k into back of each st
[] Row 2: * k1, p1, rep from * to end
[] Row 3: * p1, k1, rep from * to end
[] Row 4: as Row 2
[] Row 5: p1, k1, p to last three sts, k1, p1, k1

NOTE: first and last three sts set moss st border
[] Keeping moss st border correct, work Rows 1-36 of Flora Chart, working 30 sts of Chart in st st beg with a k row
[] Row 37: moss st 3, k to last three sts, moss st 3
[] 38-40: moss st to end of row
[] Cast off

Back
NOTE: there is no border for back of cushion
Using yarn A cast on 30 sts
[] Row 1: k into back of each st
[] Work 20 rows in st st
[] Cast off

Buttonhole panel
[] Work as for Back until there are 16 rows of st st
[] Row 1: * k1, p1, rep from * to end
[] Row 2: p1, k1, p1, k1, * keeping moss st correct cast off two sts [one st on RH needle], moss next four sts, rep from * twice more, cast off two sts [one st on RH needle], p1, k1
[] Row 3: moss st to end, casting on two sts over cast-off gaps on prev row
[] Cast off

To make up
Weave in loose ends and press knitted panels. With RS facing, sew Back and Buttonhole panel to Front inside moss st edging, using mattress st, positioning Buttonhole panel overlapping Back. Sew on three buttons to match buttonholes.

BLOSSOM

NOTE: use one strand of each yarn.

Front and Back
(alike)
Using 4.5mm straight needles and yarn B cast on 36 sts
[] Row 1: k into back of each st
[] Rows 2-5: * k1, p1, rep from * to end Change to 5mm needles
[] Work Rows 1-24 of Blossom Chart
[] Using yarn B, work four rows in st st

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[] Rows 1-2: * k2, p2, rep from * to end
[] Row 3: * k2, p2tog, rep from * to end. 27 sts
[] Row 4: * k1, p2, rep from * to end
[] Row 5: * k2tog, p1, rep from * to end. 18 sts
[] Row 6: * k1, p1, rep from * to end
[] Row 7: * k1, k2tog, yfwd, k1, p1, rep from * to last three sts, k1, k2tog. 17 sts
[] Row 8: p2, * k1, p1, k1, p2, rep from * to end
[] Row 9: * k2, p1, k1, p1, rep from * to last two sts, k2 Cut yarn B, join yarn A
[] Row 10: p to end
[] Row 11: * k1, m1, rep from * to last st, k1. 33 sts
[] Row 12: p to end
[] Cast off

To make up
Join rib at bottom. From top, join side seams leaving 12cm gap for handle and 10cm gap for spout. Using yarn A held double, thread yarn through eyelets, and tie in a bow to fasten.

Working with multiple strands
For our Flora cushion all yarns are held double. This is easy enough for yarn A as two skeins are needed. Just use one strand from each. For the other yarns, you will need to split the skein in half. When you are winding the skein into a ball, stop halfway, then wind the rest into a second ball. Use one strand from each half when knitting.

Flora: 30cm x 30cm
Blossom: 36cm wide x 33cm tall

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