Monday, March 14, 2011

Can Can cushion cover pattern

I'm usually a bit of a shoulder shrugger when it comes to things I've knitted without a pattern & often the image in my head doesn't quite come out right. But this is spot on! I finished it last night and have been grinning ever since. I love it :) (In fact, I've even brought it to work today to show my Rico rep).

So, this is my Can Can Cushion. It looks really impressive but it's actually quite easy, albeit a little fiddly to begin with.

The back is knitted in a chunky yarn with button fastenings.

The cover will fit a cushion measuring approx 40cm x 40cm. To make it you'll need a pair of 6mm needles, 1 ball of Rico Can Can and 1x 100g ball of chunky yarn (I used Elle chunky - 100% courtelle, 160m, 15sts x 21 rows on 5.5mm needle for 10cm x10cm tension square)

Using the chunky yarn, cast on 56sts and work 14 rows garter stitch (every row knit), then starting with a knit row work stocking stitch (1 row knit, 1 row purl) until work measures 20cm from start, ending with a right side row. The next row will be a purl row and this is where you'll be decreasing & adding the Can Can at the same time.

If you've ever worked with knit in lace then you'll understand what I mean here, if not then bear with me whilst I over explain myself lol :)

Hold the Can Can against the right side of the chunky (wrong side of Can Can on right side of chunky). If you lay it flat it'll look like this

Put the needle through a space in the Can Can like this

(I found it helped to have the ball of Can Can on my left & the chunky on my right)

Still using the chunky, P3tog (purl 3 sts together, 2 chunky sts, 1 Can Can )

Put the left hand needle through a space in the Can Can about 3cm from the last one and P3tog again. Repeat this process to the end of the row.

Right, so now you should have 28 stitches on your needle and it should look something like this.

Cut the chunky yarn and continue to work with the Can Can only. Starting with a purl row work reverse stocking stitch (1 row purl, 1 row knit) for 40cm, measure the wrong side of the Can Can - so much easier!

This is how your wrong side will look, obviously not at 40cm yet though!

You need to finish after a knit row of Can Can so the ruffles are facing you. You're going to change yarn here and increase in every stitch. I did this by knitting into the front & back of each stitch with the chunky yarn. You'll now have 56 stitches.

Work with the chunky yarn in stocking stitch until the chunky piece measures 20cm. Now you need to make the button hole band -

Garter stitch (knit) 6 rows
Next row - K5, yarn forward (yfwd) K2tog, *(K9, yfwd K2tog), repeat from * 4 times, K5
Garter stitch 7 rows
Cast off.

And there you go! All you need to do now is seam the sides remembering to leave the button hole band free.

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  1. I really love this cushion cover but I can't seem to get my Can Can to knit likt yours, all the stitches are stretched and I can't get a decent tension. Should I be knitting near the top of the Can Can or should it be nearer the middle to get better ruffles?? Please help!

  2. Hi there,

    You should be knitting along the top edge of the can can yarn, approx. 3 or 4 cm between each stitch.