Simple Sun Cushion

Quickly and easily knitted, this cheery little Sun cushion is perfect for summer travelling.
Alternatively, it could be used as a child’s pyjama case, or, with a bit of adapting (and of course handles!), it could be a sweet little bag.
The motif has been taken from my Knitting Motifs for Babies and Kids book (p54) and I used a chunky, pure wool yarn (Hifa TrollGarn).
 You can use any weight of yarn for this cushion – thicker yarn for a bigger cushion, finer yarn for a smaller one. Whichever yarn you do end up using though, make sure you obtain the correct tension (all the details will be on the ball band).
I hope you enjoy knitting your Sun Cushion!

Sun Cushion

Yarn
Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk AS Hifa Trollgarn
Shades
A Natural White 1 x 100gms
B Golden Yellow – small amount
C Pale Yellow  – small amount
D Light Blue -tiny amount for the eyes
E Light Pink – tiny amount for the cheeks
Needles
Size 5.5 mm straight needles (or whichever size obtains the correct tension).
Tension
14 sts and 22 rows = 10cm (4 inches)measured over st st.
Finished Size
It measures about 30cm (12 inches) wide and 20cm (8 inches) deep.
Cushion
Cast on 44sts.
Knit 4 rows of knit 2, purl 2 rib.
Next row (WS): Purl into the back and the front of the first st, purl to the end of the row. (45 sts)
Knit 40 rows of st st.
Start Sun Motif using the Intarsia technique.
Once the motif is completed, knit a further 18 rows.
Knit 4 rows of knit 2, purl 2 rib (decrease 1st by working ssk, k1, p2, at the beginning of the row). (44sts).
Cast off.
Finishing
Embroider the eyes and the cheeks.
Weave in all loose ends.
Press lightly on the back of the knitting.
With the right sides of the work facing, fold the cushion so that the Sun motif is central and the top ribbed edge overlaps the first ribbed edge (which is now at the back of the cushion).
Pin in position and sew the seams together.
 Turn the cushion the right way out.

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2 Responses to Simple Sun Cushion

  1. Miriam says:

    What a sweet, sweet cushion! I can’t wait to start to make mittens. In’ ornamented yourney’, from Kristi Joeste..there are so beautifil mittens. But..I don’t know if I can do it. I love knitting very much..but there are still te few people who can show me by ‘ hand’. Unfortunatelly ..a lot of people are not interested in knitting!! So Lucinda…when do you come to Holland?…and is there someone who can give me some tips by making mittens? Bye Miriam

    • Lucinda says:

      Thank you Miriam!
      Mittens are one of my favourite things to design and knit and I do run workshops on Mitten Making. I also have a new workshop coming soon called Nordic Mitten Making – so maybe I should take a trip to Holland and teach some workshops!
      In the meantime, ‘Folk Mittens’ by Marcia Lewandowski, published by Interweave, is a great book to get you started…
      Lucinda

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