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Cush – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have a new free pattern for you today. I love throw pillows on my couches. I like them to have a variety of textures and colors. I especially like it when the pillows are handmade. I created Cush to fill my handknit throw pillow needs. I’d love to have a bunch of these in a variety of the Outer colors. There is a stitch pattern that creates a striping effect and color changes to go with the stitch pattern would be fantastic. You could use up your Outer leftovers this way. Don’t you love handknit home accessories? The. Best.

The knit pillow case is meant to have a snug fit. When I have throw pillows on my couches they get heavily used and after awhile the form flattens out a bit and the knit fabric stretches a bit. I purposely started this new knit pillow out to be a plump and snug fitting casing for the pillow form. It feels like heaven.

I also added the buttons so you could take the form out and wash the pillow case without any troubles. That’s the whole point of Spud & Chloë, no worries knitting. If someone spills it’s an easy machine wash.

If you’d like a smooth pillow you could knit the whole thing in stockinette stitch. I might do one of these for my girls to use as a sleepover pillow to bring along places. My kids like to nap on our couches, too, and I think this would make the perfect little pillow to rest your head on. I may have to make a couple more stockinette versions of Cush. The texture adds interest so maybe some of each would be good.

The buttons I used are 1-inch and they are many, many years old. I have no idea what brand they are or where I got them. Any washable 1-inch buttons will do fine!

Here is some information you might like to know about Cush:


Finished measurement: 12-inches by 16-inches for the knit pillow case

Yarn: Outer (65% superwash wool, 35% organic cotton; 100 grams/60 yards), 2 skeins in Hedge #7210 or selected color


US size 15 sixteen-inch circular needles or size to obtain gauge

One spare needle or circular needles in a similar or the same size to hold stitches for the kitchener stitch

Gauge: 2 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch and 3 rounds per inch in stockinette stitch


One 12 by 15-inch pillow form (I bought mine at Jo Ann’s)

Three 1-inch buttons

Matching thread and sewing needle


Yarn needle


The pattern could be adapted easily to any size pillow form. All you need is a multiple of 4 stitches to cast on to make it any width you’d like. Your buttonhole placement will vary if you alter the width of Cush. The other thing is you can stop at any length so if you’d prefer a square pillow at 12 by 12 inches just stop a few inches short before the buttonhole round and edging!

Have fun Spud & Choë pillow makers!

Click here to download the free pattern for Cush!

Click here for the Ravelry page for Cush!

15 Responses to “Cush – Free Pattern!”

  1. July 8, 2010 at 3:07 pm Debbie says:

    Thanks for the Cush pattern…I just started the Scallop Edge Dress (in watermelon)for a baby doll that was my Mom’s…she would be so pleased that I was knitting her doll a dress. I love Spud and Chloe yarn!

  2. July 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm Gabby says:

    Hi! Just ordered some Outer on line in Rocket, Sandbox and Carbon to make some Cushes. I want to shop for some buttons and was wondering about Rocket–is it more red or pink? Looking at it on various websites, the color shown ranged from a hot pink to a cerise to a light red, so I wasn’t sure. Thanks for your help!

  3. July 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm Sara in WI says:

    Thanks for another pattern and good idea! Have Spud and Chloe, will knit!

  4. July 9, 2010 at 8:36 am Elizabeth says:

    I love this! Looks so quick and easy that I want to drop everything else and knit up a few. Thanks for another great pattern!

  5. July 9, 2010 at 10:57 am Lucy says:

    I’m moving into my newly renovated apartment this month, and after I get my new furnitures, I’ll sure knit up two or three of these pillow covers for the coming winter.

  6. July 9, 2010 at 10:58 am Lucy says:

    Oh and maybe I’ll knit one from itty-bitty nursery, too. To add some variety.

  7. July 19, 2010 at 11:36 pm Alina says:

    This is a great idea! And some nice homewarsey type shops here sell them for something like 80 bucks (Australian). Sheesh.

  8. December 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm Megann says:

    This was such a fun and quick little project. I’ll be knitting more of these.

  9. January 29, 2011 at 3:51 am TrulyBlessed says:

    Love the Pillow, but where is the PURPLE Outer. Any purple will do. These would make great gifts.(Oh yeah, I start early) I have one sister-in-law who is crazy about purple so pretty please….some purple outer.

    • January 29, 2011 at 6:34 am sanderson says:

      I think purple may be coming in the future!

  10. August 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm Stacey says:

    I made this for my friend, and she loved it! It was easy to make, and turned out really nice!

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