'love' Cushion

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Are you looking for something new to brighten up your living space? Maybe you want the perfect gift for a loved one for Valentine's Day? Or you might possibly be thinking ahead to Mother's Day, and fancy knitting her a gift this year? The 'love' Cushion might be just the thing you're looking for!

The 'love' Cushion is a bright and bold addition to your living space, featuring the slogan 'love' across the middle. This pattern is perfect for Valentine's Day, or just for adding a cute touch to your sofa - after many months at home, it can't just be me who thinks their living room could do with a few extra colourful additions? 

The 'love' Cushion is knitted using the intarsia technique, which gives a great finish without the bulk of stranded colourwork. I've been really nerdy about the buttonhole placement on this design, spacing the buttonholes perfectly long a custom rib for an amazing finish – all you need to do is follow the instructions!

The pillow is knitted in a single strip, starting with a ribbed section, then some stocking stitch for the back, the front is knitted in stocking stitch with the word 'love' incorporated using intarsia. The back is then knitted, finishing with a ribbed section featuring buttonholes to fasten the pillow cover. The side seams are joined using mattress stitch. The cushion cover is the perfect size for a standard IKEA long cushion [65 cm x 40 cm (25.5 in x 16 in)].

Not a fan of charts? The intarsia portion of the pattern is provided as both a chart and written out in full, so this pattern is perfect for you whether you like charts or written instructions!

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Here are all the technical details.


One size: 62 cm × 37.5 cm



20 sts and 26 rows = 10 cm (4 in) in stocking stitch worked flat on 4.5 mm (US 7) needles after wet blocking, or size needed to obtain correct tension.



Worsted-weight yarn in the following colours and amounts:

  • MC: 615 m (675 yds) 
  • CC: 65 m (75 yds)


  • 4.5 mm (US 7) circular needle at least 60 cm (24 in) in length - a circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of sts, however, a long straight needle [30 cm (12 in)] may be used instead



  • 17 yarn bobbins (9 wound with MC; 8 wound with CC) 
  • chart row marker 
  • tapestry needle 
  • 2 stitch markers 
  • 4 removable stitch markers 
  • 5 buttons, 28 mm (1 in) in diameter 
  • 65 cm x 40 cm (25.5 in x 16 in) cushion pad


Pattern notes

The sample is knitted in Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted (worsted, 200 m per 100 g ball, 100% wool) in Magenta 119 (MC) and Moonstone 112 (CC).

The ‘love’ motif is intended to be worked using intarsia, but you may prefer to work it using stranded or ladderback jacquard techniques.

This pattern was tech edited by Jo Torr.

A version of this pattern was published in issue 84 of Knit Now magazine.

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