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Knit a Vintage Cushion Cover

Updated on September 19, 2014

Vintage Style for you to make yourself

I love the concept of the Vintage Knit. In a fast paced world of ready-made and largely disposable garments, accessories and soft furnishings, the idea of taking time to produce something unique is immensely appealing.

Making something for your home is a truly rewarding experience. Here's a vintage knitting pattern for a cushion cover. Choose any colours you wish.

"Among all good housewives of any civilised country, knitting is reckoned an indispensable accomplishment. Her Majesty the Queen has herself set an example of this industry"..

Vintage Cushion Cover from Madame Weigel

The original was for a brown room and was carried out in Lemon, Mid. Brown, Orange, and Dark Brown.

8 ozs. Brown - original shade 22000

4 ozs Fawn - original shade 621

2 ozs. Yellow - original shade 4008

Two Old UK Size No. 6 "Beehive" Knitting Needles measured by the Beehive gauge.

Tension - 5 stitches to the inch, measured over the plain, smooth fabric.


  1. Using the Brown Wool and commencing at the corner, cast on 2 stitches.
  2. 1st Row: Increase once in each stitch.
  3. 2nd Row: Knit plain.
  4. Continue in plain knitting, increasing once at each end of the needle in the next and every alternate row until there are 68 stitches on the needle.
  5. Knit 1 row plain.
  6. Break off the Brown Wool. Join in the Fawn.
  7. Proceed as follows:-
  8. 1st. Row: Knit plain.
  9. 2nd Row: K1, purl to the last stitch, K1.
  10. Repeat these two rows once.
  11. Break off the Fawn Wool. Join in the Yellow
  12. Continue in plain, smooth fabric, working in stripes of 2 rows in Yellow and 4 rows in Fawn until the thirteenth Fawn stripe has been worked.
  13. Break off the Fawn Wool. Join in the Brown
  14. Work 2 rows in plain knitting.
  15. Continue in plain knitting, decreasing once at each end of the needle in next and every alternate row until 2 stitches remain. Cast off.
  16. Using the Brown Wool, with the right side of the work facing, knit up 68 stitches evenly along one straight side of striped square. Knit 1. row plain.
  17. Continue in plain knitting, decreasing once at each end of the needle in the next and every alternate row until 2 stitches remain. Cast off.
  18. Knit up 68 stitches along the other side and work to correspond.
  19. Work another piece in the same manner.
Cast your vote for Madame Weigel's Cushion Cover Pattern

To Make Up the Cushion

With a damp cloth and hot iron press carefully. Sew the two halves together, leaving one side open, insert cushion pad and sew up side.

Using eight strands of Brown wool, make a twisted cord 3¾ yds. long. Sew cord round cushion, making three loops at each comer.

Vintage Fringes for Cushion Covers

  1. No. 1. Cast on an even number of stitches for covers, 8 will be a good number, and use double wool. Make 1 by passing the wool round, seam 2 together, repeat; both rows are done in this manner: when sufficient fringe is done, cast off 4 stitches, take out the other pin, and unravel the remaining stitches.
  2. No. 2. Cast on 9 stitches, make a stitch, seam 2 together, make a stitch, seam 2 together, make a stitch, seam 2 together (the wool is cut in lengths of about 6 inches and put in 3 at a time), put in 1 piece of the fringe, knit 2 plain stitches, pass the piece of fringe between the needles, knit the last stitch.
  3. Second row:-Knit the 2 first stitches, knit the third and the piece of fringe together, knit the rest plain, knit the next row the same as the first. Continue with these 2 rows alternately till sufficient fringe is made. It may be done either in one plain colour, or the knitting in one colour and the fringe in another.

Hand Made Cushion Covers

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© 2011 Susanna Duffy

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      7 years ago

      I love to knit, when I have the time. Vintage knits are very lovely in home décor. Thanks for sharing. Take Care :)

    • Poison kitty profile image

      Poison kitty 

      7 years ago

      I like vintage stuff - it doesn't come more vintage than the antique shetland shawl i knit last year, now that was epic!

    • pimbels lm profile image

      pimbels lm 

      7 years ago

      I am not good at knitting and don't have the patience. Nice lens.

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      I don't know where the time goes these days, but there just doesn't seem to be any left for knitting.

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      7 years ago

      Quite groovy & lensrolled to Sew Many Sewing and Knitting Sentiments.

    • LouisaDembul profile image


      7 years ago

      These cushions remind me of my grandmother! Maybe I should try to knit one?

    • Grandma-Marilyn profile image


      7 years ago

      I tried knitting and kept dropping the stitches and couldn't get them back. I decided knitting wasn't for me so changed to crochet. At least there, you can add the stitch back in if you drop it. LOL

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      7 years ago

      These do give a warm feeling when looking at them, remind me of visiting family members homes when I was a child. I crochet and am guessing there are similar patterns for crocheting. Nicely done.

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      7 years ago

      I love the look of these, but my knitting skills are somewhat lacking.... one day...

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      7 years ago from Australia

      Love it! Is that the recipe module for the knitting instructions? Very clever =D

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      Lisa Auch 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      I will definately try these, dont know when, but I shall

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      These look great. My mother had a lot of these that she crocheted.

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      7 years ago

      Love the vintage knit pattern for a cushion or pillow! How wonderful to create something unique to decorate our homes.

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I love these vintage knit cushions!


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