Free knitting pattern: Camilla’s mock cable cushion

Our clever knitting teacher, Camilla Miller, designed this beautiful cushion with beginners in mind! The faux cables are really stitching trickery using a combination of basic knitting stitches! Knitted up in The Chunky Wool from local yarn company Stitch & Story, this cosy cushion is a fast and satisfying project with a gorgeous result.

Don’t want to tackle this project alone? Camilla is teaching a class on this cushion. Even if you haven’t ever picked up a pair of knitting needles, or if you haven’t touched them in years, you’ll be knitting confidently by the end of our three hour class and well on your way to having this pretty cushion. Sign up here.


9mm needle
2 skeins of The Chunky Wool by Stitch & Story
12 inch cushion pad
3 buttons
Needle to sew up the pieces

Stitch pattern

The stitch pattern is a 4 row repeat.

Row 1: k1, (p2, k6) x 4, p2, k1

Row 2: knit the row

Row 3: k1, (p2, k6) x 4, p2, k1

Row 4: k1, (RT, K6) x4, RT, k1


K1 = knit 1 stitch

P1 = purl 1 stitch

RT= right twist knit 2 stitches together and without taking the stitches off the needle knit the first stitch again and then slip the stitches off the needle.

Sts = stitches

K2tog = knit 2 stitches together

yo = yarn over, bring your yarn to the front of your work, between the needles, and knit the next stitch, (you will now have made a new stitch)

How to knit the RT stitch (the mock cable)

Knit 2 stitches together


Without slipping the stitches off the needle knit the first stitch again


Slip off all stitches off the needle



Front side

Using 9mm needles cast on 36 sts

Knit in pattern till piece measures 12 inches

Cast off

The back of the cushion is knitted in two pieces

First piece.

Cast on 36 sts
Knit in garter stitch (knit every row) till piece measures 7 inches
Cast off

Second piece

Cast on 36 sts
Knit in garter stitch (knit every row) till piece measures 3.5 inches
Button hole row: (k8, yo, k2tog) x 3, k6
Knit 1 row
Cast off

Sew up the pieces, the back pieces are over lapped to form an envelope.




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2 Responses to Free knitting pattern: Camilla’s mock cable cushion

  1. Alison May 31, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    I have just finished knitting the front of this cushion which has taken half of the wool. However I have noticed that the two back pieces add up to 10.5 inches, whereas the front is 12. Am I missing something? I am worried the back pieces will not cover and that I have not got enough wool!
    Please help!

  2. camilla June 4, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    Hi Alison,

    Please send us a photo of your finished cushion, I look forward to seeing it.

    You will find that since knitting the back pieces in garter stitch they will stretch quite a bit, knitting the cushion uses up nearly all of the yarn but if you have more yarn keep knitting a few more rows.
    I took the measurements while the knitting was on the needles and flat, once it is sewn up the two back pieces will stretch and cross over to form an envelope.

    Hope that helps, happy knitting!


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