One that’s old
and one that’s new
Some pix, some links,
I have an old knitted pin cushion. I bought it a long time ago on my way to visit Hoh Rain Forest in Washington. I don’t remember the name of the little place, but it was off U.S. 101 on Upper Hoh Road that leads to the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor’s Center. I was impressed to find something knitted and I’m not too much for touristy souvenirs, so I bought the wool pin cushion.
Yesterday, I decided to make a similar cushion, but I wanted it just slightly heftier for what I had in mind. I wanted to change the height and diameter of the piece.
The old one was made in garter stitch on straight needles and had external seams and though very well done, I wanted to make one without exposed seams. I knit mine in K1, P1 rib in the round on double-pointed needles.
I wanted my larger cushion to hold some short knitting needles I’ve made over the years from longer needles that were not useable for various reasons. I also wanted other knitting supplies on hand (or display, if truth be told): scissors, blunt end yarn needles etc.
I was able to find free online patterns for the garter stitch version, so if you want to try one of them, check the links below or search for something similar.
To make the needle cushion, I used #4 (US) double-pointed needles and worsted weight yarns. I cast on a different number of stitches per each ring.
I knit the rings from largest to smallest as follows:
Ring 1: cast on 56 stitches
Ring 2: cast on 48 stitches
Ring 3: cast on 40 stitches
Ring 4: cast on 28 stitches
Ring 5: cast on 12 stitches
For each ring, divide the stitches onto double-pointed needles with an even number of stitches on each needle. Having an even number of stitches allows you to start each needle with K1. Work 20 rounds in K1, P1 ribbing and then bind off.
Turn the resulting tubes inside out, fold each end to the midline of the tube and stitch them together. Weave in the yarn ends. Turn the rings right side out again and put them together: largest to smallest or smallest to largest. Either way, the ribbing adjusts to make a firm fit.