What can you give the best mum in the world for Mother's Day to show her how much she means to you? We have a wonderful idea: Knit some heart shaped cushions for her. Our free tutorial is suitable even for complete beginners.
You will need the following for your Mother’s Day cushion:
- 100 g fluffy yarn in pink, (Length: 100 g / 100 m)
- Leftover yarn in white for the edge
- 30 g filling
- Knitting Needles (size 6)
- Crochet hook
- Sewing needle
- Handmade Label
What type of yarn do you use for heart-shaped cushions?
A soft and fluffy yarn made from synthetic fibres is best for knitting a heart shaped pillow. The yarn should ideally be chunky and bulky (min. needle size 6). One advantage of synthetic yarns such as acrylic, polyamide or polyester is that they are hard-wearing, i.e. they retain their colour and shape even after many washes.
How do you knit a Mother’s Day pillow?
The heart shape can be knitted from top to bottom or bottom to top. In this tutorial we will show you the first option, knitting from the widest part down to the tip. The heart is made up of two parts that will be knitted separately then transferred onto one needle.
Knitting Tutorial: Heart shaped Cushions
You will need two balls of yarn to knit heart shaped cushions.
The cushion consists of two identical pieces that are knitted in stockinette stitch and then sewn together. You have to start each heart shape with two separate pieces: cast on 8 stitches each for this and increase by 2 stitches in every second row (add a stitch to the second and penultimate stitches of the row) until the stitch count on each piece reaches 20. Now transfer both knitted pieces to a single knitting needle and then knit them as one fabric.
After you’ve joined the two pieces together the number of stitches stays the same for the first 4 rows. Then you will start decreasing by two stitches every other row (stitch two together at the beginning and at the end of the row). The last three stitches are then knitted together.
Knit the second heart shape exactly the same way and then sew the two hearts together. Don’t forget to leave a small opening so that you can fill the cushion. You can then finish sewing.
But a plain cushion looks a bit boring. To give your creative project the finishing touch, you can embroider the cushion or simply crochet the border with the white yarn.
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