The pincushion barely uses any materials at all and the whole thing can be made in an afternoon.
If you don't enjoy sewing, knit 2 counterpane tops and ask a sewing friend to sew 2 fabric biscornu "inserts". Stuff one with fiber fill and the other with lavender. Your sewing friend gets a pincushion and you get a moth deterrent for you WIP basket.
Size: Approx 6" around Yarn
Lily Sugar 'n Cream Stripes (100% cotton; 200 yards [184 meters]/4 oz):
2 fat eighths - 1 in a coordinating fabric for the bottom and 1 in a matching fabric for the top.
US #6 (4.0 mm) or size to get gauge: 24" circular or 5 DPNs
20 sts and 24 rows = 4" in St st
Tapestry needle; fiberfill; 2 buttons, button and carpet thread; machine sewing thread
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The counterpane is knitted first, then the fabric portion is cut to fit the counterpane -- gauge is not important!
All seam allowances are 1/4".
CO 8 sts evenly onto 4 DPN (2 sts per DPN). Join for working in the rnd being careful not to twist.
Begin working Tricornu chart, working 4 reps per rnd. Work entire chart once and then BO knitwise using the decrease BO.
Knit 2, sl sts back onto left needle, knit them tog tbl, *k1, sl 2 sts onto left needle, knit them tog tbl*
Biscornu Lining / Bottom:
Measure counterpane stretching slightly. Cut 2 fabric squares to this measurement plus 1/2" for seam allowances.
|Having trouble with the sewing. Here's a step by step tutorial to help you get through the hard part.|
Step 1: Cut 2 squares the same size. Make 1/4" snips at the midpoint of each of the edges.
Step 2: With Right Sides together, align the top square so its top meets the midway point snip of the bottom fabric. Now, move the top fabric up 1/4". Pin in place.
Step 3: Sew a 1/4" seam about halfway down from where the 2 fabrics meet. Turn item 90 degrees.
Step 4: Rotate the top fabric 90° so the raw edges of both layers meet again. Use a pencil or other small instrument to work the fabric under the presser foot.
Step 5: Fold the fabric as pictured to prepare to sew the next seam.
Step 6: Sew a 1/4" seam taking care not to sew through the fold (the fold is only there to help keep the fabric under control while you're sewing). Stop the seam 1/4" before the edge of the top fabric.
Continue in same manner, sewing along all edges leaving a gap to turn the piece inside out.
The final sewn item will look awkward, but once it's turned right side out and stuffed it will take on its final shape.