2100 cushion/pillow

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Opus 2100

Opus 2100 made from recycled tee-shirt yarn

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Diagonally-striped, dyed, recycled-tee-shirt yarn cushion cover (pillow cover in US), decorated with flowers made from ruffle yarn.

Size: to fit 16in/41cm square cushion-pad (size can be adjusted for any size square cushion)


  • Rag-yarn: Approx 213yd/195m of rag yarn, i.e. approx 6 large t-shirts dyed and cut into strips, max 0.75in/20mm wide.
  • Scraps of ruffle yarn: 3 yd/2.7m of pink/red/purple ruffle yarn makes 3 flowers for decoration; 2yd/1.8m of green ruffle yarn makes 6 trailing ribbons.
  • Strong 4ply sock yarn (scraps for sewing up and for button loops) with thimble and sharp tapestry needle. OR a heavy-duty stapler or staple gun can be used for seaming.
  • Buttons: 3 large buttons 1.25-2in/32-51mm for fastening. (Optional: buttons for flower-centres)
  • Needles: circular needle (for knitting flat) – metric 8mm; UK and Canadian size 0; US size 11 (or size to suit your rag-yarn after swatching). Smaller ndls (e.g. 4mm/UK8/US6) for flowers.
  • Cushion pad (pillow in US): 16in/41cm square (larger/smaller squares can be substituted)
  • Crochet hook (optional): approx size 4mm/UK8/US6 for pulling button loops through fabric.
  • Sewing notions to join strips of yarn when cutting, and for repairing broken yarn while knitting.


Note: any gauge can be adapted for this pattern; the sample in the photo has the following gauge.

  • 7 sts per 4in on 8mm needles in st st, after pressing/blocking
  • 8.5 sts per 4in on 8mm needles in st st, before pressing/blocking.

tags: free-patterns knit  opus knitting patterns artworks ruffle multicoloured-yarn  patterns cushion pillow recycled tee-shirt t-shirt teeshirt yarn flowers ruffle

© Linda OCarroll and Mel Browne


One Response to “2100 cushion/pillow”


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