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Rowan Knit-Along: Beaded Cushions & Throw by Martin Storey


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Join us at River City Yarns as we participate in the latest Knit Along by Rowan Yarns. Featured designer, Martin Storey, will be sharing his inspiration over the summer with the release of four patterns for beautiful squares that you can use to make a throw or cushions (or both)! There is an option for using beads as well.

We have plans to do our version of the Knit-Along squares in some different combinations: Rowan Felted Tweed and Kid Silk Haze (paired together), and Rowan Hemp Tweed on its own. And, to keep it simple, we’re going to work on a cushion first.

The shopping list is available on Rowan’s website and it’s simple: 12 balls of Rowan Pure Wool Worsted for the throw and/or 5 balls for a cushion. The squares are all completed in one colour.

If you’d like to consider some of our alternative combinations, here’s what we’re thinking:

  • Rowan Felted Tweed and Kid Silk Haze. You’ll need 6 balls of Felted Tweed and 5 balls of Kid Silk Haze.

  • Rowan Hemp Tweed. You’ll need 11 balls.

  • Rowan Creative Linen. You’ll need 5 balls.

The amounts above are for the cushion only and we’re not planning to put in beads. We recommend that you knit a gauge swatch to find a needle size that gives you a soft fabric without losing stitch definition. We think it’s more important to have a square that delights you than to work specifically to the designer’s gauge. When it comes to throws and cushions, a little bigger or a little smaller isn’t our main focus.


Pattern Release 1: It's time to start knitting your Beaded Cushion or Throw with Martin Storey. The first release is the Bead Coin Cable Square.

Pattern Release 2: this week, we are knitting the Bead Diamond Cable Square.

Pattern Release 3: for Release 3, we are knitting the Bead Small Diamond Cable Square.

Pattern Release 4: for Release 4, we are knitting the Bead Twig Square.

Release 5: for those of you who chose to create the Beaded Throw, this week Martin shows you how to construct the Beaded Throw option.

Release 6: Woo-hoo! It’s finishing time. In this release, Martin helps with making up the Beaded Cushion and Throw

Check out all the release and how to videos put out by Rowan and Martin Storey on YouTube here.


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