Peyote Pincushion

You will need:

Yarn: “Ambre” by Cheval Blanc, 70% bamboo, 30% cotton, 50g=150m (or any other to fit gauge), ca. 20m.

Filling: wool, cotton or synthetic fiber.
2 small flat buttons (or 1 flat and one decorative).
A set of 4 double-pointed needles, metric size – 2,5mm (UK size 12.5, US size 1.5), or the size to match the yarn of your choice.
A big-eye needle, a common needle and ca. 60cm of strong thread (colour matching that of the yarn or the buttons).

Gauge: 10cm=28 stitches (stockinette stitch).
The pincushion is made of two separate parts knitted in rounds. The diameter of the pincushion is ca. 5cm.

Pattern: stockinette stitch: knit all rounds.

k – knit
k2tog – knit two stitches together

The top:

Cast on 45 stitches on two needles, gently pull one needle out, distribute the stitches equally on 3 needles. Knit 5 rounds in stockinette stitch. Place a stitch marker on the 1st, 10th, 18th, 27th and 36th stitches. Now you have 5 sectors of 9 stitches each.
Round 6: *k7, k2tog*, repeat from * (40 stitches left).

Round 7: k all stitches.

Round 8: *k6, k2tog*, repeat from * (35 stitches left).
Round 9: k all stitches.
Round 10: *k5, k2tog*, repeat from * (30 stitches left).
Round 11: k all stitches.
Round 12: *k4, k2tog*, repeat from * (25 stitches left).
Round 13: k all stitches.
Round 14: *k3, k2tog*, repeat from * (20 stitches left).
Round 15: k all stitches.
Round 16: *k2, k2tog*, repeat from * (15 stitches left).
Round 17: *k1, k2tog*, repeat from * (10 stitches left).
Round 18: *k2tog*, repeat from *(5 stitches left).
Cut the thread leaving a 15cm tail and pull it through the remaining 5 stitches several times. Stitch to the wrong side, knot and weave in tail.

The bottom:

Cast on 45 stitches on two needles, gently pull one needle out, distribute the stitches equally on 3 needles. Place a stitch marker on the 1st, 10th, 18th, 27th and 36th stitches. Now you have 5 sectors of 9 stitches each.
Round 1: *k7, k2tog*, repeat from * (40 stitches left).
Round 2: *k6, k2tog*, repeat from * (35 stitches left).
Round 3: *k5, k2tog*, repeat from * (30 stitches left).
Round 4: *k4, k2tog*, repeat from * (25 stitches left).
Round 5: *k3, k2tog*, repeat from * (20 stitches left).
Round 6: *k2, k2tog*, repeat from * (15 stitches left).
Round 7: *k1, k2tog*, repeat from * (10 stitches left).
Round 8: *k2tog*, repeat from *(5 stitches left).
Cut the thread leaving a 15cm tail and pull it through the remaining 5 stitches several times. Stitch to the wrong side, knot and weave in tail.

Assembly:

Thread a big-eye needle with 80cm of yarn. Align the sectors and sew the two parts together using mattress stitch (¾ way through, stop to stuff the pincushion with wool, cotton or synthetic fiber), knot and weave in the remaining tail.
Thread a common needle with 60cm of strong thread. Sew on the two buttons so that they are placed in the centre of the top and the bottom parts of the pincushion, opposite to each other. Sew the two buttons on simultaneously, stitching through the centre of the pincushion and pulling the thread tightly. Knot on the bottom side and cut the thread.

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P.S. Thank you for the comments! Mysteriously, when I try to post one, they keep disappearing…
I wanted to say that, if you don’t really need a pincushion, you can still make one, fill it with wool mixed with aromatic herbs and put it somewhere as a decoration :)

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Peyote Pincushion by Iryna Klionava is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Belgium License.

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