“Into the Trees Cushion by Anni Howard”
Into the Trees is inspired by a winter woodland walk, enjoying the scent of the sweet fresh pine leaves, spotting seeds and saplings and crunching twigs underfoot.

The cushion starts with a provisional cast-on and is worked in the round. An afterthought opening is marked with waste yarn. The top edge of the opening is cast off and crochet chains create button loops. A st st flap is knitted onto the lower edge of the opening. The cast-on edge and the top edge of the cushion are grafted together.

Also required:
2 x 4mm (US 6) circular needles, length 80cm
5mm (US 8) circular needle, length 80cm
5mm (US H8) crochet hook for provisional cast-on
3 stitch markers, one distinct
Tapestry needle
Waste yarn in aranworsted weight for provisional cast-on
3 buttons 2cm (1in) in diameter
Cushion pad 56cm (22ins) square

Cushion measures 52cm (20.5ins) square. Using a cushion pad that is slightly larger will ensure your cushion is nice and plump!

For a perfect knitting soundtrack, listen to A Forest by The Cure.

Anni Howard is an independent knit and textile designer working from her studio in Colchester, close to the Essex estuaries and coastal salt marshes.

After gaining a degree in textiles she worked for a knitting yarn spinner in Yorkshire before freelancing for yarn and fibre companies and magazines.

Anni is inspired by patterns, textures, colours, new yarns, unusual knitting techniques and interesting garment constructions.