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The Curious Project - Spring Zest Cushion Knitting Kit

Bag 21 is the first Curious Project of 2021, and will bring a pop of colour to your home. With a lot of us spending more time at home, this knitting kit is a fun knit with a fab, snuggly result! For this Curious Project I've teamed up with Aderice Palmer-Jones, and her grapefruit illustration inspired one of my cutest homeware pieces to date

Your kit contains all the materials needed to make your cushion, even the cushion pad! Aderice’s illustration also features on the front a tote bag and on an exclusive notebook which you’ll receive too. We've now added the option for you to choose whether you'd like knitting needles included, so you don't end up with several pairs of the same size. 

There are a limited number of individual Spring Zest cushion kits remaining, and the patterns are one off designs never released as digital patterns. Once the kits sell out, they won't be available again.

PLEASE NOTE: The Curious Project subscriptions, starting with the Spring Zest kit, are now sold out. If you are a subscription customer, please click here for more information.

WHAT'S IN THE KIT?

  • A step by step pattern and photo sewing up booklet - written in English
  • 5mm (US 8) and 6mm (US 10) knitting needles (optional) 
  • Cushion Front - 2 x 100g ball of Scheepjes Chunky Monkey yarn in white - 100% premium acrylic (anti-pilling yarn)
  • Cushion Back and Grapefruit Pieces - Scheepjes Sweetheart Soft chunky yarn - 100% Polyester - light yellow (25g), dark yellow (1 x 100g ball), dark pink (10g), light pink (5g), green (5g)
  • 45cm x 45cm (18in x 18in) cushion pad, non-allergenic cushion pad with polycotton cover
  • 40cm (15 3/4in) zip - included in kit, but optional to use
  • Darning needle
  • Custom tote bag featuring illustration
  • Exclusive Aderice Palmer-Jones notebook

FINISHED SIZE: 45cm x 45cm (18in x 18in)

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner to intermediate. Textured yarns are used for this project. Every row will be included in the pattern for you to tick off.

STITCHES USED: This project uses basic knitting skills, including knitting, purling, increasing (Kfb), decreasing (SKP and K2tog) and sewing up using back stitch. There won't be any intarsia colour changing or knitting in the round. 

Yarn colours may vary slightly in real life depending on your screen display.

Warning: this is not a toy and is not suitable for children under 13 years old. This kit contains small parts.

 

GUEST ILLUSTRATOR - ADERICE PALMER-JONES

Here's Aderice telling us more about her work and the inspirations behind her illustrations:

"From a small town in the East Midlands, my work surrounds exploring black culture and black women. After growing up in a predominantly White community, it was important for me to envision and see women who looked like me within everyday illustration. 

Being a Black woman, and being of dual British and American citizenship, my practice is also directly inspired by Black culture in the 1970s - recognising that Black is beautiful and the importance of knowing your worth. Much of my work seeks to understand and reflect these themes. Furthermore, I am constantly inspired by pattern design from the early 70s and endeavour to explore the themes of freedom, colour and vitality through print; this has inspired my grapefruit pattern for Sincerely Louise.

After graduating from Leeds Arts University with a degree in illustration in 2019, I have worked for Leeds Arts University Student Union as Student President, taking a short break from my personal practice in order to devote my time to the student's voice within the University.

As of now, I am based in Liverpool studying to become a qualified nurse. I plan to pursue a career in nursing as well as continuing my illustration and printmaking."