Luxury Fish Supper Silk Cushion
This pattern is a silk cushion designed to fit any cat basket. I used Debbie Bliss Pure Silk (discontinued) as I love the luxurious sheen and added Anchor Metallic Artiste to the head and tail to give extra fishy sparkle. The cushion will fit most cat baskets, I particularly like it in the smaller basket with the tail hanging over the side. I designed it with an opening at the back so it can be washed and dried flat and the stuffing can be removed and replaced or washed. My inspiration was a childhood spent watching Tom & Jerry and Topcat where fish skeletons always seemed to look like this with the head and tail still intact. I also thought it would give my cats sweet fishy dreams after a busy day watching butterflies in the garden.
The pattern involves intarsia but don't be afraid because I have designed a special chart which clearly shows every stitch by colour and all increases and decreases. The pattern includes general notes and tips about intarsia techniques and row by row instructions for the first part of the chart. Even if you have never tried intarsia work before the pattern provides fully detailed instructions to make you an expert.
Suggested substitute yarns are shown below.