I hope I have redeemed myself somewhat, because, yesterday, I (drum roll, if you please)....finished it!
I had a Eureka moment (very much like a blinding flash, I find. ;-) ) and decided that the opening could be the ornamentation (I don't even know if that's a word. But if it's not then it should be!).
I used mother of pearl buttons (do you recognise a theme here at Modern Country Style? Yes, I like mother-of-pearl buttons and I'm proud of it!) to form the closing, at one end. I needed them to be closely spaced so it wouldn't be gappy and show the inner peeking through.
I used two sizes of button in a three-medium-then-one-small repeat kind of pattern. To be honest, that started because I used the wrong sized button on my third go but I kind of liked the variation so kept it up.
Yes, you're right, that was a lot of button sewing! But aren't the buttons pretty with their dull iridescent lustre. What's not to like?!
I sewed each button in the middle of a ribbed row of knitting as the potentially messy back bit was going to show on the outside otherwise. Now, instead, I hope it looks like a neat(ish!) seam from the back:
The two cushions look good together, I think. Matching snuggliness and out of one cardigan too!
A big warm welcome, by the way, to you, especially if you are new to Modern Country Style. Have a good look around and do, please, make yourself right at home.