More competition entries, as promised
The Pram Blanket by Geraldine
I used to knit when my children were small but stopped for many years. Then my grandchildren came along and I decided I was going to start knitting again. I’d only really ever done cardigans or jumpers, but this time I wanted to try something a little bit more adventurous. So I decided to knit a pram blanket for my first grandson who is due in early March ( i have 6 granddaughters).
I chose this pattern from Nell’s Baby Knits as I thought it was really pretty and traditional which is what I like. I like to see babies dressed as babies, not in fashion clothes.
The blanket is double layered, 20 squares on both top and bottom knitted in double knit yarn, all of which were sewn together. Then ribbon was threaded through each top square, frill and lace were hand sewn to the edge. Finally each square has a button sewn in the middle. I love the blanket as it’s original; no other child will have one the same as this one. I’ve done another one for my granddaughter who is due in June and each of them look completely different as I’ve changed the colour and small details so it’s also unique.
This has been a labour of love as it took me quite some time to complete, but I’m really pleased with the blanket, as is my daughter.
We love: this truly original design – we’ve never seen a blanket like it! Adding unusual buttons is a lovely touch too, and we love the idea of blankets customised for different grandchildren.
Skyla’s Throw by Deborah
I started this project around the time my daughter was born. This was also one of my first journeys into learning crochet. It includes a variety of crochet techniques and embroidery. The throw has grown week by week much like my beloved daughter. Until eventually it was completed several years later and given to my daughter when she was big enough to have her own big bed and old enough to appreciate it. This is a project that has been with me through new stages of mine and my daughters life and was finished not long after her little sister was born. It will most likely be with my daughter through her new beginnings and adventures as she is growing up and maybe one day be given to her own child in be future. I will now have to make one for her little sister! I got the blanket pattern from the Art of Crochet part works magazine.
We love: this blanket reminded of us of an episode of The Simpsons when an heirloom patchwork blanket is destroyed by the family dog so Lisa starts her own heirloom with a new one :-). We love this blanket growing with Deborah’s daughter to become a treasured possession and constant reminder of her mother’s love – that’s what homecrafting is all about…
Twiglet Mitts by Martine from iMake
I thought this project would be perfect for your new beginnings theme because this is the first knitted item that I have ever designed. I have wanted to try designing for ages but really didn’t think I had the skills. Certainly I love knitting, but there is so much more to designing. Anyway, inspired by my dear friend Kate (also a new designer) I had a go. And I am thrilled with the results. I released my pattern to the world on my blog, on Ravelry and on Craftsy at the end of December 2012 and it’s had a wonderful response. It’s so exciting to see a project through like this, particularly when you didn’t think it was possible. I think this is a new beginning for me. I am just about to release a second pattern – I can’t believe it. Knitting is just… the best!
Thanks for taking the time to read my entry – I love your site.
We love: we’re always really excited to hear about knitters moving on to designing their own patterns. There are so many beautiful designs out there like these gorgeous handwarmers: a handknitted garment is always unique, but especially one created by an independent designer. Go for it Martine, and we hope to see many more designs from you in the future!
There are still more entries that we’d love to share, so watch this space for The Little Red Scarf For Charity, Swag Jacket, Mousy Set, Pram Blanket and Doggy Bootees – very generously submitted with a free pattern! Monet Cushion, Rosy Tea Cosy, Little Sailor Boy, Starry Starry Night, Bertie The Bunny and more…
Last updated: December 6th, 2013.