Summer is now behind us, and to me that is exciting as it means lots of NEW Winter stock arriving with beautiful NEW colours to create lovely NEW warm knitted wooly projects!!!
With the cold Winter months on their way, there is nothing so special as cuddling into a warm knitted woolly blanket!! Now don't shudder & say "but it's such a big project", lol, as I am going to tell you how to break it down into a really manageable & fun project!
1. Decide on Size - I find for your first throw, don't go too big, do a cot size, or a nice Knee Throw to snuggle on the lounge.
2. Colours - look around your house, childs room, see what colours are there. Pick no more than 5 colours, anymore can be too much.
3. Patterns - if you are an Experienced knitter, pick up to 5 different pattern designs eg Cable, Multiple Coloured Strips, Double Moss etc. For the Beginner, you can vary between Garter Stitch (plain knitting) mixed with Stocking Stitch (knit a row, purl a row).
4. Floor Plan - print out a graph with the amount of squares you need. These squares measure approx 17cm using an 8ply, so for a cot size : 4 x 5 squares, or Knee Throw, 7 x 7 squares, working 39 stitches x 50 rows for both sizes.
Now, mark each square with a symbol representing the individual patterns & using your colouring pencils, shade these squares in the colours you have chosen, use your child's colouring in pencils!
5. Start Knitting - you start by working the square at the bottom left hand corner, finish this square & cast off. Change colours & pick up 39 stitches through the cast off stitches of the previous square. This counts as Row 1.
Continue in this way until you have finished your first strip. As you finish the following strips, sew them together, this way, you can see your blanket coming together & it is exciting to be continually changing colours & patterns!!
At Greta's Handcraft Centre we run 4 Blanket Groups each month, a mixture of Friday's & Saturday's, all contact details can be found on Greta's Facebook page or contact me at the shop.
Photographs taken by Bec @Pinchmebeautiful. Styling by Bec @Pinchmebeautiful and Babs @Patchworkcactus