New Pattern: Animal Patchwork Blanket

(AKA The slowest project ever) I started this blanket a few years ago as a side project and would only knit when on holiday, hence why it took me months to finish it. And it’s taken me even longer to write up the pattern, but it’s finally here!

I initially created this blanket for Lindsay‘s little girl, Matilda. The whole time I was making it I thought ‘by the time I’m done she will be too big for it’, but luckily (I’m a lazy knitter and don’t really measure my work from the start) it ended up being quite big for a baby blanket – it’s around 70x84cm.

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Lindsay is the talented maker behind Em&Sprout and is one of the reasons why I started knitting squares in the first place. Remember the 30 animal squares I knitted back in 2014? I created them as part of her #animaldoodleaday challenge on Instagram! I then used the squares to make my first ever patchwork blanket and wrote up the pattern for all 30 squares – you can find it here. The response to this pattern has been incredible and worth the effort!

When Lindsay asked me to make one of these blankets for her little girl, I knew I wanted to try something a little different and improve my design skills, plus the initial blanket was a bit small anyway. So I mixed it up and alternated animal squares animals in Intarsia, with plain seed stitch squares (my fave stitch). I redesigned some of my original animal squares, and added a couple of new animals: an aplaca and a panda (don’t think I need to justify why I chose these cuties).

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To join the squares together, I decided to give crochet a try and I instantly fell in love! It gives the blanket such a pretty finish. So I went on and made a crochet border too. Finally I stitched on a fleece backing and I was done!

Years later, the pattern for the animal patchwork blanket is finally available! It includes the instructions, a stitch library and individual animal charts. It’s a very complete pattern and ideal if you’re looking to learn new (and easy) finishing techniques. I really hope you love this patternBlanket11.png and I can’t wait to see your creations!

Buy The Animal Patchwork Blanket Pattern on: ETSY | RAVELRY

 

 

 

Spring Travels & Projects

Knitting Workshop - Britain Does Vintage

Last time I blogged was to let you know about the Clayshed’s Big Vintage Festival which took place in Newcastle back in April. The turnout wasn’t as great as expected but the workshops were extremely popular and kept me pretty busy all day. I absolutely loved teaching how to knit for the first time (so far I’d been sticking to written tutorials). Thanks to all who came and thank you Laura Pearman for the lovely photos!

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I made lots of vintage inspired knits for the event and will put up all the unsold items in my Etsy shop as soon as I get the chance – including my first ever knitting kit!

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Two weeks after the festival I flew over to Mexico with one of my best friends for what I can only call an adventure. We did a 10-day road trip across the Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche states, starting and ending our journey in sunny Cancun. My highlights: Swimming in the Caribbean sea, Cenotes and lagoons, driving around Isla Mujeres in a golf cart, seeing a lucha libre show, and visiting one of the seven wonders of the world, Chichen Itza. Take me back RIGHT NOW!

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Since I came back, I’ve made these cute hair clips for my friend’s little girl, ran my first ever race, quit my job and went home in France to meet my nephew. No wonder I don’t get much knitting done these days!

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I’m currently working on a new project, a baby blanket for my nephew <3 I’m using this beautiful Colorblock Bias Blanket pattern from Purl Soho (aka my favourite pattern maker) and going for shades of grey, blue and yellow. I’m only on colour 2 of 7 so bear with me – follow my progress on Instagram!

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Summer WIPs

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I cannot believe it’s October already!!! I haven’t moved house yet, so a lot of my knitting stuff is packed in boxes which means I am limited as far as new projects are concerned but, do not worry, September was still a very busy month.

A Cute Baby Blanket

The awesome Lindsay from Em & Sprout has asked me to make an animal squares blanket for her little baby girl who is due at the end of October. I’m so honoured as Lindsay is one of the crafters I admire the most. I actually had originally designed 30 animal squares as part of Lindsay’s #animaldoodleaday challenge – my biggest knitting achievement to date! You can read all about it here. I am currently re-working my designs (forever a perfectionist) but also creating new squares of some of my favourite animals. This is probably going to take me a while, but I’ll keep you posted :)

Now the question is: which animals will be on Lindsay’s baby blanket? Follow me on Instagram to find out!

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My First Print Magazine Publication

September 2014 also marked the first time I ever got one of my projects published in print, eeeeeek! I still can’t believe how lucky I am to have one of my projects featured in Mollie Makes, and of course I wrote a whole post about this (because who wouldn’t!)! And there’s more to come!!!MMS45.subsclub_Page_1

BFFs Unite!

My best friend Victoria and I have wanted to collaborate on a collection for like ever. Victoria is the girl behind Rock’n’Kitsch jewelry brand Die Young Stay Pretty. For months we’ve been talking about themes and ways to combine our 2 worlds and I am pleased to say it is finally happening! I’ve started working on my side of the collaboration, ie incorporating my knits into her beautiful pieces (it’s not as easy as it sounds, but I’m getting there). Our retro horror movie collection  DYSPxJATK will (hopefully) launch soon. Here is a sneak peek – I’d love to know what you think!

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What have you been up to in September? Share links to your projects in the comments!