Love in Every Stitch – blanket


I’m delighted to announce that the ‘Love in Every Stitch’ blanket is now live on my website. 
When designing this blanket, I wanted the maker to be able to customise it to reflect themselves or the person they are making the blanket for. To be in full control of the size and be able to choose colours to suit the person, mood or soundings.
This blanket has a fantastic corner-to-corner construction, which gives you full control of how large you would like it to be. It can be made into a cot blanket, sofa, lap, double or single bed all you have to do is repeat the increase pattern repeats until you reach the desired size, then start decreasing until the end and you will produce a beautiful square blanket. The slip stitch pattern is easy to memorise and it complements the garter stitch border, not to mention that it shows up beautifully when worked in colour. The blanket is completely reversible; it looks equally stunning on both sides.

In the pattern, you will also find where to find inspiration for colour: mood, weather, name or even month of birth, this is where I took the inspiration for the two blankets. 
The smaller blanket is knitted in Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK and is made for the cutest little girl called Ella who was born in April.
The colours of the name Ella are blue, green and pink. The colours of April are yellow, red, white
I decided to get rid of the red as I thought it was too strong for a baby, but I stuck with all the others and added few complementary ones. 
The bigger blanket, knitted in Rowan Pure Wool Worsted, is for a beautiful young lady called Sukie who is 8 years old. Of course, Sukie is at that age that I can just simply ask what colours she likes, however I still wanted to combine the colours of her birth month, May, which are yellow, red and green. I have chosen green to go with Sukie’s chosen colours. 
In both blankets, I’ve chosen cream as the complementary colour throughout, but please experiment with colour and see what combination you like best. I’m planning on knitting one with just grey and mustard.
However many colours you choose for your blanket, make sure you carry the yarn up the work with you and not cutting and weaving in at every colour change. You can carry yarn up 4 rows, any more than that will cause the yarn to form loops on the edges.
It’s important to get the edges nice and neat when taking the yarn with you. I have found the method below the best for producing neat edge. 
Don’t cut the yarn every time you switch colours, just run the colour you’re not using along the side of your blanket. 
  • Just keep picking up the different colours as you alternate (fig. 1).
  • Do this neatly so it will barely show, just pick up the yarn to be worked next from behind the other strand (fig. 2).
 Fig. 1
Fig. 2
You will find the pattern for ‘Love in Every Stitch’ on:

Happy knitting, 
Anna x

Double yarn overs


This tutorial is to support my new design, Essie shawl, which uses double yarn over in the lace section.

We have all probably encountered a single yarn over at some point, they are used in lace or to make button holes, you simply bring the yarn forward and knit the next stitch with the yarn going over the needle thus creating an eyelet. They are usually abbreviated as yo, yfwd, yf. Double yarn overs are the same thing just…well, doubled, which produces a larger eyelet. They are supper easy to make but the trick is to work back on them correctly. They are usually abbreviated as yoyo or yo (x 2). 
To make a double yarn over
Bring the yarn forward in-between the needles, then wrap around the needle once more, then knit the next stitch as normal.

Working back on yarn overs 

Normally, you would treat yarn over as a standard stitch and purl or knit it, but you can’t do that with double yarn over. If you purl or knit both strands you will end up with one super large eyelet, so you have to either purl the first stitch and knit the second or vice versa. What I recommend you do in Essie is purl the first stitch and knit the second through back loop.

  • Purl the first stitch as normal, be very careful the second stitch does not jump off the needle.
  • Take your yarn to the back of work in-between the needles.
  • Knit the second stitch through back loop.
  • Bring your yarn to the front of work in-between needles and continue to work on the rest of your stitches.

     
  

Hey presto! Double yarn over completed 😊
 

Essie is now abvailable on:

Enjoy,
Anna x