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May 2022

Platinum Jubilee Projects

By Amy S 2 months ago


This year, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. There will be celebrations all over the world and up and down the country to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service and this historic reign. Events will be taking place on the special bank holiday weekend from 2nd to 5th June and lots of people will be celebrating with party’s, whether it’s a garden party, street party or a just quiet gathering at home whilst watching all the exciting events on the television.

With this momentous event not far away now, we’ve got some last minute makes for you, to help decorate your Jubilee party, as well as some projects that commemorate this wonderful celebration and will make it last a little bit longer.


Our brand-new Jubilee Blanket Kit has been made specially for the upcoming Jubilee. The pattern is our incredibly popular crocheted Portuguese Tile Blanket pattern, but with a new splash of celebratory colours! A great way to commemorate this amazing milestone.



As this is an extra special occasion, we’ve also put together 2 new bundles with our wonderful Emu Classic DK range. These bundles have been inspired by the colours of the Union Jack and the colours of the Platinum Jubilee. You could use them for so many different projects, including some of the wonderful patterns we’ve included below!



Make any pattern fit for royalty with this shade in King Cole Cherish DK! The Slate shade is a mix of red, white and blue tones and patterns up into simple stripes. Use it on plain patterns, for an instant patriotic twist!


This sweet Soldier Jumper knitting pattern would be the perfect addition to a Jubilee party outfit, especially if we have a true British bank holiday!


Take a touch of royalty wherever you go with this Crown Bag knitting pattern. It’d be perfect for taking cakes and treats along to a Jubilee celebration! And for any other extra special day!


Make a whole consort of corgis to decorate your Jubilee gathering, with this sweetknitted Corgi Dogs pattern. For each ball of Camel and Cream in the Stylecraft Special DK yarn you’ll be able to make around 5 adorable Corgi’s!


The most perfect Jubilee tea cosy. It’ll also make the most perfect centre piece to your Jubilee spread! The Royal Crown Tea Cosy Knitting Pattern is a super fun pattern and even has gold yarn to add that extra regal touch!


For more decoration inspiration, why not make these crocheted Jar Covers And Place Mats in red white and blue for a great DIY project. We’ve chosen our excellent Emu Classic Chunky yarn, which is great value too!


Another great project to remember the Jubilee by, this excellent knitted Mixed Cushion Cover Set includes a brilliant Union Jack cushion. Why not knit one using our Royal Jubilee Emu Classic DK Bundle, which includes a selection of red, white and blue shades; or, for something even more special, our Platinum Jubilee Emu Classic DK Bundle which is a mix of beautiful purples, pinks and grey.


Add some vintage style and help dress your jubilee table with this Napkin Ring crochet pattern. Why not use one of our Jubilee bundles to add a brilliant jubilee colour scheme!


No party is complete without bunting! This Striped, Spotty And Plain Bunting knitting pattern can also be knitting using our wonderful Jubilee bundles!


Have your cake and eat it too! This Afternoon Tea Set knitting pattern includes quaint cups and saucers and tempting baked treats, perfect for adding a bit of fun to your Jubilee party decorations! This clever knitting pattern set is also spill-proof and shatter-resistant!


We hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating!

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How to Crochet Corner to Corner

By Amy Last 3 months ago

Voulez-Vous 'Crochet' Avec Moi?

We've just taken delivery of a beautiful new yarn from Papatya, called Mouline Chunky. French for 'stranded cotton', it's a gorgeous variegated acrylic yarn that comes in lots of shades, but I fell in love with colour 5680! It reminds me of tropical beaches and I love the green tones. I knew I wanted to crochet a blanket for my 1-year-old with it, but being a busy mum, I don't get much time to relax with a project. So I opted for a super quick corner to corner blanket, and I thought I'd show you how to crochet this popular stitch too!

I'm using a 5mm hook, but you can use a 6mm for a looser finish.

To begin, start with a slip knot and chain 6:























Then work a treble crochet into the 4th chain from the hook, and repeat in the 5th and 6th chains from the hook. This completes your first ‘tile’ and your first row!

Now, turn your work and start the next row. Chain 6:

Then, as before, work a treble crochet into the 4th chain from the hook and repeat for the remaining 2 chains.

Next, find the first chain space in your first tile. This is the space between your chain 3 and the first treble:

Slip stitch into the chain space and chain 3. This creates your first ‘treble’:

Now make three more treble crochets into the same chain space:

This completes your second row and your ready to start the next row. Turn your work, and chain 6 again:

Then as before, crochet one treble into the 4th chain from the hook, and again for the 5th and 6th chains from the hook. Then insert your hook into the first chain space of the tile below:


Slip stitch and chain 3 to start your trebles.

Work 3 more treble crochet into the chain space and slip stitch into the next chain space (working diagonally along the row):

Chain 3 again and work 3 treble crochet into the same chain space:

That's your next row complete:

Now continue working in the same way until your square is as wide as you would like it.

I'd love to see how you get on! Please share your progress in our Crochet Along with The Knitting Network group on Facebook. I'm going to carry on making the blanket and I'll be back in a few days to show you how to decrease, ready to finish the second half of your blanket.

Time to Decrease

Thanks for being so patient! Like most knitters and crocheters, I'm easily distracted by new projects (so many WIPs on the go!) and we have recently taken delivery of our brand new baby yarn, Emu Treasure DK. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do. It is the softest yarn and the projects are adorable! I love the blanket patterns! So inevitably, my project was a little delayed, but it’s now time to decrease!

Decreasing is just as simple as the increase, it’s only the end of each row that differs.

When you reach the last tile on your current row, chain three as normal and then turn your work:


From here, slip stitch into the last chain space of the next tile, and then continue to work as you have on the first half of your blanket, until you reach the last tile on the row:


Once you reach the last tile, follow the same steps as above. So, chain 3, turn your work and slip stitch into the next tile. Continue in this way until the end and your blanket is complete!

I hope you’ve enjoyed making your corner-to-corner blanket and can’t wait to see your creations!

Happy hooking!

Amy





Charity of the Month - Dementia UK

By Amy 3 months ago

We’re delighted to be supporting Dementia UK as our charity of the month throughout May!

During the month, you can round up your orders to the nearest £1 at the checkout and all money raised will be donated to Dementia UK.

We’ll again be matching all donations so whatever you donate, we’ll donate the same, doubling the total amount raised for the charity!

About Dementia UK:

Dementia UK is the specialist dementia nurse charity. Its nurses, called Admiral Nurses, offer life-changing support for families facing dementia. They provide compassionate one-to-one emotional support, guidance and practical advice – for families living with dementia, they are a lifeline.

Dementia UK believes that everyone who needs the support of a specialist dementia nurse should get one, and the charity is working hard to increase the number of Admiral Nurses across the UK.

Dementia UK receives no government funding and relies on voluntary donations.

To find out more about the vital work that Dementia UK does please visit their website.

Knitting and Dementia


Knitting isn’t just an enjoyable creative pastime – it’s also thought to reduce stress and anxiety, improve attention and concentration, and even reduce blood pressure, all of which can be beneficial for people living with dementia and their carers.

Dementia UK has shared an article on knitting and dementia, including how handmade ‘twiddle muffs’ may be helpful for people living with the diagnosis: visit dementiauk.org/knitting-and-dementia/.

Dementia UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1039404) and Scotland (SCO47429). A company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales (02944156).

Last month's charity of the month:

Throughout April we supported Save the Children, raising money for the Child Emergency Fund. Through your generosity, we have raised an incredible amount thanks to checkout donations. We’ll also be matching your donations bringing the total raised for the charity to £1,262. This money will go directly towards helping them reach children in Ukraine, Afghanistan and Yemen whose lives have been turned upside down by war. It will also help protect children at extreme risk of famine in East Africa.

Thank you so much for continuing to support our monthly charities!

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