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Afternoon Tea Blanket KAL Part 5

By Amy Sosbe 4 days ago


Welcome to the final instalment of our wonderful Afternoon Tea Blanket Knit Along (KAL). With only 1 more piece left of the Knit Along puzzle, we’re so excited to share the last part with you!

Thank you so much to everyone who’s been sharing their progress with us! It’s been wonderful seeing everyone’s work. Here's a round up of last week's motif:


For the final part of our KAL we’re introducing the ever-so-pretty Rose Motif. The beautiful rose is often the star of the garden, with its delicate petals, stunning hues and unforgettable scent. Our Rose Motif is just as stunning as the real thing and is knitted in pretty pink and green tones on a background of subtle cream.

We definitely think we’ve saved the best until last! Although the rose motif is a slightly more challenging use of colourwork, it is most definitely worth the extra effort and with all your experience from the previous 4 weeks, we think you’re ready for the challenge!

This week you will need Cream (1005), Blush (1833), Pomegranate (1083), Cypress (1824) and Lincoln (1834). You will also need 1 pair of 3¾mm (No. 9) knitting needles and a knitter’s needle for sewing up.

Download the PDF for Part 5 here>>

To create the beautiful rose you will be working from a colour chart, reading the chart from right to left for the right-side rows (knit rows) and from left to right for the wrong-side rows (purl rows).

You will need to follow the instructions and use the intarsia method, using small balls of colour for each flower. If using the fairisle technique, whereby you strand yarn across the whole square, you would need to complete a tension square and increase the size of needles used.

To make things a little easier to follow, like previous weeks, we've photographed the back and the front of the rose motif.




Making up

As well as the instructions on the pattern, you can also refer to the layout image below for making up your blanket (this is also on the PDF pattern). If you fancy being creative you can have a play around with the layout. Simply print out the image below, cut around the motifs and arrange them in the way you’d like.



Border

To do the border on your blanket you will be using double crochet stitches (this is the UK terminology, in the US double crochet is referred to as single crochet) and working all the way around the edge of the blanket. The full instructions are written in the PDF pattern, but to make things easier we've given you a link below to a really helpful video that shows you how to add a double crochet border to knitted work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_06gqkDpR0


Blocking

We asked you to save the blocking of all your knitting until now. Once you have decided on your layout, stitched your motifs together and completed the border you can then use the wet block method to block out your finished blanket.

And there you have it, the final part! once your blanket is finished, it's ready to be enjoyed even more!

If you’re new to the KAL it’s not too late! You can still get the handy colour pack for the Afternoon Tea Blanket for only £15.99. You can read the introduction to the KAL and read more about the previous 4 weeks, as well as download the previous 4 parts by clicking the links below:

Pre-launch >>

Part 1 >>

Part 2 >>

Part 3 >>

Part 4 >>

Remember, we still have our lovely Facebook group ‘Knit Along with The Knitting Network’, which you can join to share your progress and help each other along with the KAL. Do also remember to use hashtag #afternoonteablanketkal so we can see all your lovely photos.

Happy knitting everyone!

The Late Summer Sunsets Blanket

By Amy Sosbe 5 days ago


With the exciting launch of Go-To DK, a new yarn range stocked exclusively here at The Knitting Network, we’ve teamed up with some of our favourite crafters and bloggers to create some beautiful new patterns for you!

Celebrating the excellent colour range and quality of Go-To DK, we’ve got some tantalising and super fun projects that we’ll be revealing over the next few months. We’re starting off with the wonderful Eleonora Tully, from the Coastal Crochet blog and designer of the wonderful and ever popular Changing Tides and Seaside Stash Busting blankets. She’s created the loveliest blanket using Go-To DK, inspired by the sea and has called it the ‘Late Summer Sunsets Blanket’. We love the name and love the blanket even more!

To find out a little bit more about Eleonora and the inspiration behind the blanket, we had a little chat with her, which you can read below. Here's a stunning photograph of the finished blanket taken by Eleonora on the beach at her home on the south east coast, with the beautiful setting sun behind.



What inspired the design of the blanket?

Living by the sea on the south coast of England, I am so often inspired by coastal colours and the sunsets are no exception! From early spring and through the summer months the sun sets over the land to the west of where we live. Then from September, through winter and into early spring we enjoy sunsets over the sea. Having those stunning sea sunsets is one of the things which helps ease us into autumn and winter after those summer months! So the name 'Late Summer Sunsets' sprang to mind - to celebrate those evenings in late summer when the sun finally sets over the sea once more! And when I had a wide range of colours to try from the new yarn Go-To DK, I was drawn to those sunsets colours and the stitches in this blanket reflect those sea sun sets!


Where is your favourite place to craft?

One of the things I love most about crochet is that it’s so portable and it’s something I can take with me and do anywhere. And my hooks and yarn really do come everywhere with me! Adding a few rows or rounds to a crochet project when I’m away from home adds something special with memories of places entwined with those stitches.


What is your favourite season?

I’m a lover of all seasons! I love the transition between them and how unique they each are. The cold winters and dark evenings make me really appreciate those long summer evenings but I also love the thought of cold winter walks and then coming home to cosy up with a hot chocolate and snuggle under a crocheted blanket! I’ve really appreciated the colours of autumn in recent years and as I’ve mentioned, we’re treated to those amazing sunsets over the sea. But if I had to choose one, then maybe spring... when nature springs to life and the flowers cling to our local cliff tops. That’s exceptionally beautiful!


What did you like most about Go-To DK?

It was a pleasure to crochet with and the range of colours really helped to inspire the ‘Late Summer Sunsets’ design. I love that it’s so hard wearing and crocheting a blanket with it means it will survive all the usage a crocheted blanket enjoys!


We hope you love the blanket as much as we do, and we look forward to revealing more projects very soon! Eleonora has written a wonderful blog post all about the blanket and shared a few more pictures here.


You can buy the Late Summer Sunsets Blanket Pack for only £15.99 and if you’d like to buy Go-To DK separately, you can find all the different shades here.

Afternoon Tea Blanket KAL Part 4

By Amy Sosbe 11 days ago

Welcome to the fourth instalment of our wonderful Afternoon Tea Blanket Knit Along (KAL). We have been really enjoying seeing all your blankets take shape, and with only 2 more parts to go the final look and feel of the blanket is starting to come together! Very exciting! Every week we’ve been gathering together your photographs of the current weeks square. Here's a round-up of photographs of your fellow knitter’s progress from the last week.

Our fourth instalment of our KAL is for the lovely Gingham Motif, we’ve chosen a pretty soft green, a contrasting darker green along with a cream shade to make the Gingham pattern, reminding us of vintage checked tablecloths. The pattern creates a beautiful thick and textured effect, adding to the lovely design.

This week you will need 1x Lincoln (1834), 1x Cypress (1824) and 1x Cream (1005), as well as 1 pair of 4mm (No. 8) knitting needles and a knitter’s needle for sewing up.

Download the PDF for Part 4 here>>

This pattern introduces slipping stitches, which simply means to pass stitches from your left needle to your right needle without working into them. There are more rows and stitches to this square because the pattern uses these slipped stitches.This technique cleverly replicates gingham fabric and creates a tactile finished square.

You will be using 3 different shades of yarn, but unlike previous weeks, do not cut the yarn when changing to a new shade. Instead leave yarn at side of work ready to use when needed next and twist yarns at end of every row.

Take care not to pull yarn floats too tightly when working the 'slipped stitch' pattern, as this will affect your tension. You will also be slipping all stitches purlwise and casting off purlwise.

We’ve photographed the back of the finished piece so you can see how you will be crossing the shades over. Please don’t worry, it looks much more complicated than it is!


And here is the finished front!

Please remember not to block your work until the KAL has finished. We will go through the blocking instructions in the final part.

If you’re new to the KAL you can get the handy colour pack for the Afternoon Tea Blanket for only £15.99. You can also read our previous blog posts and download each part of the pattern by following the links below:

Pre-launch >>

Part 1 >>

Part 2 >>

Part 3 >>

Remember, we have our lovely Facebook group ‘Knit Along with The Knitting Network’, which you can join to share your progress and help each other along with the KAL. Do also remember to use hashtag #afternoonteablanketkal so we can see all your lovely photos!

Happy knitting everyone!

Afternoon Tea Blanket KAL Part 3

By Amy Sosbe 18 days ago

Welcome to the third instalment of our wonderful Afternoon Tea Blanket Knit Along (KAL). We’ve been blown away by the sheer loveliness of all your blanket WIPs! Your blankets are coming along beautifully, and we hope you’ve been enjoying the KAL so far! You can see some of your fellow knitter’s work from the last week here:

Our third instalment of our KAL is for the oh-so-vintage Window-pane Check Motif, reminding us of lovely old-fashioned tea towels. Knitted in soft vintage blue and cream shades, this clever motif uses a combination of knitting and crochet to create the check design.

This week you will need 2x Cream (1005) and 1x Cornish Blue (1841), as well as 1 pair of 3.75mm (No. 9) knitting needles, a size 3.00 crochet hook and a knitter’s needle for sewing up.

Download the PDF for Part 3 here>>

To create the check pattern, you knit 2 horizontal stripes of blue by simply changing to the blue shade when the pattern asks. Just like the Polka-dot Motif, you will be cutting the blue at the end of each row, leaving a length of blue at the beginning and end of the row.

The vertical stripes are created in a clever way. Following the pattern, once you’ve finished knitting, you will have made two vertical inverted ribs. This is where the crochet hook comes in! Using your hook and the blue shade, and following the patterns instructions, you then crochet a chain row starting from the bottom and working up, using the inverted rib as a guide.

If you are new to crochet, we've made a simple helpful video to show you how to do the crochet chain, which you can view over on our Facebook group.

Here's a photograph that shows the back of the work:

And this is the finished result!

Please remember not to block your work until the KAL has finished. We will go through the blocking instructions in the final part.

If you’re new to the KAL you can get the handy colour pack for the Afternoon Tea Blanket for only £15.99. You can also read our previous blog posts and download each part of the pattern by following the links below:

Pre-launch >>

Part 1 >>

Part 2 >>

Remember, we have our lovely Facebook group ‘Knit Along with The Knitting Network’, which you can join to share your progress and help each other along with the KAL. Do also remember to use hashtag #afternoonteakal so we can see all your lovely photos!

Happy knitting everyone!