Week 21 Baby-Step Creation: Coloured Woollen Rugs

I’m very and truly excited to announce that I’ve got a guest creator for this post! Right from the beginning I wanted to share this journey with some of my very creative friends, and here’s the first shot. One of the the greatest things about doing this is that I can write about some skills that I don’t have myself, and this one is right up there – knitting!

Let me introduce you to Yasmin, someone who I met all the way back in kindy and reconnected through working at the same supermarket during our uni years. Yas has been knitting for a very long time  – originally learning knitting for it’s calming and anti-stress components but it’s turned into a well-loved hobby since then. And lucky for me, Yas has generously agreed to share some of her hard work with me for my site.

Recently Yas was a bridesmaid in a childhood friend’s wedding and she decided to knit a special blanket as their wedding gift. Taking inspiration from their dresses, she used the three colours to theme the blanket, using a gorgeous neon pink (Yas’ favourite colour) to contrast and bind them together.

 

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She’s chosen to use a single moss stitch to knit each 10cm x 10cm square, using 8 ply wool and 4mm knitting needles.

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So, what’s a single moss stitch I hear you say (well, it’s definitely what I’m asking!). You can head over to Queen of DIY’s Knitting for Beginners for a full run down, but if you’re in the knitting-know: single moss is just one stitch, purl one stitch, repeated every row and making sure that you have an odd number of stitches so that you start and end on a knit stitch (this stops it from curling up at the sides). Alright!

The wedding gift was designed to be either a decorative piece in the lounge room, or it would be the right size for a pram (*hint hint* to the newlyweds!)

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Her second blanket (a work in progress) is a much larger rug consisting of 110(!) squares and uses different colours and knitting techniques to create a true feeling of fun, quirkiness, texture and warmth. All that’s left is to sew on the polar fleece onto the back to give it a finishing touch.

Now she’s up to her third blanket – one lucky little boy is going to have a lovely snuggly rug for his first birthday. This one is using a single wool that consists of a tie-dyed blue/green/white mix.

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Big ups to Yas for letting me share her creations (and for letting me use some of her words too!). Stay tuned for some pics of the completed creations.

 

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