Crochet, Knitting & Sewing
The Latest from the Woolpack - 5th May 2020
The Woolpack have completed a number of paired hearts. These have been posted to the hospital in Worcester. If you are knitting these, please continue to do so as they are a lovely idea and very much appreciated.
Next Project - Lockdown Blanket
The Woolpack is now making a start on a knitted Lockdown Blanket. This will consist of 6" squares knitted in washable yarn - white or a pastel colour, depending on what you have. Each square is knitted on the diagonal and has two hearts knitted in relief.
If you fancy having a go at this pattern, it will soon be on its way. Please place completed squares in the yellow box by the front wall of Pool Farm, Leysters.
Knitted Hearts Square for a 'Lockdown Blanket'
You need 4mm knitting needles and some white or light-coloured double knitting washable yarn
Abbreviations inc=knit in front and back of stitch to increase one stitch to two,
K=knit, p=purl, tog=together, st=stitch
Cast on 1 st, inc in this st
Next row inc in 1st st, k1
Next row inc in 1st st, k to end of row
Repeat the last row until there are 15 sts.
Start 1st heart pattern
Row 1 inc in 1st st, k6, p1, k to end
Row 2 and every alternate row inc in 1st st, k to end
Row 3 inc in 1st st, k6, p3, k to end
Row 5 inc in 1st st, k6, p5, k to end
Row 7 inc in 1st st, k6, p7, k to end
Row 9 inc in 1st st, k6, p9, k to end
Row 11 inc in 1st st, k6, p11, k to end
Row 13 inc in 1st st, k6, p13, k to end
Row 15 inc in 1st st, k7, p13, k to end
Row 17 inc in 1st st, k9, p5, k1, p5, k to end
Row 19 inc in 1st st, k11, p3, k3, p3, k to end (34 sts)
Repeat row 2 until there are 48 sts
Next row k 2 tog, k to end
Repeat this row until there are 35 sts.
Start 2nd heart pattern
Row 1 k 2 tog, k12, p3, k3, p3, k to end
Row 2 and every alternate row k 2 tog, k to end
Row 3 k 2 tog, k10, p5, k1, p5, k to end
Row 5 k 2 tog, k8, p13, k to end
Row 7 k 2 tog, k7, p13, k to end
Row 9 k 2 tog, k7, p11, k to end of row
Row 11 k 2 tog, k7, p9, k to end
Row 13 k 2 tog, k7, p7, k to end
Row 15 k 2 tog, k7, p5, k to end
Row 17 k 2 tog, k7, p3, k to end
Row 19 k 2 tog, k7, p1, k to end
Repeat row 2 until 1 st remains. Cut yarn, thread through loop and pull tight.
Well done, your first heart square completed! Keep it, make your own blanket or donate it to The Woolpack Knitters for their Lockdown Blanket.
Laura Kirby-Deacon says the hearts will help those who lose loved ones - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-52165537
Coronavirus: Knitted key workers in window 'spread joy' - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-52093797
© BBC News
Knitted paired hearts for local hospitals
The Woolpack Knitters are leading an initiative to make pairs of small knitted or crocheted hearts for local hospitals. Please would you help? One heart will be given to a patient and the matching one will be sent to the patient’s family.
Any colour of clean washable yarn may be used. You will need a small amount of washable toy stuffing and a tapestry needle for sewing up the seam.
Please bag up your completed hearts and drop them off in the labelled yellow plastic box at the entrance of Pool Farm, A4112, Leysters.
This first batch will be required by the end of April.
Thank you, Heather
Hearts Knitting pattern
With 4ply or double knit yarn and size 3.25mm pins cast on 2 stitches. For each heart you need to knit two identical pieces to be sewn together.
3) knit in the front and back (kfb) of each stitch (4 stitches)
5) k1, kfb, k to last 2 stitches, kfb, k1 (6sts)
Repeat the last 2 rows until you have 22 stitches (finishing with a purl row)
23) knit (24) purl
25) k1, kfb, k to last 2 stitches, kfb, k1 (24 stitches)
26) purl, (27) knit (28) purl (29) knit
30) p 12, turn and work on these stitches only
31) k1, slip 1 stitch, k1, pass slipped stitch over the knitted stitch (ssk), k9 (11 stitches)
32), (34) and (36) purl
33), (35) and (37) k1, ssk, k to last 3 stitches, k2together, k1
38) p1, p3 together, p1 (3 stitches) CAST OFF.
With wrong side facing, re-join yarn, purl remaining 12 stitches
1) K9, k2together, k1 (11 stitches)
2), (4) and (6) purl
3), (5) and (7) k1, ssk, k to last 3 stitches, k2 together, k1
8) p1, p3 together, p1 (3 stitches) CAST OFF.
To make the heart, sew 2 sides together and lightly stuff it, fairly flat.
Sew up the opening.
Then knit another!
Place 2 hearts in a freezer-type bag with the date written on it.
Write your name on it so all knitters can be acknowledged.
A Woolpack Note
We have a request from Chris Bemand of Leysters. She is currently busy knitting Christmas things ready for fundraising for St Andrew’s, Leysters and The Samaritans. The photograph below shows a few of her offerings from a sale last year.
She has requested the following if any of you are having a sort out at home:
- beads, especially red ones and black ones
- brown yarn and grey yarn
- sparkly yarn or any that contains little beads or sequins
Can be dropped off at Chris’, or in the yellow ‘Knitting Box’ outside Pool Farm, Leysters.
Thank you very much.