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Child's knitted throw.

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MellowYellow Sun 20-Sep-20 10:10:09

This is in response to a couple of questions I had on the Good Morning thread, about the making of the pictured throw. I started it during lockdown, and had a knitting book on intarsia. I'd done Fair Isle before but intarsia was new to me. You end up with lots of different baubles of wool. It helped pass time, especially as I live on my own.

I can attach a picture of the book I used if anyone is interested. There is no applique on the throw - it's all knitted except for the pocket where the monkey is peeping out. That's a square cut from a child's dress I bought in a charity shop.

Once I'd made all the squares I decided to make them into a throw for my granddaughter's 5th birthday next month.

Callistemon Sun 20-Sep-20 10:13:16

That's lovely, MellowYellow
She's sure to love it, especially the monkey peeping out.

MellowYellow Sun 20-Sep-20 10:15:52

Thank you Callistemon. In fact, the monkey will be replaced by a fairy I'll knit (her request ha ha), and then later she can put her own teddy in the pocket if she likes.

Callistemon Sun 20-Sep-20 10:17:45

I think I could manage the squares but it's the sewing together I dislike!

Although did you use blanket stitch or crochet? That could be more interesting.

Grandmabatty Sun 20-Sep-20 10:19:01

It really is a lovely thing. Well done you.

Puzzler61 Sun 20-Sep-20 10:20:44

I love it MellowYellow - you must be so pleased with it?
Children love bright colours. It will be the only one of it’s kind and that’s very special. Your GD will love to snuggle down under it. I can picture her next to you on a sofa while you read her a story. Probably one about a fairy as she can have the fairy out of the pocket on her lap 😊

MellowYellow Sun 20-Sep-20 10:22:40

Oh, the piecing together was a nightmare! I used blanket stitch with the same pink wool as some of the squares, but it's rather homespun if you look very closely, very hard to keep the stitches even. I don't crochet now, I get repetitive strain in my elbow if I do!!! 🙄😊

Lexisgranny Sun 20-Sep-20 10:24:14

What a lovely idea, something that will be treasured and then handed down as a family heirloom. There must have been such satisfaction each time you completed a square and even more when you finally sewed it together - beautiful work.

Nortsat Sun 20-Sep-20 10:24:38

I think it’s beautiful... she will treasure it, as she grows up.
It’s perfect ...

(Morning Puzzler ... good to see you).

MellowYellow Sun 20-Sep-20 10:25:14

Thank you Puzzler, yes I think she will love it, but she's like me, quite a tomboy, and is used to me knitting weird things like pheasants and bats, which always end up going home with her, so I'll be fascinated to see how she responds to something so girly.

Jaxjacky Sun 20-Sep-20 10:29:23

How lovely! You must have lots of patience, it’s a work of art.

Waterloosunset Sun 20-Sep-20 10:31:07

That is just so beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Wish I could make something like that but it looks very difficult! Such a precious gift for your granddaughter to treasure.

Puzzler61 Sun 20-Sep-20 10:32:59

Good morning Nortsat, and everyone here. 🙂

cascats Sun 20-Sep-20 10:41:01

Thats really lovely, please would you be kind enough to share the name of the book you took the designs from. I need to do a blanket for my grandaughter and this has given me some ideas.

MellowYellow Sun 20-Sep-20 12:02:44

Thank you all for your lovely comments. Yes, it did take patience and that's something I have bucketloads of, otherwise I probably wouldn't have tackled it. I've attached a picture of the book I used.

Doodledog Sun 20-Sep-20 12:11:07

That is lovely, MellowYellow. You are very talented.

I am an experienced knitter, and comfortable with Fair Isle, mosaic and stranded knitting, but have never managed to do intarsia very successfully. I always seem to get holes or loose stitches around the edges of the motifs.

MellowYellow Sun 20-Sep-20 12:31:25

To be honest Doodledog I had no idea what I was embarking on when I started intarsia and doubt I will do it again. I thought it was Fair Isle with longer strands across the back, until the first squares I did bunched up! I can't remember how I managed not to get holes but I must have just done what the book said. I don't give up easily but this was certainly a labour of love!!

MawB2 Sun 20-Sep-20 12:36:47

Oh that is lovely!
I wonder if my GD (6) would like one, trouble is she’d be a teenager by the time I finished sad

BBbevan Sun 20-Sep-20 12:42:46

Absolutely lovely MellowYellow . I made something similar for my GDs and incorporated little pockets around the edge. They still put their “treasures” in them

cascats Sun 20-Sep-20 13:51:33

Thank you, have just ordered both of her Blankets and Throws books.
Must admit to not being a great fan of intarsia, I struggle with tensioning! so am going to try and adapt patterns to the DoubleKnit technique.
lol, wish me luck

MellowYellow Sun 20-Sep-20 13:56:13

I have both of her Blankets and Throws books cascats, they are really inspiring. Have fun and let us know how it goes!

Gingster Sun 20-Sep-20 14:07:53

Mellowyellow* thanks for showing us the book and I’m even more impressed now with your ability to master intarsia knitting. I’m not sure I’m up to that but I might use your throw as an example to try to recreate using crochet. (I’m better at crochet). I’ll let you know how I get on once Ive got some pretty wool. I’m sure your little GD will love it. ♥️

MellowYellow Sun 20-Sep-20 14:13:43

Thank you for your kindnesses. I made loads of mistakes before I got the hang of it, honestly!!

mary51 Sun 20-Sep-20 15:57:44

It is lovely MellowYellow and gives me some ideas. Last time I did intarsia it took me three weeks to complete a large stripy elephant on a cushion cover. I have loads of wool to use up and it just needs a bit of planning. smile

MellowYellow Sun 20-Sep-20 21:08:59

Sounds lovely Mary, do you have a photo of the elephant?