A Gettalife and Sisters of Jesus project
In The Gettalife Project. Initially we worked with young people of talent from disadvantaged backgrounds to help them ‘Get a life.’ But we are now seeking to widen the scope of the charity by both broadening the age range of whom we work with but still looking to identify talent as a means by which with some degree of financial charitable support, a skill can be developed can become a livelihood.
The Knitting Project is a new development to make colourful ‘throws’ or knitted quilts to cheer hostel or cheap rented accommodation and other colourful, warm accessories: linking in with the work undertaken by The Children’s Society and other appropriate partnerships.
Our Knitting project’s specific contribution will be to make, (and encourage others to make!) warm and colourful wraps and throws, beanie hats, scarves and mittens and gloves. These items bring warmth, a sense of others care for the people we give these items to as well as colour and individuality to hostel or basic, rented room accommodation. It is our hope to brighten the room to give a sense of ‘home’ and comfort to a young person or adult living in a difficult context.
We hope that many people who enjoy knitting will want to get connected and contribute to this new Project.
Machine washable yarn in a variety of weights is readily available in high street stores and via the internet at reasonable prices. We recommend double knit or Aran, if possible with a reasonable percentage of wool content to improve warmth and durability.
We are having great fun putting colours together to create eye-catching garments
Simple designs are often best. This blanket was created using two simple patterns. We used seven different colours, but two or three work just as well. As a rough guide, about 700g of yarn is needed for a single bed size blanket.
Having been inspired by the pattern and image from the book, 'Simple Knits for Easy Living' by Erika Knight, Sue Talbot found you could make a similar blanket cum throw, that was easy to knit whilst looking at the TV or listening to music and could also use other yarns quite successfully. In support of this new project, the publisher, Collins & Brown have kindly and generously given us the copyright use of both image and pattern design for knitters who might wish to join in this 'most worthwhile project' ....We are both encouraged and most grateful to them for this permission.
Hints and Tips...
Bright colours …
Cosy fabrics …
Fun hats, scarves, gloves….
How to make a colour-block throw
Use 8 x 50g balls of double knitting yarn in each of four colours.
4mm knitting needles (or 5mm or 41/2mm for a looser, more fluid fabric). Pins and wool needle for sewing the squares together.
The integral edge of garter stitch provides a precision border to each square. We would suggest that whatever yarn is used, that it contains a reasonable percentage of real wool and that it is machine washable.
Colours should be kept within a family of colours ie greens and blues. Reds and oranges. Purples and blues. Black, grey and white. Browns, oatmeal and black. The throw is made up of two squares and two oblongs to form a single-bed sized throw cum blanket.
Method for 4 block throw:
Make four blocks. Two are longer, so more an oblong in length and two are shorter, more of a square, to make an overall bed-sized cover throw.
1st 2 blocks
Using 4mm needles and first colour, cast on 176 stitches and work 6cm garter stitch (knit every row). Then begin with a right-side row as follows: Next row (right side): knit to end of row,
Next row: knit 13, purl to last 13 stitches, knit 13, Keep repeating last 2 rows (so that 13 stitches at beginning and end of row are garter stitch and centre 150 stitches are stocking stitch) until work measures 74cm from cast-on edge. Now work 6cm garter stitch. Cast off.
2nd 2 blocks
Using 4 ½ mm needles Cast on 128 stitches and work 6 cm garter stitch.
Next right side, Knit to the end of the row.
Next row, Knit 9 purl to the last 9 stiches, knit 9.
Keep repeating these last 2 rows, keeping the garter stitch borders until work measures 74 cm
Now work 6 cm of garter stitch across the block as a final border.
Finishing: Follow instructions for steaming / pressing as stated on the ball band.. Pin the 4 blocks together, making sure that all the edges match, Sew all seams using a fine running stitch.
The joined blocks form a throw that measures 160cm (63in).
photo above left: Three knitted blocks in extra-fine merino wool are highlighted by the fourth block in a fuzzy bouclé. The joined blocks form a throw that measures 160cm (63in) square.
photo above right: The integral edge of garter stitch provides a precision border to each square.
Pattern and photo courtesy of Collins & Brown publishing
Cast on 42 stitches
1st row (right side) Purl
**2nd row: K1.*(K1. P1. K1) in next stitch. P3 together. Repeat from * to lat st K1.
3rd row: Purl
4th row: K1. *P3 tog. (K1. P1. K1) in next st. Rep from * to last st. K1
5th row: Purl
Carry on in pattern until a square is formed.
1st row (right side) K3 * Slip 1 K3. Repeat from * to last 3 sts. Slip 1 k2.
2nd row: Purl.
Carry on in pattern until a square is formed.
The blanket can be worked in panels of 5 or 6 squares (this saves a lot of sewing of separate squares) and 5 or 6 panels can be sewn together. Edging can be worked around the sides to finish off a cosy blanket or throw.
The patterns above are only a suggestion. You may prefer to knit six inch squares of any appropriate design and we would suggest within the following possible colour ways: Black and white, black and silver, green and blue, green, blue and purple, red and orange.
Hats and scarves can be completed in your favourite pattern.
photo: The patterns above are only a suggestion. You may prefer to knit six inch squares of any appropriate design and we would suggest within the following possible colour ways: Black and white, black and silver, green and blue, green, blue and purple, red and orange.
Please contact Claire Sherman on 07427 616030 or Sue-Gabriel Talbot on 0161 233 0630
Find out more about:
Sisters of Jesus: www.sistersofjesus.org.uk
The Children’s Society: www.childrenssociety.org.uk
If you would like to send throws, wraps and beanie hats, please contact Sue on 0161 233 0630