Monday, 10 September 2018

Knitting Up The Unicorn Craze

Unicorn cushion cover on Blooming Fiction book blog

Time has completely slipped away from me this year and it seems absolutely ages ago since I wrote up my post on winning a Unicorn knitting kit on Twitter back in April. Now five months later I'm so proud to show off the end result!

My new year's resolution for this year was to learn how to knit (properly), and for the first time in my life I've actually stuck to that goal and made some giant leaps in my knitting skills. This year I've learnt to purl, follow knitting patterns and even make a cardigan (big fail, but is okay for wearing indoors out of sight). Not bad for nine months work me thinks.

Knitted unicorn cushion cover on Blooming Fiction book blog


My latest completed project is this super cute unicorn cushion cover which is all made with Yummy Yarn from King Cole. There's such a pretty hue in the pink and blue yarns, making them ideal for baby makes and maybe for even a really soft and indulgent scarf. One thing I will say about the yarn .... as much as I love the look and feel of it, it is not sewing material. I definitely recommend stitching up your knitting project with something else.

Handmade knitted unicorn cushion cover on Blooming Fiction book blog
Close up of knitted unicorn cushion cover on Blooming Fiction book blog

I'm ashamed to say this cover took me five months to knit on and off but I think if you dedicate yourself to completing the project, it could probably be completed within a week or two. 

The most time consuming part of the make was the front of the cover as it was one colour and just working st st (one row knit, then purl the next), the whole way down. I got bored many times and is probably one of the reasons it took so long to complete. However, once I got to the unicorn motif the make was finished in a matter of hours. 

Out of all the work that's gone into this cute project, I think I'm most proud of the buttons on the back. This is the first time I've successfully made buttonholes and stitched the buttons on myself. Definite self pride moment! 

Looking back on the make, I think this pattern would suit a beginner who is maybe looking at improving their skills in knitting. A great place to start building up your knitting stash is Minerva Crafts, who offer really cheap postage and affordable products.

Hand knitted unicorn cushion cover on Blooming Fiction book blog


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