As part of a KAL for the Womens Weekly Group on Ravelry we had to design and create a wall hanging. I thought I would join in and make a nursery themed one. Kept it very simple, mainly because I didn’t have the time or expertise for anything too sophisticated!
Used bright nursery colours with lots of white space for little eyes to focus. Any type of yarn could be used and as the shapes are small it’s a good way to use up leftover yarn from other projects. I knitted three background squares 29cms x 22 cms in white, using stocking stitch with a moss stitch border to frame the picure. The numbers and shapes were knitted separatley and the assembled and stitched in place on the background square.
The first panel being a house was simple to do, I just knitted a few geometric shapes in different sizes and arranged them to form a simple house. To add interest and texture I knitted the shapes in a variety of stitches: walls stocking stitch, roof garter stitch with windows and doors in moss stitch.
For panel two I made two little boats in garter stitch, a few increases after cast on produced a ‘kind’ of boat shape and pale blue triangles in stocking stitch worked for the sails.
For panel three I decided to make three fishes. Fish are an easy shape to knit with a french knot for the eye and a few stripes to make them quite colourful.
Once the squares were completed it was just a matter of joining them together, I used mattress stitch to give a seamless look. I was relatively pleased with the way it turned out, although it was prettier in my head at the beginning of the design stage!
The project turned out to be quite long and narrow so instead of a wall hanging, it could be slightly padded or quilted and used as a cot bumper. I stopped at number three but it could be continued up to 10 and used to create a nurery freize.
It was fun to create and the best bit is you don’t need a lot of technical or artistic skill to produce something bright and eye-catching.