22 Mar 2022

Knitting for the change in seasons


Ennismore Lap-Rug by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

We travelled from Florida to Massachusetts a few years ago, pausing along the way in Georgia, North Carolina and Washington DC. We arrived in Georgia just as the first daffodils were opening, and followed a wave of nodding yellow daffodils and delicate pink blossoms as we meandered up the east coast of America. By the time we reached Washington DC, the Mall was filled with cherry blossom and crowds were enjoying the Spring sunshine.

And it feels just like that time now. Our sole azalea is in full bloom, despite Florida being about the southern limit of where it can happily live, and pals in the UK are posting photos of the first snowdrops struggling through the earth. Spring is definitely on its way!

May (Hawthorn) blossom

However, although it can be pleasantly warm in the sunshine, you still need extra layers for later on in the day! There's an old Yorkshire saying:"Don't cast a clout 'till May is out", which roughly translates as "Keep your winter clothes to hand until the May (Hawthorn) blossoms in the Spring."  

And that certainly still seems good advice for this time of year – to have a cardigan ready when you're going for an afternoon stroll or a soft blanket to throw over your legs when you are watching TV in the evening. 

Ennismore Lap-Rug by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

So here's a blanket which is perfect for this time of year: the Ennismore Lap-Rug. This is a lovely light-weight reversible blanket and is easy to work. 

I originally made this blanket about five years ago but I recently updated the pattern to add an extra middle-size, so the new version now has three different sizes. The small blanket is perfect as a lap-rug for someone in a chair or wheelchair and would also work well to keep you warm on long car journeys.

The two larger sizes provide some extra coverage when you want to relax with your feet up at the end of a day. The medium version is a good size for a TV blanket or afghan while the large size can be used as a cozy guest room throw. 

Diagonal Furrows from Reversible Knitting Stitches book by Moira Ravenscroft & Anna Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

The blanket features a really pretty stitch called Diagonal Furrows from our Reversible Knitting Stitches book. This has a strong diagonal patterning which resembles a newly-ploughed field. 

Textural patterns such as this are important at this time of year because they add warmth without weight – exactly what you need when the temperatures are just a touch below the comfort zone. 

Ennismore Lap-Rug by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

All the sizes are worked in a soft superwash yarn so it is easy to launder and look after. An added bonus is that the yarn is available in a wide variety of colours so you can easily make several versions of this pattern. 

Please click here to see more details about the Ennismore Lap-Rug pattern, and here to read more about our Reversible Knitting Stitches book. Both the book and the pattern are available for instant download from my website.

Until next time, Happy knitting!

Moira




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