Knitting needles on the prepared! Again in 1932, the Day by day Mail Knitting Contest was one in every of our hottest competitions ever, and through lockdown earlier this 12 months, we relaunched it — difficult readers in 2020 to unleash their creativity and design their very own jumper.
Judged by a panel together with TV crafting queen Kirstie Allsopp, acclaimed knitwear designer Jacinta Bowie and Day by day Mail editor Geordie Greig, the prize was to see your woolly delivered to life on these pages and have your design made into knowledgeable knitting sample by Jacinta.
It might be any color, dimension or form, however needed to be a completely authentic idea, and solely novice knitters might enter.
The judges of the Day by day Mail Knitting Contest revealed the winners and runner’s up, after a whole lot of readers entered the competitors. Pictured: Winner, Rebecca Myers
Right this moment, after a whole lot of improbable entries and months of intensive judging, we’re excited to announce the winner: Rebecca Myers, 57, a magnificence therapist from Lincolnshire.
‘I’ve been knitting for enjoyable for 50 years, since I used to be a little bit lady, when my grandmother after which my mom taught me every little thing they knew,’ she says. ‘Sadly, Mum died final 12 months, however she would have been over the moon to listen to I’d received this competitors, and it’s beautiful figuring out she’s had a hand in my success.’
Rebecca’s design — a white, jacket-style cardigan with a pink leopard leaping throughout it — was impressed by a favorite jumper she knitted a few years in the past, which had a black panther on it.
Her knitting needles get loads of apply, as Rebecca repeatedly makes garments for herself and for her rising prolonged household.
‘I’ve eight nieces and nephews, six godchildren of their 20s and 30s, and one grandchild to this point, so I’m at all times making issues reminiscent of child blankets,’ she says. ‘I’ve by no means been one to knit plain objects. I really like knitting with color.’
One in every of her nieces, Laurel Nicholson, 28, who was staying with Rebecca in the course of the first lockdown, inspired her to enter the competitors.
‘My magnificence remedy enterprise was on pause, so she requested me what else I used to be going to do with myself!’ says Rebecca.
Tatiana Hagan, 48, an accountant from Worcester Park, Surrey, started knitting once more throughout lockdown. Pictured: Tatiana’s design worn by her daughter
From rainbows to dreamy daisies… the runners up
HAPPY DAISIES SWEATER
By Kate King, 72, a retired trainer from Brigg, North Lincolnshire. She says:
This was impressed by my granddaughter, Aster, six,who is known as after a daisy-like flower and loves nature. It was a beautiful approach to be linked to her whereas we had been aside.
By Janice Evans, 72, a retired artwork trainer from Ammanford, Carmarthenshire. She says:
The fish-scale impact is knitted utilizing honeycomb sew, which I hadn’t tried earlier than — it’s really very simple!
By Tatiana Hagan, 48, an accountant from Worcester Park, Surrey. She says:
Lockdown gave me the chance to start out knitting once more, and I discovered it so enjoyable and fulfilling. This batwing high is straightforward to make. My daughter, Emily, 16, loves it.
LOCKDOWN COTTAGE KNIT
By Beth Heaton, 63, a retired social care employee from Conwy, Clwyd. She says:
Impressed by constructive elements of lockdown, on the entrance is a girl taking meals to a pal, with the NHS rainbow within the sky.
ARTISTIC ADVENT JUMPER
By Lisa Whiting, 47, a tutor from Surrey. She says:
I needed to make a festive knit. I’m shocked and humbled to have been picked out!
Amazingly, regardless of a long time of knitting, her profitable cardigan is the primary garment she has ever absolutely designed herself. ‘I’d by no means drawn a sample up from scratch earlier than,’ she says. ‘Fortunately, Laurel helped me with the technical facet, discovering an appropriate image of a leopard on the web earlier than I transferred it to graph paper.
‘I meant my design to work as both a cardigan or a jumper. Whereas there are some difficult bits, such because the stitching around the neck, I hope it’s one thing most pretty assured knitters might recreate.
‘You could possibly, after all, decide a special background color, or have a extra conventional gold and black leopard.’
The flexibility of the design is simply one of many causes Rebecca’s cardigan leapt out on the judges.
Lisa Whiting, 47, (pictured) a tutor from Surrey, who made a festive knit says she’s shocked and humbled to have been chosen as a runner-up
Kate King, 72, a retired trainer from Brigg, North Lincolnshire, revealed her design was impressed by her granddaughter Aster, six, (pictured)
Day by day Mail editor Geordie Greig says: ‘Rebecca did a beautiful job. We thought the design was pleasant and classy — one thing readers would get pleasure from each making and sporting.’
Celebrated knitwear designer Jacinta Bowie, who has translated Rebecca’s design right into a sample for Mail readers to work from, provides: ‘The beautiful, vibrant, pink leopard makes an actual influence.
‘It stood out due to its freshness — it’s a really intelligent, modern-looking cardigan, with a well-proportioned form.
‘Rebecca clearly has inventive abilities, because the design makes use of intarsia — “portray” with colored wool to make patterns. There are a number of barely extra sophisticated bits for intermediate knitters to get their tooth into, however the plain areas ought to be simple to whizz by way of and I hope readers will discover it enjoyable to make.’
Beth Heaton, 63, a retired social care employee from Conwy, Clwyd, defined her design was impressed by constructive elements of lockdown
Janice Evans, 72, (pictured) a retired artwork trainer from Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, stated her design was the primary time she tried honeycomb sew
Fellow decide Kirstie Allsopp provides: ‘There’s loads of analysis into the advantages of knitting and crafting normally. It’s very therapeutic to have a connection between your palms and your mind, so when the Day by day Mail launched into a lockdown knitting competitors, I used to be all for it.
‘The response was overwhelming and the usual of entries was extremely excessive. It was a frightening activity to select only one winner, however I liked using leopard print, the pink and inexperienced color mixture and the bomber-style trim could be very on development.’
Now, in addition to the thrill of modelling her profitable creation within the pages of the Day by day Mail, Rebecca remains to be reeling from the concept her design might quickly be noticed all around the UK.
‘I’ve at all times solely ever knitted only for myself, or for items, so I used to be speechless to listen to I’d received such a prestigious competitors,’ she says. ‘I’m positively going to design extra issues in future.
‘I’m simply extremely proud that different folks throughout the nation will hopefully quickly be knitting and sporting one thing I created. I nonetheless can’t imagine it!’
Rebecca (pictured) admits she’s extremely proud that individuals throughout the nation will quickly be knitting and sporting one thing she’s created