This is the first knitted project that I have designed myself. After seeing a felt doorstop of a generic house, I decided to try and make a knitted version of my own house. I wanted to remember my childhood home whilst living away at university.
- I designed this house by using a whiteboard and marker pen to draw out the basic shape (using the terraced end to prop the door against).
- I then went outside to look at my house and sketch in where the windows and the doors are.
- Once I had the dimensions I decided how many stitches I wanted the doorstop’s width to be and then assigned stitches to the different parts of the house to keep it all in scale, marking down where I should decrease.
- I knitted the pattern in stocking stitch using the correct colour wool to match my house.
- I then drew out the plans for the conservatory and knitted that together.
- On the side of the house is a wisteria plant and so having completed that side I embroided the vines with green wool then used a purple wool to form small bobbles for the flowers.
- The next step was sewing the house together and then making a base.
- Gluing the sides to cardboard made it firm and defined the shape.
- I filled the house with toy stuffing and sewed together the roof, creating chimneys from small knitted boxes.
- The final act was simply sewing up the top.
“You don’t need a knitting pattern to make something you can be proud of;
if you design it yourself you can truly say that it is one of a kind.”
Claire is the second winner in our Debbie Bliss competition and can be found on her blog Crafty Claire