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Knitting all-overs at the ready! Back in 1932, the Daily Mail Knitting Contest was one of our best accepted competitions ever, and during lockdown beforehand this year, we relaunched it — arduous readers in 2020 to absolve their adroitness and architecture their own jumper.
Judged by a console including TV crafting queen Kirstie Allsopp, acclaimed knitwear artist Jacinta Bowie and Daily Mail editor Geordie Greig, the award-winning was to see your bristling brought to activity on these pages and accept your architecture fabricated into a able knitting arrangement by Jacinta.
It could be any colour, admeasurement or shape, but had to be a absolutely aboriginal concept, and alone abecedarian knitters could enter.
The board of the Daily Mail Knitting Contest appear the winners and runner’s up, afterwards hundreds of readers entered the competition. Pictured: Winner, Rebecca Myers
Today, afterwards hundreds of absurd entries and months of accelerated judging, we are aflame to advertise the winner: Rebecca Myers, 57, a adorableness therapist from Lincolnshire.
‘I’ve been knitting for fun for 50 years, back I was a little girl, back my grandmother and afresh my mother accomplished me aggregate they knew,’ she says. ‘Sadly, Mum died aftermost year, but she would accept been over the moon to apprehend I’d won this competition, and it’s admirable alive she’s had a duke in my success.’
Rebecca’s architecture — a white, jacket-style cardigan with a blush bobcat leaping beyond it — was aggressive by a favourite jumper she knitted a brace of years ago, which had a atramentous bobcat on it.
Her knitting all-overs get a lot of practice, as Rebecca consistently makes clothes for herself and for her growing continued family.
‘I accept eight nieces and nephews, six godchildren in their 20s and 30s, and one grandchild so far, so I’m consistently authoritative things such as babyish blankets,’ she says. ‘I’ve never been one to affiliate apparent items. I adulation knitting with colour.’
One of her nieces, Laurel Nicholson, 28, who was blockage with Rebecca during the aboriginal lockdown, encouraged her to access the competition.
‘My adorableness analysis business was on pause, so she asked me what abroad I was activity to do with myself!’ says Rebecca.
Tatiana Hagan, 48, an accountant from Worcester Park, Surrey, began knitting afresh during lockdown. Pictured: Tatiana’s architecture beat by her daughter
HAPPY DAISIES SWEATER
By Kate King, 72, a retired abecedary from Brigg, North Lincolnshire. She says:
This was aggressive by my granddaughter, Aster, six,who is called afterwards a daisy-like annual and loves nature. It was a admirable way to be affiliated to her while we were apart.
By Janice Evans, 72, a retired art abecedary from Ammanford, Carmarthenshire. She says:
The fish-scale aftereffect is knitted application bore stitch, which I hadn’t approved afore — it’s absolutely actual easy!
By Tatiana Hagan, 48, an accountant from Worcester Park, Surrey. She says:
Lockdown gave me the befalling to alpha knitting again, and I begin it so adequate and enjoyable. This batwing top is simple to make. My daughter, Emily, 16, loves it.
LOCKDOWN COTTAGE KNIT
By Beth Heaton, 63, a retired amusing affliction artisan from Conwy, Clwyd. She says:
Inspired by absolute aspects of lockdown, on the advanced is a adult demography aliment to a friend, with the NHS bubble in the sky.
ARTISTIC ADVENT JUMPER
By Lisa Whiting, 47, a babysitter from Surrey. She says:
I capital to accomplish a blithe knit. I’m abashed and ashamed to accept been best out!
Amazingly, admitting decades of knitting, her acceptable cardigan is the aboriginal apparel she has anytime absolutely advised herself. ‘I’d never fatigued a arrangement up from blemish before,’ she says. ‘Luckily, Laurel helped me with the abstruse side, award a acceptable account of a bobcat on the internet afore I transferred it to blueprint paper.
‘I advised my architecture to assignment as either a cardigan or a jumper. While there are some catchy bits, such as the bond annular the neck, I achievement it’s article best adequately assured knitters could recreate.
‘You could, of course, aces a altered accomplishments colour, or accept a added acceptable gold and atramentous leopard.’
The versatility of the architecture is aloof one of the affidavit Rebecca’s cardigan leapt out at the judges.
Lisa Whiting, 47, (pictured) a babysitter from Surrey, who fabricated a blithe affiliate says she’s abashed and ashamed to accept been called as a runner-up
Kate King, 72, a retired abecedary from Brigg, North Lincolnshire, appear her architecture was aggressive by her granddaughter Aster, six, (pictured)
Daily Mail editor Geordie Greig says: ‘Rebecca did a admirable job. We anticipation the architecture was adorable and beautiful — article readers would adore both authoritative and wearing.’
Celebrated knitwear artist Jacinta Bowie, who has translated Rebecca’s architecture into a arrangement for Mail readers to assignment from, adds: ‘The lovely, colourful, blush bobcat makes a absolute impact.
‘It stood out because of its bloom — it’s a actual clever, modern-looking cardigan, with a ample shape.
‘Rebecca acutely has aesthetic skills, as the architecture uses intarsia — “painting” with coloured absolute to accomplish patterns. There are a few hardly added complicated $.25 for average knitters to get their teeth into, but the apparent areas should be accessible to whizz through and I achievement readers will acquisition it fun to make.’
Beth Heaton, 63, a retired amusing affliction artisan from Conwy, Clwyd, explained her architecture was aggressive by absolute aspects of lockdown
Janice Evans, 72, (pictured) a retired art abecedary from Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, said her architecture was the aboriginal time she tried honeycomb stitch
Fellow adjudicator Kirstie Allsopp adds: ‘There’s a lot of analysis into the allowances of knitting and crafting in general. It’s actual ameliorative to accept a affiliation amid your easily and your brain, so back the Daily Mail boarded on a lockdown knitting competition, I was all for it.
‘The acknowledgment was cutting and the accepted of entries was abundantly high. It was a alarming assignment to aces aloof one winner, but I admired the use of bobcat print, the blush and blooming colour aggregate and the bomber-style trim is actual on trend.’
Now, as able-bodied as the action of modelling her acceptable conception in the pages of the Daily Mail, Rebecca is still addled from the abstraction her architecture could anon be spotted all over the UK.
‘I’ve consistently alone anytime knitted aloof for myself, or for gifts, so I was aghast to apprehend I’d won such a celebrated competition,’ she says. ‘I’m absolutely activity to architecture added things in future.
‘I’m aloof abundantly appreciative that added bodies beyond the country will hopefully anon be knitting and cutting article I created. I still can’t accept it!’
Rebecca (pictured) admits she’s abundantly appreciative that bodies beyond the country will anon be knitting and cutting article she’s created