This is my big brother, Pete.
As you can see, he likes to relax on the sofa, with a whisky after a hard days work. Snoozing seems to be a common occurrence too.
We don’t often give each other serious presents, just joke ones mostly. But, for some strange reason, just for once last summer, I thought he might like a real present. So, a couple of weeks before his birthday I asked him if there was anything he would like.
And his response….
“I’d like my own blanket please. And I want you to make it for me”.
I was immediately delighted that my big brother wanted a blanket of my making, but then realised that there was no way I could make one in two weeks! I’m good, but not that good.
So, I warned him that I would make it, but it might be a Christmas present rather than a birthday present. I even let him choose his own colours from my stash. (I was pretty surprised at the colours he choose, but they worked well together actually).
I insisted on choosing the design though and decided upon a striped V-stitch style. (Quick and easy)
Then started it off, as usual, in the passenger seat of the car whilst my better half was driving us away on holiday. (It passes the journey time really quickly and gets loads done)
The work continued for months. Often whilst eating cake and drinking coffee at the Wool Monkey knit and chat groups.
(Also a common occurrence)
Until it became too big to take around with me and I was finally restricted to making it at home.
The advantage of this was that it kept us both warm whilst I was making it. (Me and my better half that is).
Eventually it was done. And just in time to be wrapped up for Christmas.
I think he liked it…
… I think he was even smiling.
He wore it all afternoon on Chirstmas day anyway.
The only awkward thing about the blanket was that I foolishly thought that my brother would share it with his other half, as she particularly liked the colours he chose. But no, he won’t let her near it. So now I have to make another one!
Here’s the finished thing.
And the V-Stitch?
It’s really, really easy. So easy that I think this is a beginner’s pattern. (Or a really relaxing pattern for those of you with more experience).
It’s also a definite winner as a man blanket and a Christmas present!
If you are interested in the pattern, it’s available from: