This is the first knitting pattern I ever designed myself.

It was my Final Major Project at University over 2 years ago now, and it was designed with the intention of of raising awareness of the significant benefits of knitting on mental illness and getting people picking up their needles. Knitting has the potential to help people struggling with mental illness to cope with their problems, reduce the stress, tension and anxiety they are feeling, and to reduce the symptoms of depression, and it’s always been a major tool I’ve used in dealing with my own depression and anxiety.

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The pattern was featured in The Yorkshire Times online newspaper, and also in The Huddersfield Examiner, the local newspaper to my University town. I still love the pattern, and it’s received over 300 favourites on Ravelry (which is a lot for me!) The most exciting part for me was seeing other people making a pattern I’d designed. I can’t believe how flattering and satisfying a feeling that is!

It is knit in one long piece (basically a scarf!), then sewn together in such a way that creates a jumper. It allows the knitter to use their creativity by making the sweater as basic or as complicated as they wish simply by switching out the stitch pattern!

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It is still available on my old website (which was set up explicitly for my Final Major Project show), but I am currently in the process of making it into a downloadable document to made available on this site, with my new brand design and information. I will let you know when it goes up on Blissfully Crafted, but until then it is still available on Ravelry and my University project site!

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