Beach Hut Applique Blind

Finally our house renovations are completed and its now time to ‘dress’ up the rooms.  The smallest new room is the downstairs loo. Barely space for lots of features, but the plain white walls and porcelain sanitary ware made for a clinically stark room.  We needed something to brighten it up and soften the effect.

Following a shopping trip to the Range and the theme was set.  They have a lovely range of seaside items similar to those shown below.

ornamental welcome on board buoyBeach Hut Coat Hook

So I bought a welcome life raft with mirror in the centre to go above the hand basin, the three beach hut hooks have become the towel holder and there was a lovely loo roll holder in the shape of a beach ut as well.   These few items really brightened up the walls, but the small window still looked a bit bare.  I created the shaped window blind with the appliqued beach hut.  I had great fun drawing the individual items on to Bondaweb and then fixing to the background fabric.  Free motion embroidery then finished off as I highlighted the seagul, starfish and bunting.  I just have to make a small tassel for the bottom.  I have put this up just by using stich velcro fastening on the blind and stick velcro on the wall.  I must admit It does look sweet, and ther ehave been some admiring comments when visitors have to use the facilities of the smallest room in the house.



Little Knitted Easter Chick and Bunny

Little Knitted Easter Chick and Bunny

Knitted Easter Chicken

Knitted Easter Bunny and Chick

These lovely little Easter gifts can be quickly made by the pattern described here..  Each little Easter character holds a cream egg. I must admit, I didn’t create these little characters, my colleague Gill was snowed in and made these for me.  I am adding the cream eggs and giving them away to the children who attend our Motorhome Easter Rally at Darlington.

The pattern is below if you want to make your own little chicks and bunnies.

 Easter Chicken

    • Yellow Double Knitting wool


  • Size 3.25 (10) Knitting needles
  • Stuffing or Cotton wool ball
  • Scraps of wool for features
  • Cream Eggs


  • Cast on 20 stitches and knit one row
  • Knit 16 rows increasing I stitch at beginning of each row till 36 stitches
  • Cast off 12 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows till 12 stitches
  • Knit 10 rows, slip stitches onto wool and pull tight.
  • Sew up and pad head with stuffing or cotton wool ball
  • Make a few stitches in different coloured wool for eyes and a beak
  • Tie ribbon trim around neck and insert Cream Egg into body

Knitted Easter Bunny

  • White or Cream Double Knitting wool
  • Size 3.25 (10) Knitting needles
  • Stuffing or Cotton wool ball
  • Scraps of wool for features
  • Cream Eggs

For the Body

  • Cast on 11stitiches
  • Knit one row increasing one stitch into every stitch 22 stitches
  • Knit 22 rows
  • Next row:  Knit 5, Knit 2 tog (6 times) Knit 5 ( 20 stitches
  • Knit 2 rows
  • Next row: Knit 6 Inc in next 4 stitches. Knit 6 (20 stitches)
  • Knit 8 rows
  • Next row: Knit 2 tog till end (11 stitches)
  • Knit a row back
  • Place remaining stitches through a darning needle and sew up seam

Bunny Ears

  • Cast on 4 stitches
  • Knit 8 rows
  • Knit 1. Knit 2 tog, knit 1 (3 stitches)
  • Knit 3 rows
  • Knit 1 row, knit 2 tog
  • Knit 1 row
  • Knit 2 tog
  • Sew ends into the ear and sew the ears onto the Bunny

To make up stuff cotton wool into the head and tie ribbon round neck sew contrast eyes and add a few tufts of wool for a tail and nose, then insert cream egg.

There are few weeks left to knit these little chick and bunnies which are perfect for the Easter egg hunt.