Knitting Preview for August 18 Issue

love darg

It’s Love Darg time!


Once again we are asking readers to help Cats Protection by knitting a blanket which will be given to a cat in their care or sold to raise essential funds.

A days work, done for love

Unsure of what the term “darg” means? It is an old Scots term meaning a day’s work done without pay for love. We think it comes from farming communities when families would come together to help each other out at busy times or when a big project such as building a barn was being undertaken.

Here we settle for knitting and crochet goods and this week we have the first project, a lovely cosy blanket for a cat. It is worked in stocking-stitch and finished with a moss-stitch border and a fish pattern. The fishy design is worked over an 18-row pattern with the yarn not in use woven in at the back.

It is worked in Sirdar Country Style DK which is available from stockists throughout the country or online. There is a wide range of colours available but we do recommend darker, more practical shades.

We hope you will join us in making a blanket, there is a cat out there who will find it just purr-fect!

Liz O’Rourke

Liz is part of our Features Team and her hobbies include knitting and crafts, reading and foreign travel which are also her main responsibilities on the “Friend”. If you walk into the office you will soon spot her desk, it’s the one piled high with knitwear and balls of yarn!