A few weeks ago Hiya Hiya Europe contacted me to ask if they could feature my Something to Declare pattern on their blog in a post on the best knit patterns for travel. I was thrilled and said ‘yes’ instantly.
Their blog post was published yesterday and the full post can be found here.
These luggage labels were inspired by the vintage leather address labels I used when I first started travelling overseas many years ago. Fun accessories they can be used on handbags or nappy bags and you don’t have to stick to names and addresses but could use them to contain favourite quotes or positive affirmations. You could also use them on your knitting bag for knitting reminder notes.
The luggage tag is knitted from the button flap to the shaped tip, starting flat, then joining in the round, then casting off and knitting flat again before finally joining in the round again for the shaped end. The ends are Kitchener stitched together but you can cast off and sew up the end if you prefer.
The pattern provides the basic pattern and variations for rainbow stripes, charts for motifs as shown and instructions to combine the 2. There’s also a blank chart for you to design your own motif.
This pattern was released during the Winter Olympics in Sochi as a declaration of support for those oppressed as a result of their sexual orientation, both in Russia as the host country but also around the world in participating and non-participating nations.
Something to Declare was offered for free for the duration of the Winter Olympics and I encouraged users to declare their support by considering a small donation to charities that provide support and raise awareness of LGBT issues.
It is now a paid for pattern and costs just £2.50 with the profits from sales going to The Proud Trust (formerly LGBT North West). The pattern is available via Ravelry (you don’t have to be a member to purchase) or you can use the ‘buy now’ button.
Bye for now,