Editor’s Inspiration: Happy 90th birthday Ma’am!
Here in the UK we’re celebrating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday with crochet! Merion’s got some fabulous royal themed patterns for you!
London is in a whirl with exciting preparations for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday celebrations: the royal household is polishing every inch of silver and the grooms are brushing the horses until they shine. To live 90 years is a phenomenal achievement, whoever you are, and well worth a party! We’re celebrating here with some right royal patterns (psst look out for a gorgeous free royal pattern in our Crochet Club post on Saturday!) and there’s sure to be cake at LoveCrochet HQ – you know how much we love cake!
There are street parties planned for this weekend, and no doubt there will be jolly streams of bunting strung from window to window! This fabulous pattern from Anna Nikipirowicz is one of my favourites:
I absolutely love traditional triangular bunting, particularly our lovely Kate Eastwood’s Valentine Bunting here, but there’s something about these semi-circles of lace that thrills me. It might be the shape, it might be the lace, I don’t know – but I love it. Make it in colours to match your celebration, or in one simple shade – its beautiful either way!
The gorgeous little Royal Costume Set featured above is by Nicole Knutsen – royal purple and frothy white trim with a silver tiara to match. Perfect dressing up for little princes and princesses! The cape comes in three sizes, 9″, 11″ and 13″ from shoulder to bottom edge, and the tiara in five sizes from newborn to adult.
It occurs to me that one might want to wear one’s favourite shawl over one’s shoulders, in rather royal colours, and this gorgeous crochet shawl from Sandra Paul has deliciously sweet dotty edging, perfect for a garden party! You’ll need just one ball of Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace in Royal (019) for the body of the shawl, and spare yarn or crochet thread for the edging and bobbles.
No birthday party is complete without cake, and Battenberg Cake is a very traditional royal cake, created for the wedding of Princess Victoria (daughter of Queen Victoria) to Prince Louis of Battenberg in 1884. The cake itself is a clever chequerboard of yellow and pink sponge sandwiched with apricot jam and covered in marzipan. Clever designer Bottletopboy has created this delicious pattern with no calories at all, using Stylecraft Special DK!
Are you celebrating? Do tell us all about it in the comments!