A Gettalife and Gabriel Sisters’ Project

the Gettalife knitting project

The aim of our Knitting Project is to make - and encourage others to make! – a range of items that will bring comfort and cheer to young people and adults living in difficult circumstances. Please click on this link to find out about The Gabriel Sisters, a small dispersed Community of Vowed Anglican Women with the common purpose of seeking through prayer and action to make a difference.

In recent years we have made

  • Single bed size throws which add colour, comfort and a sense of individuality to a hostel room or basic rented accommodation.
  • Beanie hats, scarves and wraps, mittens and gloves, items which bring physical warmth and a sense of care and solidarity that someone has dedicated their time to making a garment for someone they do not know and may never meet.

We hope that many people who enjoy knitting will want to get connected and contribute as we expand the scope of our Project. 

In recent years we have partnered with small charities in Liverpool and Manchester who work with vulnerable people. 

In Liverpool, in partnership with the Maghull and Melling Team of Anglican Churches, we delivered a large quantity of hats, scarves, gloves, blankets and children’s clothing, most of it handmade, to two projects in the city centre : 'Jewels' and 'Love Your Neighbour', supporting women, families, and homeless people hit hardest by the pandemic.  

In Manchester, we partnered with a residential care home to knit hats, scarves and gloves for The Booth Centre which supports homeless people.

If you would like to find out more about the Knitting Project, do please get in touch with us via the Contact Gettalife tab at the top right of this page.

Practical matters

Machine washable yarn in a variety of weights is readily available in high street stores and via the internet at reasonable prices. We recommend double knit or Aran, if possible with a reasonable percentage of wool content to improve warmth and durability.

We are having great fun putting colours together to create eye-catching garments

Simple designs are often best. This blanket was created using two simple patterns. We used seven different colours, but two or three work just as well. As a rough guide, about 700g of yarn is needed for a single bed size blanket.

Having been inspired by the pattern and image from the book, 'Simple Knits for Easy Living' by Erika Knight, Sue Talbot found you could make a similar blanket cum throw, that was easy to knit whilst looking at the TV or listening to music and could also use other yarns quite successfully. In support of this new project, the publisher, Collins & Brown have kindly and generously given us the copyright use of both image and pattern design for knitters who might wish to join in this 'most worthwhile project' ....We are both encouraged and most grateful to them for this permission.

how to make a colour-block throw

left: Three knitted blocks in extra-fine merino wool are highlighted by the fourth block in a fuzzy bouclé. middle: The joined blocks form a throw that measures 160cm (63in) square. right: A throw made of squares using Trinity stitch and Ridge pattern  


How to make a colour-block throw

Use 8 x 50g balls of double knitting yarn in each of four colours.
4mm knitting needles (or 5mm or 41/2mm for a looser, more fluid fabric). Pins and wool needle for sewing the squares together.

The integral edge of garter stitch provides a precision border to each square. We would suggest that whatever yarn is used, that it contains a reasonable percentage of real wool and that it is machine washable.

Colours should be kept within a family of colours ie greens and blues. Reds and oranges. Purples and blues. Black, grey and white. Browns, oatmeal and black. The throw is made up of two squares and two oblongs to form a single-bed sized throw cum blanket.

Method for 4 block throw:

Make four blocks. Two are longer, so more an oblong in length and two are shorter, more of a square, to make an overall bed-sized cover throw.

1st 2 blocks

Using 4mm needles and first colour, cast on 176 stitches and work 6cm garter stitch (knit every row). Then begin with a right-side row as follows: Next row (right side): knit to end of row, Next row: knit 13, purl to last 13 stitches, knit 13, Keep repeating last 2 rows (so that 13 stitches at beginning and end of row are garter stitch and centre 150 stitches are stocking stitch) until work measures 74cm from cast-on edge. Now work 6cm garter stitch. Cast off.

2nd 2 blocks

Using 4 ½ mm needles Cast on 128 stitches and work 6 cm garter stitch. Next right side, Knit to the end of the row. Next row, Knit 9 purl to the last 9 stiches, knit 9.

Keep repeating these last 2 rows, keeping the garter stitch borders until work measures 74 cm Now work 6 cm of garter stitch across the block as a final border. Cast off.


Follow instructions for steaming / pressing as stated on the ball band.. Pin the 4 blocks together, making sure that all the edges match, Sew all seams using a fine running stitch.

The joined blocks form a throw that measures 160cm (63in).

Pattern and photo courtesy of Collins & Brown publishing

Alternative pattern

Trinity Stitch:

Cast on 42 stitches

1st row (right side) Purl

**2nd row: K1.*(K1. P1. K1) in next stitch. P3 together. Repeat from * to lat st K1.

3rd row: Purl

4th row: K1. *P3 tog. (K1. P1. K1) in next st. Rep from * to last st. K1

5th row: Purl

Carry on in pattern until a square is formed.

Change colour

Ridge Pattern

1st row (right side) K3 * Slip 1 K3. Repeat from * to last 3 sts. Slip 1 k2.

2nd row: Purl.

Carry on in pattern until a square is formed.

The blanket can be worked in panels of 5 or 6 squares (this saves a lot of sewing of separate squares) and 5 or 6 panels can be sewn together. Edging can be worked around the sides to finish off a cosy blanket or throw.

The patterns above are only a suggestion. You may prefer to knit six inch squares of any appropriate design and we would suggest within the following possible colour ways: Black and white, black and silver, green and blue, green, blue and purple, red and orange.

Hats and scarves can be completed in your favourite pattern.

Any questions?

Please contact Claire Sherman or Sue-Gabriel Talbot. If you would like to send throws, wraps and beanie hats, please contact us.