Coronation Crochet

I have noticed that a lot of people who come to crochet are doing so inspired by Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers more so than their own mothers; I have to say that this is true for me too, although my mother is an eternal inspiration for my own crafty adventures. I wonder if this is a trend or just something I imagine to be the case as I learnt to crochet from my own Grandmother?

Helen is one of my crochet pupils and she is drawing inspiration from her Great Grandmother too. Helen has brought in the finest of lace to share and the other night she brought what she called her Great Granny’s Coronation Blanket in for inspiration. It is a large blanket, very large for a single bed, done in squares in the most exquisite colours. It is so elegant and Helen told me she actually has two of these magnificent pieces of crochet in her possession.

Crochet Coronation Blanket by Helen's Great GrannyHelen’s Great Granny’s Coronation Blanket
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Irene Lundgaard 2013

Isn’t this just wonderful? The colours are exquisite and completely contemporary even though this blanket is over 60 years old. Helen’s Great Granny made no less than four of these wonderful pieces of crochet and she called them Coronation Blankets as they were crochet to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation – the 60th  jubilee of which was celebrated last year in the UK.

Crochet Coronation Blanket by Helen's Great Granny corner detail detailHelen’s Great Granny’s Coronation Blanket
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Irene Lundgaard 2013


In each corner there is a square done in white, red and blue – to mark the Coronation. These colours are somewhat out of tune with the rest of the blanket, but they totally work. Helen’s Great Granny’s sense of colour is exquisite and she was a practical woman too as she crochet the beautiful edge around this, finishing it off with a black edge – no dirt showing there any time fast!

It is on the shoulders of giants we stand – also in crochet – and Helen has some beautiful boots to fill!

Note: Thanks to Helen for allowing me to take pictures of this blanket and to share them here. I find this work very inspiring and hope you do too!

7 responses to “Coronation Crochet”

  1. Nic says:

    Wow. The the colours in the second pic makes me think of The Kiss, my favourite Gustav Klimt painting.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kiss_%28Klimt%29

  2. FUUR. says:

    Fantastisk flot tæppe.
    Tænk et kæmpe arbejde.
    Der har ikke, ret tit,
    været ledige hænder,
    hos den bedstemor.

  3. Irene says:

    Nic, I completely dig that! Klimt’s work is so inspring, but that’s another days chat!

    Mama, det er simpelthen så smukt og tungt og flot og så har Helen passet godt på det i alle de år. Smukt! Og nej, ingen ledige hænder på de kanter!

  4. What a beautiful piece of work. I dream of making a blanket to voer our double bed, but I think I’ll be in my grave by the time I finish it!

  5. ‘voer’ – also sometimes spelt ‘cover’… 🙂

  6. Irene says:

    Tina, you have the skills, you have the patience and you definitely have the yarn, so just get going! 😉

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