Knitters give submarine woolly makeover

Knitters give submarine woolly makeover (Thinkstock)

When learning to knit one of the first things you will probably practice making is a woollen scarf.

Knitting in regular rows, they can be a great way to improve your technique and help you get a more uniform stitch.

Groups in Gosport are putting these skills to work at the moment as they attempt to unite beginner and expert knitters by creating an enormous scarf - ready to be draped over the town's HMS Alliance.

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum has given the vessel an impressive £7 million makeover and are hoping to boost community engagement and attract more people to see the submarine by covering its conning tower with a beautiful homemade scarf.

Portsmouth News reports that the vessel has been under wraps for months and through the Alliance project dedicated employees and volunteers have been working hard to restore it to its former glory.

Gareth Brettell, education office at the museum told the newspaper: "The project also has a community side so we are going out to groups and asking them to do a knitting project and get them to do their own little tribute to the submariners who served on her.

"It's a great way to link up the community."

Many groups around Gosport have embraced the project and an opportunity to get creative with their knitting.

Anyone can get involved so long as they can make squares which are 12 inches by 12, knitted with size eight needles and use double knit wool in colours of their choice.

The museum is hoping that by the end of November it will have amassed over 150 squares, giving volunteers plenty of time to sew them together before a big unveiling event before Christmas.

To thank everyone involved a concert will be helped, allowing all the knitters to meet and discuss the project, as well as the beautifully-restored submarine.

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