We are looking to hold a monthly social knitting/crochet event to support charitable causes. The aim is to meet new friends and to knit/crochet for a charity that each individual would like to support.
By offering a variety of charities you can choose to make something you enjoy - be it blanket squares/hats/scarves for the Homeless; hats/matinee jackets for premature babies; worry monsters for children undergoing psychiatric help; twiddle muffs for dementia sufferers - the choice is yours. The aim is to have fun whilst doing something worthwhile for others.
We are in the process of getting donations of wool - all of us who knit or crochet have a stash somewhere! - and I will have some to purchase but if you could start by bringing needles and some of your own (and any spare) yarn to start with that would be great. We will be providing the patterns downloaded from the various charity sites but please feel free to bring any patterns you particularly enjoy making.
The past two years have been very challenging for a lot of people and businesses. Unfortunately, as a result of the continuing restrictions in place we have taken the decision to cancel our charity knitting group for the foreseeable future. If anyone would like some wool for their charitable knitting projects please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. A big 'thank you' to everyone for their support in the past. However, you may still find the following links useful and there are many charities who would be delighted to receive your handknits.
Here are some links to patterns that you may find useful:
https://bit.ly/2E6m2Lu (Debbie Bliss garter stitch jacket)
https://bit.ly/2U1eIYj (Basic Hat)
https://bit.ly/2GXn0N9 (Sirdar Hat, Cardigan, Booties)
https://bit.ly/2Vkd6Jl (Hats with decoration)
Twiddlemuff Pattern for Dementia patients
Age UK - The Big Knit
Harrogate Homeless Project - Hats & Blankets
Ripon City of Sanctuary
Can you knit a bear for a refugee child? Here is a link to some patterns
Knit an Elephant for Brainstrust
North Yorkshire Police 'Bobby Buddies'
'Knitting a Bobby Buddie is a very special way for the local community to help children who have been exposed to distressing and traumatic experiences'.
Link to knitting pattern https://bit.ly/2UPu3z5
Rather than make lots of individual squares, it is easier to make each 6in/15cm square as follows:
Cast on the number of stitches with correct needle gauge required for 6in/15cm square (36sts for DK using 4mm needles)
Next 4 rows: Knit
All rows after the 4 rows of garter stitch start and finish with 3 knit stitches.
The last 4 rows of the square are all knit rows.
To join in a new colour, join at the beginning of the row and then commence a new square with 4 rows of garter stitch. Repeat until a line of 7 squares has been made.
Each square will begin and end with 4 rows of garter and have the first and last 3 stitches in garter stitch. You can decide what to do within the square - for example moss stitch.
You can then complete the blanket by sewing up 7 lines of 7 squares (49 squares).
An alternative blanket is to make a 'log cabin' style where squares/oblongs in various colours are put together in random strips of 42ins/107cms.