1.06.2007

Need has no season

Ahh...so we are all coming down from our Christmas highs, gift exchanges have ended, we've eaten our holiday candy, and we are still wondering where Christmas went in the hustle and bustle of the last weeks in December. During the Christmas season, many people don't purchase gifts just for themselves or family and friends, many people give to other organizations like Heifer International, the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, Humane Societies, their church, synagogue, or temple, and to countless other organizations. On the sign for the Salvation Army Bell Ringers, the sign says, "Need Has No Season". So, let's make giving a year round effort. I will post each month about different things you can do to help others locally and internationally that will some how relate to knitting.

Warm Up America!

"Warm Up America! (WUA!) is an organization made up of volunteers who create handmade afghan blankets, clothing and accessories to help those in need. These items provide warmth and comfort to people who have lost their homes, fled abusive relations, or are being cared for in hospices, shelters, hospitals, and nursing homes." (WUA!)

Here is an easy project you can do if you are learning how to knit or you are teaching someone new to knitting. They will feel great about learning something that will benefit others. Knit (or crochet) 7 x 9 inch rectangles in various pattern stitches. Then you can make them into a blanket or you can send them on to WUA!.

Materials:
Worsted Weight Acrylic Yarn
Size 7 needles (or size necessary to obtain gauge)

Gauge: 5 sts = 1 inch

Finished Size: (helpful hint: cut a piece of cardboard to 7 x 9 inches to make measuring easier)
7 x 9 inches

Garter Stitch
Cast On 35 sts.
Knit every row until the piece measures 9 inches.
Bind off all sts.

Stockinette Stitch
Cast on 35 sts.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the piece measures 9 inches.
Bind off all sts.

Seed Stitch
Cast on 35 sts.
Row 1: K1, P1, K1, continue alternating sts across the row.
Row 2: P1, K1, P1, continue alternating sts across the row.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the piece measures 9 inches.
Bind off all sts.

There are more stitch patterns here, or you can get creative and make up your own patterns, just make sure that the finished piece measures 7 x 9 inches.

Happy Knitting

Alison


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