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How To Get Started Crocheting or Knitting for Charity | #Crochet #TipsTuesday

How To Get Started Crocheting or Knitting for Charity on Underground Crafter | 3 tips for getting started with charity crochet and knitting, including a roundup of free crochet patterns that would make great charity projects.If you’ve been reading the blog for any length of time, you know that I enjoy making charity projects. In the past, I would participate in charity crochet-a-longs online and ship my creations to organizations throughout the country and the world. With rising postage costs, more and more crocheters are looking for ways to contribute their crocheting talent locally. Luckily, it’s easier than you think to find local charities that accept handmade projects. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing four ways to get started donating your crochet and knit creations to local charities along with a roundup of free crochet patterns that are perfect for charitable donation.



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Start with local yarn lovers!

The first stop in your search should be your local crochet and knitting organizations and yarn shops. These groups may already organize drives for local charities that accept handmade creations. By working with these groups, you’ll also have the opportunity to crochet or knit with other people, and you may even be able to access discounted or donated yarn for charity projects.


Search online charity directories

If your local chapter, guild, or shops aren’t involved in charity drives, several organizations maintain online lists of charities that accepted handmade donations.

Read the requirements before your start your project

Before getting started, understand the requirements for your identified charity. While crocheting and knitting may be your ways to express creativity, projects that do not meet requirements may not be used and may even be discarded.

Most charities specify fiber types, and others may recommend colors. For example, charities that provide winter wear to homeless people may request acrylic yarns in dark colors, while a hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit might request cotton yarn in pastel colors for their premature patients. Organizations may even specify exact colors to use or avoid for cultural or other reasons.

Many charities are quite specific about project sizes as well. They may be seeking hats only for newborns or pet blankets that can fit into large crates. There are often detailed instructions for finishing, too. Ends may need to be left hanging or woven in for a particular length to avoid unraveling.

Pick a project

Once you know the requirements of your charity, you can pick out a project. Several charities have recommended patterns, but often you can choose the pattern as long as your project conforms to other guidelines. If you find it easier to make projects once you memorize the stitch pattern, you may want to choose one pattern, such as a simple scarf or mittens, to make again and again. If you are easily bored by repetition or want to challenge yourself to try different projects, you may find it fun to work through a book of patterns.

Here are 15 free crochet patterns that make great donations!

How To Get Started Crocheting or Knitting For Charity in Your Local Community on Underground Crafter including a roundup of 15 free crochet patterns perfect for donation!The top row features baby and child blankets that you might donate to neonatal intensive care units (NICU), shelters for children and families, or organizations that provide comfort blankets to pediatric patients. From left to right:

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The second row features scarves and a shawl which can be donated to  shelters, veteran’s organizations, or hospitals. From left to right:

The bottom row features hats perfect for donation to charities working with hospital patients or winter accessories drives. From left to right:

I hope you enjoyed these tips and the pattern roundup! You can find more charity crafting posts here.

 

Free knitting pattern: Anthology Blanket (2016 Sampler Knit-a-Long): Ribs and Boxes Square

Anthology Blanket: Sampler Blanket 2016 Knit-a-Long, free #knitting pattern by Underground Crafter. For details, visit http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/anthologyThe Anthology Blanket is a sampler blanket that will be released throughout 2016 as a knit-a-long. For more details, including a schedule and links to all previously released posts, visit the Anthology Blanket home page.

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This is the ninth square in the Anthology Blanket Knit-a-Long. The Ribs and Boxes Square combines two types of stitch patterns to create a texture that looks interesting on both sides.

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Ribs and Boxes Square, free #knitting pattern by Underground Crafter | Anthology Blanket KAL

Ribs and Boxes 6″ (15 cm) Square

Free Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50This square combines two types of stitch patterns to create a texture that looks interesting on both sides.

Finished Size

  • 6″ (15 cm) square.

Materials

  • Cascade 220 Superwash (100% superwash wool), or approximately 41 yds (37.5 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size 7/4.5 mm knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge

  • Completed square = 6″ (15 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sl 1 – slip 1 st, knitwise
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Note

  • Pattern repeat is any multiple of 4 sts. Instructions include 4 st borders.

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Pattern Instructions

  • CO 32 sts.

Border

  • Row 1: Knit to last st, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
  • Rows 3 & 4: Rep Row 2 twice.

Ribs and Boxes Stitch pattern

  • Row 1: Sl 1, k3, p across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 2: (RS) Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
  • Row 3: Sl 1, k3, *k2, p2; rep from * to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 4: Rep Row 3.
  • Rep Rows 1-4 until square measures approximately 5.5 in (14 cm), ending after Row 1.

Border

  • Rows 1-4: Rep Border Row 2, 4 times.
  • BO in pattern for Border Row 2. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 3 times the width of square).
© 2014, 2016 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/anthology. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

If you’d like to chat with other knitters, stop by this thread on Ravelry. You can also share your progress and questions with me by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Google+ as +UndergroundCrafter, and Twitter as @ucrafter.

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Free knitting pattern: Anthology Blanket (2016 Sampler Knit-a-Long): Chevron Seed Stitch Square

Anthology Blanket: Sampler Blanket 2016 Knit-a-Long, free #knitting pattern by Underground Crafter. For details, visit http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/anthologyThe Anthology Blanket is a sampler blanket that will be released throughout 2016 as a knit-a-long. For more details, including a schedule and links to all previously released posts, visit the Anthology Blanket home page.

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This is the seventh square in the Anthology Blanket Knit-a-Long. The Chevron Seed Stitch is a lovely traveling pattern that has the look of a chevron while maintaining straight edges.



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Chevron Seed Stitch Square, free #knitting pattern by Underground Crafter | Anthology Blanket KALChevron Seed Stitch 6″ (15 cm) Square

Free Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50This lovely traveling pattern that has the look of a chevron while maintaining straight edges.

Finished Size

  • 6″ (15 cm) square.

Materials

  • Cascade 220 Superwash (100% superwash wool), or approximately 41 yds (37.5 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size 7/4.5 mm knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge

  • Completed square = 6″ (15 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sl 1 – slip 1 st, knitwise
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Note

  • Pattern repeat is any multiple of 8 sts, + 1. Instructions include 4 st borders.
  • My sample square was exactly 6″ (15 cm) before blocking, so you may find that this square is a bit larger than your others. Consider using a tighter tension or smaller needles.


Pattern Instructions

  • CO 33 sts.

Border

  • Row 1: Knit to last st, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
  • Rows 3 & 4: Rep Row 2 twice.

Chevron Seed Stitch pattern

  • Row 1: (RS) Sl 1, k3, *p1, k3; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k3, p1, *k1, p5, k1, p1; rep from * to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 3: Sl 1, k3, *k2, p1, k3, p1, k1; rep from * across to last 5 sts, k4, p1.
  • Row 4: Sl 1, k3, p1, *p2, k1, p1, k1, p3; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Rep Rows 1-4 until square measures approximately 5.5 in (14 cm), ending after Row 4.

Border

  • Rows 1-4: Rep Border Row 2, 4 times.
  • BO in pattern for Border Row 2. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 3 times the width of square).
© 2016 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/anthology. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

If you’d like to chat with other knitters, stop by this thread on Ravelry. You can also share your progress and questions with me by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Google+ as +UndergroundCrafter, and Twitter as @ucrafter.

Add the Anthology Blanket to your Ravelry favorites or queue!

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