Free pattern: Child’s Ombré Pullover Vest

Child's Ombré Pullover Vest, free crochet pattern in Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool by Underground Crafter | This oversized, boxy project is perfect for donation to Wool-Aid, a charity that helps children in the coldest parts of the world.In each month’s charity spotlight, I’ll be introducing a charity that accepts crochet or knitting projects for donation along with a free pattern, so read on for details.



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June’s Featured Charity: Wool-Aid, Inc.

If you enjoy crocheting with wool AND crafting for charity, then this month’s charity just might be the perfect one for you to work with! Wool-Aid got its start as a Ravelry group and has grown into a non-profit organization. Wool-Aid crafters make crochet or knit blankets, accessories, and garments for children in some of the most frigid environments around the world, including Tibet, Alaska, and Mongolia. Wool-Aid also work with displaced children from Afghanistan, Syria, and other countries.

Child's Ombré Pullover Vest, free crochet pattern in Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool by Underground Crafter | This oversized, boxy project is perfect for donation to Wool-Aid, a charity that helps children in the coldest parts of the world.As the name suggests, Wool-Aid requires all projects collected and distributed through their organization to be at least 80% wool. Because wool stays warm and retains body heat when wet, it’s perfect for children who may encounter rain or snow. Although more expensive than synthetic fibers like acrylic (which get cold when wet), wool is usually affordable for making larger projects to donate. Wool is also very durable, so your donation can be passed along to younger children after it’s outgrown by the first recipient.

Wool-Aid accepts donations for hats, knitted socks, sweaters, vests, mittens, and blankets. Except for socks, all the other projects can be either crocheted or knit. You can find out about Wool-Aid’s current donation priorities here.

Other than the requirement that every project be at least 80% wool, Wool-Aid has few other requirements. They do ask crafters to avoid white and minmize light colors. They also note that 100% acrylic yarns and novelty yarns should not be used at all, even as an accent.

You can get more information about Wool-Aid on their website, including project guidelines and Wool-Aid tags, answers to frequently asked questions, how to donate, and more.


Tips for Making Great Wool-Aid Projects

For this month’s project, I decided to make a pullover vest. Wool-Aid has its own sweater sizing chart because oversized projects help to keep backsides warmer. Remember that your yarn should be at least 80% wool. Minimize light colors so garments look cleaner longer.

Here are two other Underground Crafter free crochet patterns that would make great projects for Wool-Aid:

Faux Mistake Rib Watchman's Cap, free #crochet pattern in 8 sizes (newborn through adult large) by Marie Segares @ucrafterTadley's Diagonal Blanket, free double-ended crochet pattern by Underground CrafterDon’t forget to share a picture on Ravelry or with my Facebook page if you make one!

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Child’s Ombré Pullover Vest

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50This oversized, boxy vest will keep a little one warm.

Finished Size

  • Child: Size 6: 28″ (71 cm) finished chest circumference x 18″ (46 cm) long.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool (8 oz/227 g/465 yd/425 m/100% pure virgin wool) – 1 skein ea in 126 Nature’s Brown (CA) and 123 Oatmeal (CB), or approximately 465 yd (425 m) in ea of 2 colors in any medium weight wool yarn.

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  • US Size K-10.5 (6.5 mm) crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 11 hdc x 9 rows = 4” (10 cm). For best fit, always check your gauge.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisks as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Entire vest is worked holding 2 strands of yarn together.
  • Ch 2 at beginning of rows do not count as stitches.
  • Drop shoulder vest is constructed from back and front panels which are crocheted flat in rows and then seamed together. Since pattern is reversible, choose your favorite side of ea piece as “right side.”

Pattern Instructions

Pullover Vest

Back Panel

  • Holding 2 strands of CA together, ch 39.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, hdc in next st and ea st across. (38 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 2, hdc in same st and ea st across.
  • Rows 3-6: Rep Row 2, 4 more times.
  • Row 7: Rep Row 2, changing to 1 strand ea of CA and CB in last yo of final hdc of row.
  • Rows 8-13: Rep Row 2, 6 more times.
  • Row 14: Rep Row 2, changing to 2 strands of CB in last yo of final hdc of row.
  • Rows 15-21: Rep Rows 2-7.
  • Rows 22-27: Rep Row 2, 6 more times.
  • Row 28: Rep Row 2, changing to 2 strands of CA in last yo of final hdc of row.
  • Rows 29-35: Rep Row 2-7.
  • Rows 36-42: Rep Row 2, 7 more times. Fasten off.

Front Panel

  • Follow instructions for Back Panel through Row 38.

Child's Ombré Pullover Vest, free crochet pattern in Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool by Underground Crafter | This oversized, boxy project is perfect for donation to Wool-Aid, a charity that helps children in the coldest parts of the world.Shape first side of neckline

  • Row 39: Turn, ch 2, hdc in same st and next 9 sts, sc in next 2 sts. (12 sts + 26 unworked sts)
  • Row 40: Turn, ch 1, sl st in same st and next st, hdc in next 10 sts.
  • Row 41: Turn, ch 2, hdc in same st and next 9 sts, sl st in next 2 sts.
  • Row 42: Rep Row 40 once. Fasten off.

Shape second side of neckline

  • Row 43: With 1 strand ea of CA and CB, turn, join with sl st to unworked side of Row 39, ch 2, hdc in same st and next 9 sts, sc in next 2 sts. (12 sts + 14 unworked sts in center + 12 sts on other side)
  • Rows 44-45: Rep Rows 40-41.
  • Row 46: Turn, ch 2, hdc in same st and next 9 sts, sl st in next 2 sts, work 2 sc evenly around sides of next 4 rows, sl st in next 14 skipped sts from Row 39, work 2 sc evenly around sides of next 4 rows, sl st in next 2 sts, hdc in next 10 sts. Fasten off. (42 sts)

Child's Ombré Pullover Vest, free crochet pattern in Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool by Underground Crafter | This oversized, boxy project is perfect for donation to Wool-Aid, a charity that helps children in the coldest parts of the world.Assemble front and back panels

  • Position pieces with wrong sides facing to seam on right sides.
  • Line up panels and join 2 strands of CB with sl st through both pieces at Row 1.
  • Working across long edge from Row 1 towards neckline, line up rows and work sc seam through both sides of rows of both pieces until 7″ (18 cm) remains unworked. (You can find a tutorial for working a single crochet seam here.) Fasten off.
  • Rep across other long edge, leaving top 7″ (18 cm) of long side of ea piece unseamed for arm opening.
  • Join 2 strands of CB with sl st at top shoulder.
  • Working across short edge across shoulders, line up sts and work sc seam through next 12 sts through both pieces.
  • Working only across back panel, sl st in ea of next 14 sts, leaving neck open.
  • Continue working sc seam through next 12 sts through both pieces. Fasten off.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 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/2016/06/01/free-pattern-childs-ombre-pullover-vest. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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Free pattern: Sandy Dunes Binky

Sandy Dunes Binky, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter | This beginner-friendly motif blanket is perfect for donation to the Binky Patrol or as a stashbuster.In each month’s charity spotlight, I’ll be introducing a charity that accepts crochet or knitting projects for donation along with a free pattern, so read on for details.



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May’s Featured Charity: The Binky Patrol

The Binky Patrol is a volunteer-led, nonprofit organization that has been distributed handmade blankets, known as binkies, to children facing health challenges or living with trauma throughout the United States since 1996. You can contribute locally through one of 160 Binky Patrol chapters or mail your donations to the national headquarters.

You can find more information about Binky Patrol on their website, including information about hosting your own “Bink-a-Thon,” how to send in donations, and free patterns.

Sandy Dunes Binky, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter | This beginner-friendly motif blanket is perfect for donation to the Binky Patrol or as a stashbuster.Tips for Making Great Binkies

Binkies can be sewn, quilted, knitted, crocheted, or made with fleece and should be at at least 3′ (1 m) square. Many Binkies are given to children in hosptials, so they are only accepted from smoke-free homes.

Choose an easy care yarn that can be washed and dried in the machine. Be sure to weave in your ends securely. Don’t use fringe, which can pose a choking hazard for infants and toddlers. Since most blankets are distributed to children in shelters or hospitals, choose easy care yarns that can be machine washed and dried. Never include religious messages and don’t forget to add a Binky Patrol label, which you can pick up from your local chapter or request by mail from the national headquarters.

Here are two other Underground Crafter free crochet patterns that would make great binkies:

Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket, free #crochet pattern by @ucrafterCheckerboard in Primary Colors Blanket, free #crochet pattern in 6 sizes by Underground CrafterDon’t forget to share a picture on Ravelry or with my Facebook page if you make one!

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Yarn

Sandy Dunes Binky

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50This beginner-friendly motif blanket is perfect for donation to the Binky Patrol or as a stashbuster.

Finished Size

  • Adjustable. Photographed sample measures 30” (76 cm) wide x 36” (91.5 cm) long.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Heartland (5 oz/142 g/251 yds/230 m/100% acrylic) – 2 skeins ea in 109 Olympic (CA), 124 Big Bend (CB), and 098 Acadia (CC), or approximately 500 yds (457 m) in any ea of 3 colors in any medium weight yarn.

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  • US Size I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • Completed Square = 3” (7.5 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern.


Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Note

  • For a scrappy version, you’ll need approximately 6.25 yd (6 m) in ea of 2 colors for ea square.

Pattern Instructions

Motif – Make 20 ea

  • Motif A: CA center, CB border.
  • Motif B: CA center, CC border.
  • Motif C: CB center, CA border.
  • Motif D: CB center, CC border.
  • Motif E: CC center, CB border.
  • Motif F: CC center, CA border.

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Motif Center

  • Ch 4, sk 3 sts, join with sl st to first ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch-1 sp), *dc, ch 1 in ring; rep from * 5 more times, dc in ring, sc to top of ch 3 to join (counts as ch-1 sp). (16 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * 5 more times, 2 dc in ch-1 sp, sc to top of ch 3 to join. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same ch-1 sp, *sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in ch-1 sp; rep from * 6 more times, sc in next 2 sts, sc in first ch-1 sp, fasten off and join new color with sl st to first sc. (32 sts)

Motif Border

  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st and next st, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, ch 2, 2 dc in next st, *hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st,ch 3, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around to last 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off with 12” (30.5 cm) yarn tail for joining. (52 sts)

Assembly

  • Following placement diagram, join squares together to form rows and then join rows together.

Sandy Dunes Binky, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter | This beginner-friendly motif blanket is perfect for donation to the Binky Patrol or as a stashbuster.

  • With right side facing, begin with hook and yarn tail in last ch of ch-3 sp. Line up sts and join with sl st through back loops of ea layer, sk last 2 ch of ch-3 sp. Use CC to join rows together in same fashion. You can find a photo tutorial for making a slip stitch join here.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails securely.
© 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/2016/05/18/free-pattern-sandy-dunes-binky/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Don’t forget to share a picture on Ravelry or with my Facebook page if you make one!

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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.