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Interview with Jessica Silverman Bryan from Project Night Night

I recently started writing a charity crochet guest post series on Oombawka Design Crochet. Each month, I share a free pattern and highlight a charity that accepts crocheted and knit donations. This month, I shared a free blanket pattern designed for Project Night Night’s “Night Night Packages,” which you can find here.

Project Night Night is an organization that distributes their own brand of care packages to homeless children around the United States. I actually used to work at an organization that operated two family shelters, so this cause is one that is close to my heart. My free crochet pattern, the Rectangular Sampler Blanket, was also designed as a donation to Project Night Night.

I had the chance to interview Jessica Silverman Bryan, the Deputy Director of Project Night Night to find out more about this charity. You can find Project Night Night at their website here, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. All images are copyright Project Night Night and are used with permission.

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Interview with Jessica Silverman Bryan from Project Night Night, a #charity that accepts #handmade blanket donations for homeless children, on @ucrafter

Underground Crafter: Can you tell us about Project Night Night and your Night Night Packages?

Jessica: Celebrating our 10th anniversary, Project Night Night’s mission is to provide free Night Night Packages to homeless children from birth to pre-teen who need our childhood essentials to have a concrete and predictable source of security and increased exposure to high-quality literacy materials during this time of  upheaval.  Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children’s book, and a stuffed animal — all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag. Project Night Night works with tens of thousands of individuals each year who volunteer their time and talents to make our world a better place.

Interview with Jessica Silverman Bryan from Project Night Night, a #charity that accepts #handmade blanket donations for homeless children, on @ucrafter

UC: What other programs and services does Project Night Night coordinate?

Jessica: Project Night Night’s main focus is on the distribution of our Night Night Packages. Our Adopt a Night Night Package program is our flagship volunteer involvement which results in the distribution of Night Night Packages. Furthermore, we offer a turn-key hands-on community service option for companies after seeing an increase in desire for philanthropic options at corporate events. Although that 95% of the children we service are in shelters, we do respond to natural disasters, American Red Cross response teams, and distribute to police and fire departments when requested.

CraftsyUC: Not all charities working with homeless families accept handmade blanket donations. How does Project Night Night use handmade gifts? Do you accept other types of handmade items besides blankets?

Jessica: Our staff has always believed that there nothing more special than a handmade gift. We are proud to harness the countless volunteers, with amazing talent, to help fill our Night Night Packages. Handmade blankets and stuffed animals are always accepted.

Interview with Jessica Silverman Bryan from Project Night Night, a #charity that accepts #handmade blanket donations for homeless children, on @ucrafter

UC: Project Night Night is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Do you have any anniversary special plans that Project Night Night fans can help support?

Jessica: We at Project Night Night have been helping homeless children for 10 years.  In that time we have visited hundreds of shelters, heard heartbreaking stories, and distributed over 250,000 Night Night Package to little ones who had no comfort items to call their own.  We look back with pride, but we look forward with concern.  Did you know that 1 in 30 children will be homeless at some point this year? One in thirty! To us, celebrating our milestone birthday challenges us to meet another milestone….50,000 Night Night Packages in 2015. We are encouraging people to consider taking our 10 kid challenge. $25 sponsors 1 child.   $250 supports 10 children.

UC: What are some other ways that people can get involved with supporting Project Night Night?

Jessica: Our website is the best resource for ways to get involved with Project Night Night.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing Project Night Night’s story, Jessica, and for all the work you do on behalf of homeless children.

What charities or causes do you contribute your handmade projects to?

Free pattern: Long Double Crochet Warm Up America Block

Long Double Crochet Warm Up America Block, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares @ucrafterI’m just two weeks away from Stitch N’ Pitch at Citi Field. If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending Stitch N’ Pitch, you should check out the schedule and see if there’s a game near you!

Every year, The National Needlearts Association works together with baseball teams around the country to combine two amazing pastimes, watching baseball and the needlecrafts. This year, Lion Brand sponsored my ticket. I’ll be attending with two of my best pals and we’ll be rooting for the Mets against the Pirates on August 16, 2015.

During the game, the Lion Brand Yarn Studio is coordinating a drive for Warm Up America, a charity that distributes crochet and knit blankets and other handmade items to thousands of people each year.

I decided to create my own Warm Up America block pattern to share with you. It features on of my favorite stitch combinations. Even if you aren’t attending the game, consider donating a block. You can find more information about how you can get involved on the Warm Up America website.

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Long Double Crochet Warm Up America Block

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Long Double Crochet Warm Up America Block, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares @ucrafter02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50The long double crochet stitch has a great texture. The small eyelets make it breathable while remaining sturdy.

Finished Size

  • 7” (18 cm) wide x 9” (23 cm) long.


  • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Baby (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g, 170 yd/156 m) – 1 skein in 132 Goldfish, or approximately 63 yd (57.5 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • US H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Interweave StoreGauge

  • Finished block = 7” (18 cm) wide x 9” (23 cm) long. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ldc – long double crochet – Yo, working across front of indicated st, insert hook in previously skipped st, yo and draw up a loop to the height of loop already on hook, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice.
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Instructions


  • Ch 27 (or any multiple of 3 sts, + 6 sts).
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 4 ch (counts as dc + skipped ch), *dc in next 2 ch, ldc in previously skipped st,** sk 1 ch; rep from * across, ending last rep at ** with 1 ch remaining, dc in last ch. (23 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in same st and in each st across.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), *sk 1 st, dc in next 2 sts, ldc in previously skipped st; rep from * across to last st, dc in last st.
  • Rows 4-21: Rep Rows 2 & 3, 9 more times, or until block is approximately 8.5” (21.5 cm) long. Do not fasten off.


  • Rnd 1: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in ea st across row to last st, 3 sc in last st, *turn and begin working along long side, 2 sc in side of next dc, sc in side of sc;** rep from * across to first row, 2 sc in side of first row, turn and begin working along unworked side foundation chain, 3 sc in first st, sc in ea st across to row to last st, 3 sc in last st, rep from * to ** to final row, 2 sc in side of next dc, turn and working along short edge, sc in first st, join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.


  • With yarn needle, weave in ends. Spray block to final measurements if necessary.
© 2015 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/2015/08/02/free-pattern-long-double-crochet-warm-up-america-block/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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July Daily Deals 2015: July 26: 75% off the 30 Purrfect Stitches for Pet Blankets crochet pattern ebook

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Today’s Daily Deal is for 75% off the 30 Purrfect Stitches crochet pattern ebook! Click here to add it (with the discount) to your cart on Ravelry. $1 from the sale of each of these ebooks is donated to a pet charity. This year’s charity is the Humane Society of New York!

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30 Purrfect Stitches for Pet Blankets, #crochet pattern ebook by @ucrafter

This e-book collection was created for national Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month in June, 2012. 30 Purrfect Stitches for Pet Blankets includes 20 crochet and 10 Tunisian crochet stitch patterns that are selected with pet blankets in mind. These stitches can, of course, be used for other types of projects as well.


Each pattern includes written instructions using U.S. pattern abbreviations. This ebook was tested by 21 wonderful Ravelry crocheters, and the two stitches rated most difficult by pattern testers include additional process photos to assist with hook and stitch placement.

Each stitch pattern includes a suggested number of foundation chains needed for several sizes of pet blankets based on the recommended sizes from the Snuggles Project, and for 6” squares. The e-book also includes tips for making pet blankets, sizing up squares, and for simple edgings.


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