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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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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!

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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 pattern: Intensive Love Blanket

Intensive Love Blanket, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter | This preemie-sized blanket is perfect for donation to Knots of Love, or any other charity providing incubator blankets to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).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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April’s Featured Charity: Knots of Love

If you or a loved one has ever spent extended time in the hospital or in medical treatment, you know that the experience can be not only physically devastating but also mentally draining. Knots of Love is an organization that provides comfort to people experiencing treatment-induced traumatic hair loss or to babies in incubators by collecting and distributing handmade caps and preemie blankets.

As of this writing, Knots of Love has distributed over 295,000 caps and almost 14,000 tiny blankets! Blankets are distributed to babies in incubators in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) to provide some color and warmth to a clinical environment that can be cold and stark. Parents sleep with the blankets first, so their scent is embedded in the blankets before the babies spend time on them.

Intensive Love Blanket, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter | This preemie-sized blanket is perfect for donation to Knots of Love, or any other charity providing incubator blankets to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).Knots of Love has recently partnered with Laurel Hill to support KOL Kids, a program encouraging children and teens to get involved with Knots of Love through community service.

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You can find more information about Knots of Love on their website, including a list of collection sites where you can send blankets and caps, free crochet and knitting patterns, and donation guidelines including a list of recommended yarns, mailing labels, and submission forms.

Intensive Love Blanket, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter | This preemie-sized blanket is perfect for donation to Knots of Love, or any other charity providing incubator blankets to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).Tips for Making Great NICU Projects

Blankets for use in the NICU setting should be small, about 18″ (46 cm) x 24″ (61 cm). Using a soft, washable yarn is very important. Knots of Love has a recommended yarn list here, in case you decide to substitute yarns.

I used two colors for the sample, but you can customize your version by choosing multiple colors or using assorted yarn scraps.

(By the way, if you’d like to make a comfort cap to send to Knots of Love, you may enjoy the Drawstring Beanie with Yarrow Flower pattern.)

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Intensive Love Blanket

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50This preemie blanket features a simple-to-remember motif pattern.

Finished Size

  • Preemie/NICU Blanket: 18” (46 cm) wide x 24” (61 cm) long.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Heartland (5 oz/142 g/251 yd/230 m/100% acrylic) – 1 skein in 105 Glacier Bay (CA) and 2 skeins in 109 Olympic (CB), or approximately 215 yd (196.5 m) in CA and 290 yd (265 m) 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

  • Finished square in pattern = 5.75” (14.5 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BL – back loop only
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd – Round
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisks as indicated.

Pattern Notes


Pattern Instructions

Preemie/NICU Blanket

Square (Make 6 starting with CA and 6 starting with CB)

  • Ch 4, join with sl st to first ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), 11 dc in ring, join with sl st to top of ch 3. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in ea st around, join with sl st to top of ch 3. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st and next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, join other color with sl st to top of ch 3, fasten off original color. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st and next 3 sts, *hdc in next st, dc in next st, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next st,** sc in next 4 sts; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first sc. (48 sts + 4 ch-2 sp)
  • Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp,** dc in next 12 sts; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, dc in next 4 sts, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. (64 sts + 4 ch-2 sp)
  • Rnd 6: Ch 1, scBL in same st, scBL in next 9 sts, *(2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in next ch-2-sp,** scBL in next 16 sts; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, scBL in next 6 sts, join with sl st to top of first sc, fasten off. (80 sts + 4 ch-1 sp)

Assembly

  • With CA and following placement diagram, seam squares with sl st join on wrong side, starting after the ch-1 sp. Join squares into rows. Join rows in same manner, skipping ch-1 sp across.

Intensive Love Blanket, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter | This preemie-sized blanket is perfect for donation to Knots of Love, or any other charity providing incubator blankets to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).Border

  • Rnd 1: Join CB with sl st to any corner ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same ch-1 sp, *dcBL in ea sc across side to corner ch-1 sp (skipping all ch-1 sp along side),** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-1 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, (2 dc, ch 1) in first ch-1 sp, join with sc (counts as ch-2 sp) to top of first ch 3.
  • Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same ch-2 sp, *dc in ea st across,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, (2 dc, ch 2) in first corner ch-2 sp, join with sl st to top of first ch 3, fasten off.

Finishing

  • 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/2016/04/30/free-pattern-intensive-love-blanket. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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

Add to RavelryIf you want an easy print format, you can buy an ad-free PDF version on Craftsy.

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