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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.
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.
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:
Child’s Ombré Pullover Vest
Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
- Child: Size 6: 28″ (71 cm) finished chest circumference x 18″ (46 cm) long.
- 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.
Shop for Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool at your favorite retailer!
- US Size K-10.5 (6.5 mm) crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
- Yarn needle.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- Follow instructions for Back Panel through Row 38.
- 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)
- 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.