Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Current Project: Project Linus Blankets

Project Linus blankets:  all sizes, elementary/preteen/teen most needed
Deadline:  none, but for our purposes, March 21, 2014

As many of you are aware, due to the recent school shootings in multiple locations, Project Linus is requesting additional blankets for school-age children to help them cope with the trauma resulting from the loss of classmates/teachers.  As part of Momentum at my church, East 91st Street Christian Church in Indianapolis, we will be implementing Project Linus as our kids craftivism and family craftivism on Wed./Sundays.  Kids helping kids--can you think of a better way to teach others the importance of loving your neighbor as yourself?? 

Our group will be tying fleece blankets, but if you can sew/quilt/knit/crochet, you can help as well!  We have 8 weeks to craft a little hope for these kiddos, and I'm calling on the troops to help in this endeavor.  Can't sew??  Hop on over to www.projectlinus.org and click on the "patterns" tab for a list of NO SEW fleece blanket projects.  There truly is a way for everyone to help.  Once you are finished with your blanket(s), let me know in a comment, and I will let you know what to do next.  1 blanket is a great goal.

Here are a few I've made and an easy not-so-much-a-pattern, pattern:

1 yd. flannel, main print and contrast print
1 package of coordinating satin blanket binding

Pre-wash in non allergenic detergent, iron, trim any edges (if you use pinking shears before washing, the fabric won't fray/ravel).  Place 2 pieces of flannel wrongs sides facing.  Pin blanket binding around, and use wide zig zag to sew.  That's it!  You can make this bigger if you like . . . Here's mine!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Preemie Hats and Two Free Patterns!

I have been making preemie hats for awhile now, and I am never completely satisfied with the array of free patterns.  The novelty ones are adorable, but you can capture the cuteness with great simplicity as well.  I have also noticed that with some preemie hats, the top has a cone shape, which I really don't like.  Those hats are typically started with single crochet in the magic ring.  I have a different way, however.  If you would like the pattern, please scroll down!  Also, there is one knitted hat in the pic that I will also write a pattern for below the crocheted one.  The crocheted hat could not be more simple.  Add a sweet button or flower to embellish, and that's that!

Simple Preemie Beanie:

Yarn:  Worsted--Caron Simply Soft
Hook:  H or 5.00mm

Magic circle:  Ch. 2, 10 dc in magic circle.  Join with sl st in top of 1st dc (NOT chain--you will ignore the chain stitch in every round.  This just creates a nice seamless appearance).  Ch. 2.

Round 1:  2 dc in same stitch as join/ch.2, 2 dc in each stitch around.  Join w/sl st in top of 1st dc.  ch. 2.  20 stitches

Round 2:  1dc in same stitch as join/ch.2, 2 dc in next stitch, *dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch* around.  Join w/sl st in top of 1st dc.  ch. 2.  30 stitches.

Round 3-7: 1 dc in same stitch as join/ch.2, and dc in each stitch around.  Join w/sl st in top of 1st dc. at end of each round.  ch. 2.  30 stitches

*At end of round 7, ch. 1 instead of ch. 2.

Round 8:  sc in same stitch as join/ch.1, LOOSELY* sc in each stitch around.  Join w/sl st in top of 1st sc at end of round.  Finish off and weave ends in.  (*Stretch your hat to make sure the brim doesn't get tighter.  It needs to remain loose so it doesn't squeeze baby's head.  If you can't get it loose, go up a hook size, or complete 2 more rows of dc to make a brim that folds up.)

You can make it a little more girly by adding a shell edging after round 7, which simply looks like this:

Optional Shell Round:  Ch. 2, 2 dc in same stitch.  *Skip one stitch, slip stitch in next stitch, skip one stitch, 3dc in next stitch* around to end.  sl st in dc one row below joining stitch.

Add a sweet flower or button for extra cuteness!  This is a super soft hat, doesn't have a lot of texture and no seams, which makes it a more comfortable fit for a preemie.

Knit Pattern:

Yarn:  Worsted Caron Simply Soft
Needles:  4 size 7 dp needles

CO 39 stitches
Divide onto 3 needles, 13 stitches each needle.
Join for round and place marker.

Round 1:  Knit all stitches.
Rounds 2-6:  Reverse stockinette (purl every round) for 5 rounds.
Round 7:  Knit every round for 2.5 inches
Next round:  Begin decrease rounds; K2tog around
Next round:  Knit each stitch
Next round:  k2tog decrease
Next round:  knit each stitch
*Repeat previous 2 rounds until you have 6 stitches remaining.  Place all 6 stitches on 1 single needle.  We will now work an I-cord decrease.  I-cord as you normally would, but k2tog for each stitch until you have 3 remaining stitches.  Continue making I-cord for 2 inches, or more. If you want a longer knot tail, I-cord longer! Bind off 3 stitches, pull yarn through top and finish off.  Knot the I-cord.  Weave in, and voila!  This hat equals approx. 5 inches from cast on to top of hat before knot. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Preemie Hats and Project Linus . . .

Join me for one of these ongoing projects!  Please visit www.projectlinus.org and www.thedaintydaisyblog.blogspot.com for a great selection of free patterns.  Please leave a comment if you are joining in so you can be notified of deadlines.  The following are samples I have completed for these projects . . .

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Keeping it Real . . . or some other similar cliche . . .

I find it so difficult to limit the amount of service projects I complete in a given year.  As time passes, I find more and more beautiful projects to participate in, and I feel more and more immobilized.  I need to rally the forces and quickly!  My major passions are:

Little Dresses for Africa--pillowcase dresses, shorts for boys, and the newest addition--menstrual cloths for girls.

Project Linus

and now . . . . . Sole Hope! 

I am overwhelmed and find that the more I get involved, the more God lays on my heart to do.  I am certainly not an expert seamstress/knitter/crocheter, but I can do what needs to be done, and hopefully develop skills even further to the glory of God.

I want to challenge you to be involved.  Can't sew??  No problem!  Come and cut out patterns and iron fabric. 

As the year progresses, I will be listing service project goals and dates for us to work on and issuing the call to gather and craft.  It will be awesome, and I can hardly wait for the adventure to begin. 

Lets start crafting hope for others TODAY!


I know it can seem overwhelming, but that's what we are here for, right??  To help each other out on this little planet.  God gifted us with the ability to participate in redemption and mercy through what he has already given us.  Don't hoard it--share it!