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Knitting for Charity

This is part of the 30 Ramadan Acts of Kindness series. For more information, read this introduction. Ramadan Acts2 I love to knit, but I’m a novice, so anything more than a simple design is befuddling. But, that doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm for buying beautiful yarn. But, what should I knit? My loved ones already have too many scarves, blankets, and hats. That’s when I read an article about knitting for charity.The article highlighted Warm Up America!, a charity which provides “…afghans and accessories from a variety of social service agencies, including homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters, American Red Cross chapters, veterans homes, senior centers, ..”

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This is a great activity for Ramadan to pass the time and keep your hands busy! Counting stitches and following patterns will keep your mind off those brownies in the fridge. Don’t have the time to knit a whole afghan? That’s okay! They also accept 7″ by 9″ squares. By the way, they accept crocheted and loom knitted items as well! Don’t know how to knit? All you need are knitting needles and yarn.  These simple knitting and purling tutorials will get you started. Now that you know the basics, here are some simple patterns.

Garter Stitch

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Cast on 35 stitches. Knit every row until piece measures 9″. Bind off.

Stockinette Stitch

Stockinette Stitch

Cast on 35 stitches. Row 1: Knit all stitches. Row 2: Purl all stitches. Repeat these 2 rows until piece measures 9″. Bind off. These two stitches are very basic, but you can jazz them up but doing different colored stripes, or switching between garter and stockinette to create monochromatic stripes. Variation Here are three slightly more advanced, although still relatively easy patterns. Don’t be scared! K= Knit P=Purl Rep=Repeat The number after the letter(ex. K3) is how many stitches you need to make of that type.

 Moss Stitch

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Cast on an uneven number of sts. Rows 1 and 4: K1, * p1, k1; rep from * to end of row. Rows 2 and 3: P1,* k1, p1; rep from * to end of row. Repeat Rows 1–4 to create the pattern.

Gallatin Rock Stitch

Gattelin Rock

Cast on multiples of 4. Knit all right side (odd) rows. Row 2 and 4: p1k3 across. Row 6 and 8: k2, *p1k3 , repeat until 2 stitches remain end with p1k1. Repeat 8 rows for pattern. (Or for Row 6 and 8, start with a k1 and end with p1k2)

Diamond Brocade Stitch

Diamond Cast on a multiple of 8 stitches plus 1 extra stitch Row 1: (Right side) K4, *p1, k 7; repeat from * until 5 stitches remain, p1, k4 Rows 2 and 8: (Wrong side) p3, *k 1, p1, k1, p5; repeat from * until 6 stitches remain, k1, p1, k1, p3 Rows 3 and 7: K 2, *p1, k3; repeat from * until 3 stitches remain, p1, k2 Rows 4 and 6: P1, *k1, p5, k1, p1; repeat from * to end. Row 5: *P1, k7; repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, p1. Row 8: Purl 3, *k1, p1, k1, p5; repeat from * until 6 stitches remain, k1, p1, k1, p3. Repeat rows 1 – 8 for this diamond stitch pattern. Once you are done with your squares, mail them to Warm up America! and they will bind them into a beautiful afghan to give to a deserving person. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small percentage of the proceeds, which goes towards buying more craft supplies and great new content! However, all of these opinions are completely my own and I listed them because I love them! (and I hope you will too)

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