Hello, friendly knitters! :waving:
A few months ago, Snowbear started a project in our forum where we made baby blankets to donate to a hospital in her area.
Children's Mercy Hospital, in Kansas City, MO. -
We got off to a great start, and then life got in the way.
Snowbear has been dealing with a major health issue, so we have decided to continue her project on our own until she is better. (The knitters involved with the project asked me to handle it for now.)
Our goal is to give the blankets to the hospital near her home. If we get lots of knitters involved, we'll give blankets to other hospitals as well.
Here are the guidelines for the blankets:
* Small Snuggly size (20-25 inches)
* Knit with SOFT Worsted Weight Acrylic yarn
(the blankets will be washed in hot water at the hospital)
* Use UNISEX colors for the blankets
(preferably bright primary colors)
The blankets are started by casting on 90 - 110 stitches, using a size 7, 8, or 9 long circular needle. The first 3 to 6 rows are all knit stitches.
(See detailed guidelines for starting an Oddball Baby Blanket here: http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=79558)
Each knitter will knit for 4 inches, then forward the blanket to the next knitter. Each row should begin and end with 3 knit stitches, so the blanket will have a nice even border.
When the last knitter adds their section, they will end the blanket with 3 to 6 rows of all knit stitches, then bind off all the stitches loosely.
There should be a small greeting card kept with each blanket, where we can write our name, and the state we live in. We must avoid saying "Get Well", because sometimes the children don't get well. :pout: We should also avoid any religious statements, because the children and their families have many different beliefs.
Here is a stitch pattern we have used successfully for some of the blankets:
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: K3, Purl to last 3 stitches, K3
Row 3: K3, K1, P1 (repeat between *s to last 3 sts), K3
Row 4: K3, Purl to last 3 stitches, K3
Here is an example of a blanket knit with the above pattern throughout:
You are free to use any stitch pattern you want for your section. Just be sure to begin and end each row with 3 knit stitches.
Here is an example of a blanket knit with different stitch patterns throughout:
Several forum members were involved in the project earlier.
If you have one of the blankets we started earlier, just post a message here, and we will find another knitter to work on it next.
We have recently updated our list, so the list of knitters has changed. If anyone else would like to join, just post a message here, or send me a private message.
Oddball Baby Blanket Knitters
Here is our list of knitters for the blankets that are getting started the last week of October, 2007:
Blanket #1 - Primary Colors
Shandeh - NC
Suziehomemaker - NY
Stirsmommy - MN
debinoz - KS
jjminarcik - TX
Secksiebrat - TX
Blanket #2 - Pastel Colors
Shandeh - NC
Doodknitwit - NC
beekaync - NC
rissa - ID
jhelanee - WA
Tobinknit - WA