Group projects

Along with bringing our own crafty projects to work on, there will also be projects we can work together on as a group! These are our current projects:


Wrap with Love squares

FACT: Over the past 20 years, Wrap with Love has made over 323,000 wraps and delivered them to people in over 75 countries. That's more than 9 million individual squares!

And Brooklyn Public School participates and contributes squares and blankets each year. Let's help them.

The basic premise is this: knit or crochet a square that's 25cm x 25cm, preferably with an 8 ply yarn in wool or acrylic. If you're knitting a square, just make sure that you knit every row (so no purling) so the square doesn't curl. You can read the Wrap with Love pattern details here.

Alternatively, maybe you'd like to knit up a square using the pattern below? If you need yarn, I've a whole bunch of the same yarn in all the different colours which I'll bring along to each meeting.

 

Group pattern

Adapted from Jan Eaton's 'Crisscross' pattern in 200 Knitted Blocks

Yarn: Marvel 8ply 100% acrylic (from Spotlight)

Needles: 4.5mm

Notes:

  • Slip the first stitch of every row knitwise. (This is to give yourself an even edging to help you sew up the sides neatly.)
  • Colour A forms the cross, colour B forms the background.

Tips:

  • Knit on the right side, decrease on the wrong side.
  • The cross (colour A) makes up four ridges (this equates to eight rows of knitting).
  • If you get lost on your decrease row, this is how to find your way! The middle three stitches are for the decrease, and there should be an even number of stitches on either side of these three. So if you've 41 stitches on your needle, you know that three will be for the decrease, leaving you with 38. Halve this number to calculate how many to knit - 19 - then do the decrease, and then knit the final 19.

Pattern:

  • Using colour A, cast on 47 stitches.
  • Knit one row.
  • Knit 22 stitches, slip 1 stitch, knit two stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over, knit 22 stitches (45 stitches).
  • Knit one row.
  • Knit 21 stitches, slip 1 stitch, knit two stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over, knit 21 stitches (43 stitches).
  • Knit one row.
  • Knit 20 stitches, slip 1 stitch, knit two stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over, knit 20 stitches (41 stitches).
  • Knit one row.
  • Knit 19 stitches, slip 1 stitch, knit two stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over, knit 19 stitches (39 stitches).
  • Change to colour B.
  • Continue following the pattern until three stitches remain, ending on a knit row.
  • Knit three stitches together.
  • Pull yarn through remaining stitch.

Square should measure 12.5cm.

Make three more.

Lay the four squares out with colour A facing the insides to form the cross. Using a ladder stitch to keep the seams flat, sew the squares together.

The finished block should measure 25cm.

Pics coming soon!