This month our Featured Charity is Project Linus.
Although this may not be a local Charity to us all, I hope by sharing it with our friends and family, Project Linus will receive the support it needs!
Social media is a powerful tool – let’s use it as a team to get these charities the support they need!
Please read on to learn more about Project Linus and how we can help.
If you are unable to help personally, please share this with your friends online – you never know – you may reach someone who is able to make a difference locally! If you would like to contribute too, we encourage you to crochet the featured free pattern this month and donate it to a local charity of your own. ♥ Rhondda
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I’m Marie from Underground Crafter and it’s great to be back here with you to highlight another way to share your crochet talents with people who really need it. This month, I’m introducing Project Linus, an organization that has distributed over 6.6 MILLION (!) blankets to children in hospitals and shelters, or being assisted through social service organizations, since it was founded in 1995.
Project Linus collects handmade blankets for children from birth through 18 years old. Blankets are distributed to children facing health issues or other life challenges to provide a handmade hug and bring extra love. Blankets must be new and machine washable. Additionally, since many blankets are distributed to children in hospitals, they must come from smoke-free homes and be free of strong odors, chemical contaminants, and pet hair. For safety reasons, yarn ends should be securely woven in and blankets should not include potentially hazardous embellishments, like buttons.
Crocheters are welcome to be creative with sizing. Blankets can be as small as 36” (1 m) baby blankets or as large as blankets for a teenager’s twin bed. You can find more information about Project Linus on its website, including a list of local chapters that you can volunteer with or deliver blankets to and links to free crochet and knitting patterns for blankets.
The Rippled Security Blanket is a pattern I designed specifically for Project Linus. The pattern uses a combination of simple stitches without any challenging decreases to create a beautiful chevron pattern.
If you’re looking for more pattern ideas for Project Linus, here are some that Rhondda has designed:
Any one of these blankets would make a great Project Linus donation, so grab your hook and get started sending a handmade hug to a child in need.
Thank you for visiting! Would you like to learn about some of our other Featured Charities?
Here are a few of our past features: