I’ve always been a big believer in good causes and charity campaigns, so I was very happy to get involved in a crafty charity campaign recently.
In 2011, Simply Knitting magazine and sister magazine, The Knitter, ran a charity craft campaign for Refuge, to help raise funds for them and donations of comfort blankets, all to support families experiencing domestic violence. The campaign raised more than £4,000 and over 850 blankets.
So in 2012, they decided to do the whole thing again! This time, they have appealed for knitted or crocheted cot blankets and teddy bears, to be given to the children staying in Refuge’s ‘safe houses’. You can find out more about the campaign on the Simply Knitting blog here or on the Refuge website here. The closing date is 1 December 2012, or you can take your donations to the Simply Knitting stand at The Knitting & Stitching Show in London on 11-14th October 2012.
This year, the teams are also putting together a designer blanket, made up of squares by various knitwear designers. Patterns for the squares will then be made available in a special eBook for other crafters to make. I was asked to make a square for this blanket. So, building on my blossoming crochet skills, I made this square:
The idea for my crocheted Refuge was to make a ‘sampler’ of different crochet stitches, to demonstrate the different sizes, lengths and effects of the different crochet stitches – rather like an embroidery sampler might demonstrate different stitches. It’s so simple that it’s also a great square for novice crocheters to practise the different crochet stitches, while also doing some good!
I used a 4mm hook and Catherine Earnshaw 100% Merino DK in 773 Deep Red, which is a standard DK (I tend to look at the knitted tension when comparing yarns for crochet – this one is 22 sts x 30 rows).
Make a slipknot. Chain 30 using 4mm hook.
Row 1 Ch1 (t-ch, does not count as dc), dc into each chain to end. [30 sts]
Row 2 Ch1 (t-ch, does not count as dc), dc into each st to end.
Row 3 Ch2 (t-ch, counts as first htr), htr into each st to end. [30 sts]
Row 4 Work as for row 3.
Row 5 Ch 3 (t-ch, counts as first tr), tr into each st to end. [30 sts]
Row 6 Work as for row 5.
Row 7 Ch 4 (t-ch, counts as first dtr), dtr into each st to end. [30 sts]
Rows 8-10 Work as for row 7.
Rows 11-12 Work as for row 5.
Rows 13-14 Work as for row 3.
Rows 15-16 Work as for row 2.
Fasten off and weave in ends.