Community Service VP: Joan Rangel
The members of The Greater St. Louis Knitters’ Guild make a variety of beautiful and creative knitted items that are distributed to people in our community through a number of organizations that recognize who can most benefit from the warm items. Many generous people donate yarn and needles for our projects.
Members are provided access to Guild Patterns when they join our Guild. There are lots of other Guild patterns on our Members Only Patterns & Tips Page. Free patterns for charity knitting can be found under our Web Resources.
The Humane Society – Pet Squares
These machine-washable soft pads are for the cages for rescued animals. Any knitter can make a square to fit the cage -another very easy project. Squares should be approximately 12″ or more. They should be knit firmly, preferably in thick or doubled yarn, no fringe. Please be sure not to use wool as the animals tend to chew on them.
Ginny Z, is hidden behind the results of her Pet Squares Challenge – 59 pet squares in one month!
The goal of Project Linus is to provide a “blanket of security” to children facing substantial distress in their lives. Washable yarn is knitted, crocheted, quilted, woven or sewn into blankets which are then distributed throughout the local community for children undergoing difficult situations, especially aiming toward pediatric cancer patients. Children come in all sizes, so we welcome all sizes of blankets. Suggested sizes: Preemie blanket: 15″ x 18″ to 24″ x 24″. Newborn blankets” 25″ x 30″, Toddler blankets: 35″ x 40″ to 45″. Child’s blankets: 40″ x 60″. Please be sure if you do use satin ribbon in your blanket to tack it firmly all the way around as it can come loose & be a choking hazard!
Here are some Afghan Links to free patterns for blankets & afghans!
Knitters make 7″ x 9″ “squares” of worsted weight yarn which are later sewn or crocheted into afghans, laprobes, crib covers, etc.
Here is our Warm Up America Handout Please be sure to weave in your ends and be sure your squares measure 7″ x 9″, there is a template on our handout to use.
Soft yarn is knitted into comfortable hats for both women and children.
Another popular chemo cap is “Candy’s Happy Hat”. In Feb. 2005, guild members responded to a challenge to make at least 1 happy hat before the next meeting by making 165 chemo hats!
The hats are lightweight, fun to knit & wear plus quick to make!
Washable baby, sport, or double knit yarns are knitted into hundreds of easy to make, tiny hats for preemies that many of our area hospitals are eager to receive. There are never enough caps to meet the need. Note on baby cap sizes: a preemie cap should fit over an orange and a regular baby cap would be grapefruit sized. Please use machine-washable acrylic yarn for preemie hats (do not use wool for preemies as wool around oxygen can spark).
Hats for Kids
Cute, colorful knitted caps from a variety of patterns are delivered each fall to various agencies to help warm hundreds of children each year.
Holiday projects have included:
- A Tree of Warmth which was covered with mittens for children
- Knitting sweaters for bears & dresses for Dolls which the Salvation Army gives to children of prisoners.
- Knitted adorable stuffed animals that brighten the holidays for children.