The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters’ initiative, Knit Community, has gone from strength to strength since it was launched in March 2020.
Past Master Liz Green said,
The project which began in March 2020 at the start of lockdown is still going strong thanks to our volunteers, who include members and friends of many Livery companies. Over 50,000 knitted squares have been donated and sewn together, and as a result of this great support over 1,300 individuals have been helped through the donation of either a full size blanket or a lap blanket. With high energy bills and the cold months upon us it’s important that we continue to help as many people as we can – if you know of anyone or any groups who would be willing to knit or crochet for us please contact me, email@example.com.
Completed squares are posted to one of the Past Masters in Yorkshire who has a group of volunteers who sew them up, before she and other members of the Framework Knitters either post or personally deliver them to charities across the UK – recently 20 lap blankets were requested by a Past Master Vintner who took them to her local food bank in Hereford. If you know of a charity who would benefit from the blankets, please let me know and we’ll do our best.
Charities helped so far include:
- Action Homeless, Leicester Ageing Together and Baby Basics – Leicester
- Community Action Project (CAP) – Wakefield
- Glass Door, Cardinal Hulme Centre and City of London Corporation – London
- Happy Days and Smart Move – Halifax
- Meadows Hope Food Bank – Nottingham
- Small Acts of Kindness – Watford
- The Saviour Trust – Pontefract and Leeds
Specification for those who would like to start knitting for this really valuable project:
- Double Knitting Wool (machine washable) to make a stable reproducible square (knitted diagonally and measured along the side)
- 8” square using Size 8 (4 mm) knitting needles – approx. 60 stitches at longest point depending on tension
- Please leave about 8” of wool to use for sewing in
- Cast on two stitches
- Knit 1, then increase one stitch (at beginning of row only) by knitting into front then back of next stitch. Knit to end
- Continue increasing until work measures 8” along the side
- Knit one row
- Knit 1, then decrease one stitch by Slip 1, Knit 1 pass slip stitch over
- Knit to end
- Continue until 1 stitch remaining. Cast off.