Those of us who craft for charity often find ourselves needing to be themed patterns for blankets, wash/face cloths, or pillows. I covered face/washcloths in this blog by sharing the work of my friend at Down Cloverlaine. Today I want to introduce my readers to Kari Philpott. A very creative crochet artist/designer, a fellow resident of Upstate New York, and a Weebly blogger like myself.
I actually came across Kari Philpott's work on Ravelry.com while looking for a square that was a certain theme. I usually end up stuck in Ravelry-land for hours. Kari's work caught my eye because of the wide variety of charts and themes. Though she crochets a variety of items from baby dresses to fingerless mitts, I was struck by the sheer volume of charted picture afghan squares (though squares have many uses). Kuddly Kreations by Kari uses the bobble or popcorn stitch in her work. However, I believe the charts could also be used in knitting to represent knits and purl stitches if you do not crochet.
Kari Philpott has a facebook page, a Ravelry page, an Etsy page and of course, her blog. However, the reason I felt that her designs were right for the Charity Idea OUTpost was due to the sheer volume of free charts of differing themes. Of course, she has some adorable infant patterns for free like the "Cabled Love Dress" and the "All Tied Up Beanie". When creating blankets, bibs, book covers, lapghans, or washcloths for charity, it can be difficult to find variety. Kari Philpott pretty much covers the gambit! Where to begin?
Those of us who knit or crochet for kids charities know that animals are always a favorite for hospitals, homeless shelters, and for kids in foster care ect. Kari Philpott offers the kind of picture squares that make for a fun blanket with a fun texture. Either knits and purl stitches or popcorn stitches would make for interest for developing minds. Check out these fun and unisex animal squares:
Whale bobble Chart
Snail Bobble Chart
Giraffe Bobble Chart
Hippo Bobble Chart
For girls, there are some cute popcorn patterns by Kari Philpott. For instance:
Princess Carriage Bobble Chart
Flower Bobble Chart
Tiara Bobble Chart
Castle Bobble Chart.
For boys, Kari Philpott has designed some fun popcorn charts that will make boys happy.
Frog Bobble Chart
Dragonfly Bobble Chart
Football Bobble Chart
Baseball Bobble Chart
Sometimes charity fiber artists are asked to donate items to women's shelters, chemotherapy centers, and maternity hospitals. It is always nice to be able to donate something that is feminine and fun! I like these patterns at Kari Philpott's Ravelry page:
Lips Bobble Chart
High Heel Bobble Chart
Heart Bobble Chart
Simple Ribbon Bobble Chart (which can be made in any color)
It is not at all easy to find knitting/crochet patterns suitable for men. However, nursing homes, hospitals, hospice, shelters, and physical rehabilitation centers are places to which we do donate blankets, scarves, and lapghans, especially for men. So Kari Philpott offers these charts for our use:
Cowboy Hat Bobble Chart
Cowboy boot Bobble Chart
Sailboat Bobble Chart
Airplane Bobble Chart
Now of course if you are donating to charities having to do with animal rescue there are so many adorable charts produced by Kari Philpott but be sure to check with the rescue before donating a blanket made with crocheted popcorn stitches. That particular raised stitch might not be appropriate. However, if you are using knits and purl stitches these charts might be perfect. I love how versitile these charts are!
Today I would very much like to thank Kari Philpott for all her work. She has over 1,000 likes on her facebook page. A testament to her popularity! Thank you everyone who has read this blog today. If you visit Kuddly Kreations by Kari please tell her how much you appreciate her work.
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