Have you seen ISUU? Holy Mackerel! Free magazines and great content for fiber artists of all kinds! Yes FREE! I'm going to talk about one such FREE publications that would be perfect for charity work. There are others that I will share at a later date. :) I love magazines. I have a couple that I subscribe to on and off when I have a promo code.
Stitch it Forward by Yarnspirations is a magazine or properly a "Look Book" specifically for charity work. Obviously the name is a play on the "Pay it Forward" theme. Of course fiber artists of all sorts are prolific contributors to charity. Despite some naysayers who wish to dampen the spirit of fiber artists we still give and give to some of the most amazing causes on earth. Stitch it Forward can be found on ISSU here.
Each idea in the Look Book contains a link to a FREE pattern on the Yarnspirations website. I think that's fantastic. It's a bit like a treasure hunt! There are all sorts of "gems" for knitters and crocheters! The navigation on the Look Book is really simple. Simply click the arrows below the book to find the pages OR on page number three there is a contents page with clickable links. However if you navigate to the end of the book starting on page 56 you will find a link "Download Pattern" transferring the reader to the page from which you may download the pattern directly to your computer via "PDF" file. It also contains specific information for the yarn and hook/needle size to make the pattern as written. For instance on page 56 the reader will find the information for the "Baby's First Cluster Hat". The "Download Pattern" link transfers the reader to this page. This is a page on the Yarnspirations website where there is more information on ordering supplies and the download. FREE!
In this book there are a plethora of really attractive patterns with an updated look. You'll be proud to give these handmade articles of clothing or blankets to your local hospital, Salvation Army, homeless shelter ect. Categories include "Little Gifts", "Baby Blankets", "Blankets", and "Warming Accessories". Each category has patterns for every skill level. For instance there is a pattern for a "Classic Granny Square Throw" now I know what you are thinking. Granny Squares how "hip" can they possibly be? Take a look. Updating this classic with a very nice yarn makes the good old "granny square" look sharp! Or the "Toasty Texture Blanket" is a pattern I've made myself. It is simple but so classy looking all worked up! I used a aran and natural brown tone for my own version. The Look Book has been photographed in such a way to make ALL the projects a "must make" adventure.
There's so much to love about this Yarnspirations Look Book. Stitch It Forward by Yarnspirations, is really a fantastic resource. The fact that its FREE just means we can donate more resources to our local charities. Thank you to Yarnspirations for giving these patterns to us!
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