Today's Charity Idea OUTpost is indy designer Clare of Wool and Stitch. A knit and crochet designer who has recently opened a new blog! You may know her as Freya Esme on Etsy. Her blog promises "Free Modern Knitting and Crochet Patterns". Both her blog and Etsy store offer a lovely selection of patterns. I'm sure you'll appreciate her offerings. I also wanted to give an update on the Crochet Charity Drive Forum for those of you who have been following along.
I apologize for not being able to post a blog yesterday. Weebly was giving me a bit of a fit. By the time I got into this blog it was very late however, I think that Wool and Stitch is a great place for those of us who knit for charity to find great patterns. :) Clare's Etsy store offers patterns at an amazing price so you don't have to break the bank to buy something that will work well for charitable knit/crocheting.
Wool and Stitch is a sleek, modern looking blog that really catches the eye but reading a little further on the home page one sees that it's all about FREE patterns. So perfect for charity knitters who really do not have the money purchase multiple patterns. While the blog has only been up and running for a couple of months there are several patterns offered for free (30 listed). Of course the Etsy store, named after her daughter, Freya Esme has been open since 2013.
The first pattern on the page was so gorgeous I had to read further. Of course I totally concur with Clare's statement "I love making baby blankets, i love when you can easily remember all the row repeats and you can then just knit anywhere on the go - this makes me very happy!" Its a beautiful blanket, possibly because of its clean lines, or because of the cornflower blue color, I am not sure which I find more attractive. Very unisex, it's this is a great blanket pattern to keep in your "favorites" for later!
Clare offers both knit and crocheted patterns on her blog. Clare's Mini Kids patterns are adorable. Because sweaters/pullovers are extremely popular for charity giving I was thrilled to see that Wool and Stitch offered a wide variety of patterns. The Mini Kids Pocket Sweater is unisex and super cute. An adaptation of a top Clare designed. It's adorable and looks so cozy. Also there is a Granny Stripe Sweater pattern which would be great for little ones. Layering a mock turtleneck under this sweater would make it extra cozy. If it's kids top you are seeking after check out the very sweet Openwork Top.
Clare doesn't stop at kids tops or sweaters there are also several hat patterns Cute little slouch cap that I thought was really sweet and could be unisex depending on colors or accents. The Mini Kids Slouch is one to "Favorite". Another really cute unisex pattern that's perfect for active little ones that don't like the feeling of a "hat", is the Mini Kids Knit Flower Headwarmer. Remove the flower and add an applique of a favorite animal for a boy and you have a great little pattern for play or athletic endeavors.
I am so glad I found Clare's blog online and I do plan to purchase one or two of her patterns from her Etsy store.
In the second part of this blog I just wanted to make a mention of the Crochet Charity Drive Forum. It's a facebook group focusing on scarves this year. Every week a new designer posts a brand new scarf pattern to this Facebook Group page. These patterns offered by gracious designers will remain free for two weeks after the drive ends. The group is currently on week 6. This is a PERFECT group for crocheters who work locally to help underserved in their community or for those who send projects to groups such as Emily's Hats for Hope. Of which Northern Adirondack Hats for Hope is a Spin-off. As one of 5 ladies who began this Spin-off, I'm grateful to the Crochet Charity Drive for the patterns they are giving away FOR charity. It's all about the continuing tradition that is so prevalent among fiber artists for giving to those who are in need.
Thanks to Clare and to ALL the designers in the Crochet Charity Drive Forum for the hard work you do and give away for free. You are all amazing.
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