Knit Your Way to a Better World

Looking for a new project to while away the final days of winter? Thanks to the Guardian Angel Knitting Program, we've got some lovely patterns to get your knitting needles stuck into - and you'll also be contributing to a great cause!

I only tried knitting for the first time a couple of months ago, but I can safely say I’m hooked.  I’ve come to look forward to adding to a few lines to my lovely lumpy blue scarf every night, watching it slowly take form. It’s become my time out, the comforting clack-clack of the needles and the rhythm of weaving the wool a sanctuary from the chaos. 

I love knitting so much, I even used it as a theme for Miss Pinup Australia! Photo: Joelene Wilson Photography

I’m not the only one discovering the subtle seduction of the knitting needels - knitting has experienced a heartening resurgence in the last five years. And as well as being wonderfully therapeutic for you, your knitting can benefit others too.

Guardian Angels Knitting Program is in its sixteenth year, and over that time many ‘Guardian Angels’ have given the gift of warmth to over two million people in need. This year they again partnered with Save the Children Australia and are encouraging everyone to get clicking and knit one of the provided patterns below.

Take your special donation to your local Guardian Pharmacy by 31 August 2014 and Save the Children Australia will be warmly welcomed by children and families who need it most, helping babies, toddlers and children to stay warm and healthy.

Visit guardianpharmacies.com.au to find your nearest pharmacy, where you can also pick up the pattern book with even more great items to make.

Save the Children Australia provides education, health, protection and emergency relief programs to vulnerable children – your knitted items will be distributed through these programs to help those who need it most.
Thank you for your generous support.

You can find out more about Save the Children Australia’s work at www.savethechildren.org.au

BABY WONDER 4PLY BABY’S HAT WITH EARFLAPS


HAT MEASUREMENTS
Size 3-6mths
To Fit Head (approx) 40-45 cm
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
‘Bella Baby’ Baby Wonder 4 ply 100g balls
• 1st Colour (C1): 1
• 2nd Colour (C2): 1
• One pair 4.00mm knitting needles, or size required to  give correct tension
• 2 stitch-holders
• Large crochet hook
• Yarn needle
• Scissors
Quantities are approximate as they vary between knitters.
ABBREVIATIONS
Alt = alternate, approx = approximate/ly, beg = begin/ ning, cm = centimetres, cont = continue, dec = decrease, foll = following, K = knit, P =purl, inc = increase, incl = inclusive, rem = remain/ing, rep = repeat/ing, stocking st = 1 row K, 1 row P, st/s = stitch/es, tog = together, RS = right side, WS = wrong side.
TENSION
20 sts and 28 rows to 10cm over stocking st, using 4.00mm needles and 2 strands of yarn tog.
To work a 15cm x 15cm tension square, using 4.00mm needles and 2 strands of yarn tog, cast on 30 sts. Work 42 rows stocking st. Cast off loosely. Check your tension carefully. If there are less sts to 10cm use smaller needles, if more sts use bigger needles.
EARFLAP (MAKE 2)
Using 4.00mm needles and 1 strand each of C1 and C2 tog, cast on 8 sts. Work 2 rows stocking st. Cont in stocking st, inc one st at each end of next row, then in every foll alt row until there are 14 sts, then in every foll 4th row until there are 20 sts. Work 3 rows stocking st, beg with a purl row. Cut off yarns. Slip these sts onto a stitch-holder and leave.
MAIN PIECE
Using 4.00mm needles and 1 strand each of C1 and C2 tog, cast on 6 sts, turn, knit across 20 sts from first earflap stitch- holder, turn, cast on 22 sts, turn, knit across 20 sts from second earflap stitch-holder, turn, cast on 6 sts, turn ... 74 sts. Working in stocking st, beg with a purl row, cont until work measures 5cm from beg of main piece (not incl earflaps), ending with a purl row. Using 2 strands of C2 tog for rem, cont in stocking st until work measures 8cm from beg of main piece, ending with a purl row and dec one st at each end of last row ... 72 sts.
SHAPE CROWN
1st row – K1, * K2tog, K8, rep from * to last st, K1 ... 65 sts. Work 3 rows stocking st, beg with a purl row.
5th row – K1, * K2tog, K7, rep from * to last st, K1 ... 58 sts. Work 3 rows stocking st, beg with a purl row.
9th row – K1, * K2tog, K6, rep from * to last st, K1 ... 51 sts. 10th and every foll alt row – Purl.
11th row – K1, * K2tog, K5, rep from * to last st, K1 ... 44 sts. 13th row – K1, * K2tog, K4, rep from * to last st, K1 ... 37 sts. 15th row – K1, * K2tog, K3, rep from * to last st, K1 ... 30 sts. 17th row – K1, * K2tog, K2, rep from * to last st, K1 ... 23 sts. 19th row – K1, * K2tog, K1, rep from * to last st, K1 ... 16 sts. 20th row – * P2tog, rep from * to end ... 8 sts.
Cut off yarns leaving a long ends. Thread yarns through rem sts, draw up tightly and fasten off securely.
TO MAKE UP
DO NOT PRESS. Using long ends left at top of hat and mattress st, join side edges tog to form back seam. Cut 3 strands each of C1 and C2, each strand 80cm long and fold in half lengthways. Using crochet hook draw a loop through centre of lower edge of first earflap, thread yarns through loop and pull securely to fasten. Divide yarn into 3 groups of 4 strands and plait until approx 10cm rem. Knot securely and trim ends to form tassel as pictured. Repeat on 2nd earflap. Using C1, embroider motif on front of hat as pictured.

MARVEL SOFT 8PLY STRIPED BABY BLANKET

BLANKET MEASUREMENTS
Width 80 cm
Length 120 (approx) cm

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
‘4 Seasons’ Marvel Soft 8 ply 100g balls
• 1st Colour (C1) lime: 3
• 2nd Colour (C2) pink: 2
• 3rd Colour (C3) yellow: 2
• 4th Colour (C4) purple: 3
• 1 pair 7.00mm knitting needles or size needed to give correct tension
• Yarn needle
• Scissors

Quantities are approximate as they can vary between knitters

ABBREVIATIONS
Approx = approximate/ly, beg = begin/ning,
cont = continue, garter st = every row knit, K = knit,
patt = pattern, rep = repeat, RS = right side, sts = stitches, tog = together, WS = wrong side.

TENSION
13 sts and 24 rows to 10cm over garter st, using 7.00mm needles and 2 strands of yarn tog.

To work a tension square, using 7.00mm needles and 2 strands of yarn tog, cast on 20 sts. Knit 36 rows garter st. Cast off loosely. Check your tension carefully. If less sts to 10cm use smaller needles, if more sts use bigger needles.

Note – This blanket has been worked on bigger needles and at a different tension than normally recommended, using 2 strands of yarn tog.

INSTRUCTIONS
Using 7.00mm needles and 2 strands of C1 tog, cast on 104 sts.

Note – A circular needle may be used to accommodate the large number of sts, work in rows not rounds.

Beg Stripe Patt – Using 2 strands of yarn tog throughout, knit 32 rows garter st in stripes of 8 rows C1, 8 rows C2, 8 rows
C3 and 8 rows C4 (1st row is RS – each stripe should measure approx 3cm). Last 32 rows form stripe patt. Cont in stripe patt until work measures approx 120cm from beg, ending with a complete patt stripe on WS. Cast off loosely.

TO MAKE UP

DO NOT PRESS. Using wool needle, sew in ends.

SUPERWASH MERINO 4PLY CHILDS’ SOCKS

Size 2-4 yrs
To Fit Foot (approx) 14-16 cm

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

‘Bella Baby’ Superwash Merino 4 ply 50g balls
• 1st Colour (C1): 1
• 2nd Colour (C2): 1
• One set of 2.25mm

TENSION

35 sts and 45 rows to 10cm over stocking stitch, using 2.25mm needles.
To work a 15cm x 15cm tension square, cast on 52 sts. Work 68 rows stocking st. Cast off loosely. Check your tension carefully. If there are less sts to 10cm use smaller needles, if more sts use bigger needles.

Note – These socks have been worked on smaller needles and at a firmer tension than normally recommended.

INSTRUCTIONS (BEG AT CUFF)

Using set of 2.25mm double-pointed knitting needles and C1, cast on 52 sts loosely. Join into round taking care not to twist cast on sts.

Beg Cuff:

1st round – * K2, P2, rep from * to end. Rep 1st round until cuff measures 8cm from beg, dec 2 sts evenly in last round ... 50 sts. Using C2 for rem,

1st round – Knit.
Rep 1st round once.

Divide For Heel:
** Next round – Knit first 13 sts of round onto one needle, slip last 13 sts of round onto other end of the same needle ... 26 heel sts. Divide rem sts onto 2 needles and leave for instep. Working in rows on heel sts only, work

21 rows stocking st
always slipping first st knitways on knit rows and purlways on purl rows and beg with a purl row).

Turn Heel:
1st row – K15, sl 1, paso K1, turn
2nd row – P6, P2tog, P1, turn
3rd row – K7, sl, 1, K1, psso, K1, turn
4th row – P8, P2tog, P1 turn
5th row – K(, sl 1, K1 psso, K1, turn
6th row – P10, P2tog, P1, turn

Cont in this manner, working one more st before dec in every row until the row “P14, P2tog, P1, turn,” has been worked.

Next row – K8 – this completes heel. Slip all instep sts onto one needle again. Using another needle, knit rem 8 sts of heel, then knit up 11 sts evenly along side of heel, using 2nd needle, knit across instep sts, using 3rd needle, knit up 11 sts along other side of heel, then knit rem 8 heel sts ... 62 sts.

Shape Instep:
1st round – Knit.
2nd round – 1st needle ~ Knit to last 4 sts, K2tog, K2; 2nd needle ~ knit; 3rd needle ~ K2, sl 1, K1, psso, knit to end. Rep last 2 rounds until 12 sts rem on 1st and 3rd needles. Cont without shaping until work measures 8cm from side of heel.

Note – You may vary foot length at this point if desired, work 3 less than desired length to allow for toe shaping.

Shape Toe:
1st round – 1st needle ~ Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1; 2nd needle ~ K1, sl 1, K1, psso, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1; 3rd needle ~ K1, sl 1, K1, psso, knit to end.

2nd round – Knit. Rep last 2 rounds until 20 sts rem. Knit sts from 1st needle, then slip sts from 3rd needle onto other end of needle ... 10 sts on each rem needle. Graft rem toe sts together.

TO MAKE UP
Sew in ends. With a slightly damp cloth and warm iron press lightly on WS if desired.

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