'Thoughtful Thursday' - Help 'Lily' Love In the Language of Yarn Knit Squares to make blankets for Syrian refugees especially the children.
Photo by Hamzeh Al-Binshi/Shaam News Network/Handout via Reuters.
As the civil war in Syria rages on, more than a quarter of a million Syrians have fled the country in the last eight weeks. Currently there are 763,000 Syrian refugees outside Syria, out of which 250,000 are in Jordan and 240,000 in Turkey, nearly 80 percent of the refugees are women and children, and of those refugees, one in every five Syrian refugee households is female-headed. The number of Syrians accommodated in Turkish camps is now 170,000 and to date, around 2,700 babies were born in these camps. In addition, more than 70,000 Syrians are living in the cities in Turkey.
How You Can Help:
Please consider making a square or two with your odds and ends. Any spare wool you have can be knitted or crocheted into eight inch squares and then we'll stitch them all together into a blanket. No waste and a child with nothing gets a warm and colourful, cover for their bed!
Yarn from a 100 gram (3.5 oz) ball of yarn or scraps of yarn
worsted weight , double knit or 8ply
Size 4mm needles 6 (USA)
A yarn sewing needle.
Cast on 32 - 40 stitches ( depending on tension, try to make your stitches neither too loose nor too tight to help ensure uniform squares)
Row 1: knit
Row 2: knit. These two rows form the 'garter' stitch knitting pattern for your square but you use any stitch you prefer, beascreative as you like. Continue knitting until you have knitted a square
To ensure you square is 8"/20cm either use a tape measure .
Use your yarn sewing needle to sew in all the yarn ends using a darning method
Leave a one metre length of your yarn attached to your work after you have cast off. This will be used to join the squares together. but if you're changing colors work in your other tails. DO NOT TIE AND CUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE KNOT, THAT IS GUARANTEED TO COME UNDONE. Knot if you want, but leave a tail and work in your ends.
We work with reputable, experienced relief agencies to securely transport and distribute our hand-knit and crocheted blankets.
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