Knitters and Crocheters, we’ve got BIG NEWS! Stitch and Unwind is teaming with Warm Up America!  and Build-a-Bed for another exciting charity drive . If you participate, you’ll be entered to win a fabulous prize, too.
The students at Morehead State University  build and distribute beds to children in Eastern Kentucky for their yearly Build-A-Bed campaign. Through this initiative, each child is given a twin size sheet set, a hygiene kit, books, pajamas, nightlight, alarm clock, stuffed animal, a twin sized bed, mattress, and an afghan. Warm Up America! provides the afghans for this campaign, and we’d love to help them fill the need in a hurry. Every child deserves a sturdy bed to sleep in and something comfy to snuggle under.
Whether you are a crocheter, knitter, or just a crafter looking for a good excuse spend the weekend getting creative, we hope you’ll consider making a quick, easy knit or crochet afghan to give to a child in need. The deadline to donate is March 18, 2015.
Knit or Crochet Afghan Requirements:
There are a few yarn specifics to follow to ensure that Warm Up America! can accept and distribute your generous donations. So while you’re planning, please keep in mind that the yarn must be:
- Afghan must measure at least 54″ x 42″ It can be a bit bigger, but please try to keep this size, as it needs to fit a twin size bed.
- Cotton or Acrylic
- Machine washable and dryable, only
* Please, no buttons, bows or other embellishments, as they can be dangerous for little ones *
Our friends at Yarnspirations have generously donated two full patterns that will work beautifully for this charity drive. Of course, you can do any pattern you’d like – but just in case you needed a little extra inspiration, check out these two wonderful knit and crochet afghan patterns .
For the knitters: A free knit afghan pattern:
This fantastic knit afghan  is worked up with a simple garter stitch pattern and a subtle neutral shade of a bulky weight yarn, such as Bernat Blanket. These factors alone make this knit afghan pattern  an easy, elegant project that’s a cinch to work up while watching TV or snuggling on the couch.
For the crocheters: a free crochet afghan pattern:
The amazing textures and unique geometry of this Red Bricks Crochet Afghan  are sure to make a strong statement. The stitch pattern is easy to memorize and you’ll love snuggling under this stunning crochet afghan pattern  as you work it up.
Who doesn’t love quick and easy afghan patterns? When you’re short on time, try one of these 24 free easy to crochet afghan patterns . These patterns are all unique and fun to make. Use your imagination to create the perfect free crochet pattern.
Where to Send Them:
We will be collecting all donated afghans at our offices in Northbrook, IL and personally delivering them to Warm Up America! Please have your handmade afghans delivered to:
Prime Publishing, LLC
3400 Dundee Road, Suite 220
Northbrook, IL 60062
Afghans need to be postmarked no later than March 18, 2015.
What’s In It For YOU?
Of course, you’ll get that wonderful feeling of by donating something to charity and helping keep a child warm. But we’re also offering an exciting prize donated by our friends at Yarnspirations , a giveaway worth more than $100! Send us a homemade afghan and you’ll be automatically entered to win 10 skeins of Bernat Blanket Yarn!
Afghan must meet the requirements above. Please include your name, address, phone number and email address with your donation for contest entry. Contest open to US/Canada residents age 18+ only.