I wrote earlier about knitting a blanket for the Welcome Blanket project and am happy to report that both my younger daughter and I have completed a blanket for immigrants.
My daughter is a talented and experienced knitter who made a gorgeous blanket which really says, “Welcome”.
She used the pattern from this link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ondas
I made a very simple blanket which is garter stitch on half and a Fair Isle sampler on the other half. I used this pattern:
I didn’t keep a close enough eye on the gauge for the Fair Isle portion, so the very last corner was not quite correct. I asked my older daughter to crochet a large flower to sew on the less-than-perfect corner and considered it a design element.
These two blankets are in the mail for distribution to needy immigrant families. We were asked to include a note and this is what I sent.
I’m 84 years old and live in Ohio, USA. I was so happy to be able to knit this blanket for you in honor of all of my ancestors who came to America in the 1700-1800s from England, Holland, Ireland, Germany and Switzerland. This is a picture of my great-grandfather whose family immigrated from England …
My daughter told me recently about a drive to collect 3200 blankets, 40×40 inches, to make a wall of blankets for refugees that would be equal in yardage to the 2000 miles of the proposed Mexican border wall. The blankets will be donated to deserving refugee families of many nationalities. The idea is that they are “welcome” blankets and each is to include a personal note from the donor about his/her family immigrant history. Any kind or color of yarn can be used and they are also accepting crocheted blankets or quilts of the same size. Check here for details: https://www.welcomeblanket.org/
For my blanket, I chose off-white and blue-green worsted (#4) yarn used with #9 circular needles – piece is knit flat. I am about 2/3 finished with the blanket and am using a pattern I’ve used before with good results:
The blanket starts with 5 stitches and is worked on the diagonal. I did the first half in a random stripe pattern.
I’m doing the other half in sampler rows of various stitches. See update below.
I’m looking forward to completing the blanket and getting it in the mail along with the note about my proud immigrant background.
Update 6/24/17 – If you’re making the two halves of different stitches, as I did, be sure to check periodically to see if the two halves are matching as you go.
My friend at Knit ‘n Kwilt is also participating by making a quilt.