Cosy at Christmas!
The fabulous Knit for Peace Charity have launched their Cosy at Christmas campaign for this year – to knit or crochet squares that can be sewn into dressing gowns! This fabulously simple pattern is designed to keep anyone who feels the winter chills cosy this Christmas, especially those in need all over the world. With heating costs spiralling, this is a wonderful way to make a cheerful cosy dressing gown designed to be worn around the house!
This is a wonderful knitting activity for groups! Why not join forces with your local knitting group and knit squares together – how many dressing gowns can you complete before Christmas? There are two styles to choose from – a full length version and a short jacket style, and any amount of styling around the neckline can be added – it’s up to you!
The dressing gowns are made from DK weight yarn – any thicker and the dressing gown will be too heavy to wear! Using 4mm needles or a 4mm crochet hook, create your squares and stitch them together into the pattern shape! Stylecraft Life DK is a good choice of yarn with its acrylic/wool blend, or Red Heart Fina DK which is 100% wool, and if you are looking for a colour burst, James C Brett Marble DK would be a fun choice!
Knit for Peace is a charity that supports people in need wherever they are; they distribute regularly to over 80 outlets including hospitals, women’s refuges, refugee drop-in centres, prisons, community groups and hospices as well as to developing countries.
Knit for Peace never sell the knitwear that is made for them, they send it where it is most needed as well as passing on donations of yarn and needles to enable people on low incomes to knit. There are over 11,000 knitters helping Knit for Peace – and they would welcome your help and support!
These fabulous dressing gowns will keep someone warm and cosy this Christmas and help to keep spiralling heating bills lower. If you’d like to volunteer with Knitting for Peace, there are all sorts of opportunities from sharing your knitting skills, teaching, helping with donations and distribution and joining a knitting group. Please get your needles and hooks out to start making these wonderful dressing gowns and keep someone cosy this Christmas!
Last updated: October 27th, 2014.