Charity Knits

Published on February 14th, 2017 | by Merion


Heart on my sleeve… a beautiful collection of patterns to help battle malaria

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Take a look at eight gorgeous new sweater patterns from celebrated designers to raise money to tackle malaria:

Heartstring by Jojo Locatelli

Heartstring by Jojo Locatelli

Knitting and charities are best friends – so it’s no surprise that some of the most celebrated knitters in the craft world have come together to create a collection of patterns to raise money to a cause close to their hearts.

Tenderheart by Alexa Ludeman

Tenderheart by Alexa Ludeman 

Moved by the plight of women and children dying from malaria, nine designers – Shannon Cook, Romi Hill, Bristol Ivy, Tanis Lavallée, Joji Locatelli, Alexa Ludeman, Jane Richmond, Ysolda Teague, and Emily Wessel set about creating a collection to raise money to buy malaria nets and save lives. Mothers themselves, this charity struck a chord – and the resulting ebook, Heart on my Sleeve is a beautiful ebook of eight sweaters, each designed with love and passion to support this desperate need. All proceeds from the book (except for Ravelry and Paypal fees) will be going straight to the Against Malaria Foundation. Malaria kills half a million people every year (and over 400 million fall ill) – and malaria nets have proven to be the most effective, lifesaving method to reducing this terrible disease.

Lionheart by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond

Lionheart by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond

Nobody need die of malaria and yet thousands of small children and pregnant women die of it every day – but each malaria net, impregnated with insecticide, lasts 3-4 years and protects two people. Every ebook sold will count towards saving lives, and you can find out more about this amazing charity on their website,

The patterns are fabulous, as you’d expect from such exciting designers!

Crazyheart by Tanis Lavallée

Crazyheart by Tanis Lavallée

The e-book (download here), is full of comprehensive help and information, from how to begin, sizing, materials – to how to choose between either full-length sleeves, three-quarter length sleeves, which yoke  – how to add hearts – it’s all here!

Wholehearted by Bristol Ivy

Wholehearted by Bristol Ivy

The only difficulty is choosing which design to knit! All of them are compelling to knit AND wear – and are sized right through from 0-6 months to 4XL! There are 78 bumper pages in this ebook – you’ll find a jumper for everyone in the family here!

Heartstone by Ysolda Teague

Heartstone by Ysolda Teague

Lionheart, by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond is a v-neck tunic shaped sweater with a hood, and Heartstone, by Ysolda Teague has a beautiful raglan cable detail. If you love colourwork, you’ll adore Tanis Lavallée’s Crazyheart, and Bristol Ivy’s Wholehearted has an architectural motif knitted into the yoke. Brightheart, by Romi Hill is softly feminine with a lace yoke and split garter hems and cuff – and Jojo Locatelli’s Heartstring has Japanese styled embroidery adorning the neckline which brings exquisite, yet gentle, elegance.

Brightheart by Romi Hill

Brightheart by Romi Hill

If you love classics, you’ll love Tenderheart, by Alexa Ludeman, it’s a high contrast geometric patterned yoke that looks as timeless on children as it does adults and be treasured as it is passed through the family!

Tenderheart by Alexa Ludeman

Tenderheart by Alexa Ludeman

The botanical feature, created in textured lace against a garter stitch background are fabulous in Ironheart, by Emily Wessel, and this sweater is a delight if you love a lower neckline.  The play between plain and purl stitches here creates a joyous riot of texture!

Ironheart by Emily Wessel

Ironheart by Emily Wessel

All of these knits are fabulously wearable for all the family – and that’s the essence of this collection – in working together to support women and children to battle and beat malaria. The designers have created a glorious collection of sweaters to support your families too, and you can feel the warmth from the photography and the love and care that has gone into the design of every stitch.

Help to support Against Malaria, and buy your copy of the ebook! 

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About the Author

Merion admits that her stash is wildly out of control, but has many projects in dream-form! She loves knitting, crochet, Shire horses, cake and garden swing-seats.

Last updated: February 10th, 2017.

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