Tuesday, January 27, 2009


My son, Shaun and his 7 Th grade religion class have been working on a charitable group project since before the holidays. I've been helping his teacher and the class with knitting and crocheting 7 inch by 9 inch squares in preparation for their BIG BLANKET BONANZA on February 21st. There will be lots of sewing squares together that day. Hot dogs, too, for sale. I already volunteered my husband. Others in the class are making the ingenious tied flannel blankets. The kids really are into it and surprisingly very quick to improve upon their beginner knitting and crocheting skills! But, it's slow going sometimes and they've almost completed enough squares to make up TWO WHOLE BLANKETS!
Here's where YOU, Gentle Knitter, come in!

I know you must be thinking of a way to lower the fiber footprint within your home.
Knit or crochet a 7 x 9 square of any Acrylic yarn weight for my kid's class! Any design your little heart desires, just as long as it measures 7 inches by 9 inches. You can fudge an almost-there square by crocheting around the outside, if you want. Go Here for free worsted weight patterns, Here , Here , Here and Here for some more in heavier weights.

I, also, have scads of oddballs and leftovers taking up the very limited room available to store my yarn stash. Please note above the beginnings of a, yes, BALLBAND 7 x 9 inch square!

In red and purple, be- still- my- heart all you Red Hat Lady wanna-bees!!

Knit with leftover LionBrand Homespun on size 11's ( I knit a loose Continental method) I cast on 17 stitches (multi of 6 plus 5) so I would have an even 5 stitch count on both ends starting with the first pattern sequence. Scroll down for the pattern of my modified ballband at the end of this post. It's a real quick knit project. I can usually churn one out as I sit waiting for my slooooooow PC to load, so don't feel like I'm wasting my time waiting...... I've completed 4 squares so far to donate. And, I'm just so gosh-darn happy to be rid of that yarn!

Anyway... You can click on below and read the class project details:

I think the letter set home to the parents was so charming...

So, what's in it for YOU?

Well, besides doing something toasty good to warm up someone in need-

And, at the same time lowering YOUR fiber footprint of unloved, unwanted and forgotten yarn...

You get a chance to have your name placed in a drawing for the chance to win THIS TERRIFIC BOOK, (which was an extra copy because it's just impossible anymore to try to buy My Knitting Amiga, Nan, a book for a Christmas present because she already has them all!)

For every square you send me I will enter your name that many times in the random drawing. More squares, more chances to win a free book! The shipping is on me.

The DEADLINE for mailing your squares to me is Friday, February 13th, postmarked. I will hold the drawing on Sunday, February 22, at 12 noon and post the name of the winner here.

Leave a comment on my blog of your commitment to donate and a contact email address and I will email you my home address. Or, you can contact me at knitoriousmissusb@yahoo.com

Include "BLANKET BONANZA" in the subject line.

Kringle *heart* Ballband


by Linda Ball

size 11 or 13 needle or whatever size will make a 7 x 9 in. square.

Leftover Homespun yarn in any color-knit this square in one, two or more colors!

With MAIN COLOR CO 17 stitches

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: With Contrast Color: Knit 5, Slip One, Knit 5, Slip One, end Knit 5. ( wow! what a quick row!)

Row 4: Knit 5, *yarn forward, slip 1, yarn back, k5** repeat from * to ** once.

Row 5: Purl 5, *YB, sl 1, YF, purl 5** Repeat from * to ** once.

Row 6: Repeat row 4.

Row 7: Main Color: Knit

Row 8: Purl

Row 9: Contrast Color: K 2, Sl 1, knit 5, Sl 1, knit 5, Sl 1, end knit 2.

Row 10: K 2, * YF, sl 1, YB, k5** Repeat from * to ** once, end YF, Sl1, YB, K2.

Row 11: Purl 2, *YB, Sl 1, YF, Purl 5**, Repeat from * to ** once, end YB, Sl1, YF, Purl 2.

Row 12: Repeat Row 10.

Repeat these 12 rows until approaching 9 inches in length, end by working rows 1 and 2 in Main Color and then binding of on right side. Tidy up along your edges if you'd like by single crocheting a round.

That's it, folks! Hope I hear from you, many thanks and good luck with the drawing!


evergreenknits said...

Hi! Just wanted to let you know that I posted about your contest on WiKnit, my knitting contest blog. Good luck with your project!

Timiae said...

I'll play! My email is crzzybunny@yahoo.com. I'm not sure how many I'll be able to make before the 13th, but I'll try to get at least a few off to you.