Spring Charity KAL/CAL: Warm Up America!

We're hosting a charity Knit-along & Crochet-along this spring in our Ravelry group! Benefitting Warm Up America!, we're challenging our fans to see how many squares they can make during the month of May - and we're providing FREE knitting needles and crochet hooks to any participants who need them! Keep reading to find out how you can join us in making the world a better place with knitting and crocheting.

Warm Up America! accepts knitted or crochet squares that are 7” x 9” which are used to make afghans that are distributed to individuals and families in need. The foundation maintains a database with requests from social service agencies at a community level as well national chapters organizations such as the American Red Cross. As afghans are received and assembled, they are shipped to the agency at the top of the list.

All squares need to be made with machine washable and dryable acrylic yarn, and you can find free knit and crochet patterns here on the Warm Up America website.

Knitter's Pride will provide US 7 single pointed knitting needles or H8 crochet hooks to all participants who need them; click here to submit your request by March 22 so that we can ensure timely delivery.

Between now and May 1, we encourage you to check your gauge to ensure that your squares will meet the specified dimensions; the 7″ by 9″ template was selected because it is a convenient size to form blankets of varying dimensions, and receiving donations that are uniform in size make it easier  to join sections knitted and crocheted by different people across the country.

To make measuring easier, you can cut a 7"x9" piece of cardboard or card stock to use as you knit or crochet.

Click here to join the conversation in our Ravelry group, where you can share your tips for making squares, which colors you'll be using, or other charity projects you're currently working on. Sharing photos is encouraged!

At the end of the KAL/CAL, we will award prizes to the participants who make the most squares between May 1-31 as outlined below. Prizes will be announced and awarded in June.

We hope you'll help us spread the word by sharing this blog post with a friend, inviting them to join our Ravelry group, sharing on social media using the #knitterspride and #KPcharityKALCAL hashtags, or sharing this post on Pinterest using the graphic below.

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