The items that the charities are looking for include hats, scarves, mittens, slippers, baby items, socks, blankets, etc.
Here are a few simple patterns that can be used.
BASIC CHILD’S HAT
Worsted weight yarn and size 7 or 8 needle. Gauge is not that important as there will be a head it fits. This pattern can be worked in the round or back and forth.
Sizes are toddler, small child, larger child
- Cast on 72(80, 88) stitches and work k1p1 rib for 1″(1″, 1 1/2″). Change to stockinette and work until total length is 4 1/2″(5″,6″).
- Top decrease
- Row 1: K 6 K2 tog across row.
- Row 2 and every even row: knit if working in round, purl if working back and forth on 2 needles.
- Row 3: K5 K2 tog across row.
- Row 5: K4 K2 tog across row.
- Continue to decrease in this manner until you complete the k1 K2 tog row.
- Repeat row 2 and knit 2 tog across row.
- Cut yarn and run it through stitches on needle. Finish off.
EVEN EASIER HAT
Worsted weight yarn and size 11 and size 6 needles.
Pattern can be knit in round or back and forth with 2 needles
- Cast on 54 stitches and size 11 and knit in stockinette stitch for 2 1/2 inches.
- Change to size 6 needles and work 4 rows in stockinette stitch. Change back to size 11 needles and work 4 more inches.
- Decrease:Row 1: k2tog for across row (27 stitches),
- Row 2: K1, k2 tog across row (18 stitches)
- Row 3: K2 tog across row.
- Row 4: K1, K2 tog across row.
- Cut yarn and run through stitches. Finish off.
Worsted weight yarn and size 7, 8 or 9 needles.
- Cast on 28 stitches.
- Work in your favorite pattern-garter stitch, seed stitch, rib. double moss stitch, basketweave or any pattern that will not curl.
- Work until 48 inches or desired length. Cast off. Fringe is optional.
EASY AFGHAN PATTERN
The easiest pattern is the classic “dish cloth” pattern.
Worsted weight yarn and 8,9,or 10 needles. Gauge is not important.
- Cast on 2 stitches.
- Row 1: Increase one stitch in each stitch (4sts)
- Row 2 & 3: Knit
- Row 4; Slip 1, K1, Yarn over, knit to end.
- Repeat row 4 until the afghan is as wide as you want it.
- Next row: Slip 1 k2tog, yarn over, k2 tog, knit to end.
- Repeat last row until 4 stitches remain.
- Knit 1 row
- Last row:Knit 2 tog twice. Pass first stitch over second. Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in ends.
CABLED SKI HEADBAND
Light worsted weight yarn and size 10 needles. Headband is worked with double strand of yarn.
- With double strand of yarn, cast on 16 stitches. Always slip first stitch and purl last stitch
- Work 3 inches in garter stitch.
- Work 6 inches in cable pattern
- Row 1: sl 1, p1, k12, p2
- Row 2: sl 1, k1, p12, k1 p1
- Row 3: sl 1, p1, put next 2 st on cable needle and hold in back, knit next 2 stitches, k 2 stitches from cable needle, repeat cable twice, p2.
- Row 4: Repeat Row 2
- Row 5: Repeat Row 1
- Row 6: Repeat Row 2
- Repeat rows 1-6 total of 6 times.
- Work 3 inches in garter stitch. Remember to slip first stitch and purl last stitch.
- Work 4 inches in ribbing -sl 1, k1, p1 to last stitch p1.
- Sew or knit edges together.
Worsted weight yarn and size 10 needles. Sizes-small, medium and large child. Entire slipper in worked in double strand of yarn.
- With double strand of yarn, cast on 29(35,41) stitches.
- Row 1: knit
- Row 2: K 9(11,13), *p1, k9 (11, 13), repeat from * once.
- Repeat Rows 1 & 2 util there are 13(16, 19) garter stitch ridges on right side ending with row 2.
- Shape toe:
- Row 1: P1, *K1, p1 repeat from * across
- Row 2: K1, p 1, k1 across row
- repeat these 2 rows 3(5,7) times more, then work row 1 once more.
- Break yarn leaving 8 inch end. Draw yarn through remaining stitches and pull tightly. Sew ribbing edges together to form toe. Fold the cast-off edge in half and seam for center back.