You'll always get a big cheer from us for anything that celebrates craft, so we're over the moon to be taking part in World Craft Week again this year. The week will showcase all forms of craft, from what's on our needles to creating magic with card. Head over to World Craft Week's official Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page to join in all the fun.
At the heart of this week, as with most of our crafting, is charity. The World Craft Week Team are working to raise funds and awareness for Bliss, a UK charity that supports babies born sick or too soon. You can help by donating your time and/or money – the choice is yours.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Download your free World Craft Week digi mag and get knitting
The World Craft Week Team has released a free digi mag filled with 23 baby-themed craft projects, including a selection of adorable knits. Download yours right here now!
Host your own Craft4Bliss event
Get together with your friends, family or colleagues for a knit and natter that makes a difference. Bring your needles, bring cakes, bring the kettle if you must, anything to raise funds for Bliss! There's a free printable fundraising pack to help you organise your own event, featuring a poster to promote it, a collection box cover, gift tags and a sponsorship form.
Find free premature baby patterns from Bliss to knit at your event right here: www.bliss.org.uk/knit-for-premature-babies
Share your knits with us
We love seeing your knits and want to see what you're working on during World Craft Week too. Anything and everything that's on your needles or just come off, we can't wait to have a look at it! Don't forget to use #worldcraftweek and #craft4bliss so we can find your pictures online. If you're knitting a bonding square (below) make sure you use the #makeitmini so we can see all your lovely squares.
Knit a bonding square
Bonding squares are small, square pieces of fabric used to help mums bond with their newborns while they are in the NICU. Each day this week, we will be releasing three new stitch patterns that you can use to knit bonding squares. You can send your squares to your local NICU (please check that they are in need of squares first) or to the lovely team at Mylo and Friends, who will make sure they end up in the right place.
If you want to use these stitch patterns to help raise funds for Bliss then here's a couple ideas on how to do that! Host your own Craft4Bliss event (see above) and encourage attendees to knit these patterns and donate a few quid into the pot. Knit simple scarves, hats or bags with the patterns and sell them at a local boot fair or craft sale.
Remember, if you're knitting bonding squares be sure to use soft yarn that will be gentle on delicate skin.
We're challenging you to our #makeitmini challenge to see how many bonding squares you can knit this week, using spare yarn from your stash! Show us yours throughout the week...
THE BONDING SQUARES
Border each of the following patterns with four rows of garter stitch and two stitches of garter stitch either side to keep your squares lying flat.
Cast on a multiple of 4 sts (try 44 sts).
Row 1 (WS) K2, *(K1, P1, K1) into next st, p3tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2.
Rows 2 & 4 Purl.
Row 3 K2, *p3tog, (K1, P1, K1) into next st; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2.
Repeat these 4 rows to form pattern.
Cast on a multiple of 2 sts plus 1 (try 45 sts).
Row 1 K1, *P1, K1; rep from * to end.
Row 2 P1, *K1, P1; rep from * to end.
Row 3 As row 2.
Row 4 As row 1.
Repeat these 4 rows to form pattern.
Cast on a multiple of 2 sts plus 3 (try 47 sts.)
Row 1 K1, *K1 tbl, P1; rep from * to last 2 sts, K1 tbl, K1.
Row 2 K1, P1 tbl, *K1, P1 tbl; rep from * to last st, K1.
Repeat these 2 rows to form pattern.
cn cable needle
Cr4L slip next st onto cn and hold at front. K3 from LH needle, then K1 from cn
Cr4R slip next 3 sts onto cn and hold at back. K1 from LH needle, K3 from cn
p3tog purl 3 sts together
tbl through back of loop
FIVE WAYS TO DONATE
Craft4Bliss – share your knitting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #worldcraftweek and #craft4bliss. Whether they’re WIPs or finished knits, we’d love to see what you’re creating. We’d be thrilled if you donated to Bliss at the same time too.
Buy a craft download – the digi mag’s free but there are three extra craft downloads inside that you can buy, with proceeds going to Bliss.
By text – you can donate by text. All you have to do is send MAKE14 followed by the amount you’d like to donate (e.g. MAKE14£10) to 70070.
By Just Giving – create your own fundraiser page or make a donation. Visit bliss.org.uk/craft4bliss.
Send a cheque – send a cheque made payable to the charity to Bliss, 2nd Floor, Chapter House, 18-20 Crucifix Lane, London SE1 3JW.