Can you commit to knit – my Portland Bear

06/09/2018 · 1 comment

in Craft,Crochet,Patterns

I just love how the yarn community, knitters and crocheters alike are so generous. So many of you will make and create to support local and international charities. Your generosity is inspiring!

Free Pattern

When I was approached by the UK Hand Knitting Association to contribute to their ‘Commit to Knit’ campaign, I immediately said; ‘Yes’. I have donated one of my crochet toy patterns to the collection of free patterns. I love Portland Bear – he was made for a recent Teddy Bear exhibition at one of my favourite museums in the North West of England – Portland Basin Museum. Now Portland has returned home, I am happy to share this pattern with you so that you can make him for all your charity projects.

I didn’t realise that there are at least 6 million people who can knit or crochet in the UK. Can you imagine if each of them made one item for a charity. This would mean a massive boost in items to sell, to raise money, and for charities to distribute to those in need of warm clothes and blankets in this country and abroad. I think that is a wonderful idea.
portland bear - emma varnam

Who needs help?

To celebrate Commit To Knit, the UK Hand Knitting Association has collected  7 specially designed patterns.  These include blankets, mitts, a hat, Christmas stockings and my cheeky teddy
If you decide to make him, will you send me photo – I would love to see him. If you would like to find out which charities accept donated items. Have a look at the charity section on the UK Hand Knitting Association website has lots of information for you.



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