Knit one, help one; JOIN THE KNITTERS KEEPING SYRIAN REFUGEES WARM; EXCLUSIVE.
With summer ending, many of us will soon be digging out our winter woollies and turning the heating on.
But for the 1.8 million Syrian and Iraqi refugees who have fled to camps in the region known as Kurdistan, there will be few comforts and no escape from the cold.
That is why the Sunday Mirror has teamed up with charity Knit for Peace to support its Help for Refugees appeal.
Knit for Peace is planning to send nearly 100,000 knitted items to Kurdistan. Organisers are encouraging people to knit all kinds of warm clothing - from "quick knits" like hats, scarves and gloves, to jumpers and blankets.
"Most have fled civil war and ISIS in Syria and Iraq," says Knit for Peace director Dame Hilary Blume. "Last winter an estimated 6,000 died from cold. We've made an appeal to knitters and crocheters for blankets and clothing. We're also asking for funds for transport."
You can help by following these simple knitting patterns. Why not get together with friends and knit up squares which can be assembled into a blanket Knit for Peace has other free patterns at knitforpeace.org.uk.
And with transport costing an average of 5p per item, non-knitters can make a difference by donating money.
"Every little helps," adds Dame Hilary.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
SEND YOUR KNITTING TO: Knit for Peace (Refugee appeal), Radius Works, Back Lane, London NW3 1HL TO MAKE A DONATION TOWARDS TRANSPORTATION COSTS: Go to knitforpeace.org.uk or send a cheque to the above address made out to 'Knit for Peace'
SIMPLE SCARF AND HAT
YOU WILL NEED
100g of chunky yarn for the hat and something to decorate it
200g of chunky wool for the scarf - more for a longer one
6mm knitting needles, either straight or circular
A large-eyed needle for sewing
Some yarn that is finer than chunky for sewing up the hat
Cast on 37 stitches fairly loosely on 6mm needles. Knit every row until the piece of work is 50cm long. Cast off fairly loosely.
Cast on 30 stitches fairly loosely on 6mm needles. Knit every row until almost all of the yarn is knitted. Cast off fairly loosely.
TO MAKE UP
Darn in the ends of the hat strip.
Fold it so the cast-on and cast-off edges are on top of each other.
Sew up the side seams. Then bring the two points at the top of each side seam together and stitch them to the knitting at the centre of the imaginary line joining them.
Decorate your hat as you wish.
Darn in the ends of the scarf strip.
WRAPOVER BABY SHOES
YOU WILL NEED
1 x 50g ball of 4ply wool
A pair of 3.25mm (UK10/US4) knitting needles
2 small novelty buttons
28 sts and 32 rows over 10cm/4in in moss stitch on 3.25mm needles
K Knit P Purl Increase Knit twice into next stitch K2tog Knit 2 stitches together Tog Together St(s) Stitch(es) Moss Stitch K1, P1 for a row, then alternate: P1, K1. If you are not familiar with this stitch, it is recommended that you try a little test piece to get used to working it.
Using 3.25mm (UK10/US4) needles and appropriate shade cast on 9 sts.
Work 1 row in moss stitch. Keeping continuity of the moss stitch pattern throughout, begin to shape sole as follows:
Row 1: increase 1st at each end of row. 11sts.
Row 2: work in moss stitch.
Row 3: increase 1st at each end of row. 13 sts.
Rows 4-10: work in moss stitch.
Row 11: increase 1st at each end of the row. 15 sts.
Rows 12-22: work in moss stitch
Row 23: increase 1st at each end of row. 17 sts.
Rows 24-36: work in moss stitch.
To make the toe end Row 37: work 2tog at each end of row.
Row 38: work in moss stitch.
Now work 2tog at each end of next 3 rows. 9 sts.
. Cast off. SHOE UPPER Note the cast-on edge is bottom edge of piece.
Using 3.25mm (UK10/US4) needles and the appropriate colour, cast on 57sts loosely.
Work 15 rows moss stitch.
OVERLAPS Row 1: work 2tog at each end of row.
Row 2: repeat row 1.
Row 3: work in moss stitch.
Row 4: work 2sts tog at each end of row.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 once more. Cast off. TO MAKE UP Take upper part of shoe and pin cast on edge in place around outer edge of sole, overlap the two ends at the front of the shoe, left over right on one shoe and right over left on the other.
Sew in place carefully easing a little if needed at the rounded toe end of the shoe (this will take a little time and patience to get the fit neat).
Make a small button loop on the side of the shoe and sew on the button very firmly to correspond with the loop.
Now repeat from start to make the second shoe.
BLANKET SQUARE YOU WILL NEED Choose wool to make each square 3in/7.5cm or 6in/15cm Approx 9 yards DK yarn (double knitting) for each small 3in/7.5cm square, or approx 36 yards DK yarn for each larger 6in/15cm square One pair of 4mm (UK8-USA6) knitting needles One tapestry needle. TENSION 20sts and 40 rows to 10cm, 4in over garter stitch.
ABBREVIATIONS k knit st(s) stitch(es) kf&b knit into the front and back of the same stitch k2tog knit 2 stitches together BLANKET SQUARE
Knit diagonally using 4mm knitting needles
Cast on 1 stitch
1st Row: kf&b [2sts]
2nd Row: K1, kf&b [3sts]
3rd Row: K1, kf&b, k1 [4sts]
4th Row: K1, kf&b, k2 [5sts]
5th Row: K1, kf&b, K3 [6sts]
6th Row: *K1, kf&b, knit to the end of the row* 3in/7cm squares only: Repeat the 6th Row from * to * until 20sts are on the needle Large 6in/15cm squares only: Repeat the 6th row from * to * until 40 sts are on the needle. Begin to decrease
Next Row: K1, k2tog, knit to the end of the row
Repeat this row until 2sts remain on the needle
Next Row: K2tog. Bind off the remaining stitch
Knit the required number of squares in colours of your choice for your blanket TO MAKE UP Using a Tapestry Needle. Sew squares together. Fasten off all loose ends MITTENS YOU WILL NEED 50g ball DK (double knitting) yarn; 3.75mm needles Oddments of yarn, ribbons and buttons for decoration (optional) Tapestry needle for sewing up METHOD Measure around your hand at the widest point not including your thumb.
Cast on 30 stitches and knit in garter stitch, stocking stitch or a stitch pattern of your choice until the piece is 3cm shorter than the measurement you made around your hand (hand warmers need to stretch to fit). Cast off.
Sew the cast-on and cast-off edges together leaving a 5cm gap for your thumb. Sew in the ends.
Decorate with embroidered flowers, buttons and ribbons as you wish.
Make another one for a pair.
CLOSE KNIT Dame Hilary Blume with volunteer Sadie Sareen
KEEP THEM WARM Syrian refugees need help from people like the Uphall South Church Craft and Chat Group, West Lothian, below