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Patterns

We welcome handcrafted yarn and quilted items (knit, crochet, woven, etc.) that incorporate an element of 3 in any creative manner. 3 represents the individual creator of the item, the recipient, and the Spirit of Life that creates and unites all of Creation. 3 also symbolizes the importance of the Abrahamic faith traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) to global peace. Because these three traditions represent 2/3 of the world’s population, there is virtually no chance for global peace until our Abrahamic Family is knit together in a tapestry of respect and commitment to compassionate coexistence. 3 also represents our work of crafting three essential elements of life: hope, healing, and peace.

How you incorporate 3 in your item is up to you: 3 colors, patterns based on 3 (k3, p3; cast on # stitches divisible by 3), fringe with 3 pieces of yarn, triangular shape, etc. Peace Pals are automatically a 3: head, torso, legs.

Our tangible knitting & crocheting is an outward & visible sign of our inner dedication to prayerfully knitting together the Beloved Community. Please pray for the woman, teen, child, infant, or family who will receive the item you create, & for a future in which all women can raise their children in peace.

Our Helpful Hints & Tips section at the bottom of this page provides help on working with donated yarn, checking gauge and determining needle size.

Favorite Knitting4Peace Patterns


Quilted Sleeping Mats

Try our Quilted Sleeping Mat Pattern

Quilted Sleeping Mats


Our Most-Loved Peace Pals (Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate)

These knit and crocheted dolls are our most frequently & urgently requested item. Orphanages, hospitals, and medical clinics need as many as we can create and they are easy to make. They have been delivered to thousands of children around the world; thousands more are waiting for a Pal of their own. Our patterns were created exclusively for the mission of Knitting4Peace & are not to be used for profit-based activity of any kind. Please make your Pals with faces that are tan, light or medium brown. Thank you!

Try the Pocket Peace Pal Pattern
Try the Becky Stevens Crochet Pocket Peace Pal GIRL Pattern
Try the Becky Stevens Crochet Pocket Peace Pal BOY Pattern
Try the Pocket Peace Pal With Skirt Pattern
Try the Baby Pal for Birthing Kit Pattern

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Our Most-Loved Peace Pals


Our Original Peace Pals (Skill Level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate)

These knit and crocheted dolls are similar to our Most-Loved Peace Pals. These patterns are more detailed and create a larger size doll. Peace Pals are our most frequently & urgently requested item. Orphanages, hospitals, and medical clinics need as many as we can create and they are easy to make. They have been delivered to thousands of children around the world; thousands more are waiting for a Pal of their own. Our patterns were created exclusively for the mission of Knitting4Peace & are not to be used for profit-based activity of any kind. Please make your Pals with faces that are tan, light or medium brown. Thank you!

Try the Peace Pal Pattern
Try the Peace Pal with Skirt Pattern
Try the Becky Stevens Crochet Peace Pal BOY Pattern
Try the Becky Stevens Crochet Peace Pal GIRL Pattern
Try the Spanish translation Compañeros de Compassion (Peace Pals) Pattern

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Our Original Peace Pals


Mittens (Skill Level: Easy to Intermediate)

Mittens have been specifically requested by many groups in the United States and organizations in Afghanistan trying to keep children (especially girls) in rural schools where winters are exceptionally cold.

Try the Warm Adult Winter Mittens with Rib Pattern
Try an on-line free pattern for mittens for CHILDREN, WOMEN & MEN at http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/mittens-all
Try an on-line free pattern for CHILDREN of all ages at http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/mazies-mittens/4
Try an on-line free pattern for Kids' Mittens http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/mazies-mittens/4
Try the Easy Garter Stitch Adult Glove Pattern Pattern
Try the Fun (Open-Ended) Mitt for Youth Pattern
Try the Knit Mittens Pattern Chart (for Kids and Teens) Pattern
Try the 2-Needle Mittens for Kids & Adults Pattern. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bevs-2-needle-mittens-for-kids


Baby Bib (Skill Level: Beginner to Moderate Beginner)

We send our baby bibs to medical clinics in rural areas of Guatemala through a partnership with the University of Colorado Medical Center. The bibs are part of a new Child Development program that supports new mothers and their babies.

Try the Baby Bib Patterns (3 Options) Pattern


Booties (Skill Level: Moderate Beginner to Intermediate)

We send our booties to medical clinics in rural areas of Guatemala through a partnership with the University of Colorado Medical Center. The booties are part of a new Child Development program that supports new mothers and their infants.

We have been asked to make booties 3” long.

Try the Baby Uggs Booties Pattern http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/baby-uggs/79668
Try the Easy Knit Booties Pattern Pattern
Try the Crochet Warm Baby Boots Pattern

Booties


Baby Blankets (Skill Level: Easy to Intermediate)

Our requests for baby blankets are local as well as global. Some of the poorest members of our local communities need baby blankets for their infants. The same is true for babies and their mothers in global areas as widespread as remote mountainous communities in Peru and orphans in Swaziland.

PLEASE NOTE: Our recipients need blankets that are a minimum of 24” on the shortest side, and preferably larger. Blankets can be rectangular, round, or square, but at least 2 feet wide on the shortest side.

Try the Garter Stitch Baby Blanket Pattern
Try the Crochet Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket Pattern
Try the Crochet DC Cross Boxes Baby Blanket Pattern


Blankets of Peace (Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced)

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwest South Dakota is home to the Oglalla Lakota people. Winter temperatures plummet as low as 50 degrees below zero and many homes have little or no heat. We create blankets to provide warmth in the colors sacred to the Oglalla Lakota tribe: red, yellow, white & black.

Try the Blankets of Peace Pattern

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Blankets of Peace


Hats for Kids, Teens, & Adults (Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced)

We create hats for children and teens living in dire poverty and areas where temperatures can be cold and warm clothing is scarce or non-existent. We have also begun to receive increasing requests from organizations across the USA who serve poor and homeless adults in our own communities. To modify the size of a pattern, check out the “Simple Hat Calculator” online at www.earthguild.com/products/knitcroc/marypat/hatcalc.htm.

Try the Warm Jacques Cousteau Hat. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jacques-cousteau-hat
Try the "Happy Hat" Crochet Pattern
Try the Three by Two Ribbed Cap Pattern
Try the Odds 'n Ends Cap for Kids or Adults Pattern
Try this free pattern for a slouchy tam https://www.jimmybeanswool.com/images/freePatterns/freeKnittingPatternKudoSlouchyTam.pdf
Try the Fast and Warm Hat for Adults Pattern
Try the Swirl Hat (Adults and Kids) Pattern
Try the 3 x 1 Rib Hat Pattern
Try this free pattern for heads of all sizes: https://s3.amazonaws.com/spinrite/pdf/WEB-BERNAT-SOFTEECHNKY-K-FamilyHats.pdf
Try the Warm Tweed Hat Pattern. http://www.viridian-hue.com/blog/2011/14/a-tweed-hat

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Hats for Kids, Teens, & Adults


Peace Shawls (Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced)

We deliver our shawls to women in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual comfort. Our shawls provide hope & healing as well as warmth. In many impoverished areas women also use our shawls to wrap their infants & children in much-needed protection. We invite you to use your own favorite pattern or try one of our favorites:

Try the Shawl of 3's Pattern
Try the Self-fringing Triangular Shawl Pattern
Try the Triangular Chevron Shawl Pattern
Try the Crocheted Pineapple Pattern Peace Shawl Pattern
Try the Peace Shawl for All Reasons Pattern
Try the Seed Stitch Basketweave Pattern
Try the Crochet Triangular Granny Shawl Pattern

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Peace Shawls


Birthing Kits

We were asked by a clinic in Kibera slum (Nairobi, Kenya) if we could provide them with “birthing kits.” The kits we developed include a Baby Pocket Peace Pal, a full-term baby cap, and a washcloth. We now receive requests for the kits from other clinics around the world.

General Dimensions for Washcloths: 6 - 7” square.

Try the Baby Peace Pal for Birthing Kit Pattern
Try the Birthing Kit Washcloth Pattern
If you don't already have a favorite baby cap pattern, try an on-line free http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/stripe-knit-baby-hat


Scarves (Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced)

We deliver scarves in global impoverished areas where temperatures can be cold and warm clothing is scarce or non-existent. Our “Community Purls” program delivers warm items to members of our local communities who are marginalized or homeless. Every winter, we receive more and more requests. During the winter of 2014-2015 we delivered items to more than 6,000 people living without sufficient warmth. Warm scarves for these folks need to be 6-8” wide (any length.)

We also create festive scarves for children and teens who attend clinics run by Global Dental Relief Project in villages of India, Nepal, Vietnam, & Guatemala. Each patient gets to choose a scarf when the dental examination is complete. As they wear their banner of success around their village they create interest & excitement among other children who then also choose to participate. Through this process all the village children learn about dental hygiene and subsequently teach the rest of their family members. GDR is very specific that fashionista scarves we send them must be 4” wide.

General Dimensions for Cold-weather Scarves: 6 - 8 ” wide by any length. (Men tuck short scarves inside their jackets; women and youth wrap scarves 54-60” long around their necks.)
General Dimensions for “Fashionista” Scarves: 4” wide by 54” long. (These dimensions come from our global recipients. We did not make up these requirements!)

Try the Extra Warm Scarf Pattern for ALL Genders. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/extra-warm-mens-scarf
Try the Fun Scarf pattern. Pattern
Try the Crochet Waffle Stitch Thermal Scarf. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/waffle-stitch-thermal-scarf
Try the Scarf that Matches Caps4Kids Pattern
Try the Longways Knit Scarf Pattern
Try the Broomstick Lace Scarf Pattern
Try the Fur Stitch Crochet Scarf Pattern
Try the Lovely Lacy Scarf Pattern
Try this online pattern for an easy cowl and hat set! Pattern http://www.yarnspirations.com/pattern/crochet/ripple-hat-and-cowl-set
Want to use up scraps? Try this online pattern! http://www.angelyarns.com/free-patterns/noro-scarf.php

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Scarves


Warm Winter Socks (Skill Level: Intermediate)

We added our first pattern for men in 2013 in response to requests from organizations across the Denver metropolitan area. Especially during the winter months, homeless men desperately need warm socks to protect them from frigid temperatures. We hope you will help us provide much-needed warmth by knitting some socks.

Try the Men's Warm Socks Pattern
Try the Broken Rib Toasty Warm Sock Pattern


Using Your Own Pattern

You are invited to use your own favorite patterns (as long as you somehow incorporate an element of 3, as explained above.) You may also recommend a pattern for our website. When you send the completed item to us, simultaneously send an email, with the pattern included as an attachment, to susan@knitting4peace.org. Also be sure to include a note in the package with your item that provides your name, the name of the pattern, your email, and a release statement that gives us permission to reproduce the pattern.

Sources for patterns available on the Internet:

Helpful Hints & Tips

1. When you use donated or left-over yarn and can't figure out what its weight category is, here's a helpful way to figure it out: Handy Hints: Determining Yarn Weight

2. If you want to easily check your gauge, click here for a clever method.