How we can help
With permission, we’ve copied this from the website of the UK Hand Knitting Association. Our April 2023 issue includes lots of basic hat patterns and an even easier tube sock.
Since the start of the conflict in Ukraine many knitters and crocheters have been wondering what they can do to help. Getting items in to the country is complicated and knowing where they would do most good is almost impossible for us as individuals.
UK Hand Knitting was contacted recently by St Andrews Motor company in Huddersfield with the perfect solution. The company set up Huddersfield to Ukraine, Humanitarian Aid and have been fundraising, accepting and distributing aid to the people of Ukraine since March 2022.
The team reached out to us because they are desperately short of socks and beanie hats for the soldiers at the front line and for civilians in need. They are asking crafters to help make these items.
The socks must be at least 75% wool because the soldiers put them on overnight to keep their feet dry and warm, this helps with trench foot. They don’t need heel shaping but can simply be a knitted tube with one end sewn closed to keep feet warm.
Beanie hats can be made using any fibre, but they MUST ONLY be dark grey, navy, khaki, dark brown or black.
The UKHKA basic beanie pattern is a quick knit for a warm hat
The UK Hand Knitting website has free patterns for hats, a DK sock and a tube sock that you can use.
The address to send knitted or crocheted items to is:
St Andrews Motor Company
273 Leeds Road
West Yorkshire HD1 6NS