crochet for a cause

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Crocodile Flower Square 2

Today I completed my 8 squares for a collaborative blanket, and they should be on their way to the organisers soon! I’m looking forward to seeing the blanket come together.

Our colour palette was pink and teal, I did have a lot more pinks than teals in my stash so my squares are predominantly pink!

Yarn Clouds and Granny Squares

Crocodile Flower Square

The last square I attempted was ‘The Crocodile Flower’. It was quite a challenge and did take a while. I’m not sure I even got the centre perfect but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. It’s a whopper at 12 inches square when finished. If you would like to try the pattern you can find it here via Ravelry.

It has been nice to contribute some crochet ‘for a cause’. I do hope to do more of this in the coming year. In a few weeks a local organisation ‘Pregnancy Matters‘ is holding a fundraising dinner and silent auction. I’ve donated a custom made crochet blanket to the cause. If you happen to be attending this dinner, dig deep, make a bid and you could have your very own handmade blanket just in time for winter!

Here are a few more links if you’ve been thinking about donating some hand knitted or crochet items to charity:

Knit4Charities – Australian site who organise donations to various charities

Making hats for teenagers at Westmead via Retro Mummy

Wrap with Love – distribution of handmade blankets to those in need

Knit a Square – (or crochet!) 8 x 8 inch squares for AIDS orphans

If you know of any more please leave a link in the comments below!

13 Comments on crochet for a cause

  1. Helen
    March 20, 2014 at 4:48 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow they’re beautiful! Especially the Crocodile flower! I really like the combination of pink and teal – hadn’t thought of that one!

    • Bec
      March 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm (3 years ago)

      It is an interesting combination but seems to work well. As contributors we didn’t need to use the same brand of yarn, so there should be some nice variation when it’s complete.

  2. gentlestitches
    March 20, 2014 at 6:22 pm (3 years ago)

    The squares are so pretty and well done doing some crochet for a cause and promoting the other sites too. I have always done a little on the side for a cause too.

    • Bec
      March 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you! I’m off to catch up on your blog now :-)

  3. Michelle
    March 20, 2014 at 7:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Such beautiful work.

    • Bec
      March 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Michelle xx

  4. Jenny
    March 21, 2014 at 6:01 am (3 years ago)

    Nicely done Bec, the finished article should look stunning. I have crocheted the ‘Crocodile Flower’ bock a few times. Although it is challenging it changes the shape of your (crochet) brain which is quit a wonderful thing when you are creating loveliness. It well and truly leaves the mind expanded to undertake even more of the unknown! For our last ‘silent’ charity auction our rug sold for over $200! I wish you every success for fund raiser. xox

    • Bec
      March 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm (3 years ago)

      It definitely was a brain strain Jenny, I think I’ve been making too many granny squares lately and have got a little slack! I feel I can conquer any crochet pattern now, so it was definitely worth it.

  5. Tamala
    March 21, 2014 at 11:11 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Bec, I know the specialist hospitals in Perth are always after items. They need things like small quilted blankets, knitted blankets, beanies, mittens etc. But its best to contact both KEMH and PMH to find out what exactly they need as I believe there are size requirements. As a parent who used the NICU at both hospitals it was beautiful to received gifts of a beanie, quilted blanket and 2 large knitted blankets from very generous volunteers.

    • Bec
      March 21, 2014 at 11:59 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks for that Tamala, I know the church ladies down here make quite a bit for King Eddy, didn’t realise PMH might take donations too!

  6. Mally
    July 7, 2014 at 6:44 am (3 years ago)

    The Crocodile flower is so beautiful in the photo. It seems very intricate to make. May I ask what type of yarn you used for this square. The yarn really shows up beautifully in the photo! Thank you for sharing your work! Mally

    • Bec
      July 23, 2014 at 8:48 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you Mally, I used an 8ply (DK) acrylic for this one – and a 4mm hook. It was quite a tricky pattern but worth the effort :-)

  7. Anne R
    September 4, 2014 at 8:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Your work is beautiful and so lovely that you are doing it for a cause, just discovered your blog but will be back. Thank you for sharing.