Alice’s Embrace: Knitting and Crocheting for a Cause

April 08, 2014

Fashionknit is excited to be partnering with Alice’s Embrace, a wonderful organization that provides handmade blankets to those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Their current goal is to give a knitted or crocheted prayer shawl or lap blanket to every resident of the Eskaton Foundation of Northern California’s memory care facility.  These blankets and shawls help alleviate some of the anxiety that people with Alzheimer’s Disease frequently feel.  By contributing a project, you are bringing them solace, even if they can’t thank you personally.

This Spring, Alice’s Embrace is holding a contest among its partnered shops: the shop with the most items donated by Monday, June 30th will put all the participants names into a drawing for a $50 yarn gift certificate!  You get an entry for each item you donate, so if you want to improve your chances, knit more blankets!

In any case, here’s how to help:

1. Pick a pattern.  Click here to download a free pattern for a blanket or shawl (or come into Fashionknit to browse the patterns in person). There are patterns for both knit and crochet, blankets and shawls, for a range of experiences.  Each pattern calls for the same amount of yarn in either chunky weight yarn or a double strand of worsted weight.

2. Pick a yarn.  The blankets need to be machine washable and dryable.  Recommended yarns are Cascade 220 Superwash, Cascade 128 Superwash, Cascade Avalon, Berroco Comfort, Berroco Vintage DK, and Plymouth Encore.  Avoid yarns with a nubby texture, as people with Alzheimer’s Disease often will pick and pull at the nubs, which would not be good.

3. Make your project!  Dimensionally, prayer shawls are 20″ by 60″ and lap blankets are 30″ by 40.”  Both use the same amount of yarn and are big enough to be comfy, so knit like the wind and crochet like a bandit!

4. Wash your project.  Wash your shawl/blanket on a gentle cycle and tumble dry low.  This makes your project ready-to-use when it arrives at the facility.

5. Deliver your project. Bring your project into Fashionknit.  If you’d like to receive a letter for tax purposes from the Eskaton Foundation, we have labels on which you can write your name and information.  Voila!

This is a fantastic opportunity to use your knitting/crocheting skills to help someone in the community.  For more information, please visit, where you can also read about the woman who inspired this organization.  And remember, Monday June 30th is the deadline for the $50 drawing, so get to knitting!

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