We are excited to partner with the Courage Capes Foundation and will now be adding Courage Capes to our Stay Strong Totes. These Capes will be included in totes given to the moms with the youngest pediatric inpatients. We want these children to feel like the superheroes they are!
These children will also receive a Bear Buddy. Of course, these brave little superheroes need capes of their own.
A cape for a Bear Buddy measures 2.5" x 2.5" and only takes a few minutes to make. Please consider knitting some capes so we these little guys can be suited up before heading out to stand by kids fighting critical illnesses.
2 strands of fingering weight yarn held together throughout project. (one strand of dk weight works too, just make sure you get finished measurements of 2.5"x 2.5”).
Working from top of cape down. Cast on 12 stitches allowing an extra 6” to become part of the tie when finished. Knit 2 rows.
Row 1: Knit first 2 stitches, Purl to last 2 stitches, Knit last 2 stitches.
Row 2: Knit. Continue these 2 rows until piece measures close to 2.5”.
Knit one more row, then bind off with this stretchy bind off (or any you find on YouTube tutorials). Binding off in this manner causes a flared bottom edge of the cape that creates some shaping to the cape.
Knit first stitch, yarn over from front to back, bind off that yarn over stitch, knit and bind off next stitch as usual. Yarn over from front to back, bind off yarn over stitch. Knit and bind off next stitch. Keep repeating until last stitch is bound off. You will basically be adding a yarn over stitch and binding it off between each of your 12 regularly bound off stitches. Cut yarn leaving another 6” tail and tie it on to the other corner of neck edge. Finish off both ties by tying a knot on each end
We will gently wash and steam block each cape before attaching to bears.
Another new addition to our Stay Strong Totes are pillow cases for teen inpatients. If you love to sew, pillow cases are a quick and easy way to brighten up the hospital bed.
Any pattern for a standard sized pillow will work. Here is a link to an easy You Tube tutorial.
Don't sew? No problem. We have some nice choices on our Amazon Wish list or you can purchase any colorful pillow cases appropriate for teens and ship them to us:
Mary Langdon, 1 Redwood Road, Martinsville, NJ 08836
Our Stay Strong Bear Buddy kits contain everything you need to make your own little little portable pal. Kits are a $25 donation and are fully fund our mission.
Bear Buddies are a perfect way to use up sock, dk and fingering weight yarns so if you have lots in your stash, consider just purchasing the pdf pattern for a $5 donation.
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