Big Hug

Finally finished my first make for the collaborative Hundreds of Hugs charity project, raising money for mental health charity Sane. In previous years, people have made snakes and cats, but this year the theme is hugs. The organiser, Libby Swindells, encourages makers to customise their creations however they like, so I made this one a monster hug.

Libby always designs very clever patterns that are suitable for all skill levels, including beginners. I found this one a struggle, not because of the pattern, but because I work a whole lot better in rounds than in straight lines. I’m capable of losing stitches within two rows if I don’t count every single one. I’m currently translating it on the fly to amigurumi-style for the next hug, while trying to keep as close as possible to the original design. If spoons allow, I will write it up.

If you want to knit, crochet or sew a hug, you can download free patterns here. If you need some inspiration, or want to share your creations, visit the Facebook community page. And if you’d like to contribute your hugs to the charity project, there’s plenty of time, as the deadline is the 10th October. Happy hugging!

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