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..that the solution to inequality, pain, suffering, and lack in the world is ‘those that have’ sharing willingly from the heart with ‘those that have not’ who are sick and/or needy.

Warm clothing and bedding for babies, quilts for the aged or ill, books for the disadvantaged, essentials and household goods for those who have lost everything in floods, house fires, or due to job loss; these are just some of the need we assist with. You can help.
 

Jun
07

Braided knitted ball for charity pattern – children love these!

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Braided blue comfort ball

This is a darling knitted ball that is easy to make.  Make 2 – keep one for yourself and give the other to charity!

These are hand knittedhere are the instructions from ravelry.com – if you don’t belong, sign up – it’s free and full of wonderful people and patterns.

These balls are called ‘comfort balls’ and the children in hospital, homeless shelters and crisis centers love the soft toys.  So do the adults ;-)

If you want to make them for your local animal shelter, you can put a jingle bell inside of the ball inside of a plastic container like the clear balls that knee highs from Wal Mart come in.

We really need the strips to put them together. Please knit a stockinette strip that is 20 stitches wide by 8″ long. It takes 6 strips to make a ball.  You can mix and match colors and use any type of yarn you like :-) Most of our balls are made with worsted weight acrylic yarn and knitted on size 7 needles, but you can use most yarns and any size needle you want.

This is a perfect project for all the scrap yarn you have left over!.

We could really use donations of yarn and Zanies cat balls, that go in the center of the ball to make a jingle noise for distraction and fun, to help us make these comfort toys. If you would like to share your stash with us, please mail donations to:
Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

The cat balls in the middle of the knitted woven balls are very important. The hospital insists on them. When the doctors and nurses are working with their little patients, the jingle sound that the balls make are very helpful in taking the little one’s mind off the treatment and can put a smile on their wee faces.  The balls are around $18 a package for 50 and we go through a ton of them for all the places we donate to. Please help! We are just about out and desperately need more!

Here are two places that you can purchase Zanies and have them sent to Relief Share for us to use for the sick and needy children we donate to:

http://www.fidopaw.com/product/lattice-ball-cat-toys-in-canister-50-toys-2168.html

https://www.amazon.com/Zanies-Plastic-Lattice-Canister-50-Pack/dp/B003WH1KPW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481755907&sr=8-1&keywords=zanies+cat+balls

All donations are tax deductible, please include your email address so we can thank you ;-)

President Carol C Green
info@ReliefShare.org

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13 Comments

1

Thank you for this pattern. It is great to find patterns for machines.
I want some for the Nursery at Church.

Are these to be used as washing machine balls too? Thank you xxx

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Glad to share the pattern ;-) They would be super to have in the nursery at church. Children and adults, both, love these. They are even more fun with variegated yarns and it’s great for using up scrap yarns left over from other projects.

They won’t work for the dryer balls, though, they are not heavy enough or hard enough. There is no stuffing in them – they are deliberately made softer so they don’t hurt anyone if a child gets bonked with one. The dryer ball pattern is on our blog under crochet but you can make dryer ball covers by knitting a doily and leaving out stitches so it curves and whipstitching two curved doilies (concave) over a ball of yarn – make sure it is wool, though.

3

Thank you for the pattern and the instructions, BUT, I can’t work out the way to weave in the 3rd strip. Sorry for being so dense. xxx

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Hi Laurelbee,

I had the same problem when I first started knitting the braided balls. Following the pattern on ravelry.com I took strips of paper and carefully labeled them 1 2 3 4 5 6 and then glued them together to see how the ball was made. Then I squared them by folding the paper like a box so it would stand on the table as a reference when I was making the ball. It took a couple of tries, but I got it and can now make the balls easily ;-) Good luck,

Hugs
Carol Green
Relief Share
President

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[...] Charity work is so much fun and so rewarding to both the giver and the receiver.  After running charities for 2 decades, finding patterns that are easy to make, quick to do, practical and actually fit is half the battle to getting the items sewn up and to where they are needed the most.  Here is a resource list of patterns for you to get started!I found these patterns on the net and have made them to make sure they are what is needed.  The hospitals and homeless shelters love them, so do the crisis centers.  You may choose to donate locally to a charity in your community or send your donations to a favorite charity.  If you don’t have a favorite charity or cause in mind, I would love it if you donated to ReliefShare.org – we work hard to respond to requests for help, and no one is paid throughout our charity – our work is of the heart, not the wallet and we are registered with the IRS as a non-profit. Whatever you do, please help somewhere – there is no corner on charity, I am thrilled at any charitable effort throughout the world.  One charitable act, one person at a time, we can make the world a better place.  Feel free to comment and post your favorite pattern you like to use, and if you have a favorite charity, we would love to hear about that, too. BABY BOOTIES – quick and easy and they fit!BIBS, BURP CLOTHSBABY HATS – knitted on circular needles, fast and fun!BRAIDED WOVEN BALL – knitted, very interesting and popular! [...]

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I really enjoy reading your site, please keep up the fabulous works that you have been doing. I will check back soon.

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I Have been looking for an easy project to do that will help me increase my crafting skills. This is perfect, thank you!

9

So glad we can help ;-) Charity work is a lot of fun and learning new skills is a bonus.

10

Alzheimer patients love these squishy and colorful balls! The ball takes six knitted strips (20 sts by 68 rows long). I came up with a fun idea! I knitted the six strips as directed only I did each strip in four colors since each strip makes 4 “humps” on the ball. I cast on the 20 stitches, then knitted 16 rows in the first color, 18 rows in the second and third colors, then finished with 16 rows of the last color. (The cast-on and cast-off rows add additional length to the end colors.) However, I had to find 24 different colors to make the ball truly unique but the finished product was worth the effort. This procedure will result in each “hump” being a different color (overlapping strips will hide the line where the colors change).

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One last comment for those who have problems weaving the strips together: The first two are easy, just sew each to form a separate ring. Then, weave the next two strips AT THE SAME TIME. It is easier to keep track of which goes “under” and which goes “over”. The tricky part (but you will soon get used to this) is weaving in the last two strips (numbers five and six). Once again, work them in at the same time, by weaving first one over and under a couple of finished strips of the ball, then do the second strip under and over the same strips. As you go around the ball, you won’t lose your place. Pin strips end to end and check ball to see that these strips have been woven correctly before sewing up the ends. This one step will save you from having to unpick your seam if you might have woven incorrectly. Once you can see that the ball is correctly “braided”, sew those end seams and enjoy your efforts!

12

Thank you sooo much for this pattern — I will try and make quite a few happy little ones.

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You are very welcome. We love that you are planning on using it to make children happy! That makes us happy, too :-)

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