The dream was that all poor children in Germany could have nice warm clothing. Clothes, that any child would love.
So she started to knit the clothes she had been dreaming of. Unfortunately the whole of Germany is too big for 1 person to knit for, so she started knitting for the poor children on her own doorstep, in Singen, a small town in the south of Germany close to Lake Constance.
This was the start of a charity founded bySilke Stockebrand in 2010 Called ‘Strickpate‘ which means ‘Knitting Godmother’ who like all Godparents wants to help with the care of the children.
A local wool store in Singen – ‘Creative & Hobby’ was so thrilled by the idea, that they jumped in by helping right from the beginning and are still helping today. The first round of knitting went well, vey well, and the children were excited, thrilled,and very happy about the clothing given to them.
So much so Strickpate did it again in 2011, very successfully, and so are continuing this year in 2012.
“Strickpate – knitting for poor Children in Singen” will be established and become a local constant.
How can knitters help?
By knitting -Socks, Gloves, Hats, Scarves, Fingerless / arm warmers, Leg warmers
All sizes are needed from babies to teenagers and as children are all ages, size really doesn’t matter as there are children of all ages who need warm clothing.
Help by spreading the word of “Strickpate”Tell everyone you know about the cause.Tell your friends, neighbors, relatives.
If you prefer to donate money which will go towards costs, purchasing of wool and other items, it will be greatly appreciated. All donations, however small or grandeur mean so much, as it allows the continuation of helping to keep a child warm.
Please send knitted items, supplies or donations to:
z.Hd. Silke Stockebrand
Berliner Straße 8
Silke Stockebrand had a dream, to be able to help children in Singen you can help make that dream a reality and maybe tomorrow this dream will help children throughout the whole of Germany!
Here’s a Knitting pattern for childs hat and scarf to get you started.
- Yarn: Chunky Type yarn (340 g/12 oz) 1 ball of #87630 (Tangerine Twist) for both Cap and Scarf.
- Knitting Needles: Sizes 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) and 5 mm (U.S. 8) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 15 sts and 20 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking st.
Cap: To fit child’s head circumference: 17 (19) ins [43 (48) cm].
Scarf: Approx 6 ins [15 cm] wide x 50 ins [127 cm] long.
The instructions are written for smaller size. If changes are necessary for larger size the instructions will be written thus ( ).
With smaller needles, cast on 62 (70) sts.
**1st row: (RS). *K2. P1. K1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. K2.
2nd row: *P2. K1. P1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P2.**
Rep last 2 rows of Seed Rib Pat twice more.
Change to larger needles and cont in Seed Rib Pat until work from beg measures 5½ (6) ins [14 (15) cm], ending with 2nd row.
Shape top: 1st row: (RS). *K2. P1. K1. K2tog. P1. K1. Rep from * to last 6 sts. K2. P1. K3. 55 (62) sts.
2nd row: P2. *K2. P2tog. K1. P2. Rep from * to last 4 sts. K1. P3. 48 (54) sts.
3rd row: *K2. K2tog. K1. P1. Rep from * to last 6 sts. K2. K2tog. K2. 40 (45) sts.
4th row: P4. *P2tog. P3. Rep from * to last st. P1. 33 (37) sts.
5th row: (K2tog) 16 (18) times. K1. 17 (19) sts.
6th row: (P2tog) 8 (9) times. P1. 9 (10) sts.
Break yarn leaving a 12 ins [30.5 cm] long end. Draw end through rem sts and fasten securely. Sew back seam.
With larger needles, cast on 26 sts.
Work from ** to ** as given for Cap.
Rep last 2 rows of Seed Rib Pat until work from beg measures 50 ins [127 sts], ending with 2nd row. Cast off in pat.
Fringe: Cut yarn 12 ins [30.5 cm] long. Take 3 strands tog, fold in half and knot into fringe ¾ inch [2 cm] apart across ends of scarf. Trim fringe evenly.
Please Help Strickpate if You Can