Hug it Out

Published by:

Leisure Arts, 2012




$7.95 US


Drew Emborsky

This booklet is a collection of quick and easy patterns perfect for giving and, in the process, sending hugs of comfort and love.

The patterns include a prayer shawl, caps for preemies and cancer patients, a mobius cowl for those with mobility problems, a comfortghan, blankets for infants and animal shelters, a small drawstring bag for fund raisers, and a comfort teddie for children going through traumatic situations.

For each pattern, Drew has taken into consideration the different needs of the recipient, such as ease of use, sturdiness, softness, and comfort. For example, the Mobius Cowl can be worn as a cowl, shoulder wrap, or head covering while remaining on the shoulders and not slipping off. The teddy bear is made without individual arms or legs allowing a scared child to hold it tightly without anything getting in the way. Then there is the Kennel Blanket that is perfect for using up yarn that isn’t enough to make something with by itself but together with other yarn, will use up that extra yarn while keeping a scared animal off the cold floor of the local shelter.

In addition, several patterns provide guidance on checking with local organizations to find out their needs and the types of yarn they prefer.

Each pattern provides the difficulty level along with extra instructions/images for stitches as needed. The back of the booklet has basic crochet stitches and the last page provides the names and URLs of different charitable organizations that you can donate items to. Organizations include Project Linus, The Preemie Project, Operation Blankets of Love, Heartmade Blessings, Knots of Love, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and Teddies for Tragedies. Of course, you can also find organizations and hospitals in your area to donate to.