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Welcome Crocheteers!

A very warm welcome to you and thank you for your interest in our project!

This group has been created to involve people in the local and wider community, to crochet squares in order to create a Christmas tree.

The tree will be displayed next to St. Dionysius Church, Market Harborough during December 2021. We would love to include as many people as possible to make the granny squares, whether you are a beginner, who would like to learn how to crochet, or you are an experienced “crocheteer”.

Our Purpose:

  • To bring together people in the community and help alleviate loneliness with a shared activity and purpose during lockdown and beyond.
  • To promote the concept of craft as a positive force for helping with mental health and mindfulness.
  • To bring a smile to people’s faces when they see the tree.
  • To raise money for our nominated charity, HomeStart.
  • To be eco-conscious by repurposing the crochet squares into blankets for donation.
  • To share the joy of crochet and help teach beginners.

How can you help?

  • Crochet granny squares according to the pattern. It’s important the squares are all the same size.
  • Teach friends or family how to crochet so they can be included.
  • Sew together squares to create the tree and later to make blankets.
  • Donate acrylic yarn to help the project succeed.
  • Donate to Homestart to help families in the community
  • Promote the project to include as many people as possible to feel part of a community.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’d like to join in but not sure where to start, please have a look at our FAQs….

I’m new: what do I do?

· Check out the Patterns page to find and print out the pattern

· Get supplies – you need some double-knit yarn in any colour, plus some in GREEN for the outside edge of each square, and a 4mm hook

· If you are a Facebook member, join our group and look out for the video of Carmen doing the first round of your first granny square. There will be more to follow…

· Have fun!

I can’t crochet: how do I learn?

· Have a look at the video tutorials on Facebook that we will be posting over the next few weeks. We will be posting video tutorials for each part of the granny square. We also plan to run some face to face sessions depending on lockdown rules.

· If you aren’t a Facebook member or can’t wait to get started, then check out YouTube for tutorials. There are some excellent “how to crochet” tutes.

· Keep an eye out for the live tutorials we will be hosting either online or in person in the park.

What yarn/wool do I need?

· You must only use acrylic yarn and a double-knit (dk) weight. Any colour as long as the outside edge of each square is GREEN. This is so that the tree will withstand all weathers and make it easy to wash and recycle into blankets at the end of the project.

How many squares should I make?

As many as you like! Our technical expert, Clare, has calculated we need about 1,000 squares to make the six-metre tree. If you are keen, then sending blocks of nine squares joined together would be super helpful! 

How do I join the squares?

Please use whipstitch to join, through both loops and right sides together, and in blocks of three by three; that’s nine in total. We are limiting each joined section to nine squares so that we can construct the tree easily.

Where do I send finished squares?

Please Contact Us so we can share the address of where to post or deliver.

How can I donate?

Please click on this link to donate to our nominated charity, HomeStart South-Leicestershire.

How will you repurpose the finished squares once the tree is taken down?

We plan to wash the squares in sections, repurpose as blankets and then distribute to charity. Please get in touch if you can help with this. Thank you. 

The Inspiration

Crochet Christmas Tree, Trivento, Italy

This was the picture that I saw last December when we were in deepest, darkest lockdown, when the world seemed bleak, and tragedy and fear were all around. I saw this beautiful image and the colourful squares almost glowing against the stunning blue skies of Italy, and I thought to myself, “I want to recreate that feeling of joy for others.” And so the project began!