Sunday, February 5, 2017

Pattern adjustment for folks with wool allergies!

Deborah Sheields in New Jersey recently wrote to say that she had adjusted the knitnotwar crane pattern from Ravelry as she has a wool allergy and needed to be able to create the "sculpture" of the crane without felting…the result is fantastic! From Deborah: I ended up using a worsted weight acrylic yarn by Caron that had a sliver thread running through it, size 3 needles. I played around with how to CO the wing and body stitches and finally settled on a cable knit cast on at the beginning of the row for those CO stitches you had at the end of rows. And the single crochet around the wings to keep them from curling so much. I think that the decrease of the tail would probably look a little better if I had decreased the two stitches in the center of the tail first and left the outside ones until last. The directions you had made the decreases a little bumpy along the sides of the tail, which I'm sure would not have been a problem for a project that was felted since felting is much more forgiving. All in all, I thought that your pattern worked really well with the smaller needle size.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Downloads from Ravelry

I'm curious if there is a new knitnotwar 1,0o0 project beginning? There have been several downloads of the pattern from Ravelry in the past couple weeks…exciting!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Felted Crane Pattern Donation to MercyCorps

Thank you to everyone who downloaded the pattern and contributed to MercyCorps, working with longstanding partner Peace Winds. We have sent over $300 to help families affected by the disaster in Japan.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Felted Crane for Japan-- Mercy Corps

The felted crane pattern is available for free many places including here at this website (click on PATTERN PDF on the right of the screen under LINKS), on Ravelry, as well as in several books. However, due to the number of emails that I have received regarding the project in the wake of the recent tragedies in Japan, I have placed the pattern for sale on Ravelry, all proceeds from your donation to benefit Mercy Corps:

Please also consider knitting up these sweet cranes to sell to benefit the relief effort, or if you would like to begin your own knitnotwar 1,o0o project by organizing knitters to knit 1,000 cranes, or for more information, please write me-- Seann McKeel:

Finished single cranes are beautiful when hung with a strand of yarn and some simple beads, or in a small stranded flock...if you are making cranes to sell for Mercy Corps please do send photos to me, I will place them on this website. To donate directly to the relief effort, visit Mercy Corps at:

Peace and prayer,

Friday, February 11, 2011



Knit a 12 inch x 12 inch square and send along with your story.
Visit to RSVP a space & for more information.

Help knit the billboard. Completed, the project will be a 10 foot x 10 foot
mural that reads "You Are The Chosen One."

Questions/information, contact Seann McKeel:

What makes you the chosen one? What were you chosen to do?


Monday, November 22, 2010

beautiful photos

just received some beautiful photos that my friend Autumn de Wilde took of the project while she was in Portland, thank you Autumn!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

knitnotwar 1,o0o at The Knitting Nest in Austin, Texas

The cranes are currently on display at The Knitting Nest in Austin, Texas. Thank you to Stacy Klaus, a major supporter of the project/knitting participant in knitnotwar 1,o0o!