Adele’s Legacy gives out a lot of sweaters. Elementary school children vary in sizes from very small to adult sizes, so providing enough sweaters that we will have one to fit every child is a challenge. It is a challenge for our knitters as well, as a sweater is a pretty serious time commitment. But let’s face it, there is almost NOTHING as sure to keep a kid cozy as a hand knit sweater! We would love to have more sweater makers, but we do have a few standards! Here are some general things to keep in mind about our sweaters.
- All of the sweaters we donate are made by hand. No store bought sweaters are considered for donation.
- All of the sweaters must be made of man-made fibers (acrylic, polyester, nylon). This means no wool, no cotton, no cashmere! This is because the sweaters will be LOVED and therefore will need to be washed frequently. If the sweaters were made of wool or cotton they might accidentally be felted or shrunk to the point where they were un-wearable. In order to prevent this we ONLY donate sweaters made from easily washable and dryable synthetic materials.
- The sweaters we donate are well constructed, hearty sweaters. They should all last a long time. To ensure that your sweater is created with the same strong construction please read our Tips and Tricks. We provide advice on all aspects of sweater construction and strongly advise your taking advantage of the education we provide. Sadly, sweaters that aren’t made well don’t get donated, and we don’t want that to happen to any of your sweaters, so please take a look at our tips!!
- All of the sweater patterns we provide are knitted from worsted weight yarn. If you are new to hand work and want to create a sweater for us you need to ask for “worsted weight acrylic yarn” when you go to your local yarn shop. If you are in Franklin or Bedford County, contact us we might be able to provide you with enough yarn for a lovely sweater!
- Decoration of the sweater is not necessary, but if you want to decorate them, GO FOR IT! Many of our volunteers love to use stripes or variegated yarn (yarn with many colors). Some of our sweaters have cables, or other stitch patterns that make the sweater more interesting for the knitter and more attractive to the child who chooses it. Some child will love the sweater, even if it’s the first one you have ever made!