One of my very favorite things about the Cozy Mystery genre is how authors of cozies blend charming hobbies into the backdrop of their books. Because I’m a knitter, I have a soft spot for cozies about knitting.
Just in time for Christmas, I stumbled across A HOLIDAY YARN, the fourth book in Sally Goldenbaum‘s Seaside Knitters series. In this series, a group of knitters in the small New England town of Sea Harbor solves mysteries as they knit up a storm of simple squares, which are sent to South Africa to be made into blankets for orphans. At the end of A HOLIDAY YARN, Sally Goldenbaum includes a pattern for a simple 8-inch knitted square so that her readers can make the same project as the characters that they have read about. Plus there is a call to action to send the squares to the KasCare Knit-A-Square Project. KasCare collects these squares from knitters all over the world, then makes them into blankets to keep South African AIDS orphans warm during the winter.
This holiday season, Brandi (also a knitter) and I decided that we wanted to contribute to the project. We wanted to invite the knitters amongst the Book Country community to join in, too. With permission from KasCare, Obsidian (which publishes the Seaside Knitters books), and Sally Goldenbaum, we’re posting the Knit-a-Square pattern below. This easy pattern is a cinch for knitters of all experience levels! Continue reading