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    Meet Our Small Business Pick For July: Give A Knit – AKA A Crochet-Lover's Dream

    The mindful knitting initiative that gives back!

    Meet Give a Knit. Its founders Chloe and Tas are two crochet-loving creatives who wanted to use their hobby not only as a way to unwind and de-stress, but also as a force for good – and their initiative aims to let others do the same! Here’s what you need to know about it…

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    Whether you want to get started on a new hobby or are already a keen knitter, crochet is a great way to practice mindfulness and focus on *you*.

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    With the reopening of public spaces now in full swing as we transition into the ~new normal~, focusing on your mental health is probably more important now than ever! IMO, getting isn't into a mindful hobby isn't a bad place to start.

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    Enter: Give a Knit! You can purchase a crochet kit on their website, which contains all you’ll need to make your very own Bertie bear!

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    Can we PLEASE talk about how adorable this lil’ bear design is?! In the kit you’ll get just the right amount of eco-friendly yarn, a bamboo crochet hook, and a detailed pattern to follow among other essentials and extra goodies!

    Price: £15.00 for the kit.

    Once you're done, you can then either keep your masterpiece OR you can send it back to Give a Knit to be donated to Hand in Hand for Aid and Development (HIHFAD) – a charity that helps displaced Syrian children.

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    A free returns label is included in every kit purchase so all it’ll cost you is a stroll to the post office!

    And 100% of profits from every purchase on the website are donated to the same charity!

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    HIHFAD is a UK-registered charity that has helped to provide humanitarian aid in Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. If you’re not keen on knitting but still want to help out, you can donate via the Give a Knit website here, or donate directly to the charity website here.

    All materials used and provided in the kits (from wool, to stuffing, to tote bags) are made from recycled fabrics – so you’re being kind to the environment here too, people!

    Did I mention the designs are super easy to follow, making them great for beginners?! Just look at this free crochet pattern for a teeny tiny heart!

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    Warning: extremely wholesome backstory alert!

    Nurse Laura Kirby-Deacon reached out to ask anybody with a bit of spare time and a love of knitting to bring comfort to families that have been affected by COVID-19. You simply have to download this free pattern and make two hearts using your own materials – one each for the patient and their family! ❤️

    You can find more creative patterns, top knitting tips, and tutorials on their Instagram to help get you started!

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    Like some super-easy crochet patterns for kids that they posted in celebration of children's art week!

    Oh, and if you’re already a keen crocheter so have plenty of materials and tools at home, you can download the crochet or knitting patterns alone!

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    They're super detailed, under a fiver, and come with a list of everything you'll need to get going!

    Get the Bertie bear crochet pattern here for £4.00 and the knitting pattern here, also for £4.00.

    BRB, just ordering my own Bertie bear-making kit as we speak…

    If you're looking for more small businesses to support during this time, check out below to see the brands we've highlighted in the past!

    ✨ Why not try eco-friendly, independently-owned brand Kuki Candles to help soothe your senses?

    ✨ Handmade clothing brand Syd and Mallory will meet all your at-home loungewear needs.

    ✨ Brighten up the grey British summer with some colourful accessories from Taryn De Vere!

    ✨ Perhaps add some colour and an uplifting message to your walls with a gorgeous print that gives back from Evermade!

    ✨ And check out Aronsé Cosmetics for luxe-looking affordable makeup that looks great on every skin tone!