The Come Together blanket square free crochet pattern for this project
From The Welcome Blanket Website
“The Welcome Blanket Project aims to connect people already living in the United States residents with our country’s new immigrants through stories and handmade blankets, providing both symbolic and literal comfort and warmth. At the same time, the project offers a positive, hands-on way to understand the scope of a 2000-mile border wall and to subvert it from an idea of exclusion to one of inclusion. By participating in this project, people will also come together to talk about immigration policy and how it affects real-live people.”
Yarn stores around the country are having gatherings for working on The Welcome Blanket. Learn more here.
More About The Welcome Blanket
“Pussyhat Project proved that being politically active can take many forms,” Zweiman says. “Welcome Blanket shows how to create a useful object to give to someone in a way that is kind, engaging, and politically powerful.” – This quote from Mashable article by Katie Dupere who shares that the founder of this project is Pussyhat Project co-founder Jayna Zweiman. In an article over at People, Zewiman shares,
“My grandparents sought opportunity, safety, and freedom here in the United States,” she says. “They laid the foundation for my family in this country through hard work, integrity, and kindness. I see my grandparents in the people who, at this very moment, are trying to come to the United States. I want to welcome them with the same opportunity, safety, and freedom my grandparents hoped for.”
Kat Coyle, the original designer of the Pussyhat, is the designer of The Welcome Blanket pattern. The pattern was adapted to a crochet pattern by Amy O’Neill O’Houck.
The text that accompanied this Welcome Blanket Instagram post included: “Welcome Blanket re-conceptualizes the 2000-mile distance of the proposed border wall between Mexico and the US into handmade blankets to symbolize inclusion instead of exclusion. Representing the distance of the wall in lengths of yarn, volunteers will create lap blankets and accompanying notes of welcome for new US immigrants.” You can also find Welcome Blanket on Facebook and Twitter.