There are a surprising number of crochet programs for inmates and one of those is located at the Saginaw Correctional Facility. De veertig mannen die deel van de groep uitmaken hebben onlangs truien om deel te nemen in de Mister Rogers’ Trui wedstrijd. Echter, haak ze ook voor het goede doel.

Mister Rogers’ Trui wedstrijd

This year marked the second year of the annual Mister Rogers’ Trui wedstrijd. This is a contest ending today that was open to Michigan state residents. They were asked to create a handmade sweater for a child aged two through twelve. The sweater could be made in any style and will be judged on the complexity and creativity of the pattern as well as the quality of both workmanship and yarn. The winners are awarded yarn and other supplies. The point of the contest is to raise money for public broadcasting. The members of the Lifers prison group worked together to complete about a dozen sweaters for the competition.

Prisoners Crochet for Charity

This is only one of many charity groups that the prison group has given to. A key reason to have crochet programs in prison is because it provides inmates with a way to give back to their communities despite being in prison. (Other reasons include a productive use of time, gaining a new skill and doing a meditative hobby.) This particular group sent out about 1200 knit and crochet projects to various causes last year including baby blankets and teddy bears for kids in need. They hope to send out more than 2000 items in 2011.

This Group Also Knits

One of the things that I found really interesting about this particular prison group is that they knit as well as crochet. Eigenlijk, I believe that the Mister Rogerssweaters were knit items. I find this interesting because I’ve often heard the argument that crochet hooks are much safer and less likely to be used as weapons and therefore it’s more common to see crochet programs in prison than knit programs.

What’s your opinion on crochet programs in prison? Goede? Bad? Indifferent?


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  1. I think this is awesome! Thanks for putting up interesting raveling tidbits like this. I never would have known about crocheting prisoners otherwise. :)

    • Kathryn Antwoord

      Dank @Calophi – I’m always glad to be able to let other people know about new and interesting crochet stuff!

  2. Adaiha Covington Antwoord

    Dit is echt cool. I can’t imagine anyone having a problem with programs like this!

  3. Laten we eens kijken: creative outlet, giving to the community, meditative discipline, useful occupation, and a point of pride. Nope, don’t see a downside.

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