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A Radical Act of Knitting in honor of Mother's Day!

all CODEPINK knitters!
We are creating a beautiful,
quilted cozy to cover the fence in front of the White House
to honor Mother's Day. The message will be “We will not raise
our children to kill another mother's child”-inspired by Julia
Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation.
We'll be piecing
it together from individual squares knitted by YOU
as part of the 24 hour Mother's Day vigil for Women who live
in War Zones.  The best part is you don't have to be
an experienced knitter to help!  This is perfect for
knitters of all skill levels—and a great opportunity for those
who want to learn! Celebrate the time honored tradition of
the radical act of knitting. How-to-knit page here
(just in case!)

What we need:

4” x 4” squares, as tightly knit as you can make them, but
the stitch of your choice

Yarn in either dark green or a fabulous shade of pink- take
a little inspiration from CODEPINK's signature PINK.
Note: We will need a ratio of about 5 pink squares to 1 green
square to spell out the message.

We need all pieces by May 4th so get out your needles gals
(and guys)!

Please take 1 minute to send us a quickemail to tell us how
many squares you plan to make and in what colors. We need
to know in order to make sure we have enough to spell out
our message.">Email
Janna at codepinkcozy[at]

Send your knitted creations to:


712 5th Street NE

Washington, D.C.



Please remember to email us here to let us know what you sent.
We'll keep you informed as to whether we'll need more pinks
or more greens as we near the deadline for the squares to
arrive at the PINK house, deadline is May 4th. We have 3921
gorgeous pink squares that are being knitted and 960
green ones. There are 269 people knitting across the globe
in different places, like, in the UK, Mexico, France, Turkey,
Netherlands, South Africa, Chile and the US with the youngest
knitter at 8 years old, and the oldest 85 years old.

  • Please safety pin your name and
    city to each square
    , we hope to be able to show you
    where your square(s) are in the finished quilt.

  • Pass this invitation on to fellow
    It will be a beautiful start to Mother's
    Day and we would love to have thousands of women present
    with us with the love, passion and desire for no war in
    sewn into their squares.

Day "Cozy" FAQs

How will the 4" x 4" squares
be stitched together?
It will be pinned together the
week before May 9th (onto a fabric backing) and then it will
be quilted together in the park.  Most likely using tapestry
needles and yarn. 

Should I tie off their squares or leave
yarn at ends for the tieing?
Weave your ends in. It
will be better to have them all woven in so we have a uniform
starting place to start sewing them together.

Should I bring their own knitting kits
to help with assembly?
That would be great!  And
please bring tapestry needles, safety pins and extra pink/green
yarn if you have them.

Do you need more square? We
we do need more! It's a flexible project and we will use as
many as we get.

Can I crochet instead of knitting?
Yes!  As long as the result is a tightly-woven,
4” square, we're happy.

What is the length of the cozy? It will be 150 feet long.

Do you need volunteers to assemble
the cozy the week before the Vigil?
Yes!  If you'd
like to see if the assembly schedule works with yours, please
email Janna at codepinkcozy[at]

If you have questions or want to offer ideas into the creative
process">contact us

Pattern for the "Heart" square:

Gauge: In Stockinette Stitch, 19 sts = 4"

SSK - Separately slip 2 stitches as if to knit. Insert left
needle to the front through both stitches. Knit together.

P2SSO - Pass 2 slipped stitches over

Cast on 19 sts loosely.

Rows 1-4: K1, (P1, K1) across (Seed Stitch)

Row 5: K across

Row 6: P across

Rows: 7-10: Repeat Rows 5 and 6 twice.

Row 11: K7, K2 tog, YO, K1, YO, SSK, K7

Row 12: P across.

Row 13: K6, K2 tog, YO, K3, YO, SSK, K6

Row 14: P across

Row 15: K5, K2 tog, YO, K5, YO, SSK, K5

Row 16: P across

Row 17: K4, K2 tog, YO, K7, YO, SSK, K4

Row 18: P across

Row 19: K3, K2 tog, YO, K9, YO, SSK, K3

Row 20, P across

Row 21: K4, YO, SSK, K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, K2 tog, YO, K4 (21
stitches will be on your needle after this row)

Row 22: P across (21 stitches)

Row 23: K5, YO, slip 2 sts as if to knit, K2 tog, P2SSO, YO,
K3, YO, slip 2 sts as if to knit, K2 tog, P2SSO, YO, K5 (19
stitches will be on your needle after this row)

Row 24: P across (19 stitches)

Rows 25 - 30: Repeat Rows 5 and 6 three times.

Rows 31-34: Repeat Row 1 four times.

Bind off all sts loosely.