Warm Up America with Pat Catans

  • It's a new year and time to warm up with good thoughts! The gifting spirit continues this winter at Pat Catan's as we being our 12th annual Warm Up America campaign!

    Warm Up America is a six-week campaign in which any yarn crafter, crocheter or knitter can join us as we help those in the local community. Whether you're a beginner or a knitting pro, don't worry! All crafters are invited to contribute. If you don't have a passion for yarn but possess a passion for giving, you can still help! See below for ways you can make a difference and Warm Up America with your local Pat Catan's.

    Together We Can Give More

    We are very grateful for the generosity from our customers. Thanks to your support, Pat Catan's provided Warm Up America with its largest donation to date in 2017. This year, Pat Catan's wants to give back even more than before! Our goal is to raise over $32,000 for the Warm Up America organization! Will you help us reach this goal? See below for our final Warm Up America update on February 12th:

    We're calling on all beginners, pros and everyone in between to help us exceed this precedent set in 2017. With your donations and volunteered time, we will be able to place a record-setting number of warm, cozy afghan blankets into the hands of local community members in need.

    Give or Donate

    Beginning on January 6th, all Pat Catan's locations will be accepting $1 donations at all registers in hopes to reach a record-breaking $32,000 for Warm Up America.

    All stores will be accepting donations of skeins and scraps of yarn to be used to create squares for afghan blankets. Stop by any Pat Catan's store with yarn scraps from home, from friends or even neighbors and drop them into the designated donation bins. Skeins can even be purchased at your local Pat Catan's to be donated!

    Pick up yarn from any donation bin to begin knitting or crocheting 7 by 9 inch square that will later be used to create an afghan blanket. Not a yarn crafter! Don't worry! Our Warm Up America campaign is the perfect chance to learn. Check out our simple tutorials on basic knitting stitches and standard crocheting. Our craft coordinators are also happy to assist you with constructing your first square and are available for any questions that you may have.

    Any knitting or crocheting pro is more than welcome to stop by their local Pat Catan's to pick up finished squares and join an afghan blanket together as well!

    Join With Us

    Pat Catan's is inviting knitters and crocheters of all skill levels to bring a family member or friend and attend one of our Square Days! Drop by your local Pat Catan's classroom for good crafting company and fun as you make 7 by 9 inch squares out of donated yarn together. Knit or crochet 20 or more squares and receive the Warm Up Deals worth over $100 in savings, $10 Catan Bucks and Free Yarn Gift worth over $30.

    Are you a crocheting or knitting pro? We need your help! You are invited to participate in an Afghan Joining Party. Volunteers are encouraged to stop in and transform donated squares into warm, fuzzy and complete afghan blankets. All completed afghans will touch the lives of someone in our local community. Knit one afghan blanket of 49 squares and receive the Warm Up Deals worth over $100 in savings, $10 Catan Bucks and Free Yarn Gift worth over $30.

    On February 12th 2018, all completed afghans will be distributed by our Pat Catan's team members to local community organizations. Hours of knitting, crocheting and joining blankets will come full circle when they reach the hands of people in need at local senior living centers, homeless shelters, women's shelters, animal shelters and Red Cross chapters. The giving spirit spreads during the six-week campaign because of your generosity and impact! We are excited and fortunate to have this opportunity to partner with Warm Up America and cannot wait to spread warmth to those in need.

    About Warm Up America

    Although Pat Catan's has been proudly contributing to Warm Up America for the past 12 years, the organization itself has been continuously warming the lives of others since 1991. Warm Up America began in Wisconsin when a small group of friends, led by Evie Rosen, came together to knit and crochet afghans for neighbors in need. As the group expanded, Evie began enlisting volunteers to knit or crochet small sections that could easily be joined together to create afghan blankets. 27 years has passed and the comradery eventually grew into what Warm Up America is today. Warm afghan blankets, caps and other items have been donated to tens of thousands of people across the country, all because of an amazing, heartfelt idea by Evie Rosen.

    We'll continue to update you with our progress right here on our website, social media channels and emails. Make sure to check back often to see the impact that you are making as we head towards our donation goal of $32,000 for Warm Up America!

    We would love to see pictures of you and your friends or family members joining your local Pat Catan's during our Warm Up America campaign. Knitting or crocheting squares or a blanket? Share your experience on social media with the hashtag #DIYwithCatans!